Radiofrequency (RF) therapy, also called radiofrequency skin tightening, is a nonsurgical method of tightening your skin.
The procedure involves using energy waves to heat the deep layer of your skin known as your dermis. This heat stimulates the production of collagen.
Collagen is the most common protein in your body. It creates the framework of your skin and gives your skin its firmness.
As you age, your cells produce less collagen, which leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Skin laxity occurs around age 35 to 40 when the quantity and quality of your collagen begins to decline.
RF therapy has been used since 2001 to fight against sagging skin and signs of aging. In this article, we’re going to look at how this cosmetic therapy works and what potential benefits it has for your skin.
The primary benefits of RF therapy are tightening your skin and getting rid of wrinkles.
However, RF therapy may also help fight sun damage due to its ability stimulate the production of collagen.
Fighting sun damage
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause the collagen fibers in your skin to break down and become disorganized.
A 2011 study found that 3 months of RF treatment led to clinically significant improvements in a small group of people with mild to moderate signs of sun damage.
RF therapy may help tighten loose skin on your body by stimulating the production of collagen.
A 2017 study found that 24 of the 25 people who underwent 5 to 8 sessions of RF therapy sessions saw an improvement in their body shape. Twenty-three people were happy with their results.
One small study looked at the effect of RF combined with pulsed electromagnetic treatment for 8 weeks.
The researchers found significant improvement in facial skin laxity in all 11 participants, and 73 percent of them had improvements in facial contour.
Wrinkles and fine lines
A 2018 study looked at the effect of RF therapy on wrinkles around the eyes of 70 middle-aged women.
The researchers found that three treatments over 6 weeks significantly reduced their wrinkles.
RF for face slimming
RF treatment has the potential to be used as a nonsurgical method of slimming your face.
A 2017 study looked at the effect of using RF therapy to break down fat in the lower face of 14 middle-aged Asian women.
After 5 weeks, more than 90 percent of the women had a reduction in fat, and 60 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with their results.
The only side effect observed was mild redness several hours after the procedure.