Energy waves for skin rejuvenation?
It is being used to reduce sagginess and to soft wrinkles Even though it sounds revolutionizing radio frequency, has been around for over 10 years..
The most popular name in radiofrequency treatments is Thermage and it offers a procedure with low risks, short almost non recovery time and side effects almost inexistent especially with the latest version of equipment and an experienced provider.
Thermage utilizes radiofrequency where the energy radiates inward from the surface thereby requiring cooling of the skin surface prior to delivery of the energy. The radiofrequency devices are used primarily for tissue tightening. In cosmetic rejuvenation, this includes skin tightening / reduction of sag, most commonly of the face and neck but same principle can be applied to the body. Since it penetrates relatively deeply (up to 20 mm) and can affect subcutaneous fat, it has some potential for body sculpting and cellulite treatment.
It has good popularity because a significant improvement in cheek and neck skin laxity can be observed in the majority of cases. And it offers a patient satisfaction scores paralleled the clinical improvements observed. Side effects are mild and limited to transient erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and rare dysesthesia (alteration of sensation). There is no scarring or pigmentary alteration which is a big benefit.
Non-ablative procedures for facial rejuvenation have become increasingly popular. In this case radiofrequency is method to improve laxity and diminish rhytids. In resume Thermage offers minimal downtime with a favorable side-effect profile. Although there are many radiofrequency devices on the market for aesthetic use, this has the most clinical trials to date to support its use as an effective, evidence-based treatment to improve rhytids and tighten the skin. If it sounds like something you want to try look for your specialist in your area.
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