Signs are pointing to the new technology in the form of radio frequency energy, also called RF energy, is the way to go when seeking non-surgical methods of tightening and rejuvenating skin. While we’ve seen the use of RF technology in medicine for more than 70 years, it’s only recently that we’ve begun to see how beneficial it can be for promoting skin youth and beauty.

The popularity of non-surgical skin tightening has risen sharply in recent years, making it the seventh most popular non-surgical treatment performed in the U.S for the year 2016, reports the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in its 2016 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics. New technologies in RF treatment are sure to have RF skin tightening advancing even more in popularity in 2019 and beyond.


How Does Radiofrequency Energy Work for Skin Rejuvenation?

There are a variety of treatments and procedures involving RF energy. Here at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. we believe the Lumenis Legend Pro treatment offers the perfect combination of cutting-edge technologies to deliver immediate results you can see in the mirror, while also promoting long-lasting healing deep within your skin’s layers.

Radiofrequency works to tighten skin by doing several things at once. These include:

  • Heats the skin. This stimulates subdermal collagen production which reduces the appearance of fine lines and loose skin instantly.

  • Remodels tissues. It accomplishes this by promoting the production of elastin and collagen.

  • Causes apoptosis of fat cells. The result of which is a reduction of fat in the layers of the treated areas.

While many people view this as the perfect solution to get rid of fine lines and moderate wrinkles around the face (not to mention sagging jowls and lines in the neck), there are other areas RF energy effectively tightens as well, including:

  • Abdomen

  • Thighs

  • Arms

It is an essential tool used not only for facial contouring, but to help shape the body and eliminate cellulite too.

With our RF energy solutions for skin tightening and rejuvenation through Lumenis Legend Pro, you can enjoy real results you can see today as well as lasting results you’ll continue to see months after you’ve concluded treatment.


Who are Ideal Candidates for Skin Rejuvenation of the Face and Neck with RF Energy?

Ideal patients for radio frequency treatment include people who are:

  • Between the ages of 40 and 60.

  • People showing early signs of moderate skin aging with skin and neck laxity who are not yet ready to consider surgical procedures.

  • Men and women who have sun damaged skin.

  • People with large pores.

  • Those who are looking for better skin texture improvements than is available with facials and chemical peels.

 In other words, RF energy is ideally suited to treat men and women with a large range of skin health and beauty concerns.

Skin rejuvenation and tightening with RF treatment is not for everyone, though. You should work with Dr. Patt here at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to determine if it is the right choice for you. While the age-defying capabilities of RF treatment are truly exceptional, the Lumenis Legend Pro treatment we offer is not recommended for people who have the following:

  • Pacemakers

  • Defibrillators

  • Implanted electronic devices

  • Metal implants of any kind (in the treatment area)


Why Do People Choose Radio Frequency Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation?

While admittedly not as effective as plastic surgery, RF energy offers many benefits that are similar to what you will experience with a far more invasive surgical procedure to eliminate loose skin, deep wrinkles, and cellulite in unwanted areas.

The results are surprisingly close, however, working to make the non-surgical alternative an attractive choice for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cost. It is less expensive to go through the initial and follow-up treatments with RF energy devices than to go through with invasive cosmetic surgery.

  • Downtime. RF treatments require little, if any, downtime, allowing patients to resume normal activities within minutes of receiving treatment.

  • Pain. Surgeries hurt. Even with anesthesia at the time, the recovery process can be painful, and some patients simply prefer to avoid that pain if possible.

  • Scars. The risk of scars with RF treatment is minuscule compared to the risks of scars after cosmetic surgery.

Some people simply prefer an option that is kinder to the body. Surgeries of any kind can shock the system. Even relatively minor surgeries, like cosmetic procedures, can release additional stress hormones within the body, which some people wish to avoid.

The real question to ask is whether RF skin rejuvenation is the right choice for you. People make the decision to seek this type of treatment for a variety of reasons and the benefits are much deeper than your skin’s surface. Working with Dr. Patt can help you determine if RF energy treatments will help you accomplish your specific goals and whether or not you feel the risks associated with the treatment are acceptable to you.


Is RF Treatment for Skin Safe?

One of the main concerns people share when deciding if RF energy therapies are the right choices for them relate to the safety of the treatment. RF treatments for skin tightening are FDA cleared as safe for use in skin tightening therapies. Not only are they cleared for safety, when performed according to the highly controlled regulations the FDA has established for using RF energy, the risks to patients are minimal.

The equipment used for skin tightening with RF energy are closely monitored and controlled to ensure that practitioners use optimal temperatures in targeted areas to produce outstanding cell regenerating capabilities and new collagen production without causing burns in the areas.

What’s even more impressive is the high amount of patient satisfaction whether using RF energy for body contouring and reshaping or for facial skin tightening.


What are the Risks of RF Energy Treatment?

Unlike other forms of treatment, RF energy treatment has minimal risks. The biggest risk would be from burns related to the treatment. However, when conducted in quality facilities, those risks are minimal. Patients may experience some of the following side effects, though:

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Itching

  • Redness

  • Damage to natural skin texture.

  • Scabbing from the micro-needles.

The process takes approximately 30 minutes total, after which patients can return to work or other normal activities without delay.

While RF energy treatments do offer instant and lasting results, it is advisable to follow through with a specific series of treatments.  Your doctor will discuss how many treatments you will need and how those treatments should be spaced to achieve maximum results from your treatment.

Contact Us to Learn About RF Energy for Skin Rejuvenation

We are happy to answer any questions you have about radio frequency energy treatments for skin tightening and more. Contact us today to learn more about your options and schedule your appointment. Call us (281) 649-7170 or request your appointment online.


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January 30 2019 |

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