Many men and women are facing problems such as sagging jowls, under eye bags, lines around the nose and mouth, and deflation in the cheeks. These are just a few of the many signs of aging that seem to get worse with every passing year. Although the option of facial plastic surgery has existed for decades, the current trend is to minimize the signs of age with non-surgical techniques. Botox and dermal fillers lead the way, but technologies such as radio frequency are very much worth consideration.
Radio Frequency Energy and the Skin
Radio frequency is an electrical current ranging between a few and a few hundred GHz. The electromagnetic radiation from a radio frequency device bypasses the epidermis, or surface of the skin, without causing it to heat. However, the underlying dermal tissues absorb thermal energy and transfer it to heat, paving the way for positive effects.
It is in the dermal tissues where collagen is produced, and where it is stored as a supportive matrix of fibers that hold up the skin. When heated, collagen fibers are modified. Their frayed structure contracts and thickens as heat is absorbed. In many cases, this produces an immediate improvement in the appearance of the skin. However, most people notice progressive changes as collagen is remodeled over time in response to a perceived injury.
Radio frequency has been around for quite some time. Its therapeutic value has been proven in numerous medical applications since 2002, when the technology was first approved by the FDA. It is only recently that the aesthetic benefits of RF have become increasingly recognized.
Because the tightness and overall quality of the skin is improved with the infusion of collagen prompted by radio frequency, there are a number of improvements that can be seen with treatment. These include:
- Lifted, more defined cheeks
- Greater definition at the jaw line
- Tightening of the skin under the eyes, and reduction in puffiness
- Tighter skin on the forehead
- Slight lift to the brow and skin on the upper eyelid
- Reduced sagging and fat beneath the chin
- Smoother skin on the neck
Call Riverside Medical Arts to discuss your ideal method of facial rejuvenation.