16th December 2021

6 Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Myths You Should Ignore

Last Modified: August 3, 2022

Age creeps up on everybody. So at some point, you may consider taking the dive and booking your first anti-ageing cosmetic treatment. But as I often tell my patients, don't commit to any procedure until you know all the facts. The same goes for nonsurgical skin tightening with radio frequency (RF). 

Interestingly, RF therapy has been used since 2001 to combat sagging skin and other signs of ageing. That's more than 20 years, and there's still a lot of misinformation being spread online.

It's time to set the record straight! In this article, we will unravel common myths surrounding RF skin tightening that you should not pay any heed to. 

Let's check them out one by one in this list. Hopefully, this should help you decide if this is the right option for you.

Myth #1: Surgery is a better fix than radio frequency (RF) skin tightening 

At one point, surgery was your best bet for correcting skin laxity. These days, it's no longer your only option. While surgical skin tightening offers more immediate results than nonsurgical options, you have to consider the significant downtime and restrictive aftercare instructions.

Remember that a decline in skin's firmness stems from a gradual slowdown in skin cell regeneration alongside collagen production. Radiofrequency is one of the best ways to combat signs of ageing by stimulating new collagen and elastin synthesis within the skin.

That said, this natural ageing process occurs over many years, so it's unrealistic to expect results overnight from a nonsurgical skin tightening. I encourage you to exercise some patience, and you'll eventually see real, optimal results with radiofrequency therapy.

 Myth #2: Skin tightening with radiofrequency hurts

Radiofrequency skin tightening has come a long way! Early versions of RF used to sting and cause so much pain that patients had to be sedated with anaesthesia. 

But as aestheticians and researchers understood RF technology better, new devices like NuEraTight have been introduced to the market. You can now enjoy all the skin tightening benefits without the pain or discomfort! 

After the procedure, you may experience some temporary redness and swelling, but this clear pretty quickly. Did I mention that the is procedure is noninvasive? You don't have to worry about leaving the doctor's office with cuts, puncture wounds, or incisions.

If you are looking for a safe, painless and nonsurgical treatment for skin tightening, radiofrequency is the way to go. 

Myth #3: Skin-firming creams work as well as radiofrequency

Do a quick internet search, and you'll likely be bombarded with skin firming products. But before you excitedly pull out your credit card and spend money on another skin-firming cream, you need to hear this.

If you're looking for a facelift in a jar, you'll likely be disappointed. 

Despite the bold claims and fancy packaging, skin-firming cream results will be very subtle at best. Often you are just paying for a glorified moisturiser. 

Multiple studies have proved that a cream or lotion cannot penetrate the skin deeply enough to bring about a long-lasting firming effect. 

On the other hand, radiofrequency energy heats up the deep layer of your skin (dermis), stimulating collagen production to combat wrinkles and sagging skin.

Myth #4: All RF skin tightening procedures are the same

While all radiofrequency machines fundamentally use electromagnetic energy to try and trigger a tightening, firming action, they don't all achieve the same results. 

Differences in technology and treatment settings will often lead to varying results. More than that, the person holding the applicator and carrying out your treatment is extremely crucial. 

For your best chance at reaching your aesthetic goals, you need :

  • A medical cosmetic clinic with access to advanced radiofrequency technology.
  • A certified Rf specialist with a proven track record of consistent customer satisfaction and safety.

For example, your skin temperature should be measured during the treatment to ensure that it's high enough to bring about significant benefits without putting you at risk of burns. This means you need a provider with access to an RF device with precision temperature control and expertise to operate it safely.

Myth #5: Radiofrequency skin tightening is mainly for women

Dr Farmah, aesthetic doctor and founder of Dr Aesthetica, has seen an increase in both men and women seeking radiofrequency treatments. More and more men are seeking cosmetic procedures to help their skin look healthier, more toned and youthful-looking.

The beauty of radiofrequency is that it is suitable for most people. Anyone can use it to firm, tighten and lift loose skin as well as reinvigorate it for a healthy glow. Radiofrequency treatments are also suitable for all types of skin tones. 

 It's important to note that, for every patient, we provide a customized treatment plan, adapting our device's settings to their skin type, treatment area and unique goals.

Myth #6: Radiofrequency can only treat one area

Some may believe RF skin tightening is effective only on the face, while others believe its best used on the abdomen. 

While there are certain areas in which this skin tightening treatment is more commonly used, its benefits are not limited to those areas alone. 

Our radio frequency device, NuEra Tight, is just as apt for your bum as it is for your face! Modern radiofrequency treatments can be carried out almost anywhere on the body to combat saggy skin, wrinkles and crepey skin.

Say Goodbye to Saggy Skin!

Radiofrequency does a wonderful job in promoting the production of new collagen and ultimately skin tightening, with absolutely no downtime. 

Whether it's NuEraTight RF, Botox, Profhilo, Dermal Fillers, AlumierMD skincare, or chemical peels, Dr Aesthetica has the latest cutting edge technology for skin rejuvenation.

We will ensure that you achieve your desired results and end your treatment plan with restored confidence in your appearance.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 16th December 2021
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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