Does Radiofrequency Cause Facial Fat Loss? | Science Behind RF Skin Treatments


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Hey guys, in today’s video, I answer the question “Does Radiofrequency Cause Facial Fat Loss?” This is one of the most common questions I receive, so here’s an easy to understand explanation of radiofrequency fat loss and the risks.

RF is considered as a safe and effective treatment for tightening the skin, reducing the visible signs of aging including wrinkles and sagging, improving collagen production and reducing the size of pores.

But does Radiofrequency cause facial fat loss?

Every single treatment comes with potential side effects, surgical, non-surgical and topical. Touted as the ultimate non-surgical facelift – Radiofrequency is no different. One of the biggest concerns people have is facial fat loss. After all, facial fat keeps the skin looking younger, plumper and less wrinkled. As we age, our levels of collagen and elastin diminish and fat begins to disappear. These all help the skin retain its structure and firmness.

Think of the face as a balloon. When it’s first inflated, the surface is tight, firm and smooth. Over time, the rubber begins to deteriorate, volume slowly escapes and the balloon begins to get soft, wrinkled and loses its structure. Sound familiar?

One way to avoid this is to keep the volume inside high. This is why facial fat is a good thing!

How does RF work?

RF works by heating and causing thermolysis to the dermis and hypodermis without injuring the epidermis. In turn, this encourages the body to begin wound repair, boosting collagen. This is achieved using Ohm’s law – when the tissues natural resistance to electron movement generates heat relative to the current and time they are interacting.

In simple terms, it heats up the lower layers of skin, causing a thermal injury and breaking down collagen, which then sends a signal for the body to start the repair process.

Thermolysis breaks down more than just collagen though, it also targets fat. Fat has a high electrical resistance and is believed to heat up at up to 7 times faster than the cells of the dermis when in contact with RF. The higher the electrical resistance, the more damage it will experience.

The damaged skin and fat cells release DAMPs (Damage associated molecular pattern molecules) which signal other cells of potential danger. If these DAMP signals are too strong, they can trigger apoptosis, which is programmed cell death. This can last for many weeks or months, depending on the severity.

Coolsculp specifically uses this process to break down fat, which then takes around 6 weeks to reach its peak. RF possess this same potential.

Will RF Destroy facial fat then?

RF absolutely has the potential to cause fat loss. For some, this can be seen as a positive, for others, not so much.

In-office treatments heat the dermis and hypodermis to between 55-60c, while home devices usually achieve between 30 and 40.4c. Fat cells begin to experience damage at around 40-41 degrees.

Temperature isn’t the only factor though. Treatment duration and regularity also play a huge role.

Many people assume RF can be used daily like other home treatment devices – not true. You need to give your body time to regenerate collagen and elastin, which takes between 4 – 8 weeks.

Is RF Safe and What are the Possible Side effects?

When used as directed, RF has been shown to be a safe and effective way to address skin laxity, collagen and elastin, lines and wrinkles and pore size.

However, side-effects, while extremely rare, can happen. These include:

Fat loss

So to sum it up, RF can cause facial fat loss if overused, used for too long at high temperatures or used on fat that’s close to the skin surface, such as under the eyes.

I hope you enjoy this Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Guide. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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