Radiofrequency for Cellulite Treatment
Radiofrequency energy treatments can be used to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat. By using RF energy to heat deposits of fat under the skin, tissues are also tightened and blood circulation is increased which in time helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Radiofrequency for Cellulite Treatment
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About the Procedure
Cellulite affects mostly women and usually appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks area as dimpled skin. The cottage-cheese like appearance of cellulite is caused by a number of factors: fat, skin thickness, and fibrous tissues. Connective tissues beneath the skin, called septa, pull down the skin creating dimples. These dimples are further accentuated by fat deposits and thin skin. Radiofrequency treatments can help to diminish the appearance of cellulite by targeting fat and encouraging collagen production. There are a variety of non invasive RF based cellulite products that delivery energy to the skin through a number of different hand pieces, however, their goal is all the same: to decrease cellulite. When delivered deep into the skin, RF energy helps to destroy fat cells which are then eliminated from the body naturally through the lymphatic system. Also, the heat created by RF energy encourages the body to go into a healing mode which allows for collage and elastin production, firming and volumizing the skin. Before a radiofrequency cellulite treatment begins, a topical numbing cream may be applied depending on the pain tolerance of the patient. A grid may be drawn on the skin as well to assist the practitioner during a session for even and targeted treatment. Next, a gel, cream, or oil will be applied to the treatment area to lubricate the skin and create an additional barrier between the skin and the hand piece. The hand piece will then be applied to the skin, working across the treatment area. When the procedure is complete, a soothing gel, lotion, or cool compress will be applied to the skin. A series of sessions are necessary to achieve desired results, but depending on the device used, it may require twice weekly sessions for 4-5 weeks or 1-2 weeks with an average of 8 treatments. Ongoing monthly maintenance treatments are typically necessary. Other brand name products that treat cellulite non invasively via RF energy include EndyMed 3Deep, truSculpt 3D, Vanquish, Venus Freeze, Venus Legacy, Exilis, and JuVaShape. VelaShape is another non-invasive treatment which combines RF energy, infrared light, as well as vacuum and massage to target stubborn cellulite.
The goal of radiofrequency energy treatment is to improve and diminish the appearance of cellulite.
What to Expect
Radiofrequency energy treatments can be used to effectively contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after RF treatment for cellulite.
- Minimal preparation is needed
- Avoid skin irritants before treatment such as sunbathing
- Topical numbing cream may be applied
- A grid may be drawn on the skin to assist for even and targeted treatment
- A gel, cream, or oil will be applied to lubricate the skin and create an additional barrier between the skin and the hand piece
- Hand piece will be applied to the skin, working across the treatment area
- When the procedure is complete, a soothing gel, lotion, or cool compress will be applied to the skin
No recovery time is associated with this procedure for cellulite. Patients can typically return to normal activity almost immediately after the procedure.
The ideal candidate for radiofrequency energy treatment of cellulite will be in generally good health, not significantly overweight, but have moderate cellulite.
Not Recommended For
Patients with electrical devices such as pacemakers, or metal implants cannot be treated because RF current flowing through the body may interfere with these devices or heat up metal implants, which could be dangerous.
Side effects from noninvasive RF cellulite treatment may include swelling, redness, and bruising that subsides within a few days to weeks. Some patients may experience dry skin and in rare cases, the skin may be burned.