As more and more facialists combine cutting edge technology with a hands-on approach, the demand for treatments such as radiofrequency facials is ever increasing. Jennifer Aniston credits them with keeping her skin “lifted”, but these advanced treatments can also soften fine lines while firming the facial contours – both immediately and over time. (Taken from Harpers Bazaar magazine)
What is radiofrequency, and how does it work?
Simply put, radiofrequency is all about stimulating collagen production.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found naturally in the bones, muscles, tendons, and in our skin. In our late twenties, our collagen production starts to decline by around one per cent a year, due to both internal and external factors, such as smoking, UV light, and our diets.
While you can’t simply ‘drop’ more collagen into the skin, you can prompt the cells responsible for producing it – the fibroblasts – to work a little overtime.
It’s a form of electromagnetic energy. When applied to the area treated, it causes a molecular friction, producing heat. By doing this, we can contract the collagen fibres, resulting in an immediate skin-tightening effect, as well as delayed collagen synthesis, meaning the results are both instant and cumulative.
Indeed, the immediate results can be impressive. A single session will likely leave you with a noticeably lifted complexion, with the skin around the nasolabial folds and jawline looking especially taught and fresh. It’s great for softening fine lines – especially the nose to mouth lines – as well as lifting the cheeks and tightening the jawline.
Axis Radiofrequency is not a painful procedure, and there is no downtime – any redness in the skin will have subsided by the end of your treatment. We gradually build up the heat to a temperature of 40 – 43 degrees Celsius. Similar to the feeling of a hot stone massage.
Which skin types are best suited to radiofrequency?
Anyone experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin. As well as collagen production, it also boosts oxygen levels in the skin, so it’s great for general radiance.
This treatment is particularly suitable for skins lacking tone. The skin of the face and neck is visibly firmer and the contour of the face is more defined.
It significantly reduces wrinkles and fine lines on the entire face and neck. The skin appears smoother and younger.
Radiance/Sensible For sensitive skins, young or devitalized, the Radiance/Sensible treatment is sensational. It improves the radiance of the complexion while revitalizing the skin. The skin is fresher and the complexion is brighter.
Scars/Ostia This treatment is the solution for skins with imperfections. It reduces the appearance of scars and ostia (pores) for a more even skin.
COMFORT FOR ALL With its built-in temperature sensor, Axis gives your technician the ability to set a maximum temperature and control heat intensity at any time. Your sensitivity is therefore always respected to ensure your safety and comfort. A specific treatment has also been specially designed for sensitive skin.
However, anyone with broken capillaries, rosacea, active acne or metal places may want to sit this one out, as well as anyone who is pregnant.
A single session of radiofrequency can deliver great results – often as a pre-party treatment. But for deeper, long-term results, a course of 4-6 sessions spaced between 7 and 10 days apart. Maintenance treatment is recommended every 12 weeks.
Single session €120
Course of 6 €600