Is it painful?
Most patients report a warm stinging sensation. During treatment, a handheld fan is utilized to provide relief. After treatment, patients feel a sunburn sensation that is relieved with a fan or a cold compress. It usually resolves itself in about an hour.
What will I look like after treatment?
Immediately following treatment the skin will have an even red appearance like a sunburn. Over the next 12-24 hours the redness fades and a grid-like pattern will appear. This is normal and to be expected. It will be most noticeable in the first 1-3 days after treatment. It will resolve itself in about 7 days. You will also get a light exfoliation and skin will be smoother to the touch.
Can I wash my face?
The skin will be sensitive to any cleanser or moisturizer for the first 12 hours after treatment. Nothing at all should be applied to the skin during that time. After 12 hours you may use a mild, non-medicated cleanser and plain moisturizer. Wash gently! Sunscreen may also be used 12 hours after treatment.
Can I wear makeup?
Makeup can be applied 24 hours after treatment. We recommend using a lightweight mineral makeup that can be easily removed.
Can I go in the sun?
It is recommended to avoid sun exposure throughout the duration of the treatments (especially within the first 7 days while the skin is exfoliating). Sun exposure too soon after may lead to pigment damage or burns. When outside, no matter the time of year, wear a physical block sunscreen and protective clothing to protect the treatment area.
Prior to the treatment is there any prep needed?
Yes. It is advised to discontinue any topical medications, including acne or anti-aging products for 3 days prior to treatment and leave off the treatment area for 7 days after. The skin should also be clean and free of any makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen prior to treatment. These products will block the energy used in the treatment. Also, avoid tanning or getting a sunburn.
When can I see results?
You will get a light exfoliation and notice smoother skin about 7 days after treatment. Collagen production takes longer and a plumping effect can be seen in as little as 6 weeks. Maximum benefits can be seen 2-4 months after the last treatment.
Will it lift sagging jowls?
No. RF Skin Tightening works to firm and tighten skin only. Jowls are often a combination of fat deposition and sagging muscles as well as decreased skin elasticity.
What if I had Botox or fillers?
There is a 3 week waiting period after having Botox or fillers. Areas with synthetic filler (silicone) cannot be treated. Always inform your provider of any other cosmetic procedure or surgery done on the area to be treated to ensure a safe treatment.