Radiofrequency devices can be used to heat the deeper layers of the skin while still protecting the skin’s surface. There are many type of these devices on the market. Some you may have heard of are Thermage or Elos Sublime.
The heat of these devices activates fibroblasts which signals new collagen to form and existing collagen to tighten over time. Anyone looking to tighten their neck, jowls, cheeks, and forehead may benefit from radiofrequency tightening devices. However, these treatments are not a substitute for a facelift.
Immediately after being treated with a radiofrequency tightening device, patients may experience slight pinkness or swelling in the treated areas, but this will dissipate within the hour or by the end of the day.