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Thursday, 09 January 2014 19:19

Don’t Neglect your Neck: Treatments for the Neck & Décolleté, Part 2; Radio Frequency

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 Many women have concluded that the only non-surgical answer to an unflattering neck & décolleté is to sport turtle-necks and scarves year-round. While covering up does have the benefit of protecting against the sun’s harmful rays, it isn’t going to change the skin you’re in. The solution? See an esthetician. Medical spas like Institut DERMed offer a variety of treatments specifically designed to reverse unsightly skin damage and signs of aging. In this series, we will highlight the 5 best corrective treatments available for the neck & décolleté (and face, too).

2. Radio Frequency

 RF 600

How does it work? Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed prior to your treatment area to remove any makeup, oil, or dirt. The technician will then apply a thin coat of ultrasound gel which works as a conductor for the radio waves to pass through the skin with no discomfort or potential for burning. It also helps the head of the Radio Frequency machine to glide smoothly across the skin.  The radiofrequency energy targets the deeper skin layers and heats them to an effective thermal level. Radio Frequency does not damage the epidermis, the top layer of your skin, in any way. This heat activates the body’s wound healing responses in the subcutaneous area below the skin, causing it to kick in and produce collagen.  Increased collagen production causes the skin to tighten and allows for a more youthful skin tone. This process is repeated, alternating with a cooling cryogen applicator, until the full target area is treated.

What conditions does it treat?




    • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles


    • Lifts flaccid face and neck


    • Tightens crepey skin and stomach


    • Reduces cellulite and "orange peel"


    • Tightens buttocks and thighs

 Will it hurt? Your skin will alternately feel very cool and very warm. Radio Frequency usually only causes minimal discomfort but the discomfort level can vary depending on the device and the settings used for the session.

How many treatments will I need? Radio Frequency is typically administered in a series of 4 to 6 weekly treatments followed by maintenance visits every 3 months. Your provider will customize a treatment regimen for your unique skin care needs. Most clients see an immediate lifting and plumping in the face and neck. Areas with more flaccidity show more dramatic results, making it the perfect non-surgical treatment for sagging skin.




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