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August 11, 2021 4 min read

Radio frequency skin tightening is a remarkable way to strengthen and tone your skin while also reducing unsightly fat deposits on your face or body. Cosmetic practitioners have been using this FDA-approved technology to help their clients combat facial lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin since 2001. But you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on these clinical treatment sessions, thanks to the availability of home radio frequency skin tightening machines. Let's look at how these machines work, what kinds of benefits you can expect, and how to use them safely and effectively.

What Exactly Is Radio Frequency Skin Tightening?

Radio frequency skin tightening involves the application of controlled amounts of RF energy to the skin, delivered through one or more electrodes from a handheld device. Radio frequency skin tightening machines may use a single electrode to impart this energy, or they may employ multiple electrodes for better coverage of larger areas of skin.

To understand how and why radio frequency skin tightening works, you must first understand why the skin might need such assistance in the first place. Your skin relies on the proteins collagen and elastin to provide it with strength, suppleness, and elasticity. However, as people get older, they naturally start producing less collagen, usually at a rate of one percent per year, until the skin starts to sag noticeably and wrinkles begin to form. Years of sun damage related to UV exposure only aggravates these developments.

Thankfully, this problem is partially reversible. The RF energy emitted by a radio frequency skin tightening machine heats the epidermal tissues above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting "heat shock" stimulates the skin to start manufacturing collagen and elastin at higher rates than before. These substances can then tighten loose skin and lighten the lines that we associate with premature aging.

The same technology that can make your face look tighter and smoother can also help you trim other parts of your body. Some radio frequency skin tightening machines combine RF energy with ultrasound to help melt away fat and cellulite, allowing for non-surgical body contouring.

Is it Safe For Home Use?

The energy emitted by a clinic RF machine runs at a frequency range between 0.1 to 5 megahertz, making it only about one-billionth as intense as a typical X-ray. (An ordinary cell phone can expose you to 10 times the RF energy emitted by one of these machines.) Even with this degree of built-in safety, the kind of radio frequency skin tightening performed in a cosmetic surgeon's office requires skill and care to prevent potential problems such as burns to the skin.

Thankfully, you shouldn't have to worry about these issues from an FDA-approved RF machine designed for home use. These products are made to operate at the extreme low end of the RF energy scale, and no studies have ever confirmed any health risks connected with their use. The most important thing is to select a high-quality product from a reputable manufacturer and seller, so you'll know that the product actually performs safely as advertised, and that you obey that product's listed instructions and precautions.

Radio frequency skin tightening machines don't interact with natural pigmentation, making them equally safe for all shades of skin. However, check with your doctor or dermatologist if you have any pre-existing skin conditions before you use radio frequency skin tightening devices at home. Conditions such as rosacea can get worse if you expose them to RF energy.

Do At-Home Radio Frequency Devices Work?

At-home radio frequency tightening can provide the same basic benefits as in-office treatments, but on a lesser scale. These devices may not reach the same tissue depths as their clinical equivalents, but they're also safer to use without professional skills or training. You can still get good results as long as you're willing to maintain a regular self-treatment regimen. In fact, one study showed that at-home machines tightened skin and lightened wrinkles in 90 percent of the people who used them.

Keep in mind that radio frequency skin tightening, either at home or in the cosmetic surgeon's office, can't address really deep wrinkles, exceptionally saggy skin, or large areas of subdermal fat. If you need to deal with these issues, another kind of cosmetic solution will probably deliver better results. But for light to moderate skin aging, sagging, or wrinkling, it definitely works.

If you're still on the fence about buying your own in-home machine versus undergoing in-office treatments, consider the cost difference. An at-home machine can range from $10 to $1,000, while in-office treatments can cost thousands of dollars. Better yet, you only need to buy the device once; once you've made that investment, the self-treatments won't cost you anything more than the electricity used to power it.

How Often Can You Use A Radio Frequency Device?

Due to the lower energy levels emitted by these devices, you may need to schedule daily treatment sessions for a few weeks to kick-start the processes that yield results. You may then need to continue using the device on a weekly basis to maintain your skin's new elasticity. Different machines emit slightly different amounts of RF energy, so they each come with their own usage guidelines. When in doubt, follow the instructions for your particular device.

Collagen is pretty durable stuff, so once your skin has grown more of it, you may notice the benefits for up to two years. If those results start to fade, you can simply resume your self-treatment sessions until you start seeing the skin you want again.

If you're ready to enjoy tighter, smoother, younger-looking skin, at-home radio frequency skin tightening could turn out to be just what the doctor ordered -- only without the doctor, and without the expensive clinic-based treatment sessions. Take a look at Beoty's range of top-quality radio frequency skin tightening machines to find a model that suits your needs, goals, and budget!

Pepper Peterson
Pepper Peterson

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