When those pesky age lines start appearing on your face, it can be hard not to feel a little panicked. Where have the years gone? How did those wrinkles get there? While you can start fighting back right away with skin products, the truth is it becomes harder and harder to fight nature. It’s the lack of collagen production that makes your face show signs of ageing. Skin creams can do very little to stimulate collagen, which is needed to keep your appearance more youthful as it maintains firmness. The good news is that there are treatments today that help you keep your youthful look without the need for painful facelifts. Fractora is a form of radiofrequency treatment that gives you startling results without the unnatural pulled look of plastic surgery. Radiofrequency treatment is an excellent non-invasive option that helps stimulate collagen, helping you keep a more youthful appearance.
Why does skin age?
Generally, skin ages because of a natural process called oxidation. When this begins to happen, collagen fibres break down, which causes those annoying fine lines and wrinkles. Adding to the aged look is sagging and a “crepiness” that keeps skin looking dry all the time. This is because oxidation depletes skin volume. You might start to see those dreaded dark age spots that often appear on hands but can also appear on your face and chest, creating an uneven skin tone. All of these things work together to make you appear older, more tired, and even a little sad or angry. Things like frown lines keep your resting face looking unhappy, while “marionette” lines make you look jowly. Add sagging neck skin, and you begin to look much older than you feel.
What is radiofrequency?
With the introduction of radiofrequency treatments, you have an excellent way to combat all of these telltale signs of ageing. Radiofrequency energy helps gently heat the skin to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is like a natural fountain of youth that, unfortunately, starts to fail us as early as our late twenties. Using radiofrequency, we can reach the tissue below the top layer of skin, helping tissue produce new collagen and elastin. As a result, skin becomes firmer and tighter for a more youthful appearance.
How does radiofrequency work?
Radiofrequency is also known as “micro-needling”, which sounds much more painful than it actually is. Using a device with insulated needles, we can reach below the skin’s surface to deliver high-intensity radiofrequency energy to the tissue below. This allows the tissue to be warmed, which in turn stimulates new collagen fibre growth. Because our clinician can choose the depth, energy level, and the density for each client, we can target the areas where we will get the best results based on your particular needs. These highly tailored results were once only achievable using plastic surgery. However, treatments like Fractora have changed this.
With an average of three treatments within a 4–6-week interval, you will see excellent results that continue to improve with wrinkle reduction, improvement in texture, and scarring. Results will continue to build over time as your skin continues to work to repair itself following each treatment. Because the treatment makes tiny pinpricks, your skin will continue to soften as new collagen is produced.
How is the radiofrequency applied?
The process is quite simple, and we do everything possible to keep you comfortable during your treatment. Before we begin, a numbing gel or cream is applied to minimize discomfort. A wand allows us to direct the energy using tiny pins to heat the skin’s layers below. The energy “ablates” or removes the skin on the surface, while heat reaches inside the tissue to stimulate collagen production. While the idea of tiny needles might seem like it would damage skin, it actually has the opposite effect. The skin reacts to the tiny pins by sending all its healing powers to the treated area. As a result, healing is triggered, and the area creates a rejuvenated layer of skin that is fresh and glowing. The result is a more even skin tone and texture, tighter pores, smoother and firmer skin, and reduced wrinkles. It’s like an amped-up facial that helps your skin look its best fast.
Do radio frequency facial treatments hurt?
Luckily, this treatment is virtually pain-free, although some people might feel more of the sensation than others. And remember, we use a numbing cream to keep you comfortable throughout the process. Generally, it is a safe, non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime at all. A typical session takes just 30-45 minutes, and you can return to your day-to-day activities right away.
What happens after each appointment?
Immediately following your treatment, you might feel some tightness and also have some redness and swelling. This will fade in a few days, and you can apply makeup in a day or two as well. As mentioned, you won’t require downtime at all and can resume all normal activities immediately. We will provide post-treatment recommendations to minimize the risk of complications.
What are the benefits of radiofrequency treatments?
Youthful skin is, of course, the biggest benefit of Fractora skin rejuvenation. It will improve superficial skin tone issues, so your skin has a younger glow and a more even, tighter texture. Other benefits include:
- There is little to no downtime with Fractora
- It’s safe for all skin tones, unlike some laser treatments that can be risky for hyperpigmentation for those with darker skin tones
- You get the same noticeable results you would with a fractional laser when targeting moderate and deep wrinkles
- Fractora is tailored to your specific needs, so the results are more impressive
- Improvement can be seen within two weeks of your treatment
- You get more with this treatment when compared to traditional laser resurfacing thanks to the combination of the fractured resurfacing, plus the deep dermal heating
- It works like a facelift for a tight, youthful chin and neckline
- Smoother, firmer skin can take years off your appearance
You can speak to our experts at Clearview MediSpa to learn more about Fractora and if it’s the right treatment for you. If you would like more information, speak to our team today.