Skin Shape RF Therapy
Radiofrequency (RF) energy skin rejuvenation treatment is a non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose or sagging skin with minimal risks and downtime.
Firming, tightening, plumping and refreshing, radio frequency helps skin to look more youthful, peachy, and - more beautiful.
Radio frequency body contouring (also known as skin tightening) is a non-invasive, pain-free body treatment to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, firm skin, boost collagen production and tackle any pesky fatty deposits that won't budge with exercise.
It's a pretty versatile treatment as it can also help reduce flabby skin, tighten bingo wings, contour and tighten a post pregnancy tummy, reduce fine lines and wrinkles (on the face and body), reduce saddle bags and even lift and tighten your bum.
How does it work?
Essentially radio frequency treatments deliver an electrical current via electrodes to the skin, in order to heat the deeper and more superficial layers.
When our skin receives a high frequency electrical current the cells in our bodies interpret this as an energy source, and the layers in our skin act like a resistor to the electrical current and depending on their level of resistance, will heat up to varying degrees. It is the process of heating that helps to tighten and rejuvenate skin, smoothing its appearance and reducing localised pockets of fat.
So how will it contour and tighten my skin?
As our skin matures, the collagen and elastin proteins which help support a tight skin structure, start to break down. And as skin loses elasticity, fine lines, wrinkles and a dull or saggy appearance are never far away.
The radio frequency energy penetrates the skin layers to selectively heat the skin tissue where the collagen fibres are embedded. The local heating causes an immediate contraction of the collagen fibres, and fat cells drain then shrink, while those all important fibroblast cells (part of our connective tissue) are stimulated to produce new collagen and elastic fibres. The effect of this is tighter, smoother, younger looking skin with a visible 'lift' . Fat cells are reduced and stubborn cellulite looks a lot less noticeable.
What is the treatment like?
The treatment itself is surprisingly relaxing. Each area on your body is treated for 20-30 minutes. The therapist will apply a jelly lubricant to your skin to act as a protective barrier between you and the electrode rod which can get quite hot! Then it the electrode rod (which conveniently is shaped like a three-pronged massager) is rubbed over your skin, focusing on any pesky areas that need extra attention. The technique is so relaxing that actually it's easy to fall fast asleep - always a sign of a good treatment.
When can I expect to see results?
Most patients will be able to notice an immediate result in the tightness of their skin, but results continue to emerge in the days following the treatment too. Skin is remarkably smoother and muscle tone is more visible too. The treatment was as good as its word - pain free and results focused.
For longer term results, one session isn't enough. Normally, multiple sessions are required, generally 1 per week until you've had about 5-10 treatments in total, this depends on the results you want and the advice of your doctor.
To maintain the effects try and lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Are there any side effects?
Normally there are no side effects from the treatment, but some people might find the treatment area is a little red post treatment but this usually resolves after 30 mins - 24 hours post treatment. Rarely swelling or bruising may occur, but these effects usually settle within a few days.
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.