Have you ever heard of radiofrequency skin tightening? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. This isn’t as common as many of the other types of skin treatments available at salons, spas, and dermatology clinics today, but it’s still gaining popularity as a great option for people who are dealing with certain types of skin issues. There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you’re thinking of having a radiofrequency skin tightening treatment performed, and as with any type of procedure, it’s a good idea to make sure you know what the pros and cons are before you get started.
What is radiofrequency skin tightening?
Radiofrequency skin tightening is a process through which the skin is heated using radiofrequency energy to encourage the production of collagen and help cut back on the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. It also encourages the growth of new elastin, which can help encourage the same end results. Many people choose to go this route rather than having a full-on facelift or some other type of invasive cosmetic surgery.
When you go in for your radiofrequency skin tightening procedure, you can expect to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes having the treatment itself performed. You will also need to go back for several more treatments and may end up needing anywhere from 8 to 12 before you see the results you’re looking for with your skin.
What are the potential risks of this procedure?
As with any type of aesthetic procedure, there are always some risks involved. However, radiofrequency skin tightening may have quite a lot more risk than return, depending on your specific needs and situation. Always speak with your dermatologist to help you better determine whether or not a procedure like this one is right for you. Patients who have undergone this procedure have reported the following potential risks:
- Pain: Most procedures designed to help reduce the signs of aging for your skin may cause some pain and discomfort. However, the majority of these shouldn’t require more than an over-the-counter painkiller or two to help manage them. Radiofrequency skin tightening often requires more heavy-duty medication and even anesthesia to help prevent the pain from becoming too unbearable.
- Dents and scarring: If the person performing your treatment isn’t very skilled, there’s a chance he or she may cause dents in your skin or scarring from leaving the heat device in one place for too long. This may happen due to human error and it has been reported in several instances of this procedure.
- Ineffectiveness: Finally, this procedure sometimes just doesn’t work very well for the people who undergo it. Overall, it tends to take a lot more visits than some of the other more popular options out there, which of course, makes it cost more money overall too. It may not take well or at all, and you may go through several painful, expensive treatments to get to the end and realize that it didn’t give you the look you were hoping for. Although this procedure can and does work for some people, you should consider whether or not you’re a good candidate for it before you get started.