Radiofrequency (RF) Face & Neck Skin Tightening

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

For a number of years, the only effective way to tighten the skin on the face and reduce wrinkles was the injection of botulinum toxins and surgical face-lifts. However, both of these treatment methods come with risks.

Recently, the FDA approved a non-invasive means of tightening loose and sagging skin on the face, and neck.. RF Skin Tightening works using low frequency radio waves that cause vibrations. These vibrations become kinetic thermal energy, which causes the skin to tighten, reducing wrinkles and skin sag.

Because radiofrequency skin tightening is non-ablative (non-wounding), it can be used on all skin types and colors.

Many Hollywood celebrities use radiofrequency treatmentuse radiofrequency treatment after giving up on cosmetic surgery.

Radiofrequency vs. Face-lifts

A surgical face-lift is one of the most common facial tightening procedures performed. It works by cutting away excess skin and tightening the muscles underneath.

While a face-lift will last for 5–10 years, it comes with a lengthy recovery time and a risk of permanent scarring

Radiofrequency skin tightening, on the other hand, is non-surgical, so there is no recovery time after the treatment or risk of permanent scaring. While multiple treatments may be necessary to maintain results, numerous radiofrequency skin tightening treatments cost far less that even one face-lift.

Radiofrequency vs. Botulinum Toxin

Injections of botulinum toxin is a popular method of facial skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. Botulinum toxin is injected directly into a specific area. It works by keeping the skin from contracting. Repeat injections every 3- 4 months are required.

However, botulinum toxin comes with a number of risks. Botulinum is toxic in large doses and can lead to facial freeze.

Radiofrequency skin tightening is not an injection. It works on the surface of the skin and penetrates to the muscles underneath. It poses no toxicity risks.

Clinical Trials

A number of clinical trials have been done over the years proving the effectiveness of radiofrequency skin tightening on the skin and neck.


“Non-Surgical Radiofrequency Facelift,” The Journal of Drugs and Dermatology
David J. Narins, MD & Rhoda S. Narvins, MD

This clinical study looked at the effectiveness and safety of radiofrequency treatments on the jowls and brow.
“Objective Assessment of skin Tightening Using Multisource, Phase-Controlled Radiofrequency in Asians,” Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications
Yohei Tanaka

This clinical study looked at the efficacy and safety of using radiofrequency treatments on Asian skin.