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Shape up with radio frequency

Shape up with radio frequency

When you hear the terms 'radio frequency' or 'ultrasound' you'll more than likely either think of some of sci-fi movie or babies. But actually both are becoming big in the beauty industry, not least for helping the condition and tone of your skin.

Over the last three years radio frequency has become really popular to help contour the body. This isn't about an invasive procedure, instead you'll have a laser passed over the skin to heat it up which should tighten things a little and help break down fatty deposits - or cellulite as you might know it. This is particularly good if you want to target some stubborn dimples on places like the backs of your legs, while the tightening aspect will suit anyone who has been left with saggy skin following weightloss.

"Usually these devices are safe on all skin types as they don't use light. Some redness may be seen in area or bruising if it's cryolipolysis," experts from explained to Cover Media.

"Any area with excess fat [is recommended]. Usually stomach, jowls and thighs respond well."

Sessions take between 30 and 90 minutes, but don't think of this as a quick fix to bust your fat. As with most things it works best in conjunction with a healthy diet and if you are exercising regularly, and you will need more than one session of treatment. Many people take up to eight goes, usually done every fortnight, to see results and it's unlikely that your pins will be entirely dimple free by the end of the course. It's best to be realistic about results, which will usually last for up to two years.

If you're interested in this, one option to investigate more is the Accent Ultra V platform. It includes two different radio frequencies which heat at different tissue depths; the shallow version helps firm up lax skin, while the deeper one encourages the body to remodel its collagen which makes the skin look better. They also aide circulation, which means fluid finds it easier to drain away so your skin shouldn't look so puffy.

To get the treatment you have the device pushed all over the chosen area, until it heats up (usually to around 40 degrees). Your skin gets a good pummelling, but it's also quite relaxing because of the heat. After that your practitioner will keep the temperature at a constant as a device is again pushed into your skin. A good tip is to make sure you have drunk a lot of water before arriving at the clinic and moisturiser in the run up to your appointment, as hydrated skin doesn't take as long to reach the peek temperature.

It's suitable for most people, apart from those with pacemakers, metal pins and plates or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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