Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Really Work?

Posted on November 24, 2021

As its name implies, radiofrequency skin tightening mainly aims to tighten the skin.

With many cosmetic treatments in the market, patients often find themselves wondering what procedure is best for them. One of the most common non-surgical procedures in the market today is radiofrequency skin tightening.

But does radiofrequency skin tightening really work? If yes, how long do its results last?

In this article, I will talk about what radiofrequency skin tightening is and how long its results usually last. I will also walk you through the usual radiofrequency tightening procedure.

What Is Radiofrequency Skin Tightening?

Radiofrequency skin tightening, also known as radiofrequency (RF) therapy, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure. As its name implies, it aims to tighten the skin.

In a nutshell, the treatment includes the use of energy waves that heat the deep layer of your skin (aka your dermis). The heat then stimulates the production of collagen, a protein crucial to your skin’s health and appearance.

Speaking of collagen, the substance is the most abundant protein in the human body. As a crucial protein, collagen makes up the framework of your skin. It also makes your skin firm.

However, as you age, your body produces less of this miracle worker. As a result, your skin shows signs of aging. These include fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and volume loss.

Aside from collagen, the heat given off by the procedure also tells your skin to produce more elastin. Just like collagen, elastin is a protein crucial to your skin’s health and appearance.

Elastin makes your skin elastic. It gives your skin the ability to bounce back. However, your body produces less elastin as you age. As a result, your skin does not bounce back as well as it used to.

Radiofrequency skin tightening can take between 30 to 60 minutes. It can take longer, depending on the size of the area being treated.

The treatment can also be done with other cosmetic procedures such as non-surgical rhinoplasty, cheek filler enhancement, and non-surgical eyelift.

Furthermore, RF therapy has been used since 2001. It has been done on thousands of people. Hence, the procedure is safe. Just make sure you work with certified cosmetic doctors and the top skin clinics in London.

The results of a jawline filler treatment temporarily last.

Radiofrequency skin tightening gives off heat that stimulates collagen production.

The results of radiofrequency skin tightening usually last for six months.

How Long Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Last? How Often Do Patients Need It?

Patients will get a smoother and fuller appearance after radiofrequency skin therapy. It’s because the skin is tightened. In addition, the said therapy significantly reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

The results of radiofrequency skin tightening treatments will continuously improve over the next few months. It’s because the skin gradually produces more collagen.

Results usually last for a minimum of six months. However, with ongoing treatments, the results typically last longer.

In addition, your cosmetic doctor will determine how many sessions you need and how often the treatments must be done.

Fortunately, you can see changes on your skin right after the procedure. However, you have to wait for some time to see the most significant improvements in terms of your skin’s tightness.

In many cases, the skin becomes tighter for up to half a year after the treatment.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that the results of radiofrequency skin tightening do not last as long as the results of surgical procedures like a deep plane facelift.

Cosmetic doctors recommend following a proper skincare regimen after RF therapy. Sunscreen and other skincare products may help prolong the effects of the treatment.

Common Issues Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Solves

Here are the most common issues radiofrequency skin tightening can solve:

● Signs of Aging

As you age, your face ages with you. If you have been seeing changes in your skin’s appearance, they likely occurred because of aging.

I mentioned earlier that collagen and elastin are two crucial proteins. They support your skin and provide elasticity. In short, they let you maintain a youthful appearance.

However, as you grow older, your body produces less of these proteins. As a result, your skin shows signs of aging.

The most common signs of aging are fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. They are most noticeable when they occur on your face.

Fortunately, radiofrequency skin tightening can help you get rid of many signs of aging. By producing heat that prompts your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, RF therapy reduces the appearance of aging-related skin issues.

● Sun Damage

Another common issue among people is sun damage. Though usually second to aging, sun damage causes skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles.

It can also cause premature aging. This means that extreme sun exposure can cause you to look older than your actual age. While this sounds terrible, sun damage can often be prevented by taking a few steps.

For one, you must limit sun exposure as much as possible. If you go out, you need to wear sunscreen with a high SPF. You must also wear protective accessories such as hats and eyeglasses.

However, many people cannot do these. As a result, they age faster.

If you are suffering from sun damage, radiofrequency skin tightening can help you. By prompting your skin to produce the proteins it needs, it treats sun damage. RF therapy also treats sun damage by making your skin smoother.

● Loose Skin

While loose skin is technically a sign of aging, I deemed it best to put it in a separate section. It is because loose skin is the issue that radiofrequency skin tightening mainly aims to solve.

As you may well know, loose skin gives you an unsightly appearance. It can make you look older than your actual age. It can also make you look bigger.

Consequently, your self-confidence goes down. Your work performance might be affected as well. Some patients even suffer from mental health issues due to or in relation to their skin’s appearance.

Radiofrequency skin tightening can help. By treating loose skin, the procedure tightens it. This restores your loose skin to its tight appearance. It can also make your face, arms, stomach, and legs look smaller.

Radiofrequency skin tightening gets rid of fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin.

Consulting a doctor before a radiofrequency skin tightening treatment is the best way to go.

What to Do Before Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

You must consult a cosmetic doctor before scheduling a radiofrequency skin tightening treatment. The consultation ensures that you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.
You can book a consultation with me if you want.

During the consultation, I will examine your current skin condition. I will also ask you to discuss your goals. Depending on what you say, I will explain whether RF therapy is the best course for you or not.

I might also recommend other procedures such as liquid rhinoplasty and natural lip filler enhancement.

After you approve the treatments I offered you, we schedule your radiofrequency skin tightening session.

What to Expect During Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

Male clients are advised to arrive at the clinic with cleanly shaved faces to maximise the effects of the treatment. On the other hand, female clients are advised to arrive at the clinic without makeup.

First, we will clean the target area. Then, we will prepare the radiofrequency machine.

Next, the tool will be placed on your skin. We will then send alternating currents to your tissue at a certain frequency. This bypasses the melanin present in the outer layer of the skin, making it an effective treatment for any skin type and tone.

The procedure is painless for most patients. It lasts for at least 30 minutes. The bigger the target area, the longer the procedure becomes.

Radiofrequency skin tightening is a painless procedure for many.

You need to take care of your skin after an RF treatment.

What to Do After Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

The target area will feel warm after the treatment. Furthermore, you can see some effects after the procedure. However, full results can be seen after some time.

Radiofrequency skin tightening does not require an overnight stay, so you can go home after the staff clears you. Once you get home, make sure to follow the aftercare guidelines I set.

How Much Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Cost in the UK?

Radiofrequency skin tightening is considered a cosmetic procedure. Hence, it is not most likely covered by insurance. As a result, you must expect to pay it.

The cost of radiofrequency skin tightening in the UK varies. In particular, it depends on (1) how many treatments you need, (2) facility & location, and (3) size of the target area/s.

The more treatments you need, the more you will pay. In addition, you will have to pay more for having your treatment done at a private clinic in the capital than in the suburbs. Lastly, you have to pay more for a bigger target area.

A full radiofrequency facial tightening treatment usually starts at £450. An additional target area such as the stomach, legs, or arms cost more.

Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Really Work?

Yes, it does. Radiofrequency skin tightening has been around since 2001. It has been trusted by thousands of patients and doctors.

The treatment is effective against many skin issues. For one, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It also tightens your skin. Target areas with loose skin often look smaller after the procedure.

Moreover, radiofrequency skin tightening restores your confidence. It lets you take on life with a new perspective.


Radiofrequency skin tightening has been a miracle worker for many people who want to smoothen and tighten their skin.

If you are planning to have a radiofrequency skin tightening treatment, book a consultation with me now!

Radiofrequency skin tightening works as long as it is done by a qualified clinic.

Radiofrequency skin tightening works as long as it is done by a qualified clinic.

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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