Facial Rejuvenation with RF & Ultrasound

September 16, 2014

The New Gold Standard For Non-Surgical Facelift, Neck Lift And All Round Skin Tightening and Toning

Combined Radio Frequency (RF) and Ultrasound energies for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, body shaping and fat reduction is a versatile technology and is particularly effective in treating the face and neck with long-lasting results. Most importantly it is also entirely non-invasive and comfortable for the patient, requiring no downtime. It is a great option for those not yet ready for a surgical facelift or neck lift or who simply need localised areas of stubborn fat treating and skin tightening.

The demand for non-invasive procedures that slow down the signs of ageing such as a sagging jaw-line and prominent lines and wrinkles has increased dramatically in recent years. Many patients either don’t want surgery, are not yet ready for it, or have highly active lifestyles that don’t permit them to take time off for surgery and the downtime needed for recovery. For such people, combined RF and Ultrasound is the ideal solution to give that refreshed tightened effect to the face, neck and indeed the whole body whilst preserving the patient’s natural appearance.

The overall effect of the treatment is entirely natural and less pronounced than a surgical facelift or neck lift, achieving a subtle fresh, toned and more youthful look with no discomfort or downtime for the patient. It is entirely non-invasive, safe and effective and can be precisely targeted for deep skin penetration.

To learn how RF with Ultrasound treatment works to achieve what many consider to be nothing short of miraculous results, we spoke to Dr Allen Rezai, Lead Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group of Dubai Healthcare City, who explains “Whilst not being a replacement for a surgical facelift or neck lift, RF with Ultrasound can provide a very effective alternative for those not seeking a surgical solution, or as a supplemental treatment following facial surgery. It is an excellent non-surgical alternative for those who wish to tighten the skin and remove isolated areas of fat from under the chin or face. It can improve skin laxity and treat fine lines and wrinkles anywhere on the body, however it is an especially effective treatment for loose skin, lines and wrinkles around the eyes and neck.”

According to Dr Rezai, frequently treated areas include around the eyes, neck, lower face and jaw line, where it can lift sagging jowls and enhance jaw line definition. “Treating the mid and lower face and neck is very popular because both women and men believe that those areas make them look tired or older,” explains Dr Rezai. “Additionally, sagging along the jawline and neck occurs in many people who lose mid-face and central cheek fat volume. So even if a person has been careful and protected themselves from the sun over the years, they can still often end up with age-related fat volume loss in the face.”

Dr Rezai explains that “The system we use, known as Exilis Elite, functions by combining Ultrasound with Radio Frequency (RF) to deliver heat deeply into the skin, resulting not only in skin tightening but also fat loss and collagen remodeling. In collagen remodeling the older elongated strands of collagen are denatured by the RF energy. During the body’s own repair process these collagen networks are then stimulated, strengthened and aligned into a more youthful configuration that improves both the skin laxity and its texture, at once tightening and rejuvenating the areas being treated. RF also improves blood circulation, which in turn increases lymphatic drainage which helps the body to excrete the excess fat safely and effectively.”

According to Dr Rezai, a unique feature of the Exilis Elite system is its employment of a proprietary technology known as Energy Flow Control (EFC) which helps deliver maximum thermal effect to tissue in the shortest time whilst ensuring safety, comfort and control. “In aesthetic treatments,” explains Dr Rezai, “we need to balance using high energy levels without compromising the patient’s comfort. The control system automatically eliminates energy peaks, ensuring there is no sudden surge, resulting in optimal skin tightening and fat reduction. It also includes an advanced cooling system that provides greater control for accurate tissue heating. Cooler surface temperatures help the RF and Ultrasound energies go deeper,” explains Dr Rezai. “In this way, we can precisely target the tissue we want in order to tighten skin and reduce fat.”

Dr Rezai is also impressed with what is known as the Impedance Intelligence feature of the equipment. “I believe that this not only provides greater safety but also a more uniform energy distribution,” he says. “One of the problems with some less advanced systems is that when you go over certain areas, such as the mandible, jawline or forehead, you encounter varying degrees of electrical resistance, known as impedance, and higher levels of impedance mean that overheating and discomfort can occur for the patient, sometimes even burning. Furthermore soft tissue is more likely to be under-treated. The Impedance Intelligence feature allows the delivery of optimal controlled energy that eliminates hot spots and regions that are under-treated,” he continues. “In this way we can achieve a level of uniformity not possible with other RF devices. It is not just a question of safety but also one of effectiveness and quality of result,” says Dr Rezai.

Another advanced safety feature aimed at increasing patient comfort, according to Dr Rezai, is that during a treatment session, the underside of the applicator provides cooling to the skin’s surface, keeping the patient comfortable throughout the treatment, without recourse to medication, which is a major advantage for the patient.
Who can benefit from RF with Ultrasound Facial Rejuvenation treatment? Dr Rezai explains that the treatment is suitable for patients of a wide age range, typically women and men from 25 to 70+ years who have lax skin and moderate to mild fat deposits, and who either don’t want or are not yet ideal candidates for surgical solutions, or who are unable to undergo surgery due to underlying medical conditions. The main exclusions to those suitable for the treatment are women who are pregnant or nursing, and those fitted with a defibrillator or pacemaker or have any type of metal implant.

For optimum results, a course of treatment is required, typically 3 to 6 treatments of 30 to 45 minutes each for the face. Although patients usually notice a difference following the first session, the results keep improving over a period of 2-6 months, especially after skin tightening, as the collagen remodeling process occurs gradually. Maintenance treatments can also be carried out as needed.

“Overall combined RF with Ultrasound is a highly versatile technology enabling us to successfully treat a wide range of patients who require non-invasive facial and neck rejuvenation as well as fat reduction and contouring of various areas of the body with the minimum of discomfort, downtime and expense. It can also be combined very successfully with laser skin rejuvenation for a highly effective all round facial rejuvenation treatment,” concludes Dr Rezai.

For more details concerning RF with Ultrasound treatments and other non-surgical procedures performed by Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, patients are welcome to make an appointment to visit their clinic for consultation with a specialist who will determine their suitability for treatment and have a treatment plan tailor-made to their needs. Reference can also be made to the website at https://elitecosmeticsurgery.ae

For details about procedures and treatments or for a consultation, advice and prices from our Dubai clinic please call  +971 4 431 2396 or use our online form.

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