​​​​​​​Using Radiofrequency Energy to Reduce Fat and Tighten Skin


Radiofrequency energy therapy, also known as RF therapy, is an increasingly popular non-surgical method of tightening the skin and reducing excess fat. As we age, our bodies begin to change. One of these changes is a reduction in the amount of collagen and elastin we produce, causing our skin to become thinner, looser, and more susceptible to cellulite and wrinkling. 


How Does It Work?


RF skin tightening uses energy waves to heat the deepest layer of the skin, known as the dermis. The creation of heat stimulates the body to produce collagen – a naturally occurring protein that is responsible for providing structure to skin and enabling it to be stretchy and elastic. As the dermis increases in temperature, the body is prompted to create more collagen. This natural process may begin immediately, but because it is biological, the results won’t be evident right away. It can take several weeks before you start to notice your skin becoming tighter, smoother, and more toned than before. 


RF therapy isn’t just about skin tightening either. As the RF energy penetrates the skin, it also heats the fat cells that it comes into contact with, causing the fat within them to liquify. In its liquified state, the fat can be metabolized by the body, and the cells used to store the fat will shrink. This results in a reduction in the size of the target area, as well as weight loss. Again, since this process relies on your natural metabolism, it can take several weeks to begin to see the results of your RF treatment. 


What Areas of the Body Can RF Therapy Treat?


Radiofrequency therapy treatment can be used to treat virtually any area of the body. The areas most commonly targeted include:


  • Hips

  • Buttocks

  • Thighs

  • Calves

  • Abdomen

  • Lower back

  • Upper arms

  • Double chin 


You should speak to your consultant at Natural Results Plastic Surgery about whether RF energy therapy is a suitable option for the area that you would most like to target. 


Is Radiofrequency Energy Therapy Safe?


Many people confuse radiofrequency therapy with radiation, and they are far from the same thing. RF therapy is considered to be very safe, with most patients experiencing no unpleasant side effects. In most cases, the treatment will last around 30 minutes and you will be able to go home or back to work immediately afterward. 


How Many Sessions of RF Therapy Is Needed?


RF therapy can be carried out as a single session ahead of a special event or as part of a longer treatment plan. The exact number of sessions you will need will depend on your desired results. You will be able to discuss your aesthetic goals at your consultation appointment, which will be used to determine if you are a good candidate for radiofrequency therapy. 



To find out more about how radiofrequency energy can reduce fat and tighten skin, call Natural Results Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona at (480) 418-5300 to schedule a consultation today.