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What is a radio frequency facelift?

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A radio frequency facelift tightens the skin by using radio frequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin. Radio frequency treatments stimulate collagen production and remodelling in the skin. Treatment devices such as Thermage and Aluma use radio frequency energy for tightening facial and body skin, explains About.com.

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A radio frequency facelift treatment heats the dermal layer of the skin in a controlled manner and also cools the skin during treatment. The treatment promotes a healing response in the skin that produces firmer and smoother skin. The skin’s underlying tissues contract to result in a more uplifted appearance. The best treatment results have been observed in the jawline and neck. Radio frequency treatments can also tighten areas of the body such as the buttocks, thighs and abdomen, states About.com.

A facelift using radio frequency technology is less costly and lower risk than a surgical facelift, as it is non-invasive and requires little to no down time. Some radio frequency treatments require that a patient takes pain medication or has a local anesthetic applied to the skin. Some patients may experience skin swelling and redness immediately after a treatment. Serious but rare side effects such as blistering, skin depressions and permanent pigment changes can occur, according to About.com.

A radio frequency face lift is not intended to deliver the same results as a surgical facelift, but it can delay the need for more invasive treatments, reports About.com.

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