There are a number of cosmetic procedures that can literally be done over an individual’s lunch hour that are minimally invasive, equating to a quick recovery time. Some even allow the patient to head back to work that afternoon with no one the wiser. Because there is a small amount of pain and very little swelling or bruising, these methods are perfect for busy people who don’t necessarily want the whole world to know about their procedure.
One of the techniques used in order to provide this quick and easy surgery is radio frequency (RF) energy. How does it work? It heats tissue and stimulates collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of loose skin and fine lines. This article from XEN Life discusses two RF procedures that fit into the busy lifestyle category:
Quick Cosmetic Procedures with Fast Recovery Time – XEN life
Sagging jawline or turtle neck may make you look older. The slack skin in the neck can be tightened through radio frequency technology. The procedure heats up deep layers of the skin, tightening the collagen in the process while stimulating new growth of collagen.
For optimal results, the 15-20 minute treatment needs to be repeated every year.
Varicose veins – RF tech
An estimate of 35% of adults suffer from varicose veins. Aside from the fact that they are unsightly, some may be painful. The most common solution is invasive surgery which may incur a hospital stay. This treatment makes use of radio frequency technology that inserts a tiny catheter to seals the veins and shut them without pain. The catheter sends radio frequencies to the veins. This treatment can be also considered under insurance plans.
Although most of these procedures are approved (except for Juvederm), one must still exercise necessary caution when requesting a quick cosmetic procedure. Despite the fact they don’t require invasive operations, they still involve alteration of the body through machines or synthetic materials. If you are unsure of your health condition, it pays to wait and ask your GP for more information. Remember to always check for credentials.
Read about the rest of the procedures here: Quick Cosmetic Procedures with Fast Recovery Time – XEN life
What’s more telling than a group of cosmetic surgeons discussing the effectiveness of RT energy for skin tightening? These doctors are at the 2015 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference examining what works best for their clients. It is interesting to hear the varying opinions concerning RF treatments:
Even though there are differing assessments on the efficacy of radio frequency therapy, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) released a review which concluded that results are favorable. The testing hasn’t been completely within their guidelines, but their conclusion was: “Overall, nonablative RF is a safe, tolerable, and effective tool for skin rejuvenation and cellulite treatment that produces modest results. RF should serve as an alternative but not as an equivalent substitute to surgery.”
The following article from Smart Beauty Guide goes over RT therapy and the other two main non-surgical skin tightening techniques being used today followed by the pros and cons:
Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
There are three general options for nonsurgical skin tightening. After evaluating your skin quality and the area being treated, your plastic surgeon will choose the option that is best suited for your particular situation and will recommend an approach based upon your aesthetic goals.
Radiofrequency and intense pulsed light treatments heat only the deep layer of your skin. The epidermis or outer skin layer is not damaged. Your body’s natural wound healing response causes collagen changes in the skin which results in skin tightening. A series of treatments is usually performed.
Ultrasound treatments focus ultrasonic energy to the dermal layer (the deep layer of your skin). Your skin above the focus point and tissue below the focus point are protected. New collagen growth is stimulated, which gradually lifts and tightens the skin. Like radiofrequency and IPL, multiple treatments may be needed.
- A noninvasive, nonsurgical technique that tightens facial or body skin
- Performed with no incisions, minimal discomfort and little to no downtime
- May be used for all skin types
- Results are less extensive and dramatic than those obtained with a facelift or body contouring procedures
- Multiple treatments are usually needed for optimal results
- Skin redness, temporary swelling or numbness or volume loss around the treated area may occur
Read the full post here: Nonsurgical Skin Tightening
One advantage to the above type treatments is the cost, as it is significantly lower than a invasive surgery. Another bonus is that you can try out enhancing or changing a certain area without the long recovery. Then, if you decide you want to go ahead with a more permanent solution, you already know what to expect.