Will Radio Frequency Devices Replace Plastic Surgery?
So many radio frequency devices are on the market today that med-spas and physicians offices use a Radio Frequency device broker to find the best bang for the buck.
How will these devices help you?
They work by heating deep layers of your skin. This heat forces your face to produce collagen. Collagen is the magical substance of youth. Please do not be fooled into thinking that a collagen in a face cream will do the same as injections; the molecule is too large to penetrate the skin surface,
I just finished number 6 Radio Frequency treatments at my local medi-spa. EndyMed, a leader in the field, is the radio frequency manufacturer that my local med-spa chose.
When Denise, my knowledgeable technician, started my treatment, she warned me to expect some uncomfortable heat.
“Some technicians start cooler and then go hotter. I think it’s better to start hotter and then decrease the heat.”
It did get a bit…hot. But after birthing two 10 pound babies the old fashioned way, I am ready for anything. My mother used to tell me in the 1960’s, “Beauty hurts.” I can say with authority that RD treatments are nothing compared with sleeping with hard rollers in your hair. That was the method before blow dryers and curling irons were invented.
After 6 RD treatments, I did see some improvement in my skin texture and noted that my face was a bit tighter. However, this is not a facelift. So, without a surgeon wielding a scalpel, do not expect to look fifteen years younger. Also, RD treatments do not provide instant results. It may take weeks to fully evolve, so I will keep you informed,
Plastic and Cosmetic surgeons will continue to prosper, with or without RD devices.
Depending on what state you live in, the surgeon’s staff could also include nurses and technicians to perform RD treatments, and inject Botox and facial fillers. Some doctors prefer to handle this end of the business themselves–that is the cosmetic surgery practice that I prefer. But, to each his own.
Injecting Botox is not difficult. I was certified in 2006. What is needed with Botox and facial fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse is an ingredient not taught in any class: a good eye for art and proportion. Some have it in their DNA; others do not.
This particular med-spa, Numed, has a cornucopia of add-ons that compliment the RD treatments, and estheticians whose DNA are replete with an artistic eye.
Denise, my esthetician, offered me different packages that would also incorporate micro needling in concert with Platelet Rich Plasma.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma,) is taken from your own blood. In my opinion, the safest additive to your body comes from your body.
After microneedling to the face, a healthy dose of your PRP is applied directly to your face. Denise advised me to leave it on until bedtime. PRP can also be injected right into the skin, to promote collagen building and to aid in skin damaged by the sun. I opted for the injections, followed by microneedling.
Microneedling is sounds painful but is actually as soothing as a massage. Dr. Mary Anne Sanchez first used a small syringe to inject the PRP directly into my face. When I practiced on a busy hospital floor, many patients were terrified of needles, especially my male patients. Because I gave so many needles I am comfortable with them.
PRP contains the precursor to human growth hormone. Dr. Sanchez explained that PRP contains stem cells. This will promote the modern fountain of youth, collagen.
If only Juan Ponce de Leon, intrepid explorer of the 15th century had known about PRP! Well, his search did give us Florida, and Puerto Rico, so I forgive him.
Next up: Since PRP Scalp injections promote hair growth, enquiring minds like mine are interested. Actually, I am very interested!