Written by: Natalie Ledbetter
Non-invasive non-ablative Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening
Radiofrequency skin tightening uses radiofrequency energy to heat the various layers of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The heat caused by the radiofrequency energy helps the skin become firmer, thicker, and younger looking.
Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening can be accomplished using needles or without needles, depending on how impatient you are and whether you are ok with some downtime. Radiofrequency microneedling treatments such as Scarlet and Morpheus8 produce results more quickly and in less treatments, but there is some downtime and more discomfort. Non-invasive non-ablative RF treatments like Forma by Inmode are comfortable and side effects and downtime are minimal.
Forma is one of the more cutting-edge radiofrequency skin tightening devices on the market and can be used for skin tightening and body contouring, to improve the texture of the skin, and to decrease lines and wrinkles. Forma radiofrequency skin tightening can be used in skin of all colors.
Forma gives an immediate short term skin tightening effect because it causes the collagen to shrink with the heat. The body also goes into healing mode triggering the fibroblasts to make new elastin and new collagen leading to a longer lasting effect. This process can be used to treat the body, neck, and face, and for vaginal rejuvenation.
The side effects of forma are usually minimal and of short duration when performed by an experienced and skilled esthetician or practitioner. Some redness and swelling can occur and there may be tenderness and tingling for a few hours after the treatment. There is a risk for burns if not done correctly so make sure to ask for a provider with experience.
We usually recommend 6 treatments spaced one to two weeks apart depending on what is being corrected, the age of the person being treated, and the level of correction desired. Most of our clients look forward to coming in for Forma because it feels like a hot stone massage. Some of our patients even fall asleep during the treatment.
There are at home devices that can be purchased, and they can be effective over time when used frequently and consistently. The at home systems are not as strong as professional devices in order to protect against burns. To see results you must use the at home devices much more frequently and for a longer period of time than with a professional medical grade machine. You usually need to do 3 treatments a week for two to three months to achieve results when treating yourself at home.
The radiofrequency energy used in medical and aesthetic devices is a different frequency of RF energy than that of cell phones, microwaves, and other electronic devices. This energy has been shown to be safe when used as directed.
If you desire some skin tightening and would like to relax and practice self-care at the same time, Forma radiofrequency skin tightening could be just the thing for you.