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Radiofrequency (RF) Skin Tightening in Princeton, NJ

Radiofrequency devices offer non-invasive, skin-rejuvenating treatments that help visibly tighten skin and reduce signs of aging. You can achieve firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin without surgery.

What can radiofrequency skin tightening do for me?

RF devices heat the skin’s deeper layers to trigger new collagen and elastin production and encourage cell turnover. As a result, the skin appears firmer, thicker, and smoother.

Collagen and elastin are proteins that provide scaffolding to keep the layers of your skin firm, tight, and responsive. We lose collagen as we age, causing this scaffolding to weaken. RF devices are designed to trigger your body to create fresh collagen and elastin and, over time, create more of these skin-building blocks. This skin remodeling increases elasticity, reducing lines and wrinkles, and improving skin texture.

Eugenie Brunner, MD, FACS, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, offers several RF skin tightening devices to treat the skin at a cellular level. She customizes treatment plans using advanced technology and with her artistic eye, provides patients with beautiful and natural-looking results.

Dr. Brunner understands that pain and discomfort may deter patients from seeking desired cosmetic treatments. Fortunately, nerve blocking, a procedure that prevents pain signals from reaching the brain, allows patients to experience the transformative benefits of cosmetic procedures without discomfort. With over 25 years of experience in facial plastics and expertise in nerve blocking, Dr. Brunner can perform procedures at a leisurely pace for perfect, natural-looking results. Dr. Brunner’s nerve-blocking technique, along with topical numbing creams and Pro-Nox™, is a game-changer in aesthetics.

RF Treatment Before and After

Radio frequency facial options available at our Princeton office

Dr. Brunner offers the following RF skin tightening treatments in her Princeton, NJ, office:

  • Evoke: uses specially designed, hands-free applicators to deliver bipolar RF energy to the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck. RF energy remodels the tissue and muscle while effectively repositioning fat to tighten the skin. It is an ideal treatment for early signs of aging and will benefit those in their 30s and early 40s with only minimal jowling and skin laxity.
  • Fractora RF: combines microneedling with RF energy to provide customized treatments for skin tightening and skin resurfacing to reduce fine line and acne scarring that accommodate each patient’s unique needs and goals.
  • Morpheus8: an RF microneedling device that penetrates the skin deeper than most others, resulting in more robust collagen stimulation for skin tightening.
  • Fractora RF and Morpheus8 can be combined for a more comprehensive treatment.
  • EmbraceRF: combines Morpheus8 and FaceTite. It involves inserting a cannula with an internal electrode through a small incision. The electrode applies heat to the tissue which causes collagen contraction and new collegen formation over time. This process provides significant tightening of jowls, double chins and skin laxity of the lower face and neck.
a patient in Princeton getting RF skin tightening treatment

Radiofrequency Facial Procedure with Dr. Brunner

RF skin tightening is an outpatient procedure. It takes about an hour or so to complete, depending on the device used and the size of the treatment area.

During the procedure, Dr. Brunner:

  • Sterilizes the treatment area and, depending on the treatment, applies a numbing agent. Further numbing with nerve blocks may be needed for deeper treatments.
  • Moves a hand-held RF device over the treatment area.

You may feel a warm, tingling sensation in the treatment areas. You should only experience mild discomfort, but overall, these treatments are well-tolerated by patients. During your session, you can relax.

Areas of treatment

Dr. Brunner uses radio frequency treatment for:

  • Upper face
  • Mid Face
  • Lower Face and Jawline
  • Neck

Comfort level

We prioritize your care and comfort, and Dr. Brunner will ensure your treatment experience is as comfortable as possible. Depending on the device or treatment, she uses topical numbing cream on the treatment areas and protective gels to evenly distribute heat while preventing skin damage. For those concerned about pain or discomfort before their procedure, Dr. Brunner can provide Pro-Nox™, a nitrous oxide inhalant, or nerve blocking, to relieve any discomfort during treatment.

Treatment frequency

One to three sessions may be necessary to achieve full results. While these devices effectively reduce signs of aging, they cannot stop the natural aging process. Each patient has unique needs. While some patients achieve an optimal outcome after one session, those with more advanced signs of aging may benefit from additional sessions.

Dr. Brunner customizes each treatment plan according to the patient’s needs and concerns. We recommend starting with a consultation, so Dr. Brunner can evaluate your skin condition and discuss your goals.

One week before the procedure

Avoid alcohol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, and blood thinners before treatment to avoid bleeding and bruising after the procedure.

Day of the procedure

Do not apply any makeup, lotion, or other topical products on your face (and other treatment areas) on the day of your procedure.

Depending on the number and size of the treatment area/s, the procedure should take an hour or so to complete.

RF Skin Tightening FAQs

How much does RF skin tightening cost in Princeton, NJ?

The cost of radiofrequency skin tightening in Princeton, NJ, depends on the skin concern being treated, the number and size of treatment areas, the device/s used, and the patient’s unique treatment plan.

Dr. Brunner will discuss the cost during your consultation.

What are the side effects of radiofrequency skin tightening?

RF skin tightening is a relatively safe procedure. You may have some mild redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding after the procedure. These side effects should fade within 24 hours.

In rare instances, complications may occur. Radio frequency skin tightening dangers may include burns due to extreme heat exposure. It is important to choose providers who are qualified and experienced to perform RF skin tightening.

What is recovery like?

Each treatment involves a slightly different recovery process. In general, there is minimal downtime as the treatment area may feel sore and tender. Bruising and swelling are normal effects too, but they should fade after a short period.

Morpheus8 and Fractora may take 3 to 5 days to heal, depending on needle depth, and the type of treatment received. EmbraceRF patients typically resume their normal activities after about four days of rest and recovery.

Recovery after Evoke involves little to no downtime. There may be minimal redness, but you can immediately return to your normal activities after your treatment.

When your skin has healed, you are welcome to wear makeup to cover any redness, mild swelling, and peeling. The timing of this depends on the procedure received. Dr. Brunner will guide you through your particular procedure and recovery process.

Schedule your RF skin tightening
in Princeton, NJ

To determine which RF skin tightening procedure is right for you, contact our Princeton, NJ, office today. Our friendly and knowledgeable medical team is ready to answer your questions about skin tightening or our other services and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner.

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