What is the Radiage?Radiage is a gentle procedure for skin tightening.
Wrinkling is caused by the decreasing tension of the subcutaneous collagen fibers. The patient has a variety of procedures to choose from if he wants to remove nasty wrinkles, crow's feet and even wrinkles. However, most of them are associated with bleeding, more or less visible scars and a time-out for the patient.
A very gentle method, which is not to be feared, is called Radiage. It was developed in the US and has been used in medicine for several decades. The Radiage was originally developed only for the obliteration of varicose veins. Since 2007, German doctors also use it to smooth wrinkles. Manufacturer Radiagegeräte is the company Ellman International Inc., which sells its medical device since 1969. Initially approved for the skin and face only, this minimally invasive procedure uses high-frequency radio waves to heat the connective tissue and the collagen contained in it, causing the collagen fibers to contract and tighten the layer of skin above.
Later, the scientists discovered that with the radio frequency devices as well as legs, arms, buttocks and abdomen can be treated. The device can even be used to reduce cellulite. Radiofrequency Therapy is similar to the thermal lift used to date but is even gentler and cheaper than this. The Radiage is extremely effective because, unlike firming skin creams that only treat the upper layer of skin, it reaches the surface of the subcutaneous fat layer where most of the age-related changes take place.
Function, effect & goals
The treatment goal of radiage (radiofrequency therapy) is to smooth the skin without first surgically opening it or injecting it with certain substances. Therefore, no scars are formed after treatment, as is common for most aesthetic procedures.
The wrinkles disappear after the collagen fibers in the subcutaneous tissue have contracted (collagen shrinking). The energy generated by the radiofrequency device heats the connective tissue to 48 to 50 degrees Celsius. Before the treatment, the patient is given a cooling special gel, which on the one hand prevents possible skin damage, but at the same time supports the hot-cold effect, which causes the smoothing. The patient experiences the treatment thanks to the gel as not unpleasant. However, during Radiage treatment, he can additionally tell the doctor when the skin is getting too hot for him.
Radiofrequency therapy also promotes the formation of new collagen (collagen neogenesis). As a result, the skin-tightening effect in the weeks and months following the treatment increases even further. First successes are visible after the first treatment. Depending on the intensity of the desired wrinkle reduction Radiage is carried out 2 to 4 times. Between the sessions are at least 2, better still 4 weeks behind. Depending on the size of the area of the skin to be treated, the treatments take 10 to 20 minutes. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient can go about his usual daily activities immediately after the treatment.
The consequences of Radiage are not visible externally. The gentle skin smoothing method is particularly suitable for wrinkles on the face (eye area), neck and upper lip area. In addition, younger patients, in whom the wrinkling is not yet pronounced, let them perform. Varicose veins also use radiofrequency therapy. In the endovenous treatment, an ultrasound measurement is performed first. Then the doctor introduces a flexible probe via a puncture of the lower leg. The upper end of the probe deliberately emits high-frequency energy and is slowly brought back.
The entire surrounding tissue is heated so that the cell fluid evaporates and the vein is permanently closed. In the following period, the varicose vein is transformed into connective tissue and degraded by the body. In this application, the endovenous Radiage resembles the endovenous laser therapy. However, it works with a different wavelength and penetration depth. Another method of varicose vein eradication is Closure-FAST therapy. A special catheter heats and closes the vein at equal intervals. The endovenous Radiage is performed under local anesthesia.
Risks, side effects & dangers
The Radiage does not involve any risks. Because it is a proven safe procedure, it is only in very rare cases to skin damage. It does not cause pigmentation irritation. After treatment, the heat on the treated areas of the skin leaves a slight redness, which usually fades over several hours alone.
Because it is a painless method, no anesthesia is usually given unless the patient has very sensitive skin. Like other cosmetic procedures, high-frequency radio-wave therapy has no lasting effect: depending on skin type, the skin-tightening effect is reduced after 12 months, but no later than 36 months. Then the patient should repeat the treatment. In order to avoid possible damage to the skin due to improper use, it is recommended that skin tightening should always be performed by medical specialists.