Non-invasive body contouring is becoming quite popular to help people get rid of fat in stubborn areas, and the technologies behind the procedures are rapidly advancing. Radiofrequency body contouring is a newer option that uses low-frequency radio waves to eliminate fat cells that are beneath your skin, helping the treatment area become slimmer and more defined. To learn about how it works and what advantages radiofrequency has over similar procedures, read on.
How Does Radiofrequency Body Contouring Work?
Radiofrequency body contouring works by causing the fat-containing adipocytes beneath your skin to self-destruct. During the procedure, a radiofrequency device will be applied to the area you want to treat. It emits low-frequency radio waves into your skin, which cause your adipocytes to heat up. Fat has a much higher impedance than the surrounding tissues due to its low water content, so it heats up more rapidly in comparison. This allows fat cells to be selectively damaged by the radiofrequency device without causing excess harm to your skin, nerves, or muscles.
Once the adipocytes are damaged and begin the process of self-destruction (which is called apoptosis), your body will sweep the fat out of the area and either use it for energy, store it somewhere else, or excrete it. This process usually takes a few weeks before it's fully complete.
Does Radiofrequency Body Contouring Have Any Advantages Over Similar Methods?
One of the major advantages of radiofrequency body contouring compared to other non-invasive procedures is that it also damages collagen fibroblasts in the treatment area. Your body will create more collagen in response to the damage, which has the effect of tightening skin in the treatment area. Creating more collagen can also help reduce the prominence of cellulite. Other popular non-invasive treatments such as cryolipolysis (which uses cold to damage fat cells) don't share this benefit, as they don't cause any damage to your collagen fibroblasts.
In addition, this procedure tends to be more comfortable than comparable methods. It's common to feel a slight warmth in the treatment area during the procedure, and you may experience some redness that lasts for a few days afterward.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Radiofrequency Body Contouring?
If you have an area where you can't seem to lose weight that could also benefit from skin tightening, then radiofrequency body contouring may be the perfect choice for you. While you'll typically need to undergo several sessions in order to see the best results, it's easy to fit into your schedule—the treatment can be completed in less than an hour. If you have further questions about this kind of body contouring, find a clinic near you that offers this service and schedule a consultation.