Radio frequency (RF) therapy is a gold standard collagen boosting treatment that tightens skin by way of energy waves that heat the dermis (the middle layer of the skin), stimulating the production of collagen.
The most commonly found protein in the body, collagen serves as one of the main building blocks for your bones, skin, hair, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s what keeps skin from sagging thanks to its fibrous supportive nature, and helps boost elasticity too. As we age our natural collagen production wanes, which is where RF comes into play.
How it worksRF electromagnetic waves heat the dermis to 50–75 degrees, and studies have shown that temperatures over 46 degrees for over three minutes trigger a release of proteins. These proteins stimulate new collagen fibres while being totally painless.
And while, thanks to its collagen building abilities it helps plump and smooth the skin, RF devices like Profound, Morpheus8, Evoke and Thermage are not just for lines and wrinkles. Think reversing collagen fibre degradation caused by UV exposure: studies have found that regular RF treatments can offer improvement on sun damaged skin types.
Skin tightening with RF isn’t just reserved for the face – it can also be used to plump, tone and tighten the body for improved body contouring.
RF has also been found to help break down fat and is often used to help contour the face non-surgically, while on the body it’s one of the few fat dissolving treatments that doesn’t cause surface irregularities like dips or flattening.