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1.How does it work?

RF is completely non-invasive and is performed in a clinic or outpatient setting. Taking about 30-50 minutes per treatment area. The technology works by heating up the skin, the dermis in particular to 42 degrees for 6-9 minutes per area using a rolling probe emitting RF waves. This changes the collagen formation and encourages fibroblast migration and laying down of new collagen, with skin remodeling taking place over months and lasting about 2 years. (A face lift lasts 5-7 years). Some people only have issues with skin laxity eg the face or on the abdomen after childbirth or weight loss and not always with fatty tissue excess.

In addition the RF wave passes about 2 cm into the fatty skin layer causing breakdown of the fat membrane, so fat is released and picked up by the lymphatic system and disposed of by the liver for excretion. Thus cellulite and body contouring can be improved but one has to be realistic about the expectations.

There is definite warmth of the skin, with occasional discomfort but burning is avoided by the moving of a unipolar and then bipolar probe that is hand operated. The skin tightening effect lasts about 2 years. The fact the treatment is staged over weeks rather than a one off adds credence to the technology.

 

2.What can be treated?

RF is great for the face, chin line, slack jaw-line and full body, the abdomen, saddle bags, thighs, bingo wings etc. etc. It has FDA approval for the eye-lids as well.

 

3.How many treatments?

Usually 4-6. Re assess at 4 and be flexible about the remaining 2. in some areas 8 may be needed if cellulite is particularly deep or skin lax.


4..What age group?

There are no limits to the age group spectrum. Some clients have obvious ageing from mid 30s others do better with deeper lines and laxity not evident to the fifties. There is an advantage to starting a little younger (the forties) and planning an annual budget for maintenance.


5.Can it be used with other treatments?

Combination Therapy will give optimum non-surgical results
RF can be used after other beauty treatments to tighten up an area that we predict may need further tightening afterwards - eg the neck or abdomen, or if there is residual cellulite.