Maybe you’ve had liposuction and were left with some loose skin. Or maybe you’re just getting older and the skin around your neck is starting to sag a bit. Perhaps your skin looks great, but you want to get rid of stubborn cellulite or stretch marks.
According to dermatologists, the field of body contouring and tissue tightening has grown very rapidly over the past several years, with “many new devices appearing on the market that utilize radiofrequency (RF) energy to effectively tighten and rejuvenate the skin”.
Radiofrequency (RF) utilizes the tissue’s resistance to transform energy into thermal energy. The procedure is used to firm up the skin and reduce cellulite, and is used on many areas of the body including the face, abdomen, upper arms, thighs and buttocks.
Radiofrequency energy heats the deeper skin layers during the treatment. The body’s natural wound healing response causes a contraction of the collagen fibers and stimulates new collagen growth.
The most commonly used radiofrequency devices are Solta’s Thermage device, which was FDA-approved in 2004, and Alma’s Accent device which was approved by the FDA in 2007; other popular devices include SkinTyte , Venus Freeze, and Velashape.
Thermage treatment can range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the location and size of treatment on the face or body, while Accent RF treatments range from $300-$500, with a minimum of four treatments required.