Radiofrequency Facial

Latest update: April 11, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD
How it works


Radiofrequency facial treatments are minimally invasive procedures. They help to rejuvenate the skin by treating wrinkles, scars, and the skin's overall appearance. There are various types of radiofrequency facials on the market. 

Venus Viva fuses micro-needling and radiofrequency technology to treat skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Doctors use a handheld device for the procedure. They roll it over the target area and prick the skin's epidermis with fine needles as RF energy penetrates deep into the dermis. As the cells heat up, the body naturally begins to produce collagen, improving elasticity. Patients experience minimal pain and can request a topical anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure. While there is no downtime, patients can expect redness and swelling for 24 hours. Doctors recommend refraining from applying creams or even cleansing with water for a day. After 24 hours, patients can use mild skin care products as the skin begins to heal. Each session will take 15-30 minutes, and 3-4 treatments are required to achieve optimal results. 

The eMatrix is another non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to rejuvenate the skin. Its results are similar to the Venus Viva. They are suitable for many skin types and tones except for patients who suffer from eczema and rosacea. A typical treatment lasts 10-20 minutes. Practitioners glide the device over the area, which creates controlled wounds. These micro-injuries start a healing response to encourage collagen production to remove wrinkles and tighten mild loose skin. A total of 3 sessions are recommended. Results can last up to a year as the skin continually improves and produces more collagen within the first month of treatment. 

FaceTite is a unique procedure that stands out among the other RF treatments. This method combines RF technology with liposuction to improve skin laxity and wrinkles on the face and neck by producing collagen while removing fat.  A typical procedure lasts an hour. Doctors make a small incision where they insert a cannula into the skin that heats the tissue. An electrode is concurrently massaged over the skin to produce an electrical field. A vacuum sucks out the fat.  Swelling and bruising occur after the procedure requiring 4-5 days of downtime. After a week, patients will notice results that will continue to improve over the next 3-4 months and last up to a year.
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Venus Viva demonstration

Tracey Mancuso, from Venus Concept North America, introduces the Venus Viva. She explains the uses of the device and talks about the aspects of the machine that she believes will surprise and wow the audience. She describes the effects that can be achieved using this machine. She talks about the treatments and reviews from the patients.

eMatrix for acne scars- in-depth review

Dr. Davin Lim reviews the eMatrix and talks about the pros and cons of this energy device. He explains how he uses the device. He compares some of the effects to those achieved with lasers. He talks about how the machine works and explains the different treatment levels available in Australia. He explains how the device works, including descriptions of the technology. He answers some questions about the treatments.