Frequently Asked Questions
- Radiofrequency - what is involved?
- How long does the treatment take?
- Does radiofrequency hurt?
- Fractional skin resurfacing - what is involved?
- Does fractional skin resurfacing hurt?
Ultrasound gel is applied to the skin, and a small hand piece is rotated gently on the skin's surface. The skin gradually heats up to a comfortable temperature of about 39-41 Degrees Centigrade, which is maintained for a few minutes in each area.
Depending on the size of the area, the treatments take between 30 and 45 minutes.
Clients report feeling a warm sensation in the treated area, when the skin reaches a temperature similar to the feeling of a 'hot stone' massage. Local anaesthetic can be applied to more sensitive areas before treatment (such as around the eyes), but is not usually required.
Local anaesthetic is used before the Fractional Treatment, as this technology penetrates into deeper layers of the skin. The practitioner evenly covers the treatment area with a series of pulses. Each pulse lasts less than a second and creates tiny, controlled micro skin punctures.
As you are numb from the local anaesthetic that is used, this treatment is not uncomfortable, however the skin will be hot for an hour or so after the procedure and will also appear red.
A small amount of flaking or crusting may be evident for a few days following treatment; this is the epidermal resurfacing and normally resolves after 5 -7 days. Your practitioner will advise you of the post care treatment.