Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening really work?

Over the last few years, at-home skin tightening technology has evolved to the point that achieving real results is now possible. Radiofrequency skin tightening is one method that helps you to achieve firm and tight skin. It works by stimulating collagen and elastin production and is a non-surgical method that is both comfortable and effective. 

As many of you who follow my Youtube channel will know, RF skin tightening has worked wonders on me, helping to fix my hooded eyelids, lift sagging skin and improve texture. But how exactly do home radiofrequency devices work on the face?


How RF Tightening works

The method uses radio frequency signals (similar to those used in microwaves) to target the epidermis portion of the skin with RF energy. When the current flows from the electrodes of that device into the skin, and then back again – it heats the tissues beneath resulting in the stimulation and production of collagen and elastin.

in turn, as the body starts to repair itself, it begins to fill the area with freshly produced collagen. Radiofrequency treatment is neither painful nor damaging (unlike so many other methods) helping it become an immensely popular option over the last few years.

Although the treatment is most popular for tightening facial skin –  it can also be used on many other parts of the body. Personally, I only ever use it to target my upper eyelids, lifting the jowls and under chin area and keeping my cheeks nice and plump. 

The benefits of RF skin tightening

You may be wondering what the benefits of RF are on loose skin, wrinkles, acne, and scars? Do RF treatments have downtime? Is it painful? Let’s take a quick look at some of these questions and give some fast answers.

Is RF Skin Tightening Painful?

Even though RF involves using heat to stimulate the tissues to promote collagen and elastin production, it does not impact the outer part of your skin and thus the process is pain-free. If It should feel warm, but not red hot and should definitely not be burning the outer layers of skin. If this happens, your device probably isn’t actually using RF.

Are RF Treatments are Quick to Do?

One of the best features of this treatment is its fast action. RF treatment gives an immediate effect on elastin fibres in the skin and provides instant tightening and firmness without creating any harm. Over the following weeks and months, the body continues to create more and more collagen, meaning treatments continue to give results long after they are done.

Is Home RF Cost-effective?

Doing RF skin tightening at home is very affordable. In a clinic, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 to $4,000 for a course of treatments. At home, you can get several years worth for less than $200.

Are RF Treatments Non-invasive?

The treatment does not penetrate the skin, nor does it cause open wounds. The recovery process is really fast, with little to no downtime once the treatment is done.

Lets the body heal itself naturally

RF treatment gives the body enough time to heal itself after the procedure. Unlike topicals, fillers or neurotoxins, RF encourages the body to do all of the hard work with lifting, filling and firming – resulting in long-term, safe results.

Does RF Skin Tightening Work on fine lines and wrinkles?

RF treatment helps to gently repair and softens fine lines on your facial skin. However, it’s all about targeted placement and not actually treating over the top of them.

Common Skin Tightening treatments

Elevation of the brow line: In order to achieve a more natural, raised angle of your brows, this treatment can be used. The method helps to pull back the eyebrows from the mid pupillary line, helping to tighten the skin, thus lifting them back into a more youthful position. 

Body tightening: A lot of areas can be taken care of with the help of this treatment. The areas under the neck, cheeks, abdomen, and thigh areas have become quite popular. A lot of people use this treatment post-pregnancy in order to tighten their lower abdomen area. The knees and arm areas are equally important when it comes to repairing sagginess. 

Main problem areas: Apart from the above, RF treatments can also help to treat acne scarring, reduce wrinkles and skin laxity, fade stretch marks, brighten the complexion, reduce areas of fat, and much, much more.

What’s the Best RF Skin Tightening Device to Use?

I am so in love with my device. It was just a generic unit that I purchased from Amazon, but it has lasted well over a year and a half and is still going strong. The small handheld devices are useless. I’ve tried a few of them to date and not one of them has made any difference. You definitely want a unit that runs on mains power and has a variety of attachments.

Generally, I do a treatment every 4 weeks to continue improving my skin and now combine it with microneedling for maximum results.

Do I think home RF skin tightening devices are worth the investment? Absolutely. It takes time and dedication to learn how to use it correctly.

But the end results are similar to those seen with Thermage and in-clinic options; minus the hefty price tags. I am an avid DIY-er when it comes to my skincare, and my Radio Frequency skin tightening device completely upped the ante against the aging process.

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8 thoughts on “Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening really work?

    1. For someone new to RF, 1 or 2 times a week for the first 6 weeks should work well. Then once every 2 weeks for 6 weeks and finally, once every 6-8 weeks to maintain.

      1. on page 12 of your ebook you have happed your face, im just wondering what the numbers on each zone in that ilistration mean? Is that the setting you have your machine on for those areas?

        Ive been watching your tutorials for over twelve months and I got my machine recently, off ebay in australia, it was $120 AUD. Im really hoping this is a legit model and works just like yours does. It looks nearly identical to yours except when on mine is on it is lit up by a red light instead of a purple one like yours. Fingers crossed ive got a legit machine.

        Ive used it once but about two weeks ago but i need to rewatch alot of your video’s because i am unsure how often i should be doing this and on what settings, which is why i ask about your numbered face mapping illistration.

        Also where did you get your other handpiece’s that i have seen you use on your original RF machine?


  1. Can you please provide the brand of your RF machine. I found on on Amazon that was shaped similar to your machine, but it didn’t have the 40k written on the top Right as yours did.

    1. Hi. The device with 40K written on it is a cavitation device, not RF. Links to the RF device I have can be found in my Amazon storefront found on the Vendors page. 🙂

  2. Do you have a brand name for your generic machine? I am purchasing my own machine after paying $1,000.00 for a lower face RF treatment I absolutely loved the results from it but want more and don’t want to keep booking at $500.00 per facial zone through the med spa.

    1. Hi Madam. The RF device I have is unbranded. I have links to the exact model I use on my Vendors page (in the Amazon links) Hope this helps.

  3. In purchasing the US version of the RF device you prefer, I note that a business license is required for purchase. Is there any way to bypass this requirement?

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