Everything You Wanted To Know About Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

First, it's essential to understand what causes our skin to sag. When it comes to aging, we automatically think of fine lines and wrinkles, but there is more to it than that. As we get older, our body makes less collagen and elastin, and exposure to UV rays and free radicals deplete their production; less collagen and elastin leads to loss of volume (as collagen and elastin are responsible for giving the skin its shape) and, of course, there is "gravity and muscle weakness" — and they all contribute to saggy skin (via American Self). As we age, our skin changes — we'll notice more dark spots, dullness, and skin sagging — and our quest for a magical solution continues.

While expensive creams and serums with peptides promise you firmer skin with less sagging, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) says that pricey ointments can't give you the results you expect from a facelift. The creams will give you "subtle results at best," though the market is flooded with options, and we continue to buy them hoping for miracles. When you want noticeable "tightening and lifting," your best option is to invest in non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, if you aren't yet ready to go under the knife. One of them is radiofrequency skin tightening. On this, board-certified, New York-licensed physician assistant Gabrielle Garritano told Byrdie, "Radiofrequency therapy is a non-invasive/non-surgical treatment to address fine lines and sagging skin." The results will impress you more than the most expensive cream for sagging.

Know these facts before trying radiofrequency skin tightening

The results of radiofrequency skin tightening won't be like you just got a facelift, but it will be pretty impressive. Regarding how it works, New York-licensed Physician Assistant Gabrielle Garritano told Byrdie, "This procedure uses energy waves to heat the deep layers of your skin (dermis), thus stimulating the production of fibroblasts, which play a critical role in the production of collagen and wound healing." Garritano added that the energy waves "trigger tissue contraction" and voila — your skin feels firmer, and you see results instantly.

You can use this skin tightening procedure on various parts of your body with loose skin, and it can take 30 to 90 minutes depending on the area, though the face and the neck are the most common spots, per WebMD. You might experience some redness or irritation, so keeping your skin moisturized and protected is essential. It's enough for most people to have one treatment for results, which can last up to six months. The tightening effect will last longer if your skin is protected from the sun and skincare products are used. It's been Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved since 2002.

According to Healthline, the final cost will depend on the city and medical provider and can range from $1,000 to $4,000. Like any procedure, risks are involved, so it's important to only go to an American Board of Cosmetic Surgery-certified surgeon. Worth noting too is that most medical insurances won't cover it because it's an elective procedure.