Am I too old for radiofrequency treatments?

Radiofrequency is a non-surgical method for tightening the skin. The treatment is ideal for fighting wrinkles and lines, tightening sagging skin, treating sun damage, and contouring the natural shape of your face.

Since radiofrequency targets the signs of skin ageing, it is a popular treatment among younger patients seeking to prevent ageing and older patients seeking to treat ageing.

This inspires the question: can you be “too old” to receive radiofrequency treatments?

How does radiofrequency work?

There are several radiofrequency treatments available that use energy waves to heat the dermis, the skin's deep layer. The heat stimulates collagen production, leading to tighter, smoother and more rejuvenated skin.

The New Thermage CPT

Tightens and contours heavy eyelids and double chin, and safely treats sagging, crepey or wrinkled skin.

Pelleve radiofrequency

Naturally tightens lax skin around the face, neck, hands and décolletage by contracting collagen fibres.

Secret (RF) microneedling

Microneedling + radiofrequency to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation, fine lines and pores.

Who does radiofrequency benefit?

As we age, we lose some of our collagen and elastin fibres and supporting structures like fat and bone. Most radiofrequency treatments work better on younger skin which has more of these structures. The more collagen and structure we have, the more effective radiofrequency treatments will be. Therefore, you may see less visible effects when these structures have deteriorated.

However, this occurs at varying stages of life from person to person, and there is no specific age when radiofrequency treatments stop being effective. It depends on the quality of your skin structure, so you may still benefit from radiofrequency treatments at age 65 or 80.

Learn more about radiofrequency skin treatments.

If you would like to speak to a Doctor or Dermal Clinician about your skin concerns, please call us or book your appointment online.

Written by National Skin Cancer Centres