Forget the Facelift: Learn How Non-Invasive Radiofrequency Can Tighten Loose Facial Skin

When the effects of aging advance sufficiently, you might consider facelift surgery. But in the meantime, other treatments can still help you look your best — with neither the expense nor the recovery time of surgery. 

Radiofrequency facials are a non-invasive series of treatments that can tighten and tone your skin at the very first signs of aging. Dr. Thomas Lanchoney and the team here at Suite 200 MedSpa in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania can develop the best treatment plan for you, catered to your needs and preferences. And the best part is, there’s no discomfort or downtime.

Here’s how this procedure works, as well as what you can expect.

Collagen induction versus facelift

In the hands of a skilled surgeon, facelifts produce effective results, but this is achieved by literally cutting away excess skin and stretching what remains. Also, while a facelift can be combined with other procedures, this surgery doesn’t address the condition of the skin itself.

Radiofrequency facials, on the other hand, use your body’s natural healing abilities to refresh and revive skin, restoring moisture and volume. They involve a process your body performs when it repairs your skin after injury called collagen induction. Radiofrequency energy triggers this natural process that tightens and smooths your skin without cutting or stretching.

The effects of radiofrequency energy

Your surface skin can handle a lot — extremes of heat and cold, bright sun, low and high humidity — and the deeper skin layers depend on that protection. However, in the middle layers, where collagen and elastin reside, your skin isn’t as resilient. When collagen warms up about 10 degrees over normal, your body perceives this tissue as damaged. It then sends out orders to start new tissue production while simultaneously flushing out the warmed tissue.

Radiofrequency devices, such as Pellevé®, the platform chosen by Dr. Lanchoney for use at Suite 200 MedSpa, use radio waves to penetrate through your outer skin and selectively warm collagen tissue. These waves pass through your surface skin to be absorbed by the collagen layer. Radio energy gets converted to heat. In fact, some describe the gentle warming of radiofrequency facials as being similar to a hot stone massage.

What to expect from a radiofrequency facial

If you’re new to the world of radiofrequency facials, the slender handpiece of the Pellevé system may surprise you. A treatment covering your entire face takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Spot-treating specific areas may take much less time.

There’s also no need to plan on downtime after your treatment. While your face may feel warm, as though you got some sun exposure, there’s no pain or recovery time associated with radiofrequency facial treatments.

You’ll feel results in days, though it takes weeks or even months before optimal collagen regeneration occurs. Results vary between patients, so you may see better results with multiple treatments spaced about four weeks apart.

The first step to fresher, tighter skin is a consultation with Dr. Lanchoney and the team at Suite 200 MedSpa. We can turn your aesthetic goals into an active treatment plan that may include radiofrequency facial sessions to reduce the appearance of loose skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Call our office or schedule your appointment online today. 

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