Facial plast Surg 2005; 21(1): 65-73
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-871765
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Current Concepts in Nonablative Radiofrequency Rejuvenation of the Lower Face and Neck

Manoj T. Abraham1 , 2 , E. Vic Ross3
  • 1Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla
  • 2Facial Plastic, Reconstructive, & Laser Surgery, PLLC, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 3Dermatology Department, Naval Medical Center, 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, San Diego, California
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Publication Date:
29 June 2005 (online)


With the multitude of treatment options and emerging technology available for rejuvenation of the lower face and neck, it is often difficult to determine which specific treatment would benefit an individual patient. Monopolar radiofrequency (MRF) nonablative skin rejuvenation is a promising new procedure that is utilized to tighten and contour nonsurgically mild to moderate laxity of the skin of the lower face and neck in patients without significant underlying structural ptosis. In these selected patients and others who wish to avoid surgical treatment modalities, MRF treatment offers a noninvasive method of tightening skin and soft tissue, causing softening of the nasolabial lines, tightening of the jowl, and improving the definition of the cervicomental angle, all without significant recovery time or complications. Further development of MRF technology and refinement of treatment protocols may allow even greater tightening of the skin and more dramatic modulation of underlying deeper structures, making the treatment more universally applicable for patients desiring facial rejuvenation.