For patients with a moderate degree of skin looseness, radio frequency (RF) skin tightening can improve the elasticity of the skin with a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure. With RF, patients can have tighter skin with fewer lines and wrinkles for an improved overall skin texture and appearance. Dr. Aimee Nguyen, a urogynecologist and plastic surgeon serving Frisco, Plano, Allen & McKinney, typically uses RF skin tightening to treat areas of the patient’s face, including around the eyes, the forehead, the neck, and the cheeks. RF skin tightening can be used on any skin type and color for remarkable results that treats early signs of aging in patients around 30 – 50 years old.
"I don’t think I have thanked Dr. Nguyen enough for the level of care, attention and expertise she has showed before, during and after my surgery.I had a pelvic, prolapse and bladder surgery six weeks ago and I, as had heard from many, was expecting some post-op pain or big discomfort, nothing! I went home and had the best recovery one would have dreamed of. Today, after six weeks I have to force myself to remember I had a big surgery. Thank you Dr. Nguyen!!!"- T.D. / Healthgrades / Dec 16, 2017
"*Worth It!* - Dr. Aimee Nguyen was wonderful! I was impressed with her expertise and knowledge of the procedure and highly satisfied with the results."- H. / RealSelf / Jan 22, 2018
"Successful surgery! Dr. Nguyen + staff very helpful and nice. Feeling great @ 4 weeks - so glad I had the surgery!"- KL / Office Visit / Dec 14, 2017
"Middle Aged and Wanting - Dr. Amy Nguyen was extremely thorough, patient, relatable, and attentive during my consultation. I believe she set clear expectations. Her PA, Kelly, performed the first and second treatment and Dr. Nguyen administered the third as well as follow up."- 0. / RealSelf / Dec 28, 2017
"ThermiVa WOW! - I had a series of 3 ThermiVa sessions with Dr Nguyen because I was struggling with lubrication. I didn’t say anything to my husband, I wanted to see if he noticed a change. After the first treatment he said you feel tighter and asked how I did that"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 02, 2017
ThermiTight is one of the best RF skin tightening tools. ThermiTight is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat loose skin. A session with ThermiTight can improve skin laxity more than liposuction or SmartLipo and can be used on some patients instead of BOTOX or a surgical lift. ThermiTight is a safe, nonsurgical treatment that improves the condition of the skin for several years.
The patient receives a local anesthetic before an RF treatment and then Dr. Nguyen makes a small incision into the area of the skin being treated. Dr. Nguyen will thread the RF fiber under the skin and then the fiber will carefully heat the targeted skin tissues. RF skin tightening can be used on many areas of the face as well as the stomach, arms, and lower body for the safe, effective treatment of sagging skin.
What To Expect
Since the procedure only requires a local anesthetic and a small incision, RF treatments are performed by Dr. Nguyen in her well-equipped office. Most patients do not feel any pain or discomfort besides noticing that their skin is hot. Patients are advised to rest for the first 24 hours after the procedure to help minimize swelling and redness. Patients can see tighter skin almost immediately after the treatment, but improvement will continue for several months. The final results typically last for 2 years or more.
One treatment of RF skin tightening costs between $2,000 and $5,000, but the total cost will depend on the size of the area being treated and how many areas are treated. During the initial consultation, Dr. Nguyen will create an individual treatment plan with the patient and then the patient will be given a more accurate estimate of their costs.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 24 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
RF Skin Rejuvenation FAQs
RF skin tightening is best for patients who have moderate skin laxity without a lot of wrinkles and lines. An RF treatment has the best results on patients who want to treat early signs of aging before they are a candidate for a facelift or surgical skin tightening procedure. RF treatments are not meant to reduce fat or minimize discoloration on the skin.
How Long do the Results Last?
An RF skin tightening treatment usually improves the elasticity of the skin for several years. Once the patient feels the results are fading, they can speak to Dr. Nguyen about whether they should continue RF treatments or if they will get better results from plastic surgery.
How Many Treatments?
RF skin tightening treatments improve the skin after only one session. The effects will continue to improve the condition of the skin for several months after the treatment.
RF VS. Lifts?
While an RF treatment is commonly called a liquid facelift, a facelift and RF skin tightening are very different. RF skin treatments heat the skin tissue to increase the body’s collagen productions, which is what improves the elasticity of the skin. A facelift produces more dramatic results by removing excess skin and contouring the underlying skin and muscle tissue.