Radio Frequency Facial Tightening Treatment with Vacuum Suction Information & Aftercare
All patients should follow the information provided within this document before receiving radiofrequency treatment and after the treatment is administered. It is crucial to the health of your skin and the success of your treatment that you read and follow ALL guidelines contained in this document.
Purpose: This treatment is designed to firm and tighten facial skin, including areas around the eyes or mouth, cheeks/jowls, chin and neck areas.
Inform your therapist:
- If you are taking any medication or using any product topically prescribed/non-prescribed.
- If you suffer from poor sleep quality, stress, poor diet, pain, injury or anything relating to your general health.
- If you have had sun exposure in the last week. For treatment suitability, we advise that you avoid sun exposure for a week prior to your treatment.
Patients who should NOT be treated:
- Those who have recovered from any form of illness within the last week.
- Individuals with cold sores or who are run down, or suffering from illness or have immune system-related diseases.
- Individuals with open wounds or sunburn.
- Individuals who have taken Accutane within the past 6 months or have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating).
- Taking any form of medication that is for cardiovascular disorders.
One Week Before
Avoid these products and/or procedures before your radiofrequency treatment:
- No other facial treatment can be carried out, DIY or professional.
- Please inform the aesthetician if you have any other procedure over the treatment area. This may affect your suitability for treatment.
Two to three days before
- Retin-A, Renova, Differin (Adapalene 0.1%), Tazorac.
- Any products containing Retinol, AHA or BHAs or benzyl peroxide.
- Any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating.
- Any harsh products or procedures over the treatment area.
Less is more. Therefore, we advise you to nourish and treat the area with caution and sensitivity. Thus, preparing the skin for treatment.
Post-procedure, the treatment area may be red or pink in colour, which may last for a few hours. It will also feel warm to touch during this time.
Bruising may occasionally occur after treatment with vacuum suction in delicate areas, especially around the eye area. This can last up to 5 days but should resolve with no long term effects.
YOU MUST follow these guidelines:
- The skin should not be exposed to UV (sun exposure or tanning beds) for at least 4 weeks following treatment. Use of an SPF 50 plus is advised for when you are outside and in the sun for very short periods (i.e. necessary for daily life) however, sunbathing/sitting in the sun/tanning beds/prolonged sun exposure should be avoided altogether no matter what sunblock you are using for at least 4 weeks following treatment. (Please ask about the brands we stock/recommend).
- When washing your face, do not use any scrub products, massage using your hands and use COOL WATER only for at least 24 hours.
- A high protection sunscreen should be used (SPF 50) for 4 weeks post-procedure.
- You can apply makeup a few hours after your treatment.
- Patients with hypersensitivity to the sun should take extra precautions to guard against exposure immediately following the procedure as they may be more sensitive following the Radio-frequency treatment.
- You may resume the regular use of Retin-A, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) products or bleaching creams ONLY after 2 weeks post-procedure. Please ask your aesthetician if you have any queries.
- We advise maintenance treatments (every 1-6 months) to help maintain results. Natural ageing will occur over time.
Immediately after treatment, the contraction of collagen fibres improves the elasticity of the skin, so your skin will appear firmer. This can be temporary as the production of new collagen takes time, and the best results are seen after your course of treatments (continuing 3-6 months after the end of your course).
Adverse Experiences Which May Occur
Blistering is very unusual, but if this does occur, contact the clinic immediately for further advice. Keep the area clean and dry and allow it to heal naturally. Do not use any lotions or creams on open skin, as this may increase the chance of a scar occurring. Do not pick grazes or blisters – as this may increase the chance of a scar occurring. Once the skin has healed, a high protection sunscreen (SPF 50) should be used daily for 12 months to prevent pigmentation changes to the skin.