How Radiofrequency Treatments Can Rejuvenate Aging SkinPosted on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
A few months ago, Dr. Douglas Stevens blogged about a groundbreaking treatment called Morpheus8, which remodels wrinkly, loose neck skin. Morpheus8 is one of several non-surgical treatments that employ the power of radiofrequency energy to address noticeable signs of aging.
We thought it would be useful to go into more detail about how radiofrequency treatments rejuvenate aging skin. Our hope is that this post helps you to better understand the technology we use and how it can improve your appearance. You may discover that radiofrequency treatments could be most valuable in your own anti-aging journey!
The Science Behind Radiofrequency Skin Treatments
Radiofrequency energy helps to remodel skin from the inside out by encouraging the production of collagen. Collagen is a building block of youthful skin, and our bodies’ natural production of collagen slows down considerably as we age. Our collagen networks also break down over time due to other factors such as sun exposure and smoking. As collagen reserves are depleted, our skin starts to wrinkle and sag.
Instead of surgically removing and tightening loose, wrinkly skin, radiofrequency treatments rebuild the structures supporting the skin without harming the top layer of skin. Radiofrequency waves are directed at the deep layers of the skin and create a controlled heat response. The heat causes the collagen in the skin to contract and tighten. It also kickstarts the formation of fresh collagen. With renewed collagen, the skin looks noticeably tighter and firmer.
These changes do not occur overnight. It takes weeks and months for collagen reserves to replenish and the targeted tissues to contract. But because these changes occur gradually, the results ultimately look very natural.
Radiofrequency treatments can minimize the appearance of the following:
- Crow’s feet
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Lines or wrinkles between the eyebrows
- Forehead wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds – i.e., creases between the nose and mouth
- Sagging skin under the chin or along the jawline
Could You Benefit From Radiofrequency Skin Treatments?
Radiofrequency skin treatments are useful if you are younger and just starting to see early signs of aging, or if you are older and desire minor improvements without surgery. The technology is safe for all skin tones.
Our patients love radiofrequency skin treatments because they do not require anesthesia or lengthy recovery downtime. They report the treatments as very tolerable, with minimal swelling and redness afterward that disappears within a few days.
The best way to determine whether a radiofrequency skin treatment is right for your goals is to consult with Dr. Stevens and our team. Call or email us today to request a consultation and learn more about radiofrequency skin treatments.