Nonsurgical Tightening of Skin Laxity: A New Radiofrequency Approach

April 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 4 | Original Article | 381 | Copyright © April 2007


Antonio Rusciani MD, Giuseppe Curinga MD, Giulio Menichini MD, Carmine Alfano MD, Luigi Rusciani MD

Abstract
Background: Improvement in skin laxity can be difficult to achieve without invasive surgical procedures. Monopolar radiofrequency (RF) treatment is used by physicians to heat skin and promote tissue tightening and contouring. RF technology produces an electric current that generates heat through resistance in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The thermal effect depends on the conductivity features of the treated tissue. When heated, collagen fibrils will denature and contract, which is believed to lead to the observed tissue tightening. Methods: Ninety-three consecutive patients with mild to moderate laxity were included in the study. The Surgitron Dual Frequency™ RF (Radiowave technology, Ellman International) was used to treat skin laxity. The application of RF energy took place in an ambulatory setting with no need for skin sterilization or anesthesia. Results: Patients immediately noticed a microlifting retraction in the treated tissues according to the vectors mapped in the area. There were no significant complications and the majority of patients were satisfied with the procedure and able to return to their daily routine after leaving the office, thereby substantiating the popularity of noninvasive rejuvenating procedures.