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How Long Does Radio Frequency Tightening Last?

Skin Tips By Cheire!


The Question

One of our more popular noninvasive cosmetic techniques, and one which we get a lot of questions about, is radio frequency skin tightening. This treatment uses radio waves to stimulate collagen growth. Collagen is the elastic framework which gives skin its resiliency and ability to withstand damage. Radio frequency tightening helps restore the skin’s natural elasticity and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and skin looseness. One of the questions we receive most often about radio frequency tightening is how long it lasts. Cherie is here with the answer!

The Answer

Radio frequency skin tightening typically lasts at least several months to a few years. There are a number of factors which dictate how a given person’s skin will react to radio frequency treatment, but most patient get good, long-lasting results without needles, injectables or more invasive treatments and procedures, making it an excellent choice for people who want to rejuvenate their skin without the pain, recovery time and potential complications which many cosmetic treatments may bring for some patients. 

The first thing to consider is your skin type and age. While, yes, skin is skin is skin, certain types do not respond as well to radio frequency treatment. Older patients or people with certain types of skin cancer or tumors, facial piercings, very dry or fragile skin or who are pregnant may not be able to undergo radio frequency tightening. These concerns and potential issues are addressed on a case-by-case basis during the initial consultation, to determine if your skin type and overall health make you a viable candidate for radio frequency tightening. 

The second issue with radio frequency tightening is that yes, it does carry with it some small side effects. Because the radio waves heat the underlying skin tissue in order to stimulate collagen growth, patients may experience heat or redness lasting up to an hour or two after the procedure and swelling for up to two days afterward. This is a normal and expected part of the treatment, which still carries much less downtime and risk than more invasive therapeutic options might.

Third, a patient’s habitual factors may impact or inhibit the effectiveness of the treatment. If a patient spends a lot of time outside especially in direct sunlight, exposes themselves to environmental contaminants or smokes cigarettes, the treatment may not be as effective. For these reasons, as well as to encourage overall patient health and wellness, we encourage patients not to smoke or spend a great deal of time outside while undergoing RF tightening treatments. 

Finally, keeping on schedule for appointments is very important. RF treatments take time to be fully effective, much like laser hair removal. A typical course of treatment is eight sessions. If a patient misses a session by more than a few days, it may reset the clock on the treatments and reduce the overall effectiveness. Although patients usually see results immediately, in the form of healthier-looking, more radiant skin, missing treatments or delaying them too long might mitigate the overall results and require longer to complete the course and obtain the maximum results.

    Radio frequency tightening is by far the favorite treatment for Cherie’s patients, and she enjoys helping patients reveal their best possible faces for all the world to see! Before undergoing any sort of treatment, Cherie and Dr. Pane evaluate the patient for any factors which might make a specific treatment a better or less optimal option and help patients choose the right treatment for them. They proceed only once the patient fully understands and agrees to the treatment, including the potential risks and benefits. 

At Laser Rejuvenation by Cherie at ACA we want all our patients to get the best possible outcome every time. That’s why we welcome your questions about anything relating to cosmetic surgery, including laser and other forms of hair removal and skin rejuvenation. Simply follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter; call us at (561) 295-1871; or email us through our Contact page. Your question might even be chosen as the focus of an upcoming answer session! Remember, at ACA, we believe the only bad question is the one you don’t ask!