Introduction To Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening And Contouring
As we age, our skin gradually loses its firm and youthful appearance. The natural ageing process combined with sun exposure, environmental stressors, weight changes and poor skin care results in a reduction in the quality, strength and elasticity of the collagen within our skin. Over time the skin becomes lax, saggy with wrinkles, folds and loss of its luminosity.
Skin laxity is a common complaint and can be difficult to treat. It can be improved with the use of non-invasive, energy-based technologies such as EndyMed 3DEEP Radio Frequency. With this technology it is possible to promote new, healthy collagen which results in skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
At Youth lab we use EndyMed Radio frequency skin tightening and contouring treatments to counteract the effects of ageing without down time or discomfort.
The EndyMed tightening and contouring treatments work to heat the deep layers of the skin with radio frequency energy. This focused heat then works to stimulate collagen production and tighten existing collagen fibers, giving an instant tightening effect with long term tightening over a treatment course.
Endymed radiofrequency skin tightening is designed for wrinkle reduction and skin tightening of the face and neck, including hard to treat areas such as the jawline and underneath the chin. The most common indications for treatment are:
- Overall facial skin tightening
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Plump and rejuvenate the skin
- Skin tightening around the eyes including loose under eye skin
- Reduction of fine lines around the lips
- Tightening of the jawline and jowls
- Reducing the appearance of neck bands
- Tightening the skin of the neck and decolletage
- Reducing the appearance of crow's feet
- Tightening the skin in areas of the body such as arms, knees and stomachs
Combined with dermal fillers and collagen stimulator's for volume replacement we can creating a natural and enhanced result.
frequently asked questions
+ HOW DOES RADIO FREQUENCY SKIN TIGHTENING WORK?
Radiofrequency is an advanced technology that can safely and effectively heat the collagen fibres deep within the dermis of the skin. If sufficient energy is delivered and the skin is heated to a certain temperature, then the collagen fibres will contract, providing an immediate plumping of the skin.
A secondary result is the stimulation of new and healthy collagen fibres which over time can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while tightening the skin. Collagen remodelling occurs over many months and results continue to improve over a treatment course.
EndyMed 3DEEP Radio frequency technology is the latest and most advanced skin tightening and contouring treatments. It works to deliver multiple energy sources into the skin, delivering controlled heat deep into the dermis while preserving the delicate epidermis. The treatment is personalised according to the condition of the skin and the area being treatment, allowing for the safest possible treatment.
+ WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Following your consultation with our doctor or dermal clinician and the formulation of a treatment plan you will be booked in for your procedure. The length of the procedure depends on the number of areas which are being treated. TIme can range from 20 to 60 minutes.
The treatment involves passing the RF handpiece over the skin, the choice of handpiece is dependant on the area being treated. During the treatment the deep skin layers are gradually heated while the skin surface stays at around 40 degrees (hot shower temperature). The skin temperature is monitored to ensure the correct energy is being used. The handpiece releases RF energy deep into the dermis to begin the collagen contraction and stimulation.
The treatment is comfortable and you will feel a sensation of warmth as RF energy passes through the skin. It is relaxing and many describe it as a warm massage. Following the treatment, the skin will be red and appear tighter and plumper.
The treatment is significantly more comfortable than older forms of RF treatment such as Thermage.
+ HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
Depending on your individual treatment program and skin concerns a course of treatments will be recommended by your doctor or dermal clinician. A treatment course is generally 6 treatments spaced every 1 to 2 weeks.
Collagen stimulation will begin to occur soon after the first treatment will improvements in the skin often visible following the second treatment. Over the course of treatments the improvements will begin to become evident with noticeable tightening of the skin and a reduction in wrinkles.
Results will continue over the next 6 to 12 months with a significant improvement in skin quality as new and healthy collagen forms. Even after completion of treatment the skin will continue to improve. Maintenance sessions will be required over the years after completing a course.
+ WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY TREATMENT?
Given the safety and comfort of RF skin tightening there is absolutely no down time. Patients can continue their normal daily activities. The skin will appear tighter and slightly red, which will disappear after a few hours.
Full aftercare instructions will be provided after the treatment and strict adherence to these is essential to minimize discomfort and to ensure optimal results and healing.
+ IS RF SKIN TIGHTENING SAFE?
RF skin tightening and contouring is a very safe treatment and avoids the risks such as prolonged redness, pigment changes, burns and scars which may be associated with more intense laser treatments (especially non-doctor operated lasers).
Safety is of the highest importance at Youth Lab and we understand that minimal risk and low downtime are of utmost priority to our clients. We aim to delivery safe and effective treatments which is why the RF skin tightening treatments by Endymed are some of our most exciting new treatments.
Generally there are no adverse effects. The skin will be red and flushed but will appear tighter and plumper. There is no downtime to the treatment. In very rare cases a burn can occur to the skin during RF treatment due to altered parameters of the machine however this is not the case in the Endymed system.
A full list of precautions and contraindications will be discussed at your consultation. Radiofrequency cannot be performed in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have implanted metallic or electronic devices (eg pacemakers), current inflammation or infection and certain medical conditions such as active cancer, heart disease or who are immunosuppressed.
+ WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
To view our up to date pricing please visit our Energy Treatment Pricing page and look up under the RF Skin Tightening and Contouring section.