There are many amazing tools today available to plastic surgeons for rejuvenating the face and turning back the clock on aging. Technology has reached the point that there are many different techniques and procedures that can do everything from minimize facial wrinkling to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin—all without excessive discomfort or extended downtime. One of the newer technologies that has emerged over the last few years in plastic surgeons’ offices has been radiofrequency energy, a powerful tool for anti-aging and improving skin quality in a wide range of patients. But how does radiofrequency energy work in cosmetic treatments, and what benefits does it offer?

How Radiofrequency Treatments Work

Like many skin rejuvenating treatments, radiofrequency energy heats the deep tissues of the skin to prompt the body to create more collagen. Collagen is the structural protein that keeps skin firm, elastic, and supported, a protein that depletes naturally with age. By stimulating the production of collagen, radiofrequency energy can help the skin repair and rejuvenate itself to diminish signs of aging. Unlike other technologies, such as laser treatments, radiofrequency energy does not damage the top layer of skin, resulting in less downtime for patients.

Exilis Radiofrequency Therapy

A non-invasive radiofrequency treatment for tightening the skin, Exilis gradually heats the deep tissues of the skin for a slow warming sensation that keeps patients comfortable throughout the treatment. Because the treatment is so gentle, no anesthesia is needed for the procedure, which takes very little time to complete (10-20 min per area), depending on the areas treated. Common treatment areas include the eyelids, jowls, jawline, and neck. Many patients opt for a series of treatments to maximize results from the procedure.

Benefits of Exilis

Exilis is a skin-tightening treatment that provides facial rejuvenation gradually over time. Following treatment, patients can expect to start seeing results within a few months. Multiple treatments will speed up collagen production, resulting in better outcomes for patients. Over time, patients can expect to look rejuvenated and refreshed from the skin tightening effects of Exilis.

Exilis Recovery

There is no downtime associated with Exilis treatments, making the treatment ideal for people with busy lifestyles. The only normal side effect of Exilis is minor skin redness, which is easily concealed with makeup and should subside within a day or two. Patients can resume normal activities right away.

The Difference Between Radiofrequency and Lasers

While radiofrequency and laser treatments have many of the same rejuvenation goals, there are key differences to each approach. Radiofrequency treatments do not affect the skin’s surface, which avoids the peeling skin resulting from laser treatments and no downtime for patients. Though laser treatments do involve downtime, they are best used for resurfacing the skin to treat wrinkles and dull/discolored skin instead of for tightening the face.

Is Exilis Right for You?

Aging is a highly individual process, and what works well for one person might not be appropriate for everyone. Exilis might be a good choice for you if you have mild to moderate sagging skin and would like to rejuvenate your skin with a non-invasive procedure. There are many options for anti-aging treatments, so it’s best to consult with an expert plastic surgeon when making your decision about which treatments you would like to pursue.

Harnessing the Power of Radiofrequency

No matter what the procedure, the results are only as good as the doctor providing the treatment. Though Exilis is a non-invasive procedure that may seem straightforward, you will get the best results by choosing a board certified, experienced, and skilled facial plastic surgeon. You should never skimp on cosmetic treatments, as only quality will give you good value. With that in mind, do your research and choose a board certified facial plastic surgery who will harness the power of radiofrequency and help you achieve stellar results.

Dr. Rami K. Batniji is a board certified, facial plastic surgery specialist who is an expert in facial aging. Dr. Batniji offers patients customized treatment plans, using advanced procedures such as Exilis to meet patient goals. If you would like to learn more, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Batniji at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach (949-650-8882) or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), CA, call either location today to schedule a consultation.