Reviews of High Frequency Facial Therapy Devices
You probably heard of high frequency facial therapy devices from TV infomercials or programs like the Dr Oz Show or the Rachael Ray show.
If the infomercials are to be believed, they appear to be THE solution for all our aging woes. We would have no problems whatsoever erasing laugh lines, nasal-labial lines – it would be a facelift without surgery indeed.
But does it really work as advertised? Does it work as well for everyone? Is it based on unique technology or are there similar devices out there?
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What is High-frequency Therapy & does it even benefit the skin?
First of all, high-frequency technology has already been around since the beginning of the twentieth century. A French inventor by the name of Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval first created the high-frequency current device that would be later known as the d’Arsonaval.
How this device works is that it delivers a high-frequency alternating electric current to the skin via a glass electrode. Electrical and thermal energy are delivered upon contact with the skin, stimulating underlying skin cells, collagen and also killing bacteria through the production of Ozone (oxidized Oxygen).
Is this a just a fad? Well, according to a study conducted by medical researchers in spain, high frequency treatment can result in increased collagen and elastic-fibre in the skin (leading to a fuller, tighter and more supple appearance of the skin).
Watch a very comprehensive video of how high frequency treatments actually work:
So what’s the verdict?
Gathering many of the testimonials, feedback and reviews from forums and eCommerce sites, the general consensus on the high frequency devices can be summarized as such:
- The Good: Unlike creams and even microdermabrasion treatments that can only treat superficial layers of the skin, this device can really penetrate beneath the surface and ‘plump up’ the skin through the stimulation of collagen. Moreover, older users (even those past 60) have seen significant improvements in the elasticity of their skin after prolong use.
- The Bad: Many users claim that they take quite a long time and many treatment sessions to see any visible results. Interestingly, older users (those above 40) seem to experience better results on this device than younger ones.
Top Rated High Frequency Devices
As we have seen, there are many high frequency skin therapy devices available in the market, and this facial technology has already been around for a long time. Are there highly effective devices out there in the market? We think so! Below we highlight some of these devices. You be the judge.
High Frequency D’arsonval Professional Grade Device with Argon Electrodes
First off, this device falls within the same price range as the Dermawand, but this is a professional device closer to what you would find in your aesthetician’s office, as it comes with 7 different electrodes (wands) that perform different functions. The different shaped wands even includes a horse-shaped one meant for the neck and larger areas, and a roller electrode (used with a cream and gauze) that allows direct high frequency treatment that is effective for cauterizing acne and other nodules.
In terms of benefits, many users with pimples and acne find that this high frequency treatment can almost instantly dry and flatten the lesions without leaving any scars. Some users also have success using it to cauterize warts and cold sores. After about 3 treatments, many users also reported finding their skin feeling tighter and more ‘plumped’. After extended treatment many have also reported in a reduction in appearance of fine lines.
PLF-2010 Portable High Frequency Machine
This is another D’arsonval device similar to the one by New Spa above, but produced by another manufacturer called Trophy Skin. It comes with less electrodes (it does not have the roller electrode) than the New Spa one, but it does have an added one year warranty.
Health & Safety Issues Pertaining to High Frequency Devices
Even though high frequency treatments are generally safe, there are some instances when you should refrain from using it. Because it involves static electricity, people who have heart problems, especially those with pacemakers installed should avoid it. If you have epilepsy or suffer from other disorders pertaining to the nervous system, you should also avoid high frequency therapy. Pregnant ladies should also stay away from this treatment.
Areas of the skin to avoid applying high frequency treatment include hairy areas, areas with open wounds, scars that have just healed or are in the process of healing, and skin that have substantial metallic fillers underneath.
If you are in doubt, please consult a physician before commencing any high frequency skin therapy.
Read also: How the Derma Roller can remedy common skin problems