Radiofrequency therapy uses radiofrequency energy in the form of electric pulses to effectively tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. It works by selectively delivering heat energy to the middle and deeper layers of skin, stimulating new collagen growth. Radiofrequency technology remains a popular non-invasive procedure because it can deeply penetrate the deeper layers of skin without causing any damage to the skin surface.
Radiofrequency therapy offers an alternative to patients who are not ready for invasive surgical procedures such as facelift or liposuction. The skin tightening effect following radiofrequency treatment may not be as effective as invasive surgical procedures. However, this therapy is comfortable, and there’s virtually no downtime involved, which means patients can return to their normal activities immediately.
Therma B plus
Therma B plus is a radiofrequency system that produces deep heating on the skin surface and subcutaneous tissue without increasing the temperature excessively. Thus, it can be applied to any part of the body without pain, muscular sensation or uncomfortable sensation. The Therma B plus system uses two handpieces in two different modes. They are designated as:
- Resistive Electric Transfer (RET): penetrates deeper layers of tissue.
- Capacity Electric Transfer (CET): disperse heat energy to the skin surface.
The combination of RET and CET contracts connective tissue and drains fluid from fat tissues beneath the skin, promoting absorption and smoothing of cellulite. It improves skin tone and quality by increasing blood circulation, promoting collagen growth and tightening existing collagen fibres.
Before the treatment, conductive gels are applied to the target areas. This is followed by the application of the system’s handpieces over the treatment area slowly (similar to gentle massage). This manoeuvre will generate a gradual heating sensation that does not bother most patients. The system can be used on almost any part of the body, including the face, neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks and legs. Treatment sessions for Therma B plus are comfortable, short, relaxing and effective.
Benefits of radiofrequency therapy:
- Skin tightening and body contouring
- Reduction of cellulite/oedema
- Postoperative treatment for liposuction
- Post slimming program for body toning (skin tightening)
- Postpartum (after delivery) for body contouring and toning
Other reported benefits:
- Nourishing and revitalising skin (activates blood flow and increased oxygenation in skin tissue)
- Increase cellular membrane permeability to facilitate metabolites or nutrients transfer
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Special considerations, risks and recovery time
There’s a very low risk of side effects; treatment sessions are virtually pain-free and virtually no downtime. The patient may resume normal activities immediately.
Ideal candidates for radiofrequency
Since radiofrequency is a non-invasive procedure, the result following the therapy may not be as dramatic as any surgical procedure such as facelift or liposuction. However, repeated treatment over some time may achieve some desirable outcome.
It is essential to know that radiofrequency therapy does not:
- Remove deep wrinkles and excessively sagged skin
- Remove fats in large areas such as the abdomen, arms and thighs
- Reduce weight in obese patients
How much will radiofrequency therapy cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective procedures or treatment. The cost for a radiotherapy treatment may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, time and effort the procedure or treatment required.