RF Body Contouring and Skin Tightening

It can be argued that body contouring and skin tightening is the fastest growing non-invasive esthetic procedure on the market. These procedures are emerging as the go-to gold standards for clients who do not want to undergo surgery and still want to look good.

Radio Frequency is one type of energy often used for toning and tightening the skin. It can be used on all Fitzpatrick skin types as it does not affect the melanin in the skin. Radio frequency uses alternating currents of radio waves, a thermal based energy, that noninvasively penetrates the skin.  This thermal energy works to encourage new collagen formation, the protein that prevents laxity, to heat the outer layers of the skin which boost the collagen and elastin fibers1. Radio Frequency is often combined with microneedling for enhanced tightening of the face.

This procedure is now being used on areas of the body that are difficult to target with other body slimming devices. Radio frequency microneedling can be used on the knees, upper arms, upper back (bra bulge) and other parts of the body where slack skin and fat pockets occur.

This treatment is ideal for clients with slightly lose skin and will take up to 3 months or more to see improvement. Unlike surgical procedures which are one-and-done, this treatment may require a series to get the best results.

Are you performing body contouring procedures?

Body contouring insurance is available for ASCP members who are certified or trained in advanced esthetic services such as ultrasound cavitation, cellulite reduction, radio frequency skin tightening, CoolSculpting, thermal shock, and other advanced esthetics procedures. Now is the perfect time to reflect on how you can improve your business and make sure you're covered! Learn more about ASCP's Advanced Modality Insurance (AMI) coverage options today.


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Taylor, E. (2020, April 28). 4 Doctor-Approved Ways to Tightening and Tone Loose Skin. Retrieved from New Beauty: https://www.newbeauty.com/how-to-tone-and-tighten-loose-skin/

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