- What is RF SonoTightSM?
- How does this treatment differ from the other options?
- What Conditions May Be Treated?
- Whom is the treatment for?
- Whom is the treatment not for?
- How is the treatment done?
- What results may be expected?
- When will one see the results?
- How long do the results last?
- How to maintain or enhance my results?
- What is the recovery like?
What is RF SonoTightSM?
Non-surgical face lifting refers to skin tightening technologies which tone, lift, and contour the face and neck without surgery. These technologies can re-build collagen, condense unwanted fat, and tighten the superficial muscular layer of the skin. Specifically, these technologies tighten loose skin on the brows, eyelids, the jowls and neck, and under the chin.
Fundamentally, all skin technology uses focused deep heat to achieve skin tightening. Currently, there are three ways of achieving the skin tightening: laser, radiofrequency (RF), and ultrasound. Each modality targets different depths of the skin, emits different type of heat patterns, and thus produce different clinical benefits for different conditions.
Commonly, combination of laser, radiofrequency, and ultrasound produce faster and better results. And further combining with botox and fillers create the best overall results.
RF SonoTightSM is the most ideal approach which combines radiofrequency and ultrasound energy with Botox injection for skin tightening. This innovative technique combines the special face lifting effects of SuperBotox, the highly focused, precise ultrasound energy of Ulthera, and the diffuse radiofrequency energy of RF LipoTight. Furthermore, all layers and depth of skin are targeted. The treatment tightens and lifts the skin.
This package treatment stimulates collagen of superficial, medium and deep depth, and tightens the fibromuscular fascia of the skin.
The program consists of SuperBotox face lifting, Ulthera ultrasound, and RF LipoTight radiofrequency applications.
Compared to the slower and subtle results of ultrasound or radiofrequency alone, this treatment produces much faster results and more dramatic results. Compared to laser, this combination treatment penetrates skin more deeply. Furthermore, compared to ultrasound, radiofrequency, or injection alone, RF SonoTight is more effective at tightening than any single modality alone. Compared to surgery, this treatment is much more economical yet provides tightening results without the down time and expense.
Correctable conditions include early stages of saggy brows, crow’s feet, droopy cheeks, nasolabial lines, saggy jowls, double chin, upper neck laxity, lower necklines, and texture.
As the most costly option, this program is particularly suitable for thick or thin skin, heat-tolerant, wrinkled individuals who can receive multiple sessions to receive the best results.
RF SonoTightSM Face
This program specifically addresses the face for the areas of droopy cheeks, nasolabial lines, saggy jowls, double chin, upper neck laxity, lower necklines, and texture.
This treatment combines muscle tightening Ulthera, collagen smoothening LipoTight, and muscle lifting SuperBotox.
RF SonoTightSM Brows and Eyelids
This program specifically addresses the areas of saggy brows and lax upper eyelids.
This treatment combines muscle tightening Ulthera, collagen smoothening LipoTight, eyelid tightening Thermage, and muscle lifting SuperBotox.
How does this treatment differ from the other options?
1. Faster results and one time treatment
2. More effective results than Ulthera, Thermage, or injection alone
3. Combines multiple energy modalities and injection skin tightening
4. Multi-layered tightening targeting all different skin depths
5. Penetrate more deeply than Lasers
6. Target multiple skin depths than Ulthera alone
7. Appropriate for heat tolerant individuals
8. More economical solution than surgery
What Conditions May Be Treated?
1. Thick or thin skin
2. Saggy brows
3. Nasolabial lines
4. Saggy jowls
5. Neck laxity
Whom is the treatment for?
1. Patients with realistic expectation
2. Patients in good healthy conditions
3. Stable weight without frequent or excess weight gain or loss
Whom is the treatment not for?
1. Patients with unrealistic expectation
2. Patients with low blood sugar, dehydration, acute disease, autoimmune disorder, blood disorder, cancer, or on bleeding thinning medications.
How is the treatment done?
The whole face and neck are treated. The combination package program starts with one SuperBotox cheek or neck lifting, followed by ultrasound application of Ulthera, followed by the radiofrequency of RF LipoTight.
For the SuperBotox lifting, the cheeks or neck are emphasized. SuperBotx can effectively lifting the cheeks or neck.
For the ultrasound, the targeted areas for contouring and lubricated with gel. While imaging the skin layers, transducers are then applied onto the skin to emit highly focused and precise sound energy to the medium and deep depths of the skin. Multiple passes are performed in a directional lifting manner. Heat sensation will be felt.
For the radiofrequency, the targeted areas are marked for contouring and lubricated with gel. The transducers are the then applied onto the skin to emit diffuse electrical energy to the superficial and medium depths of the skin. Multiple passes are performed in a directional lifting manner. Heat sensation will be felt.
Generally, a combination package treatment is required.
The treatment takes about a hour in an outpatient clinic setting
Oral anesthesia may be used.
What results may be expected?
1. Better brow position
2. Smoother crow’s feet
3. Lifted jowls
4. Tighter upper neck
5. Smoother lower neck lines
How many shots are used?
The number of shots for ultrasound will vary around 650, while the time of radiofrequency lasts about a hour. The energy targets only the necessary areas of thick collagen and fribromuscular layer. Areas with thin collagen or absent fibromuscular layer will often further flatten down with heat energy and thus intense energy to the deep depth to these areas is not needed.
Do more pulses, shots, or lines make better results?
The short answer is “yes” for areas where one wants flattening. The answer is “no” for areas where one does not want loss of volume.
For these areas which excess plumpness or volume is not desired, more energy via more pulses, shots, or lines to these areas will flattening the areas down.
Areas where plumpness or volume is not desirable and thus enhanced energy may be warranted include:
1. lower cheeks
2. nasolabial prominence
4. double chin.
For areas which plumpness or volume is not desired, more energy via more pulses, shots, or lines to these areas will actually decrease the flattening the areas down, and produce more hollowed appearance.
Areas where plumpness or volume is to be maintained and thus excessive energy is not warranted include:
3. upper cheeks
With combination technique, both ultrasound and radiofrequency energies are performed, all on areas where flattening where contraction is desired. Combination results are better than single modality ultrasound or radiofrequency alone.
Thus, where the skin tightening is targeted affects the aesthetic outcome and can either rejuvenate or age your look!
Does skin tightening with a single modality of laser, radiofrequency, or ultrasound provide the best skin tightening result?
The short answer is combination technique, not single modality, produce the best results.
1. focused columns of superficial heat energy, with gaps of no energy between columns
2. targets superficial collagen
1. uniform, radiant, circumferential, wavelike heat without gaps
2. targets deep collagen and fat more comfortably
1. focused columns of deep heat energy, with gaps of no energy between columns
2. targets deep collagen and muscle with intense heat.
3. While ultrasound can also be used for fat, monoploar radiofrequency provides far more uniform heat for better fat reduction.
The efficacy of skin tightening depends on:
1. Levels of heat: superficial heat(superficial collagen), deep focused heat(deep collagen and muscle), and deep radiant heat(fat contraction).
2. Amount of heat
3. Sessions of heat
4. Combined treatment with other modalities such as laser, radiofrequency, botox, and fillers.
When will one see the results?
The results will be seen gradually within two months. After the swelling subsides with few days, the results will look more and more natural.
How long do the results last?
Results long one year or more. Duration of effect is similar regardless of sessions of treatments, but the magnitude of change will be determined by the number of sessions.
How to maintain or enhance my results?
Additional maintenance is required.
Healthy eating and exercise are helpful to enhance results.
Further treatment may be recommended to further results
What is the recovery like?
Recovery lasts one day.
Mild redness, swelling, pain, and occasional tingling are expected.
Prescription pain medications are generally not necessary.
Most people return to work and activities in one day.
Cost of Treatments
Cost of treatment options ranges from three to four digits. An in-person consultation with your specialist physician will help to determine the best suitable solution to your own individual needs.