Author: Dr. Oreste Di Mattei Di Matteo
Radiofrequency facials are the latest generation of treatments that can offer very interesting results.
What is radiofrequency facial treatment?
Radiofrequency facials are a modern aesthetic medicine treatment that can allow you to recover a fresher face, keep the skin looking younger and make the contours of the face more harmonious thanks to the use of a totally innovative technique, based on the use of special radio frequencies.
Radiofrequency facials and aesthetic medicine Radiofrequency facials, in essence, are based on the emission of heat by special devices (activating resistance to the flow of the current inside the skin tissue), on to the muscles and tissues of the face, thereby making them appear more toned and, therefore, offering a very pleasant aesthetic effect.
Radiofrequency: how it works Radiofrequency facials work through the denaturation of the collagen fibres, creating new intramolecular bonds with a progressive contraction effect of the affected tissues. This action also involves the fibroblasts that will be stimulated in the production of collagen, resulting in an increase in tissue density and uniformity.
Radiofrequency facials: collagen and skin regeneration Radiofrequency facials are a treatment that, by generating localised heat, stimulates the production of collagen, a substance naturally contained in the epidermal tissue which gives the skin:
The ageing of the skin, in fact, slows down the natural processes of skin regeneration. As a result, the tissue is unable to generate the amount of collagen needed to ensure aesthetically perfect skin, making an external integration, or at least the use of treatments such as radiofrequency which can stimulate the production of collagen, therefore appropriate.
Collagen is naturally found in the skin, however this substance, just like many others, tends to become present in smaller quantities as we age. As collagen production is one of the aspects of radiofrequency, this particular treatment, in stimulating the fibroblasts, provides a toning effect.
Radiofrequency facials: when to do it?
This facial skin treatment is one of the possible anti-ageing treatments, aimed at counteracting the signs of ageing. However, radiofrequency specialists also recommend this treatment for other problems.
Radiofrequency facials, for example, can be a treatment indicated for those who present:
- particularly pronounced bags under the eyes
- flabby and loose skin. Overall, the firmness of the skin can benefit from radiofrequency treatments as it can produce a toning effect
- double chin, which is an imperfection that can be counteracted with radiofrequency facial treatment, due to the toning effect
Types of radiofrequency facial
There are different types of radiofrequency facial, in general:
The differences between them are based on the depth of action you want to achieve.
Monopolar radiofrequency facials
Monopolar radiofrequency facials involve the current from the generator device flowing through the body through a single electrode, thus heating the tissues located below the skin.
Bipolar radiofrequency facials
Bipolar radiofrequency facials, however, has the current emitted by the generator device specifically target the tissue located between the two electrodes on the handpiece: in this way, therefore, no current flows through the body while carrying out the desired heating of the tissue area in question.
It is useful to point out, however, that in both cases the radiofrequency facial involves a heating effect that is not caused by the electrode, but rather by the resistance to the flow of current inside the tissue.
Radiofrequency facials: the treatment
The duration of the treatment, in general, does not exceed 1 hour, including the phases of the skin preparation and of the various final procedures.
In general, the treatment is well tolerated, does not cause discomfort and does not require special precautions.
Characteristics of the treatment
As previously stated, radiofrequency facials can be suitable for a variety of needs, the treatment can help acquire a young, fresh and rested appearance.
Radiofrequency facials: choosing the doctor
Obviously, the most valid recommendation is to only contact established professionals exclusively, as well as certified centres with modern and cutting-edge equipment.
Radiofrequency facials: contraindications
Does radiofrequency have any contraindications? There are some contraindications, which include:
- pregnant women
- individuals with pacemakers
- patients with cardiac arrhythmias
- current infections
- treatment with anticoagulants
Radiofrequency facials: side effects
Any potential side effects of radiofrequency facial treatments are generally mild, indeed any symptoms, in the worst case, are temporary and disappear within a matter of weeks.
Among the most common side effects, are:
- localised swelling
- slight blistering
Shortly before undergoing radiofrequency facial treatment, it is also preferable to:
- avoid irritating the skin
- Avoid creams and other products for topical use, in fact it is recommended that the doctor carrying out the procedure makes sure that the skin area to be treated is completely free of residues of this type of product
- apply a soothing gel during post-treatment so that the skin is not affected in any way by the stress it has been subjected to.