Professional vs. At-Home RF Skin Tightening Treatments

Professional vs. At-Home RF Skin Tightening Treatments

When considering skin tightening treatments, it's important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of both professional and at-home options. Professional RF treatments typically offer more impressive and consistent results, as well as the expertise and guidance of a trained practitioner.

At-home devices, on the other hand, offer convenience and flexibility at a lower cost, but may not deliver the same level of efficacy as professional treatments. 

Continue reading to learn more about the factors you must consider when weighing up the benefits and drawbacks of each type of treatment.

What Is Skin-Tightening?

As we age, our skin can begin to lose its elasticity, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. This is where skin-tightening treatments enter the picture. 

Once upon a time, the only option for reversing this process was invasive surgery, like a traditional facelift. Patients were often left less than satisfied and faced a long recovery period.

Thankful, those days are over, thanks to InMode and our range of innovative RF skin tightening treatments. This type of treatment is non-invasive and utilises various technologies, including RF energy and microneedling, to stimulate collagen production, which in turn helps to firm and tighten the skin.

Whether you are looking to tighten and lift your neck, reduce the appearance of fine lines, or achieve an overall more youthful appearance, InMode is here to help. 

How Do Skin Tightening Treatments Work?

There is a variety of different skin tightening treatments out there, each with its own technology and approach.

Let’s use the popular Morpheus8 as an example. Morpheus8 targets and strengthens the Fibro-Septal Network (FSN) and comes equipped with four fractional tips with different microneedle configurations for customised treatments.

By providing triple action in the form of ablation, fat coagulation, and volumetric heating, Morpheus8 can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, pore size and acne. Patients will benefit from tighter skin and reduced fat without the need for surgery and with reduced downtime. 

The Rise of At-Home Skin Tightening Treatments

Devices like the Morpheus8, Forma and Plus have made skin-tightening treatments more affordable and accessible than ever. Conversely, patients are now investigating the possibility of conducting these treatments at home. 

While there are devices on the market that allow you to perform these treatments at home, are they worth pursuing?

There’s no doubt that at-home skin tightening treatments are more accessible — after all, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own house. But what you gain in convenience, you ultimately sacrifice in safety and results.

Let’s take a closer look at how professional vs at-home treatments sit side by side.

Comparison: Professional vs. At-Home Treatments

Wondering if you should book an appointment for clinical RF skin tightening or invest in a device you can use at home? Here are some of the pros and cons you will need to consider.


RF skin tightening is a procedure that should only be performed by a professional who understands the abilities and constraints of a device.

A medical professional will start by asking a series of questions to confirm that RF skin tightening is an appropriate procedure for you. They will also explain any potential risks, common side effects and when to seek medical assistance.

Performing RF skin tightening at home does not come with the same professional support and safety measures.


The cost of a clinical RF skin tightening procedure will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the area being treated, the severity of your skin issues and any additional costs on the part of the clinic.

You may need multiple treatments depending on what you are hoping the therapy will achieve, and it’s a good idea to factor this in when calculating the long-term cost.

Purchasing an RF skin-tightening machine to use at home is a one-off investment. However, the device is likely to be costly and may not be as effective as a clinical-grade machine.

Duration of Procedure & Downtime

Regardless of whether you are performing RF skin tightening at home or in a professional setting, the duration of the procedure and the expected downtime will depend on the intensity of the procedure and the area you are treating.

Visiting a clinic, however, provides the added advantage of access to professional advice. Your clinician will be able to give tailored advice about how long recovery will take and what precautions you need to take to ensure maximal treatment effectiveness. 


While we can’t speak to every at-home RF skin-tightening machine, it’s unlikely that any have the same level of innovative technology as the Morpheus8, Forma, or Plus

InMode is an industry leader in innovative radio frequency, light-based energy and laser technologies. Our devices and workstations offer minimally invasive procedures that involve little to no downtime, and the fantastic results speak for themselves. 

Maintenance after Procedure

Depending on the type of RF skin tightening treatment you receive, your skin may or may not require maintenance following the procedure. The only way to know for sure is by having the treatment performed by a professional. 

If you purchase a home device, it may come with instructions on maintenance procedures you should follow after the treatment. However, these won’t be tailored to you and your medical history, meaning you risk doing harm or undoing all the work of the treatment.

For Professional RF Skin Tightening Treatments, Speak to InMode

It’s clear that professional RF skin tightening treatments boast many advantages over at-home procedures. If you’re a clinic looking to increase your services to include RF skin tightening, contact the InMode team today to discuss our range of devices and workstations.

Alternatively, if you’re a patient wanting to have this procedure performed, visit the ‘Find a Provider’ page on our website to find a clinic near you.

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