Home-use TriPollar RF device for facial skin tightening: Clinical study results

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Apr;13(2):69-76. doi: 10.3109/14764172.2011.552607.


Background: Professional, non-invasive, anti-aging treatments based on radio-frequency (RF) technologies are popular for skin tightening and improvement of wrinkles. A new home-use RF device for facial treatments has recently been developed based on TriPollar™ technology.

Objective: To evaluate the STOP™ home-use device for facial skin tightening using objective and subjective methods.

Methods: Twenty-three female subjects used the STOP at home for a period of 6 weeks followed by a maintenance period of 6 weeks. Facial skin characteristics were objectively evaluated at baseline and at the end of the treatment and maintenance periods using a three-dimensional imaging system. Additionally, facial wrinkles were classified and subjects scored their satisfaction and sensations.

Results: Following STOP treatment, a statistically significant reduction of perioral and periorbital wrinkles was achieved in 90% and 95% of the patients, respectively, with an average periorbital wrinkle reduction of 41%. This objective result correlated well with the periorbital wrinkle classification result of 40%. All patients were satisfied to extremely satisfied with the treatments and all reported moderate to excellent visible results.

Conclusions: The clinical study demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the STOP home-use device for facial skin tightening. Treatment can maintain a tighter and suppler skin with improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Face / anatomy & histology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Radiofrequency Therapy*
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Self Care / instrumentation*
  • Skin / anatomy & histology
  • Skin Aging / physiology*
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena
  • Treatment Outcome