Monopolar radiofrequency waves radiated into the deeper skin layers result primarily in a tightening effect, which is achieved by heating the collagen fibers. This heating process also boosts the skin’s production of new collagen, stimulating connective tissue cells (fibroblasts), thus improving the skin’s quality as a result. Both effects occur after repeated application of the heat, and have a long term effect. This is also known as Thermalifting – a significant tightening effect of the skin by applying heat, i.e. facial contours are refined, skin tension is improved throughout the face, and the appearance of so called “hamster cheeks” and protrusions in the chin area can be reduced. In the area of the eyes, a tightening of the eyelids and a reduction of fine crow’s feet can be achieved.
Ultimately, it can also be used to treat the area of the neck and chest, as well as the lower abdomen, inner thighs and upper arm. In order to achieve a profound and long-lasting effect, the treatment should be carried out in 8 to 10 sessions (depending on the skin). Prior to treatment, the treated area is cleaned and, in some instances, treated with an anesthetic cream, so that no unnecessary extreme pain occurs for the patient. The therapy is conducted with a special hand-held device by RF Thermotherapy, and the procedure takes 20 to 60 minutes to complete. There is no significant discomfort associated with the treatment.
There might be a discrete redness and minimal swelling of the treated region, but one can easily pursue his/her normal daily routine the same day. The recommended sessions are twice a week, whereas the longer session treatments have a better effect on the treated zones. The effects can be seen after 2 to 3 weeks. Studies have shown that the collagen production lasted up to 2 years in treated patients, resulting in the slowing down of the process of aging.