What is Monopolar-Radiofrequency used for?
- The face – especially around the jawline & double chin fat reduction
- The eyelids skin rejuvenation
- The backs of the hands
- The neck skin lifting & tightening
- Skin laxity on abdomen post pregnancy and aging.
- Acne Scars
On the face, the whole face and jaw line are treated to tighten the cheeks, reduce the Nasolabial fold (between the nose and the mouth), and to tighten and lift skin along the jaw line. Our most popular indication is the fat reduction under the chin .
Monopolar Radiofrequency can also be performed on the forehead to lift the eyebrows and make the eyes look more open.
The success of the treatment depends on periodic tightening of the skin periodically after 4-6 months since after an age you lose more collagen than you can produce. This is the “Reversal Phenomenon” in Aging. That is why sittings are required.
How does Monopolar-radiofrequency work?
- The Monopolar Radiofrequency procedure uses Radiofrequency energy to create a uniform heating effect in the deep dermis. This gentle heating tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. It reduces wrinkles and achieves brow lifting, cheek lifting, and jaw line lifting.
- The skin tissue lifting and tightening is caused by immediate collagen contraction followed by gradual collagen tightening. The result is a more youthful appearance to lax and sagging skin.
What will I look like right after the treatment? What will the healing time be?
You may return to your normal activities immediately after the Monopolar Radiofrequency treatment, as there is no down time. Minimal redness is seen in some patients after treatment, but it generally disappears over a period of 24 hours. Bruising and discomfort are rare after the Monopolar Radiofrequency procedure. Occasionally mild swelling is noticed after the treatment but disappears in two or three days.
What does a Monopolar Radiofrequency treatment feel like?
- You’ll feel a brief sensation of heat each time the Monopolar,Radiofrequency is pulsed.
- Usually a treatment takes 45-90 minutes depending upon the size of the target area.
- Here’s how the procedure goes: First, you remove make-up with a gentle cleanser. Then, a small rubber patch (grounding pad) is placed on your abdomen. Usually, your doctor will treat one side of your face at a time—pulse by pulse.
- Your doctor will do multiple passes, all over one side of your face, including extra pulses in your problem areas and always under the chin. After one side is done, you can sit up to see the difference already from the other side.
How many treatments will I need?
- If you are 30-40 years of age, 1-3 over a period of 1 yr may be enough.
- If you’re over 50 years of age, plan on 3 treatments six months apart for optimal results, then maintenance every one to two years.
How safe is Monopolar-radiofrequency?
- Radiofrequency energy has been used in operating rooms all over the country for more than 25 years. The Monopolar Radiofrequency device was cleared by the FDA for cosmetic indications. Studies showed a very small incidence of minor and temporary side effects. Small, possibly permanent indentations were reported with the original tips at offices where the energy used for the treatment was very high.
Are there any medical or cosmetic side effects of the Monopolar Radiofrequency treatment?
Your provider should give you the complete list, but generally, anyone who has a pacemaker or internal cardiac Defibrillator, active skin infections in the treated area, or is pregnant should not have this procedure.
- Redness. Monopolar Radiofrequency treatment may cause a transient reddening of the skin. Redness will usually dissipate in 1 to 2 hours after treatment.
- Healing. There is always a slight possibility of developing a crust, scab or blister. This is superficial and generally does not result in any scarring and is treated like a sunburn or any other superficial skin blister.
- Swelling (mild to moderate) usually occurs immediately after treatment, especially on the face. This is temporary and usually dissipates within 2 days.
Monopolar Radiofrequency Q & A Discussion
I have an event in two months. When would be the best time to do Monopolar Radiofrequency?
- Remember that even though you will see a little bit of tightening right away with Monopolar Radiofrequency, most tightening occurs gradually over a period of four to six months. If your event is in two months, you’ll see only a little improvement prior to the event.
I have a really busy social life and cannot afford any downtime at all. Would Monopolar Radiofrequency work for me?
- Yes. Monopolar Radiofrequency is perfect for someone like you because you can have your treatment and walk right back out with no marks on your face. There is a very slight puffiness for a day or two that no one but you will notice, and that’s it.
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