We all know that a sweep of contour powder works wonders at sculpting skin. A gentle dusting under cheekbones or along the jawline takes your complexion from lacklustre to lifted in seconds. However, if you want the effect to last – no kabuki brush required – it’s time to put down the powder and discover the effects of radiofrequency treatments.
Radiofrequency has long been lauded for its firming and tightening benefits, yet many are still novices when it comes to its non-invasive sculpting powers. Here, we reveal everything you need to know about radiofrequency for face and body – from how it works, to the effect it has on loose, sagging skin…
1. Radiofrequency harnesses top skincare tech
While radiofrequency may sound like a buzzword, it has the technology to back up its name. At Mallucci London, we use the NuEra device; a next-generation machine that delivers high-powered tightening. It essentially heats up your complexion through a specially designed hand piece that targets areas big and small – and it’s this heating that triggers a firming effect within your skin.
Put simply, the radiofrequency waves encourage the production of collagen fibres, which are the ‘building blocks’ of your skin that keep it plump, firm and lifted. When collagen levels are depleted, your complexion can start to sag or look loose and crepey. These levels gradually go down as you age, which is why face shape can start to change over time.
2. It lifts and contours your complexion
Now you know the crucial role collagen plays in keeping skin bouncy and fresh, you can understand why it’s so important to boost production of this powerful protein. In doing so, you can restore firmness in skin that has lost its laxity. And, as skin bounces back, it starts to appear more lifted, too – hence the sharper jawline.
Best of all, your radiofrequency treatment can be personalised to suit your contours. Your Mallucci London practitioner can focus the device on the areas that you most want to treat. This is something that can be discussed during your pre-appointment consultation. At the same time, you’ll be provided a plan that recommends the right number of treatments for you.
3. It tightens and tones your body, too
Just as a radiofrequency treatment can tighten and tone the skin on your face, it also has a firming effect on areas of your body. The process is the same: it heats up skin to give collagen production a jolt, while also promoting the formation of skin-loving elastin. This gives the skin on your body a smoother look and feel, which also helps cellulite appear less noticeable. No wonder it’s so popular for thighs and buttocks.
But radiofrequency for the body can be targeted anywhere. Use it to reverse ‘tech neck’, loose arms, knees, elbows, and anywhere you’re hoping to achieve a lift. It’s a popular treatment in summer, when bikini season is at an all-time high. Talk to your Mallucci London consultant to find a treatment plan that suits your goals.
4. There’s no pain involved
One of the best things about radiofrequency treatments is that they’re non-invasive. This means you can achieve a lifted look without any surgery or pain involved. What you will feel is a warm (or sometimes hot) sensation as the applicator moves over your skin. Some of our clients have described it as ultra-soothing and relaxing.. This also means there’s no downtime after your treatment. Come in for a quick 30 to 60 minute session, then go about your day with little more than a hint of redness.
5. But if you want to try a laser…
… then radiofrequency won’t tick that box. Instead, our go-to facial laser is conducted with the Cynosure Icon device. While radiofrequency is sometimes confused with lasers, the technology is entirely different – though both treatments can offer a toning and tightening effect for your face.
The process is somewhat similar, too. Like radiofrequency, the Cynosure laser triggers the production of elastin and collagen to rebuild the tissue in your skin. However, the laser gives you an elastic band ‘pinging’ sensation that’s quite different to the warmth of NuEra. Speak to your Mallucci London consultant to figure out the best treatment for you.