Dr. Stephen Schendel
Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery

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RF Skin Tightening in Palo Alto, CA

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Radio frequency (RF) skin rejuvenation is considered one of the biggest breakthroughs for the anti-aging market. Dr. Stephen Schendel offers this skin tightening approach for patients who wish to use a nonsurgical method to achieve beautiful results. Using ThermiAesthetic treatment technology, we employ a temperature-controlled radiofrequency generator system to help tighten, lift and smooth the skin. This technology uses various components including ThermiTight and ThermiRaise. Both penetrate deeper into the skin to make improvements to surface wrinkles. Dr. Schendel recommends this procedure for his Palo Alto patients who wish to address the forehead, under the eyes, the mid-face and neck. 

RF & ThermiSmooth Tightening

Procedure Process

Radio frequency skin rejuvenation heats the skin to the optimum temperature to stimulate the production of collagen. The practitioner will mark the targeting areas, apply a cool gel to the surface of the skin, and gently roll the skin with a small circular hand piece that emits RF waves. Radio frequency skin rejuvenation can be used on the face, neck, stomach, upper inner arms, legs, thighs and buttocks. In areas such as the legs, the treatment is performed to treat cellulite imperfections, while loose skin and surface wrinkles are targeted in the facial regions.

What To Expect

All radio frequency skin treatment sessions are performed in an accredited surgical facility. No discomfort is felt throughout the surgery, although the patient will feel the skin heating.  Although redness and minor tingling in the treated areas are common, patient’s undergoing this treatment can resume normal activity quickly. Results start appearing within a few hours of treatment, and the full effect typically shows within in a few months and may last for 2 full years.

Expected Cost

The cost of RF skin rejuvenation varies depending on the areas being treated as well as the optimal number of sessions required to attain the desired results. On average, the total cost is $500+ per treatment area.  For full regional areas such as the face or stomach, the price can average between $2,500-$5,000.

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Average Cost  
$500 - $3,000
Recovery Time  
1 Day
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
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RF Skin Rejuvenation FAQs

Ideal Candidates?

Radio frequency skin rejuvenation is a procedure that improves loose skin and wrinkles. It is not a treatment for weight loss, and does not necessarily affect the texture or surface irregularities like pigmentation, discoloration or age spots. Individuals who are not comfortable with a surgical procedure such as a facelift but still hope to slow down the visible signs of aging, likely benefit from this technique. Patients with excessive loose and sagging skin will be better candidates for a body contouring procedure.

How Long Do Results Last?

The results following radio frequency skin rejuvenation can last up to 2 years. Like many other non-invasive anti-aging skin treatments, RF treatment can be repeated per your practitioner’s discretion. Due to reasons like this, RF treatment has become a popular choice among both patients and cosmetic surgeons.

How Many Treatments?

This depends on the condition of your skin, the results you wish to attain, age and the size of the area being treated. In general, it could take as few as 4-6 treatments for the face, and upwards of 10-15 treatments for the body. For optimal results, ongoing maintenance sessions are recommended.

Isn't This Similar to a Lift?

While it is sometimes touted as a liquid facelift, the honest answer is no. While RF treatment stimulates collagen and tightens underlying structures, which result in a firmer skin appearance, a surgical facelift will produce a more dramatic effect. Patients may want to consider a treatment such as radio frequency skin rejuvenation prior to undergoing a surgical procedure.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.