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In as little as five years ago unless you were talking about a radio station, Radiofrequency was not a phrase you would hear with much regularity in a salon, but these days RF is becoming an increasing popular tool to fight the signs of ageing, and in particular, firming and tightening.
How it works
With positively and negatively charged electrical currents causing a frenzy in our skins molecules, RF creates heat and a lot of it!! Next…lots of amazing things start to happen:
1: The heat will immediately cause the local contraction of ‘existing’ collagen and elastic fibres causing temporary tightening of the skin.
2 Hydration is increased because the GAGs which are the precursors to Hyaluronic Acid are stimulated into production. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin and is so water loving it can hold 1000 times its own weight in water!!!
3 Circulation is improved from increased production of capillaries so that means better blood flow, even skin colour and toxin clearance.
4 And finally saving the best till last…. In a few months the ‘increased’ collagen and elastin that was created from the RF intense heating become visible. HOW?: Our skin is naturally designed to defend itself when it thinks it’s been injured or under attack. This is often referred to as the wound healing response. When our skin is wounded our fibroblast cells go into overdrive sending massive amounts of collagen and elastin to the damaged area.
Is it safe?
RF technology has been used in the medical world for over 40 years and has a strong safety record with loads of clinical papers to prove its results so it’s no surprise it has found its way into the beauty world also. Unlike IPL or laser, which can also be used to stimulate collagen and elastin, there is no pain at all and it can be used on any skin type and over any area including lymph nodes and close to eyes.
Having said that, in the hands of an inexperienced operator RF can be dangerous. We are heating the skin to only a few degrees shy of a superficial burn so it is paramount that your therapist is checking your skins temperature every 30-60 seconds for any hot spots and knows how to maintain the heat without causing any pain or discomfort.
It is non-invasive and can complement most other treatments especially fat cavitation.
If you are pregnant, nursing, have a pacemaker, heart problems, or conditions such as lupus or herpes that can be aggravated by heat, or diabetes that can cause desensitisation of skin - then we will not perform treatment without your doctor's consent. The treatment will also be less effective for clients who have a compromised immune system because the treatment depends on your bodies healing ability.
There is no downtime so treatment can be as often as you like until you get your desired results.
Face and Neck: $150 for 60 mins
Neck only: $80 for 30 mins
Decolletage and breast lift: $120 for 40 mins
What is Fat Cavitation/Body Sculpturing?
In a nutshell, Fat Cavitation is a treatment that effectively reduces fat and cellulite in the selected areas using ultrasonic waves.
Now, the more scientific explanation!
A Ultrasonic Fat Cavitation device is able to do this in the same way that some opera singers shatter glass with their voice. Each substance has its own 'frequency' or 'resonance point'. And when something else makes a sound at the same frequency, it causes the substance to vibrate and, if the sound is powerful enough, to shake itself apart. For example, opera singers are able to reach the same frequency as some kinds of glass. By transmitting low-level ultrasonic waves which consist of compression-expansion impulses that travel in high speed cycles, micro bubbles begin to form. They become frenzied and start to implode and collide which produces shock waves that rupture the cell walls of nearby fat cells, releasing the fatty liquid inside them. Shortly after, the fatty liquid is absorbed by the blood stream and then processed by the kidneys, finally being sent to the bladder to be expelled from the body. It may also eliminated through lymph glands. To speed up and help the process we recommend a modified diet for 24 hours before and after each treatment and 20 mins of exercise to help the body use up the liquefied fat first and not newly consumed fats or sugars.
Now, this may seem overly complicated, but it really boils down to one simple concept, effective spot reduction of unwanted fat!
As we all know, our bodies process the fat in different areas in different ways. Stubborn thigh fat, or a little chub on the hips can resist even the most dedicated weight-loss regimes. With cavitation, we can focus on that specific area, giving you something that could be achieved, without either tremendous effort, or costly surgery. Not only that, but it can also help reduce cellulite, a condition over 95% of women suffer from. With one device, we can effectively treat our clients for both of these conditions. Conditions that are, normally very tough to correct.
What does it feel like?
It won’t hurt at all but it’s a strange feeling to describe. It’s like a buzzing and tingling sensation throughout your body. Because it’s happening on the inside it is sometimes louder in the inner ears for the person receiving the treatment. After the procedure, your treated area will feel squishy because the fat cells have been liquefied and ready for elimination.
Is it safe?
It is non-thermal so no heat – no danger. However because of high levels of toxins (the bigger the fat cell, the higher the toxicity) some people may experience headaches and dizziness. To help with this side effect, and to assist in the elimination, we recommend the client avoids alcohol, carbs, sugar and fats for 24 hours each side of the treatment.
If you are obese, pregnant, nursing, have had cancer, pacemakers, liver or auto immune deficiencies we will not perform this treatment without doctors consent.
Will I lose weight?
Fat cavitation is not designed as a weight loss treatment. It is particularly suited for clients who have localised fat tissues which are resistant to exercise and diet. It is for reshaping and toning body areas and the perfect alternative to those looking to avoid the pain and cost of invasive Liposuction procedures.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually between 6-10 treatments. But you will notice definite results after the third treatment. Time of treatment will depend on how your body handles the release of toxins. Remember the longer the treatment time the more toxins that are being released into your body so you may feel slightly nauseous the first time. Generally, we will start the first treatment with 10 mins and the build-up to 40 minutes. The final result will depend on you also. If you modify your diet, drink at least 2 litres of water to flush out the toxins and exercise immediately after the procedure your results will be faster and you will need less treatments.
Frequency of treatments
You can have the treatments as close as 3 days apart but no closer because the body needs the time for the elimination process.
We recommend exfoliation, moisturisation and lymphatic drainage massage to be included in the treatment. Dry flaky skin will make the ultrasound less effective but you can reduce costs by exfoliating and moisturizing yourself prior to treatment. To give you an idea an A5 sized treatment area requires 10 mins to liquefy the fat. So if you want thighs or buttocks treated you will probably require 20 mins (A5 each side). Stomach depends on size so will be one or two A5 size area.
10 mins cavitation $60
20 mins cavitation $110
30 mins cavitation $155
40 mins cavitation $195
20-minute massage after treatment $40
Exfoliation and moisturization before treatment $20-$40 depending on area to be treated