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Radiofrequency is an aesthetic treatment that is gaining more and more fame every day for its wonderful results. This technology is excellent for improving the appearance of your skin, while supporting your health in a number of ways. Today  we tell you how radiofrequency works, what its benefits are, and what disadvantages it can present.

Most of all, we'll tell you how, recently, many people are choosing to buy one of these devices instead of paying for a spa treatment. This article will therefore serve to inform you about the uses of radiofrequency in beauty treatments, but at the same time it will be a buying guide so that, if you are so inclined, you can get your own devices and have a first class beauty routine.




Summary

  • Radiofrequency is a treatment that works by emitting waves that penetrate the surface of the skin and work with both the surface and the layers where fat is stored. It is excellent for wrinkles, acne, cellulite, and skin tightening.
  • There are several types of devices within radiofrequency that perform similar tasks. We explain how the devices work for facial versus body treatments, and what to consider when purchasing these instruments.
  • If you are thinking of purchasing a radiofrequency device, we advise you to consider several factors that can improve the effectiveness of your instrument for your intended use. You should take into account aspects such as the size of the device, the shape of the head, the additional equipment included and the area you want to treat.

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Buying Guide

If you decide to buy one of these devices to have at home, here is a buying guide, which will be important for you to decide on one that meets your expectations. We will start by explaining what radiofrequency is, how it works and its advantages and disadvantages.

Radiofrequency is ideal for face and body, and acts mainly on the skin (Photo: pandoraferrari / pixabay)

What is radiofrequency and what are its advantages?

Radiofrequency is a cosmetic treatment that can be performed on the face or on many areas of the body. It acts on the skin, and is also used to firm and help eliminate fat. Mainly, its function is to send electromagnetic waves to the layers of the skin to produce collagen, heat and awaken the cells in the area.

The treatment has many benefits, such as collagen production, improved metabolism, blood circulation and elastin secretion. In addition, it is an excellent way to combat excess fluids and dead cells, thus eliminating wrinkles, acne, cellulite, irregularities, and helps to eliminate measurements. On the other hand, it is very important to be careful, as it is contraindicated for people with obesity, coagulation problems, cardiovascular diseases, or pregnant women. This is mainly because the treatment will affect our circulation, usually in a positive way, but it is a delicate treatment.

Advantages
  • Production of collagen and elastin, fights wrinkles
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps to eliminate measurements
  • Fights cellulite
Disadvantages
  • Contraindicated for people with obesity
  • May alter circulation in people with cardiovascular diseases
  • Cannot be applied to pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Not recommended for people with circulation problems

Facial or body radiofrequency - What should you pay attention to?

Although most devices can be used on both face and body, there are some that are designed to work better on certain areas. This will depend on a number of factors, which are outlined below.

Facial radiofrequency. If the area you want to treat is your face, the devices you will use will have a smaller area and size to treat very specific points with a higher frequency focus. These devices are pencil-shaped.

Body radiofrequency. For body treatments, the devices usually include other treatments such as cavitation or massage. These devices will have a flat-shaped head or surfaces protruding from the head, which is wider than that of facial treatments.

Facial radiofrequency Body radiofrequency
Tip or head "pencil" head Flat head or multi-tipped
Focused Focused More radial
Functions Radiofrequency Various include cavitation, massage, or other

Are there any side effects to radiofrequency treatments?

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether there are any side effects. Our answer is no, as long as the devices are used correctly. Some of the most common side effects are bruising, as these devices work on the circulatory level.

After the treatment, you must maintain it with diet and exercise to keep the effect going

Another effect that we could call "secondary" is that the body returns to its previous state. These treatments are not as effective as liposuction or botox. The results must be maintained with diet and exercise, and with anti-wrinkle products in the case of facial treatments. We recommend that, when purchasing one of these products, you read the instructions carefully and find out how they work from other sources such as tutorials, or with the help of an expert.

Bear in mind that you will need to purchase additional elements when you buy it, such as a good conductive gel.

How much does radiofrequency cost?

Prices of radiofrequency devices vary depending on a number of things, such as whether they include other types of treatments or whether they are for a particular purpose only. They also vary in power, although this will not be very different between devices unless you are looking for a very specialised one.

A facial radiofrequency device typically costs around 3,000 to 4,000 MXN, but simpler instruments can be found for as little as 1,000 MXN if you don't need such drastic results. We recommend you purchase a higher priced one as it will be more effective and longer lasting. The body devices are cheaper, as the targets are easier to reach on the body.

They can be found from as little as 800 MXN, although we recommend that you get one that has several functions so that you will see better results. The more complex ones can cost more than 15,000 MXN.

The best results for the body are obtained by mixing radiofrequency with cavitation and massage (Photo: pandoraferarri / pixabay.com)

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different radiofrequency models

Now that you've decided you want a radiofrequency device, here's a step-by-step guide to help you consider everything you need to know about the types of devices, and how to choose the one that will work best for your goals.

  • Size of the appliance
  • Shape of the appliance
  • Additional equipment
  • Area to be treated

Size of the device

The size of the device, although it includes the head with which we perform the radiofrequency, refers more to the overall size, i.e. including the machine itself. Considering this is very important because it will determine what type of device you can buy.

  • Portable. If we do not have much space at home and we want to keep our device in the bathroom or in small places, a portable device is the best option. These devices often have the machine in the same head.
  • Semi portable. If we want a machine that is a little better but does not take up much space, we recommend a semi-portable, which are those that include a machine separate from the head where the activities are regulated. This type of radiofrequency devices are of better quality, without taking up too much space.
  • Clinic devices. If you want a machine that includes many heads with different waves and functions for body contouring while also containing facial equipment, we recommend purchasing an entire RF machine, although you will need a large storage space. These are most commonly purchased in clinics.

Shape of the device

The shape of the applicator is one of the most important aspects of purchasing one of these instruments, as it will determine which areas we can best work on. This depends on the size of the head, as there will be some devices for more focused treatments and others for larger areas.

  • Pencil" shaped head. The pencil-shaped devices or with a small applicator are special for the face, as we will pass the radiofrequency through wrinkles and smaller places, this will help to have a greater concentration of waves on specific areas for better results.
  • Flat head. This type of head is common in cavitation devices, which is a system similar to radiofrequency to eliminate fat. However, many radiofrequency devices also use this head shape, and it is suitable for large areas such as the legs.
  • Spiked head. Spiked heads are especially useful when working on areas such as the arms or abdomen, as they are large areas but will receive focused waves at each of their tips. This is the most common type of head, even used to treat facial flaccidity.

Additional equipment

Especially in body treatments, it is very common to find devices that include other types of equipment. Something that is highly recommended for body shaping is to combine radiofrequency with cavitation and ultrasound, or lymphatic massage. If you want to buy an additional instrument, make sure you know what functions it has.

  • Cavitation. Cavitation works by waves that act mostly on the layer of skin where fat is stored. This treatment is ideal for "old" fat, i.e. fat that is difficult to lose with diet and exercise because it has become too indissoluble. Cavitation facilitates fat removal by making it softer.
  • Lymphatic drainage massage. Many devices include a massager, which will serve to move the fat towards our nearest fat elimination points. This massage should be applied at the end of the treatments. We must not forget, however, that all the fat we are moving must be eliminated with diet and exercise.
  • Ultrasonic waves. Ultrasound is mainly used in facial treatments, as it has a different type of wave than RF (radiofrequency). Basically, by having different wave ranges, different treatments work better on different layers of the skin. This is a good complement to remove wrinkles.

Small three-pronged heads are used for facelifts (Photo: pandoraferrari / pixabay.com)

Area to be treated

Finally, and as a summary of our buying guide, we can note that the type of device we buy will depend almost entirely on the area to be treated, together with the space we can give to the device.

  • Anti-wrinkle facial treatment. If your objective is to improve wrinkles and expression lines, we recommend you to buy a radiofrequency device with a pencil shape or with a small head, which can be used to perform the treatment on the specific areas of your face.
  • Lifting facial treatment. If what you want is a lifting effect, for example, on the cheeks, we recommend that you purchase a radiofrequency device with several tips, as it will be easier to pass it over these areas of the face. However, a small-headed device will also work.
  • Cellulite body treatment. For cellulite treatment, we recommend a large head, either flat or spiked, but large enough to cover the larger areas of your body, such as legs and buttocks. Fat loss and firming body treatment. Finally, if you want a complete treatment that not only improves your skin, but also helps you to lose size, we recommend you to purchase a treatment with cavitation and massage complements. We hope this article has been helpful and that you have an excellent experience with your radiofrequency treatments. Don't forget that the key is that all treatments will work best with a balanced diet and exercise. See you next time!

(Featured image photo: pandoraferrari / pixabay.com)

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