Q. I read your article about the gel to use with the RF skin tightening machine, but not the one recommending the machine itself. What brand were you referring to and how did it work for you?
A. I have been using the AOGNY skin tightening machine since late summer 2021. There has been a lot of interest so I will give a quick overview before discussing the machine and how to use it.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which causes wrinkles and sagging skin. RF skin tightening uses high frequency radio waves to penetrate and heat the skin, stimulating collagen production. It can eliminate wrinkles, tighten loose skin and improve facial contours. It can also be used to remove stretch marks. Home and professional RF skin tightening has been shown to be clinically effective in tests, and the treatment is offered by dermatologists although it can be expensive. The availability of affordable machines for home use, along with the ease and safety of using them, has made non-surgical skin tightening much more accessible to the public.
I consider the machine and the results something of a miracle. Over the years I have seen loose skin appear on my face and chin, skin that has not tightened up with diet and exercise. I was frustrated but eventually accepted, realizing it was a natural consequence of aging and knowing that I would never have a surgical facelift. I was a little skeptical when I first started using the machine, but quickly became convinced. I was sure to see improvements, but when I started getting unsolicited compliments from friends and family, I knew I was onto something.
You start by applying RF gel to the treatment area, and reapply gel as needed during the procedure. Two probes are included, a small one for the face and a larger one for the body. It has three settings for heat level and a timer that counts down in 10-minute increments. I set the machine to 1 when I first used it, then to 2 for the second time and now I always use it to 3. It doesn’t get particularly hot on the lowest settings, I so suggest moving to 3 as soon as you feel comfortable. If you keep the probe on your face in one place for too long, you will definitely feel it warm and you might even feel a little zapping, so move the probe slowly enough to feel the heat, but keep it moving. I do 20 minutes on my face, with 15 minutes all over my face and under my chin (using the pattern suggested by the instructions) and the remaining five minutes just under my chin. The most important lesson I learned was to stay consistent and use it every third day until you get the results you want. After that, you can use it as little as once a week for maintenance.
When I first wrote about the machine, AOGNY was new to the US market. The machines sold out quickly and support was somewhat lacking if spare parts were needed. They have since opened an AOGNY store on Amazon with user tips and replacement probes and handles. AOGNY Skin Tightening Machine Sells For $369 On Amazon and there’s often a $30 checkbox coupon that brings the price down to $339. When you need replacement gel, I recommend Royal RF gel, also on Amazon. It only costs $17.99 for two big tubes and works great.
(Contact Don Lindich at www.soundadvicenews.com and use the “submit question” link on this site.)
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