Radio Frequency (RF) skin tightening is an exciting technology that offers excellent results without the need for surgery. Unlike fillers, RF skin tightening can remove fat from under the skin as well as tighten and firm underlying tissue. Solano Plastic Surgery patients choose radio frequency assisted treatments to tighten facial skin because of:
- Near surgical-level results without major surgery
- Minimal scars
- Minimal down time
Face tightening helps facial skin
- Lift (defy gravity!)
- Stimulate collagen and elastin production
Radio frequency treatments are
- Supported by clinical studies
- Have a high patient satisfaction rate
At Solano Plastic Surgery, our founder, Dr. Brian Klink, has dedicated his career to helping patients be the best they can be. We are always looking for innovations and developments in the world of aesthetic enhancement to share with our patients. A new device called FaceTite uses Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) to deliver three-dimensional remodeling to your face. The controlled RF heating can be used to contour your appearance subtly or dramatically.
The treatment is minimally invasive and requires only modest downtime.
7 Benefits of Facial Skin Tightening with FaceTite
FaceTite is a non-invasive treatment for patients seeking to tighten sagging facial skin. The results are comparable to a surgical facelift, but without the downtime and risks associated with surgery. FaceTite is a patient favorite because it:
- Delivers predictable facial contouring
- Melts subcutaneous fat
- Offers unprecedented tightening results
- Requires small pinprick incisions
- Requires minimal downtime
- Has system safeguards to ensure that the temperature is ideal for each patient’s comfort
- Is a safer alternative to a conventional surgical facelift
There is no scarring and only minimal post-treatment swelling or discomfort with FaceTite. The treatment is less physically and emotionally traumatic than surgery, and natural-looking results can be seen immediately. Results continue to improve for six months to a year.
Why Patients Choose Solano for Face Tightening
Dr. Brian Klink, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, founded Solano Plastic Surgery more than a decade ago with the goal of providing superior plastic and reconstructive services. We offer a broad range of treatments, which enables Dr. Klink to create a customized treatment plan for each patient’s body and face tightening needs.
When it comes to cosmetic enhancement, plastic surgery, and aesthetic procedures, patients know they’re well cared for with Dr. Brian Klink. He began practicing 23 years ago and is now a leading cosmetic specialist in Northern California. Dr. Klink has earned the respect and admiration of his patients and colleagues with a tireless dedication to quality care.
Our practice is cheerful and welcoming, and so are our staff. You can turn to our experts for guidance and information. We will get to know you as a person and you will get to know us as your support team during your initial consultation, on procedure day, throughout your recovery and post-treatment follow-ups.
The Science behind RFAL Face Tightening
Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) is a non-surgical approach to skin tightening and the technology at the heart of FaceTite. The treatment is also referred to as lipo-tightening as it tightens overlying skin as the fat is extracted.
Here’s what happens: a cannula is inserted beneath the skin and an electrode is placed on the surface of the skin. The radio frequency waves flow from the tip of the cannula to the electrode, creating a contained thermal field. The waves dissolve the fat and tighten skin. A small liposuction cannula is used to remove the liquefied adipose (fat) tissue.
An RFAL treatment simulates collagen production and causes the skin to tighten. This makes the facial skin appear more toned, fresh and youthful. In addition, the unique geometric design of the FaceTite hand piece enables Dr. Klink to control precisely how much heat is generated on the skin’s surface to prevent burns.
Up until now, laser skin tightening has been the only other option. However, this technology cannot remove fat from under the skin, which limits the tightening and 3D remodeling effect. RFAL is currently as close as you can get to a facelift without undergoing surgery.
Other Options for Face Tightening
Patients today enjoy a wide range of options when it comes to addressing lax facial skin. In the non-surgical realm, patients can find help with:
- Cosmetic injectables – dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections
- Fat transfer injections
- Intense Pulsed Light treatments
- Ultrasound treatments
- Laser treatments
- Deoxycholic acid (for double chins)
The drawback with these treatments is the duration of the benefits, which can be much shorter than those achieved with RFAL face tightening. There is also a broad range of surgical procedures to help rejuvenate the face:
- Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery)
- Eyelid lift
- Neck lift
- Brow lift
Discomfort and a longer recovery period are common with surgical procedures. Additionally, due to the use of general anesthesia, surgical procedures carry a higher risk than RFAL skin tightening techniques. Surgery also comes with an increased cost over the non-surgical alternatives such as RFAL.
Are You A Good Candidate for RFAL Face Tightening?
Anyone with loose skin and some excess fat who has considered a facelift may be a good candidate for RFAL face tightening. If someone is generally healthy, there are few medical reasons that would exclude them from being a good candidate. However, it is not recommended for:
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women
- People with an active skin disease
- Anyone with an autoimmune disease that can affect healing (i.e., lupus or diabetes)
- Anyone with unrealistic expectations regarding the physical and emotional benefits of RFAL
How to Prepare for a Face Tightening Consultation
Your preliminary consultation with Dr. Klink at Solano Plastic Surgery is an essential part of ensuring great facial rejuvenation with radio frequency assisted lipolysis. You can contribute to the success of your visit by coming prepared to discuss details regarding:
- Medical conditions (past and present)
- Drug allergies
- Previous surgeries
- Current medications (prescription, OTC, herbal)
- Use of alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs
- Your chief motivation for seeking face tightening
- The outcome you expect from the treatment
Following your oral history, your preliminary consultation will also include:
- A physical examination to evaluate the elasticity of your skin
- A discussion of your options and Dr. Klink’s recommended course of treatment
- A review of likely outcomes, including risks or potential complications
- A discussion of healing, recovery and benefits
How to Prepare for a Face Tightening Treatment
Follow all instructions given at the pre-op evaluation, especially avoiding smoking, alcohol and NSAIDs as they may increase bleeding.
A change to your face, even a desirable one, can be a little anxiety inducing. We encourage you to arrive early on appointment day, fill out your paperwork, and then sit back, relax, and let us take good care of you.
What to Expect During & After a Face Tightening Treatment
Patients may choose to stay wide-awake with only local anesthesia during their procedure or they can opt for mild sedation in order to stay relaxed. In cases where patients choose to have several areas of their face treated simultaneously or wish to combine FaceTite with other procedures, it may be appropriate to use general anesthesia.
Dr. Klink first makes a small incision in your skin in the treatment area and inserts a thin probe under the skin. Next, an anesthetic fluid is introduced into the superficial skin tissue with a tube known as a cannula. Patients describe the sensation as “feeling pressure” rather than “painful.” When the hand piece is moved across the treatment area, the internal probe and electrode liquefy fat (adipose) tissue as well as superficial tissue beneath the skin, which is then extracted by a second small cannula.
The time taken for a procedure will depend upon the size of the treatment area but will generally last from 30-90 minutes. FaceTite is also a one-time procedure. According to the manufacturer, only about 2% of patients request a second treatment. Dr. Klink tells patients results will continue to improve for up to a year, and he will not perform a second treatment for at least that amount of time.
Face tightening using the RFAL provided by FaceTite is changing the way people see themselves. If you would like to know more about the services we offer, please call or email us to request more information or schedule a consultation.