Monday, June 14, 2010
Radio Frequency Rejuvenation
Dr. Eric F. Bernstein
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Pennslyvania School of Medicine
President, Yale School of Medicine 1986
Medical Director, Mainline Cosemtic Laser Center
Rejuvenates Skin's Deeper Tissue
For the treatment of wrinkles and other age- and sun-related skin problems, we have a number of non-invasive options available to us. Among the most effective are those that stimulate the body's natural healing response by delivering heat or light to the skin's deeper layers. Radiofrequency rejuvenation uses heat (the radiofrequency energy).
The main goal of radiofrequency skin rejuvenation is to stimulate collagen production deep within the skin (the dermis and cutaneous layers) while leaving the skin's surface (the epidemis) relatively untouched. Collagen fibers are essential for firm, youthful-looking skin, but they tend to degenerate as we age, mainly because of overexposure to the sun.
In addition to stimulating new collagen, radiofrequency treatment also causes some contraction of the skin, thus tightening it. Although you'll notice the treatment's tightening effects immediately, the more significant improvements will occur gradually over a period of several weeks or months as the new collagen forms.