By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM
Non-surgical radiofrequency and laser skin tightening treatments are great for improving skin quality, specifically skin tone, texture, and elasticity. We explain the difference between these two popular treatments, the benefits and what they specifically target. To help you decide which treatment is right for you, we break down the best radiofrequency and laser skin tightening treatments on offer at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic.
Is radiofrequency the same as laser?
Laser and radiofrequency are some of the most innovative beautification techniques. Both treatments use heat and look similar with the target of combatting signs of ageing. This is why they are often put into one category. However, laser and radiofrequency are not the same.
Their results may overlap, but these treatments cannot replace one another, based on their technology and process.
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a broad umbrella term for treatments that are in the laser or light energy category.
Laser resurfacing treatments primarily target the top layer of the dermis including the epidermis. Through handheld devices, laser therapy treatments pulse concentrated light or laser energy into the skin.
Treatments can be non-ablative or ablative, depending on the type of device and the wavelength of the energy being emitted. Non-ablative means the treatment will penetrate the skin but keep the outermost layer of skin. Ablative means the treatment will remove the outermost layer, revealing healthy skin underneath. They are designed to improve the skins texture, and mainly target the skins surface and top layer of the dermis.
What are the benefits of a Laser skin tightening treatment?
A general overview of the benefits a laser skin tightening treatment are:
- Minimally invasive
- Commons treatment areas are the stomach, neck, face, jawline
- Stimulates collagen and elastin
- Firms skin to look tighter and less crepey
- Treatment time can take between 30 and 90 minutes
- Minimal to no downtime
- Results can be seen after one session but for best results a few sessions may be required
What laser treatments do The Cosmetic Skin Clinic offer?
At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we offer high-tech laser treatments including Forever Young BBL and Clear + Brilliant.
Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL is a renowned laser resurfacing treatment that uses non-surgical light-based therapy. BBL restores the skin quality through cutting edge photorejuvenation technology.
What concerns does Forever Young BBL treat?
The laser resurfacing treatment, BBL is best for treating:
- Signs of ageing
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Blemishes and fine lines and wrinkles
BBL is a versatile treatment because it can also be used on areas of the face, neck, hands and arms.
What are the benefits of a Forever Young BBL treatment?
Forever Young BBL is a revolutionary skin revitalising laser treatment that gives you a variety of benefits including:
- Luminous and glowing skin
- Firmer and more contoured skin
- Counteracts skin damage
- Stimulates healthy skin renewal
- Long lasting results with no surgery and no downtime
- Smooths lines, wrinkles and blemishes
- Minimises freckles and age spots
- Reduces sun damage, facial veins, hyperpigmentation, acne
Clear + Brilliant
Laser treatments can be aggressive but if you’re not ready for that then the FDA-approved fractional laser, Clear + Brilliant is the treatment for you. This gentle laser skin care treatment is ideal for those in the 20s and 30s looking to begin a good skin regime that will mean in later life, their skin still looks good.
What concerns does Clear + Brilliant treat?
Through a precise light laser, which targets the upper layers of your skin, it targets:
- Visible pores
- Sun damaged skin
- Dull and rough skin
What are the benefits of a Clear + Brilliant treatment?
Clear + Brilliant has been clinically proven to combat the effects of ageing skin and can also:
- Illuminate skin tone
- Improve tone, texture and radiance
- Renew and smooth skin texture to be ultra-soft
- Reduce the appearance of pores
- Treat sun damaged skin and melasma
Clear + Brilliant can be used in combination with fillers, Botox, Ultherapy and Thermage for a deeper treatment.
What is radiofrequency (RF) therapy?
Radiofrequency therapy works in a similar way to ultrasound therapy. Radiofrequency treatments heat the skin to a comfortable temperature. By heating the tissue under the skin with radiofrequency energy, the connective fibres tighten and simultaneously mould the fat to lift and firm the contours. It heats the deepest layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production. This treatment promotes tighter and youthful-looking skin.
What are the benefits of radiofrequency treatment?
The benefits of a radiofrequency treatment are:
- Stimulates the production of collagen
- Remodels collagen
- Can be used on the face and body
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Effective at treating mild or moderate signs of ageing.
- Non-surgical procedure
- Tightens and firm’s skin
- Can treats sun damage
- Fights against sagging skin
What radiofrequency treatments do The Cosmetic Skin Clinic offer?
At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we offer radiofrequency treatments such as Thermage and Morpheus8. Ultrasound can fall within the radiofrequency skin rejuvenation realm, which is why we have included Ultherapy in the list.
Morpheus8 is a combination treatment of both radiofrequency and microneedling. It uses advanced radiofrequency technology to create revitalised results. With FDA approved fractional technology, skin can be tight, smooth and radiant on the face and other areas of the body.
What concerns does Morpheus8 treat?
Morpheus8 is extremely effective when it comes to treating:
- Skin laxity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
- Acne scars
What are the benefits of a Morpheus8 treatment?
Morpheus8 is a flexible treatment that can be used on the face and body. Further benefits include how it:
- Promotes collagen production
- Is effective on loose skin as it contours, lifts and tightens the skin
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
- Can be used on darker skin tones including skin type VI
- Reduces skin irregularities
- Improves hyperpigmentation
- Smooths uneven skin texture
- Fades acne scars
By creating collagen, Morpheus8 remodels your tissue to give a more contoured and lifted look.
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Thermage uses a unique and highly advanced radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of the skin to tighten existing collagen and create new collagen formation. This safe and non-invasive treatment is clinically proven to help smooth, recontour and tighten the skin.
What concerns does Thermage treat?
Thermage treats concerns including:
- Turkey neck
- Crow’s feet
- Bingo wings
- Wrinkled, sagging or crepey skin
- Dark circles or under eye bags
- Tired looking eyes
What are the benefits of a Thermage treatment?
Thermage is great as it can be used on the face, eyes, neck and stomach. Other benefits of Thermage treatment are:
- Reduced lines
- Brighter and lifted eyes
- Stimulates new collagen production
- Tightened skin
- Smoother and younger looking skin
- Improved jawline
- Renewed contours (due to the heat remodelling the collagen)
- Long lasting results
- Little to no downtime
Ultherapy does not use radiofrequency technology, but it does use energy to heat the skin below the surface. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target the deeper tissue and should be included in this list because it is a Gold-Standard treatment when it comes to lifting and tightening skin.
What concerns does Ultherapy treat?
- Sagging skin
- Skin laxity issues
- Turkey neck
- Drooping eyelids
- Banana roll fat
- Sagging buttocks
- Lines and wrinkles on decolletage
What are the benefits of an Ultherapy treatment?
Ultherapy has many benefits that make it a popular treatment.
- Results can last over a year
- Regenerates natural collagen and elastin stores
- Lifts sagging and drooping skin
- Creates a fresh, natural and rejuvenated appearance
- No need for a general anaesthetic
- Tightens and firms skin texture
- Non-invasive and non-surgical
- No downtime, recovery time, injections or scarring
Which is better – laser skin tightening or radiofrequency?
When we ask whether laser skin tightening, or radiofrequency is better, we need to take into account a number of issues. For instance, what is the area of concern you want treated, your comfortability level, the expected downtime and how deep the treatment needs to go.
Radiofrequency, Laser and Ultrasound all result in skin tightening but alter in their method and technology. The practitioner will assess whether your concern can be treated on the surface with radiofrequency and laser or if we need to target deeper with Ultherapy or Morpheus8.
The Cosmetic Skin Clinic
We understand how tough a decision it is when you have to choose which treatment is best for you and your concerns. At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, we take the guess work out of it for you. Our practitioners have years of experience and will assess your concerns and recommend a bespoke treatment plan. Whether you require radiofrequency or laser skin tightening treatments, our clinic team can deliver the results you want.
To begin your journey to remedy those concerns, it all starts with a consultation. Our team of experts are with you every step all the way to your follow up check-up. Start your radiofrequency or laser skin tightening treatment today and request a consultation with our London or Buckinghamshire clinics. Alternatively, why not call our clinics on 0330 838 1701.
Where to find us
Our Radiofrequency and Laser Skin Tightening treatments are available at both our Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire clinic and London clinic.
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire clinic (84 Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LF)
London clinic (8 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6HP)
Our London clinic can also be easily reached via car and other transport links. We are conveniently located near the following surrounding boroughs:
West Brompton, Marylebone, Notting Hill, Holland Park, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Victoria, Hyde Park, Islington, Kensington, Chelsea, Green Park, Westminster, Primrose Hill, Belgravia, Hampstead, Battersea, Highgate, Regents Park, Earls Court, South Kensington, Bayswater, Soho, Kings Road, and St Johns Wood.
The nearest tube stations to our London clinic.
Our Buckinghamshire clinic can be reached via car and other great transport links. We are conveniently located near to the following boroughs:
Amersham, Beaconsfield, Slough, Wallingford, Wexham, Burnham, Maidenhead, Cookham, Cowley, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Seer Green, Stokenchurch, Thame, Bracknell, Uxbridge, Windsor, Iver, St Albans, Rickmansworth, Sunningdale, Hazelmere, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, Chalfont, Aylesbury, Chesham, Chinnor, Hayes, Richmond, Chorleywood, High Wycombe, Ascot, Harrow, Kingston upon Thames, Henley-on-Thames, Woking, Marlow, Princes Risborough, Wendover, Farnborough, Walton-on-Thames, Headington, Weybridge, Watlington, Oxford.