Good or Bad EMF, You Decide: Radio Frequency Therapy

Are Radio Frequency Treatments Actually Safe?

Radio frequency treatments, RF treatments, have been used since 2001 for improving skin without surgery. The quick, comfortable treatment doesn't leave any scars and doesn't require recovery time. RF Treatments from certified estheticians with FDA cleared technologies are considered to be the most safe, but let's take a closer look at these services.

What is Radio Frequency?

Radio frequency is a type of energy, and one of many on the electromagnetic spectrum. RF includes many electronics we use like wifi, tv waves, microwave ovens, etc. This frequency ranges from 20 kHz to 300 GHz. This type of energy has been used in medical treatments for over 75 years. It's typically used for minimally invasive surgeries. RF can produce heat which can be used to induce new collagen and elastin production, as well as firm skin. RF therapy uses a lower frequency as opposed to lasers (high frequency), so it can improve skin in a safer way.

Radio Frequency Studies

Radio frequency has been studied for years due to it's prevalence in our society; cell phones, tv, wifi, etc. The World Health Organization has deemed RF "possibly carcinogenic to humans", but there is no evidence that it increases cancer in humans. Experiments using rats suggested a link between tumors and RF exposures in males rats alone under certain conditions.  RF is known to create a potential for burns.

Choose an Experience Provider

The radio frequencies used in these treatments are highly controlled, and different than microwave or cellphone radiation. Technologies have been approved that allow the monitoring of temperature while still achieving results. Many studies have concluded RF procedures as safe, but at the end of the day it depends on your practitioner and your own opinion on radiation. Any radiation carries it's own risks. If you do choose to try RF treatments, make sure your provider is experienced and uses FDA cleared technologies. Ask for before and after photos from previous patients, and don't be afraid to ask questions!

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