Radiofrequency (RF) treatments are procedures involving the use of a radiofrequency (RF) energy device to heat up and tighten tissue to boost blood flow and break down cellulite and fat. The radiofrequency energy heats the skin without damaging it, in order to break down fatty cells and stimulate collagen production, which improves skin tone and elasticity. Radiofrequency treatments can be used to treat excess pockets of fat on the stomach, hips and thighs, reduce cellulite and tighten saggy skin caused by weight loss or pregnancy. The treatment is very safe and has minimal downtime
Types of Radiofrequency Body Treatment There are four main types of radiofrequency treatment: Accent, Thermacool, Velashape and Tripollar. All use unique hand-held devices to deliver RF energy into the skin and deeper tissues to break down cellulite; releasing and flushing away toxins and fatty deposits; draining excess fluid; and boosting collagen production to improve the skin’s appearance. Most devices are suitable for use on the face and body. Treatment usually takes from 20 - 60 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area.
During Treatment Depending on your pain tolerance, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied to your skin prior to treatment to help numb the skin. Depending on the device being used, a ‘treatment grid’ may then be drawn over the treatment area to assist the practitioner in navigating whilst delivering the RF energy to help ensure an even application of the radiofrequency. A lubricating gel will be applied over the treatment area to allow the handpiece to move smoothly over the treatment area, then your practitioner will work across the treatment area delivering targeted RF energy. Once completed, a soothing gel or cold pack may be applied to your skin.
Depending on the device being used, it may be recommended to have a session every 1-2 weeks with an average of 8-10 sessions in a treatment programme. With all devices, ongoing monthly maintenance sessions will be required.
Recovery You may be advised to apply a cooling or soothing lotion to the treatment area after a session. Most people find that they can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
Risks and Complications The RF energy will heat up your skin and underlying tissue during treatment, although some devices have inbuilt cooling mechanisms to protect your skin from the heat and make the treatment more comfortable. The most common side effects of RF treatment are some swelling, redness or bruising around the treated area, which will typically disappear in a few days.
Benefits With deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, RF treatments tighten the tissues and boost blood circulation, resulting in fatty deposits being broken down and drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
The ideal candidate for radiofrequency (RF) body treatments is someone who is generally fit and healthy and has realistic expectations about what can be achieved. Radiofrequency body treatments are not weight loss procedures but can significantly improve the shape of your body, your skin tone and the appearance of cellulite.
There are very few contraindications to treatment with radiofrequency. The only people who should not have this treatment are those with pacemakers, heart valves or artificial metal joints as the RF current may interfere with them. Pregnant women should not undergo any form of treatment until after they have given birth.