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Radio-frequency


A Non-Invasive Alternative to Face Lifts


In the past the only way to combat sagging facial skin was undergoing a surgical face lift where incisions are made, excess skin removed and ends pulled tightly together. Needless to say such procedures are costly and involve severe discomfort as well as lengthy down times. As any type of surgery, plastic surgery included, face lifts are not risk free.



Radio Frequency Treatment
 
Pure RF energy alone or RF in combination with other methods can be used in treatments to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat.
With deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Based on current RF technologies, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tone, with a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and possible inch loss, with minimal risks and downtime.


RF Treatments Combined with Other Med Aesthetic Procedures


Multipolar RF can also be used in conjunction with ultrasound cavitation to aid in further fat breakdown and also to tighten the skin in the same area the cavitation treatment has taken place.
RF treatments are sometimes combined with other med aesthetic treatments as a complementary measure intended to achieve improved skin complexion. 
A good example is the use of RF technology following laser or other types of hair reduction procedures. 

RF cavitation, also known as RF body sculpting, is another non-invasive med aesthetic procedure involving the use of RF technology.

Top med aesthetic equipment manufacturers have incorporated RF capabilities into multiple technology machines. Such devices make it easy to administer RF face treatments and other RF either independently or in combination with other med aesthetic treatments.                                      
There is no doubt that the RF treatment is here to stay. New treatment protocols are regularly developed allowing med aesthetic practices to offer ever improving face treatments and other types of skin as well as body contouring procedures involving the use of this technology.



What is Radio-frequency?


Radio-frequency (RF) energy treatment is a technology for non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose or sagging skin; ideal for those people who either don’t want, or don’t believe they should have a surgical procedure. RF Treatments is a safe, noninvasive way to shave years off your skin’s appearance.
 
RF energy when used for skin tightening is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure, but with little change in skin texture or fine lines and wrinkling. Based on current RF technologies available, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tightness, with minimal risks and downtime compared to surgery.
 
If you are considering an RF treatment, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. Please ask to your  practitioner about anything you don't understand.


What can Radio-frequency (RF) energy treat in your face/body?
 
RF it is commonly used to treat the forehead (lift brows and tightens forehead skin), under the eyes (thickens skin and tightens and lifts the upper cheek skin), cheeks (lifts slightly and diminishes enlarged pores), mid-face, jaw line (diminishes yowling and sagging along the jaw line), and the neck (tightens skin and diminishes wrinkling of the neck).
 
However, if there is a significant amount of redundant or sagging skin, often seen in older patients over sixty, this procedure may not show a significant enough improvement and a traditional mid-face, face or brow lift operation may be recommended in order to remove the excess skin, therefore achieving a better result.
 
In combination with other methods RF can be used to enhance a variety of treatments including hair removal, photo rejuvenation, pigmented and vascular problems, acne treatment and cellulite treatment.


RADIO-FREQUENCY: HOW IT WORKS

 The RF hand piece is slowly rotated over the target area transmitting radio waves through the upper layers of the skin to the dermis, heating the dermis to between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius without burning the skin surface. The currents passed cause heat to build up in the skin tissue. This heat works to contract the dermis (the upper skin layer) resulting in wrinkle reduction (some wrinkles are eliminated all together). RF delivers energy deep into dermal tissues. This heating action causes deep collagen structures in the skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new collagen is produced by the body to further tighten the skin. 
Another important beneficial effect of the radio frequency treatment is the stimulation of increased collagen and elastin production as well as increased blood circulation. These result in overall skin rejuvenation lasting for months.


Tissue Retraction: The generated heat causes local contraction of the collagen fibers, to immediately tighten the skin.
 
New Collagen Formation: By heating the dermis, new collagen production is stimulated. This tightening effect is delayed and may take from 3-6 months to be visible.
 
Improved Circulation: RF will also improve the blood and lymphatic flow. This helps with a better oxygen supply and greater toxin clearance to further reduce the effects of aging.


Types of Radio-frequency delivery



Monopolar (also called Unipolar)
Monopolar or unipolar refers to a device having one pole or electrode.
With mono-polar delivery, the current from the generating machine flows through the body from a single electrode (hand-piece) and meets maximum resistance in the area around the tip of the hand-piece, where tissue heating in the sub-dermal layers then occurs. Grounding, or “return pad” may also be used, attached to the patient’s lower back or abdomen, to provide a low resistance path for the current to flow back to the generating machine, to complete the electrical circuit.
Mono-pole treatments deliver the RF currents through deeper lying layers of skin (up to 20 mm below the skin's surface). At Vanina Inner Beauty we work from Bio-polar to Multi-polar.

Bio-polar
Bio-polar refers to a device having two poles or electrodes.
With bipolar delivery, the current from the generating machine flows only through the tissue which is between the two electrodes on the hand piece; these electrodes start and complete the electrical circuit. Hence, with bipolar delivery, no current flows through the rest of the body, so no grounding or return pad is needed.
In all cases of radio-frequency delivery types, it is the resistance to the current flow in the tissue, not the electrode that generates the heating effect.
Bipolar treatments heat skin tissue only 2-4 mm deep. 
RF can also be used in conjunction with ultrasound cavitation to aid in further fat breakdown and also to tightens the skin in the same area the cavitation treatment has taken place.


Tri-polar
Tri-Polar radio frequency uses mono-polar and bipolar devices which utilize one or two poles to conduct the RF energy, Tri-Polar RF is claimed to be the only radio frequency technology in the world that simultaneously combines the effects of mono and bi-polar radio frequency in a single treatment, which the manufacturers claim produces better results with less pain.
 
Multi-polar

Multi-polar RF technology offer a new promising treatment for body sculpting, anti-aging and skin tightening. It rejuvenates; improve elasticity and tone of the body skin. High radio frequency wave permeates epidermis and take effect on the collagen-rich dermal tissue directly which makes water molecules in the skin move to and for wildly. The move produces controllable heat and results in contraction of collagen and generation of new collagen and dermal remodeling. As a result, it tightens the skin, reduces wrinkles, eliminates orange peel skin and boosts the overall condition on areas of the body such as the face, chin and jaw line, upper arm, bra line, abdomen, love handles, thighs, muffin top, or buttocks. RF is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid-thirties to fifties, with any skin type. 



A Non-Invasive Alternative to Face Lifts


In the past the only way to combat sagging facial skin was undergoing a surgical face lift where incisions are made, excess skin removed and ends pulled tightly together. Needless to say such procedures are costly and involve severe discomfort as well as lengthy down times. As any type of surgery, plastic surgery included, face lifts are not risk free.




Radio Frequency Treatment
 
Radio frequency technology is used in med aesthetics in several capacities, most commonly with face treatments. 
RF It is commonly used to treat the forehead, under the eyes, cheeks, mid-face, jaw line, and neck.

Other treatments involving RF technology are body contouring.
Pure RF energy alone or RF in combination with other methods can be used in treatments to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat.
With deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, the effects of tissue tightening and increased blood circulation mean that fatty deposits are drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Based on current RF technologies, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tone, with a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and possible inch loss, with minimal risks and downtime.

Prices for RF depend on the area(s) treated and the device used.


RF treatment is also administered as a complementary procedure to laser hair reduction.
So far as face treatments go the RF treatment has become known as the "RF face lift" or "RF facial", due to its wrinkle reduction and overall skin rejuvenation capabilities.


With the introduction of the med aesthetic radio frequency treatment a safer, easier to endure, less expensive alternative to face lifts became available. 

RF face treatments are conducted in 30 to 60 minute sessions, usually a series of some 4 to eight treatments is recommended, one to three weeks apart. 

No recovery time is needed after a radio frequency treatment! You can just get up and go on with your daily routines. 

Results become apparent immediately but their maximum effect is visible some two months after the treatment cycle is over. Results last for years and treatments may be undergone again when necessary.



RF Treatments Combined with Other Med Aesthetic Procedures

Multipolar RF can also be used in conjunction with ultrasound cavitation to aid in further fat breakdown and also to tighten the skin in the same area the cavitation treatment has taken place.
RF treatments are sometimes combined with other med aesthetic treatments as a complementary measure intended to achieve improved skin complexion. 
A good example is the use of RF technology following laser or other types of hair reduction procedures. 

RF cavitation, also known as RF body sculpting, is another non-invasive med aesthetic procedure involving the use of RF technology.

Top med aesthetic equipment manufacturers have incorporated RF capabilities into multiple technology machines. Such devices make it easy to administer RF face treatments and other RF either independently or in combination with other med aesthetic treatments.                                      
There is no doubt that the RF treatment is here to stay. New treatment protocols are regularly developed allowing med aesthetic practices to offer ever improving face treatments and other types of skin as well as body contouring procedures involving the use of this technology.



What should you do before treatment?

You should try to avoid doing anything that will irritate your skin immediately before treatment. This includes sunbathing (natural or artificial). Practitioners are unlikely to treat someone who has sun burn for example, as they would be more likely to suffer pain from the addition of heat to the already damaged skin; however an established tan would be fine.
Some women find that their skin is more sensitive right before and during their menstrual cycle so if you are a woman, you might want to take this effect on pain threshold into consideration when scheduling your treatment appointment(s). But this is not the most common situation.


What happens during a Radio-frequency For Facial Rejuvenation treatment?
 
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment are very important before you begin it. You must also make sure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards. Your practitioner should be able to answer all these questions.
 
A medical history should also be taken to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn't undertake treatment. You may be asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure if you do not inform certain pathologies. At Vanina Inner Beauty we take care of your clinical history. 
Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner for a "before and after" comparison at a later date. 

At Vanina Inner Beauty we take specific photos of your face skin to detect the protocols to apply with a Skin Mirror. In your body the photos are being taken with a hand high definition camera.


Procedure 

You may be required to wash your face with soap and warm water prior to your treatment, in order to remove any makeup and skin oils which could interfere with the application of the RF treatment. It is preferable not to wear make up but if you do remember we will have to take it out.
A topical anesthetic cream may then be applied to your skin a short time prior to treatment, to help numb the skin slightly; this will normally be removed using alcohol cleansers immediately before your clinician commences the procedure. This is common with people who is extremely sensitive. The use of anesthetics are not common in this procedure.


Depending on the device being used and your practitioner, a “treatment grid” ink transfer may then be applied over your face to assist the practitioner in navigating your face whilst delivering the RF energy; helping to assure an even application of the RF and to prevent inadvertent overlapping of treatment.
Again, dependent of the device being used you may be fitted with a single-use, self-adhesive return pad attached to your stomach or back to ground you; normally with mono-polar devices. Since we don't work with mono-polar RF this wont be needed.


 A coupling gel may then also be applied over your face which acts as an additional barrier between the surface layers of your skin and the hand piece of the device.
Your clinician will then commence the RF treatment working across your face. Once completed a soothing gel or lotion may be applied to your skin.


Repeat Procedures

Immediately following the treatment, your skin will feel tighter, with more tightening improvements appearing gradually over the months after treatment.
Results are said to last up to a couple of years, and a single initial treatment can be enough to produce results in some people, depending on skin thickness; however your practitioner will be able to determine a course of treatments specific to you and your needs.
For the body depending on the device being used it may be recommended to have a session twice weekly with an average of 8 - 10 sessions in a treatment programmed, or a session once every 1 - 2 weeks with an average of 8 sessions in a program, however with all devices ongoing monthly maintenance will be required; your practitioner will be able to determine a course of treatments specific to you and your needs.


How long will it take to recover from RF For Facial Rejuvenation?

Some people experience mild redness immediately following treatment (similar to a sunburn look), but this usually disappears quickly. Most people find that they can return to work and normal activities immediately after treatment.
Depending on your practitioner you may be advised to use certain soothing lotions, creams or gels to lightly apply to the treatment area, or possibly cool, moisturizing mists to apply as you feel necessary. 


What are the risks and potential complications from RF For Facial Rejuvenation treatment?

As the treatment is carried out you will experience brief, deep heating sensations every time the RF energy is delivered to your skin and underlying tissue. Devices may have an inbuilt cryogenic capability whereby the hand piece is either chilled or emits a cooling spray before, during and after the RF burst, to protect your skin from the heating, and make the treatment more comfortable.
As each person's pain tolerance and threshold varies, it is difficult to quantify how painful or uncomfortable the treatment is. It also depends on the device used and the power settings for the treatment. Your practitioner may offer you anesthetic options, such as a topical anesthetic cream applied to your skin prior to treatment, or relaxants and pain management drugs, that can minimize your discomfort.
The most frequently reported side effects of treatment with RF energy are swelling, redness, bumps and blisters on or around the treated area, which typically disappear in a few days. There are also reports of a feeling of dry skin in the treated area for a couple of days, lubrication with specific products can be helpful for this. Your practitioner should suggest  you whatever suits you best.
One of the most serious potential complications from RF energy treatment is a “depression”; this is attributed to the overheating of underlying tissue causing fat atrophy or excessive tightening, giving you a sunken appearance in the affected area. The occurrence of this also depends on the device used. Generally, although further studies and more available data is needed, it is considered that there is a correlation between the occurrence of these depressions and the treatment being given at frequency levels above the manufacturer’s guidelines. It is therefore imperative that you make sure that your practitioner is adequately trained and certified to perform the RF treatment.


What should you do after a RF For Facial Rejuvenation treatment?

No special care is needed after treatment although your practitioner may suggest some of the following:

  • Light application of soothing/moisturizing lotions, creams or gels to the treatment area;
  • Cool, moisturizing mists applied as you feel necessary;
  • Cool water rinses or ice packs applied to the treatment area.

    Additionally, when you leave a practice after a RF treatment you are likely to suffer from varying degrees of redness depending on the intensity of the treatment, which may not be the most attractive face that you wish to present to the public as you walk down the street. There is however a solution.
     
    Few clinics or practices currently offer products, or any camouflage make-up base, as part of the treatment service, so be prepared and take it with you. We provide this service as well in case you forgot to bring it with you.

    Who should not have a RF For Facial Rejuvenation treatment?

    As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why patients should not undergo this treatment.
     
    People with sensory disturbance to the skin may not be considered good candidates as this could make the reporting of discomfort during the procedure unreliable, leading to potential harm.
     
    Although there is no evidence that this treatment is harmful for pregnant women, you would generally be advised to wait until after you have given birth before embarking upon a course of treatment.

    More importantly, people with electrical devices e.g., pacemakers, or metal implants e.g., artificial metal hip joints, heart valves or dental plates, cannot be treated because RF current flowing through the body may interfere with these devices or heat up metal implants, which could be dangerous.


    Who can perform RF For Facial Rejuvenation?

    Depending on the device used, this procedure is generally available only in the offices of qualified physicians who specialize in cosmetic procedures.