Radiofrequency in cosmetic dermatology

Dermatol Clin. 2014 Jan;32(1):79-90. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2013.09.010.


The demand for noninvasive methods of facial and body rejuvenation has experienced exponential growth over the last decade. There is a particular interest in safe and effective ways to decrease skin laxity and smooth irregular body contours and texture without downtime. These noninvasive treatments are being sought after because less time for recovery means less time lost from work and social endeavors. Radiofrequency (RF) treatments are traditionally titrated to be nonablative and are optimal for those wishing to avoid recovery time. Not only is there minimal recovery but also a high level of safety with aesthetic RF treatments.

Keywords: Body contouring; Cellulite reduction; Monopolar; Noninvasive; Radiofrequency; Skin tightening; Unipolar.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Dermatology / instrumentation*
  • Dermatology / methods*
  • Electrodes
  • Equipment Design
  • Face
  • Humans
  • Radiofrequency Therapy*
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin
  • Skin Aging