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November 08, 2019
Radiofrequency (RF) is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that has been around since 2001. It has gained popularity due to celebrities raving about their results. So, you may be wondering what all the hoopla is about and if it’s safe, are there any side effects, and where you can get this modern esthetics treatment.
RF is very safe IF you have chosen an experienced provider who offers FDA cleared technology. AND – the more you know about it – the better choice you can make when choosing a treatment plan and the right professional. So, the safety and effectiveness depends on the experience and skill of the person providing the treatment and the reason is RF carries a risk for burns if performed incorrectly.
The RF used in non-surgical treatments is different from the RF emitted by a microwave or cell phone, etc., AND the RF in skin tightening treatments is highly controlled. FDA cleared equipment allows the professional administering it to monitor and control the device during treatment. This is necessary to ensure the tissue reaches optimal temperature without overheating.
RF, like any form of energy, has the capacity to produce heat and works by heating the skin’s deeper layers to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This encourages cell turnover which helps skin become tighter, thicker, and healthier looking. The devices used can employ various technologies, and varying degrees of wavelengths per second, but the manner in which it works will still be the same.
How RF differs from laser is RF goes deeper into the layers of skin, while laser treats the surface of the skin. Unlike laser, RF is safe for different skin tones without the risk of permanent discoloration.
The professional you choose will do an evaluation with you and create a treatment plan. Using an RF device, a treatment can last about 10 – 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Treatments are usually recommended once every 4-6 weeks with an average of 6 – 10 treatments in a plan, followed by ongoing maintenance to prolong the results. AND, of course, a skincare routine with products that further support collagen and elastin production will help aid in making treatments last and become even more effective.
Most can feel some tightening right away. Remember, it takes time for our bodies to make collagen, so the best results from RF treatment will show up in about 6 months. Be patient and don’t give up. This is a “good things come to those who wait” situation.
TIP: At-home devices will be significantly weaker than professional units and this is for your protection. Nevertheless, it will still require care and adjusting the usage. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. Expect results to take longer.
Along with effectively lifting and tightening tissues without surgery or downtime, one of the greatest benefits of RF treatments, when performed correctly, is recovery is very quick and easy.
Side effects are typically minimal and short-lived. Light to mild and temporary swelling, redness, and tingling, depending on the depth of treatment needed.
TIP: RF treatments can also be performed safely in tandem with injectables, micro-needling, or other minimally-invasive treatments. Again, it is best to work with a licensed esthetician for these treatments.
Be sure to have NeoGenesis Recovery on hand to treat any swelling or redness with improvement within minutes to hours and to jump-start collagen production. Search for “licensed esthetician” near me using Google and then ask the estheticians for a copy of their license, any additional certifications obtained for training certifications, how many treatments he/she has performed, if they have any before/after photos and if they have any customers you can speak to for references.
If you want to read more on safety, below are some helpful reports. These reports indicate many studies have failed to find evidence for a link between RF to cancer or any related condition, indicating it is safe.
American Cancer Societyhttps://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/radiofrequency-radiation.html
Federal Communications Commissionhttps://www.fcc.gov/engineering-technology/electromagnetic-compatibility-division/radio-frequency-safety/faq/rf-safety#Q11
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June 11, 2021
The lymphatic system works 24/7 to get rid of waste in the body. You could say, it’s the body’s housekeeper.
Lymph that isn't draining in the face results in puffiness and some sagging. What makes lymph get stuck can range from a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal fluctuations, environmental pollution, infections, stress, and even food and beverages. Ever notice the morning after consuming too much wine or salty snacks or food how puffy the eye area gets?
While this sounds like a battle we can’t win, the good news is, we can improve it! We can do a manual lymph drainage and I'll show you how.
June 04, 2021
I'm going to be straight with you, like I always am. You can use the best products, but if you aren't using the tips I'm going to share in this article, you're NOT going to get the results you desire for a smooth and youthful looking lip/mouth area.
Great products are absolutely necessary but to treat the stubborn lip lines that form with aging and to combat the muscle memory from repetitive facial expressions, you're going to need more help! Continue reading to discover my NO NEEDLE at-home lip treatment.
May 28, 2021
Summertime can be just as challenging for skin as the cold, dry winter season. You could sabotage your skincare journey if you don't take a few important steps. But, have no fear! You don't need to hide in the house or stay under an umbrella every minute of the day. The vitamin D we get from the sun is good for us and who doesn't feel better after spending some time outdoors.
Just follow these PRO tips, and you and your skin will get the most out of fun in the sun!