Say 'No' to Wrinkles and Sagging Skin - Radio Frequency Demystified

Saturday 1 November 2014

Say 'No' to Wrinkles and Sagging Skin - Radio Frequency Demystified

Oh God, there is a lot of techniques and devices that women need to get to grips with if they want to improve their skin appearance in a non-surgical way. Once you reach a certain age face creams and scrubs can only do that much; at some point you will need to visit a clinic and have your face treated with some anti-ageing devices. Radio frequency (RF) is only one of the many that you need to understand before choosing the right procedure for your aesthetic needs.

Before and after eight sessions of radio frequency with Lynton Promax
Before and after eight sessions with Lynton Promax radio frequency device
When you go to a clinic, you will most likely have a consultation with a clinician who will advise you on the best treatment for you, but it's always good to have an opinion of your own, so you can challenge the practitioner if required.

A few other non-surgical facial rejuvenation methods seem to do a similar job to radio frequency: one of them is ultherapy and another popular one is lasers. Whichever you are offered, I guess, depends a lot on a practitioner and the devices that they have in their practice. Which one of them is better is highly debatable and it is often a matter of opinion and personal choice. Ultherapy is mainly used for improving skin laxity and sagging, but not usually for wrinkles or fine lines, although recently it has been cleared by FDA to treat neck and décolletage area skin texture. Lasers are often used to treat wrinkles, fine lines and skin laxity, but they require a lot of downtime and they are expensive, and so is ultherapy. Radio frequency requires less downtime, but a patient will need a few sessions to achieve visible results. Radio frequency seems to cost a bit less than the other mentioned methods of facial rejuvenation.

Given my limited knowledge of radio frequency, I asked a specialist Maria Jacobs, a weight loss and aesthetic skin treatments practitioner and the owner of Manor Health Clinic, to answer a few questions about radio frequency. She was very happy to help, so read her answers below.

Q: So what is RF?

Lynton Promax device pic
Lynton Promax radio frequency device
A: Radio Frequency offers an effective yet comfortable way to achieve facial skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. After a course of treatments you can enjoy tighter, firmer and younger looking skin with improved skin tone, texture and elasticity. Our Radiofrequency tightening treatment kick starts collagen and firms facial contours. Fine lines disappear and deeply etched lines are noticeably softened.

The beauty about this treatment as opposed to other skin rejuvenation treatments is that we can safely treat the delicate eye and lip area which is often the place we show early signs of aging.

Q: What areas can be treated with RF?

A: Full face, eyes, upper lip, neck and décolleté.

Q: What areas are the most popular among your patients?

A: Eyes, full face and neck.

Q: What type of skin problems can RF solve, such as sagging, wrinkles or anything else?

A: The general feedback I get regularly from clients is:

  • Fine lines disappear
  • Deep lines appear much softer, therefore, less obvious when makeup is applied
  • Puffy eyes vastly improve, this is because the vacuum on the machine helps to drain excess lymph fluid (this is an instant improvement)
  • Sagging jowls also improve  

Q: How dramatic results/improvement?

A: Clients will notice an improvement in their skin after the first treatment.  Fine lines and skin firmness will start to improve after the third treatment, this is because it takes time for the fibroblast cells to produce new collagen.  The client will still see improvements up to 8 weeks after the end of their course.

Q: What percentage of people are satisfied and what percentage is very satisfied with the treatment? What percentage see no improvement?

A: Everyone is satisfied as there is always an improvement.  I would say that 40% of clients are satisfied and 60% of clients are very satisfied.  The more wrinkles a client has, the more they see an improvement as the effects are much more obvious.  This treatment most definitely has the wow factor.

Q: I believe the results build up over the course of a few months. Confirm that it is correct. Do you get to see your patients a few months after the treatment?

A: Yes results build over the course of treatments; a course of 6-10 treatments is recommended depending on how deep wrinkles are.

Q: What is the RF device that you use in your practice called? How did you decide which one to get?

A: I use the Lynton Promax.  I decided on this as I have other equipment from Lynton which I have never been disappointed with.  I tried 4 different machines but the Promax delivered the best results.

Q: How is the treatment performed?

A: We divide the face in to four sections. The specialised facial applicator can be used all over the face, neck and décolleté including small treatment areas such as around the eyes and mouth.

Q: What should people watch out for when choosing a practice for their treatment?

A: That the clinician is confident and explains the treatment well. Also, look out for certificates that are displayed which show qualifications for the machine they are using.

Q: Have you ever had patients with unreasonable expectations? What were they?

A: I think clients generally have expectations that you set, so I prefer to under promise and over deliver.  I talk honestly about the results other clients have had and what they can expect. If people's expectations are unachievable, then honesty is the best policy.

Q: RF versus laser versus ultrasound. Which one is the best for what?

A: Ultrasound is safe but I’m not confident that it can deliver results that RF or laser can.  RF and laser are both exceptional but RF is a slightly more comfortable treatment which some clients prefer.  I do love laser too, so it all comes down to personal choice and what type of treatment the client would prefer and what is going to achieve the best results for the skin concerns a client has.

Q: What is the approximate price for various areas separately and for the whole face, neck…?

A: A full face is £69, full face and neck is £79. This is slightly lower than I was advised to charge, but it is appropriate for the area I work in.

Q: Is the treatment painful?

A: No, it does feel quite warm, but we monitor the temperature throughout, so it always feels comfortable.

Q: How long does it take?

A: Full face – 45 mins, full face and neck – 60 mins, full face, neck and décolleté - 75 mins, eyes, neck or décolleté - 10 to 15 minutes.

Q: Complications. What is the worst that ever happened in your practice?

A: One gent had an alternative agenda, so he was very unpleasant to deal with. Fortunately, it is rare that something bad happens.

Promo Code

If anyone would like to try a radio frequency treatment, all new customers at Manor Health Clinic in London can get a 10% discount on their first treatment by quoting a promo code "Min's Beauty Equipment".

Final Word

Have you ever tried any treatments similar to radio frequency? Would you like to try at some point?

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