As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.
Radiofrequency devices are professional machines in dermatology offices such as ours that can be used to tighten loose and sagging skin. There are many types of these devices on the market. Some of the more popular brands are Thermage or Elos Sublime.
These radiofrequency devices work by gently heating the deeper layers of the skin while still protecting the skin’s surface. The heat of these devices activates cells in the skin called fibroblasts. Fibroblasts then turn on the formation of new, healthy, strong collagen and tighten existing collagen. Anyone looking to tighten their neck, jowls, cheeks, and forehead may benefit from radiofrequency tightening devices. Results are not immediate but happen gradually over a period of months giving a naturally enhanced look. While radiofrequency devices can tighten the skin, they are not a substitute for a facelift. Some patients will combine using fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) and other injectables (such as Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau) along with radiofrequency treatments to also help tighten the skin. It is safe to do more than one type of treatment and often gives natural looking tightening results.
Immediately after being treated with a radiofrequency tightening device, most patients have normal appearing skin and have no downtime. Some 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.
The treatment causes minimal discomfort and is performed by one of our board certified dermatologists. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes depending on the area treated. After treatment, patients can go about their usual routine without downtime. Most patients will repeat the treatment every 6 – 12 months.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.