Radio frequency based non-surgical liposuction procedures are one of the most popular weight loss methods today. The body contouring procedure is known for its skin tightening and weight loss benefits. It is a painless procedure a far cry from liposuction surgery.
Radio frequency is the quantity of oscillation or waves per second. It is recognized as the lowest of the electromagnetic radiation frequencies compared to microwaves, infrared, x-rays, ultraviolet, to gamma rays.
Applying radio frequency energy directly over fat problem areas produces heat and coagulate tissue. It also induces tissue remodeling and the production of elastin and collagen. Both of which is responsible for skin tightening. Because of this, radio frequency treatments are also being employed by facelift clinics for beauty and skin treatments.
How does It work?
Radio frequency treatment delivers electrical current to the skin through electrodes that produce heat over the target area. When the skin is exposed to high-frequency electrical current, the body cells interpret this as an energy source.
Tissue layers then act as a resistor to the radio frequency energy causing heat. The process of heating up helps tighten and rejuvenate the skin making it appear smoother while reducing fat deposits.
Radio frequencies penetrate the skin layers heating the skin tissue where the collagen fibers are rooted. Heating causes immediate contraction of the collagen fibers where the fat cells drain and sink.
All fibroblast cells are stimulated to produce new elastic fibers and collagen. The result is younger looking skin with a visible lift while fat cells are reduced and cellulite looks less noticeable.
A topical anesthetic cream is applied to the skin before treatment. This helps numb the skin slightly. The cream is normally removed using alcohol cleansers before the clinician initiates the procedure. A treatment grid may be drawn over the treatment area to assure an even application.
As an additional barrier between the surface layers of the skin and the device, a lubricating oil or cream will be applied over the area to be treated. Once the process is completed, a soothing gel or cold pack may be applied to the client’s skin.
The process is normally repeated twice weekly with an average of 8 to 10 sessions depending on the device being used. Most patients notice immediate results especially with the tightness of their skin. Results continue to appear in the days following the treatment.
Patients may experience heating sensations each time the radio frequency energy is administered to the skin. Most devices have built-in cooling functions that protect the skin from heating and make the treatment more comfortable.
Some side effects that patients may encounter with radio frequency energy include redness, bruising, or swelling around the treated area. This typically disappears after a few days or weeks. Other reports of dry skin in the treated area also happen upon the treated. In this case, lubricants or gel with aloe vera is suggested to be applied around the area.
Radio frequency treatment has several advantages and benefits offered which are:
- Reduced swelling within a week after the treatment
- Limited bruising
- Less painful compared to standard body contouring procedures
- Visible results after a few sessions
- Accomplishes both skin tightening and fat reduction at the same time
- Faster results than many types of non-surgical liposuction procedures
- Coagulates the blood vessels which reduces the risk of skin injury
Why Choose Radio Frequency Treatment Over Traditional Liposuction?
People choose non-surgical liposuction over liposuction surgery because it does not require incision or anesthesia. Another reason why radio frequency treatment is popular because it patients could return to their normal daily activities immediately.
Traditional liposuction may need multiple incisions and pain is experienced longer from several weeks to a few months after the operation. Bruises from traditional liposuction may be quite extensive while radio frequency treatment leaves no scarring on the patient’s skin.