The Use of Radiofrequency in Aesthetic Surgery

Erez Dayan, MD; A. Jay Burns, MD; Rod J. Rohrich MD; Spero Theodorou, MD


Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(8):e2861 

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Radiofrequency Energy

Radiofrequency energy is a form of electromagnetic current that can be delivered through various tissue types (ie, skin, fat, and muscle) to generate thermal energy.[8] Radiofrequency (RF) has been used in nearly all medical specialties, including cardiology, urology, sleep medicine, and oncology.[8] It was initially used in medicine in the 1920s for electrocautery.[9] Over the past 15 years, its use in aesthetic surgery has increased (Table 1). However, the use of RF to contract collagen is not a new concept.[4] For example, orthopedic surgeons have used RF to contract areas such as shoulder ligaments responsible for instability for over a decade.[10–13]