Tripollar STOP VX vs STOP V home RF skin tightening review before vs after

Tripollar Stop VX

4.5

Top choices for tightening sagging skin, these Tripollar Radio Frequency (RF) devices are safe for all skin tones & types, & work best to regenerate visibly aging skin. They smooth & tighten, firm & brighten for a healthy & fresh complexion on face & neck. Some models you can use on hands too, and some also strengthen facial muscles with a DMA mode. See your best results after the simple start-up routine, followed with an easy low-effort maintenance schedule. Learn how the different models compare in this review.

Tight, bright, smooth & healthy

The small, handheld Tripollar devices send bipolar Radio Frequency current into your skin’s dermis layer. Resistance in your tissues to this RF current creates heat. This heat tightens your collagen fibres, and stimulates fibroblast activity to gradually remodel the collagen & elastin structures in your skin. After the regular start-up schedule, they’re clinically proven to tighten your skin and reduce wrinkles. The increased collagen also firms, plumps and brightens too. Use them with Tripollar or CurrentBody RF prep gel. Learn more about Radio Frequency here.

The Tripollar STOP VX and STOP V home RF skin tightening devices
This review tests & compares the Tripollar STOP VX and STOP V

For this review I’ve tested and compared the older Tripollar V and the latest VX. Both have Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA) mode used along the jawline. This is a mini Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) pulse working on your SMAS layer facial muscles, below the dermis and hypodermis. Tripollar say DMA strengthens muscles to build volume and tone, and works with the RF to enhance lift and contouring along your jawline. Phew!

What they fix: Smooths texture, tightens pores, plumps skin reducing fine lines & wrinkles, tightens loose skin around facial contours jowls, chin, jaw & eyes, refreshes for firm, supple, glowing, younger-looking skin.

My score is for the latest, easier, and faster Tripollar STOP VX model. I compare with the STOP V throughout the rest of this review, and there’s a comparison of all the models towards the end.

Ease of use
Requires a sticky conductive gel. Easy RF sessions on face & neck, pleasant warming sensation. DMA mode feels like teeny pinpricks but is totally bearable. Use morning or night, can watch TV. No pain or irritation. Leaves skin invigorated, red/pink & plump, which fades quickly.

Effort
A high-effort device with 2 to 3 sessions per week for 6 to 8 weeks. RF takes max. 25 mins plus 10 mins DMA = 35 mins. Then, a much more manageable maintenance plan with sessions either weekly, or 1 every 2 weeks.

Results
Skin feels smoother & firmer after just a few sessions. Collagen & elastin slowly rebuild to smooth, firm & brighten your skin, softening wrinkles & fine lines too. Skin also gradually tightens for lift around the chin, jaw & eyes. Best results after 6 to 8 weeks maintained with regular top-ups.

Pros

  • Simple routine, painless & pleasant warming sensation
  • Leaves skin invigorated
  • Gel lasts aaaages
  • Lower cost gel alternatives available too
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Indicated for skin tightening
  • Clinically proven & CE certified
  • Most models are FDA-cleared
  • Low effort maintenance schedule

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Very sticky prep gel
  • No money back guarantee
  • High up-front effort during start-up
  • It’s unclear what clinical evidence there is on DMA mode
  • STOP Classic & V RF routines harder to master & are time intensive

Learn how the Tripollar STOP VX and Tripollar STOP V compare in this tried and tested review

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In this Tripollar Stop RF review:

First impressions

The Tripollar is beautifully packaged in mostly cardboard, with a little plastic to protect the contents. The box is small but robust, and fits in a draw so you can store the device, power cable and gel in it when not in use.

The attractive dark and mysterious Tripollar STOP Vx box next to the STOP V box
Compact, sturdy & attractive cardboard boxes ♻
Lift the lid fro the magnetic clasp
Pull the small black ribbon to lift the lid up from the magnetic clasp
The lid lifts up to show the classic black interior and my special edition rose gold Tripollar STOP device
The Tripollar device sits snug in a plastic moulded bed.
Don't forget to read the Tripollar STOP  user guide!
And the user guide & warranty booklets are tucked away in this small black envelope.
Underneath the plastic tray are further cardboard boxes snug & secure
Under the plastic tray are two cardboard boxes for the power cable/plugs and the preparation gel
The contents of the Tripollar STOP Vx box

The Tripollar VX box contents:

  • Tripollar STOP VX device
  • Power cable & UK, EU, US plugs
  • 50ml tube of preparation gel
  • User guide & warranty booklet
the contents of the Tripollar V box

The Tripollar V box contents:

  • Tripollar STOP V device
  • Power cable & UK, EU, US plugs
  • 50ml tub of preparation gel
  • User guide booklet
  • Warranty booklet

Tripollar STOP device quality & design

The Tripollar models are small, light-weight, handheld devices decorated with striking geometric shapes. They stand upright on the protective cap. I think they look like bottles of expensive perfume. The models come in various colours; black, white, pink, and as pictured below, rose-gold and smokey-metallic-grey.

Tripollar STOP Vx & STOP V RF & DMA devices in smokey-metallic-grey and rose gold. They look sexy. Oh yes.
Robust quality & attractive, symmetrical, geometric design
Top down shot of the  Tripollar STOP Vx and V devices with easureents labelled
14.5cm long (with cap), 4cm wide and 3 cm deep

The mains-power devices come with a 2-metre-long flexible power cord and a choice of mains adaptors. Depending on how close you are to a socket, the cord may be long enough. However, I like to sit on my bed and there’s not quite enough slack, so I use a small extension cable too.

The white mains cable of the Tripollar V in my hands
Decent quality mains-power cable around 2 metres long. A mains extension cable is handy too.
The three mains plugs (US, UK & European) with the Tripollar V device
Plug attachments with the Tripollar STOP VX & STOP V

However, I think this white cable doesn’t match and spoils the overall striking look somewhat. Perhaps a black cable would complement the design a little better.

The Tripollar V device with the white cord that doesn't really match
A black cable would look better, but hey, it still works!
The power button and mode & intensity indator lights are on the end of the device oppsite the business end
Very simple one-button control and indicator lights on the Tripollar STOP models
Remove the fancy geometric cap before RFing your face.
Remove the plastic cap to see the business-end
Dinky, lightweight Tripollar STOP devices
Lightweight (just under 100g) wand-shape to hold with your fingers

On the treatment head, all models have four RF electrodes spaced 1 cm apart, with a temperature sensor in the middle. However, the STOP models X and VX have larger electrodes than the STOP models Classic and V. The larger electrodes are more efficient at heating your skin, and so sessions are easier and faster. There’s more on this later.

Close up of the treatment heads on the Tipollar Vx and V devices
Treatment heads: 4x RF electrodes with skin temperature sensor in the middle

And you must use the Tripollar prep gels (or an RF gel alternative) with the Tripollar devices. This gel overcomes the electrical impedance of our outer skin (stratum cornea) and passes the RF current down to the dermis skin layer. Older models came with a 50ml tub. Replacement gels and the latest models have tubes of gel, so there’s less-plasticy waste.

Tube of prep gel and the Tripollar STOP Vx device next to tub of prep gel & the Tripollar V device
Tripollar VX with a 50 ml tube and the Tripollar V with a 50ml tub of the same RF conductivity prep gel.

Before you start

Before you start, read the user manual. It’s a quick and easy read with helpful diagrams. It explains how it works, the treatment areas and plan, what to expect and how to use it.

Read the Tripollar STOP user manual to check for reasons you may not be safe to use it!
Read the user manual over at MyTripollar.com

Pay close attention to the warnings, risks and contraindications. Common reasons you can’t use the STOP are being under 18 years old, pregnancy, diabetes, a pacemaker, metal implants (dental implants are ok) skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, cold sores, over permanent fillers, or if you’ve had Botox, laser resurfacing or a chemical peel within the last 3 months. But there are more listed in the user manual.

Learn more about RF contraindications here. But remember, it’s your responsibility to check the user manual thoroughly before you start. Head over to MyTripollar.com to read the full user manual.

Do a skin sensitivity test too. On your inner arm, apply a small amount of gel and treat with the STOP. Wait 24 hours, and if you have no skin reactions you can crack on with your first full treatment.

Next, how to use the Tripollar STOP devices.

Radio Frequency routines

First, find a comfy spot and get yourself set up.

You can do it at any time of the day, but I prefer an unrushed, quiet evening as a relaxing wind-down before sleep. I have a snug set-up in bed, which requires a small power extension cable, and adjustable mirror on a small laptop tray in front of me.

My set up on my bed for my Tripollar VX evening routine
What you need: ✔ STOP device & ✔ power cable, ✔ Tripollar or CurrentBody RF gel, ✔ foundation brush, ✔ wipey towel, ✔ mains extension cable.

First, apply the conductivity gel. It’s easier and much cleaner to do this with a foundation brush.

My foundation dipped in the thick and gloop Tripollar RF prep gel
Here’s the thick & sticky conductivity gel. But you won’t need this much!
Use the foundation brush to paint a very thin layer of gel on your face
Using the foundation brush, dab a small amount around your skin. Then, paint it in a thin layer over your face & neck. A little goes a very long way!

The gel’s consistency is thick and tacky so the brush helps keep your mitts clean. A headband keeps your hair back and clean, and try not to get the gel in your mouth because it tastes sickly-sweet.  On the plus-side, I love it doesn’t dry out at all, so I happily apply to most of my face and neck in one go.

Take off the protective cap
Then remove the protective cap…
the cable fits snug in the Tripollar RF device
Insert the mains cable and then connect that to the mains
Press the power button on the end of the device
Press the power button to turn on the device, then use it to cycle through the RF levels.
Close up on 1 green RF indicator light and 2 green lights for low & high RF respectively
Press the power button once for LOW RF and once again for HIGH RF, shown by green lights

Start LOW until you’re used to the sensation. The aim is to heat your skin in small sections with slow circular motions until it’s all reached the target temperature. Tripollar advise you divide your face into 3 separate treatment areas. They don’t include the neck, but I do, which makes 5 treatment areas in total. Here they are (in my preferred order);

  1. Left side of neck
  2. Left chin and cheek
  3. Right side of neck
  4. Right chin and cheek
  5. Forehead
treat each areas for 4 to 5 mins. There are 5 areas labeled on my face & neck: Left side of neck
Left chin and cheek
Right side of neck
Right chin and cheek
Forehead
Simple and intuitive- treat each area for 4 to 5 mins

IMPORTANT: ⚠ Avoid the centre line of your neck above your thyroid.

Place the electrodes firm against your skin and draw a small circle, then another next to it, both the size of the treatment head. Overlap is fine. Move it slowly and feel the gentle heat build in your skin.

draw slow &t eeny circles on your skin
Press all four electrode nobbles against your skin and draw small, slow circles.
If you see the green RF and orange temperate light your doing really well!
Seeing both green & orange lights is the aim 👍!

The green light stays on as the RF current flows.  The temperature sensor monitors your skin so soon after you’ll see an orange light too, closely followed by a beep. This means your skin has reached the target temperature. After another slow circle or two, move slowly to the next spot and repeat.

The RF isn't flowing when the green light is off! It turns off when your skin reaches the target temperature
No green light = no RF! It’s hot enough so move to the next spot…

If you don’t move on, the RF green light turns off so as not to overheat your skin. So, you must pay attention 😳! Ideally you want to see both the green RF light and orange indicator light for most of your treatment.

TIP: Sometimes that pesky beep just doesn’t come! So, move on if you’ve been circling awhile and the orange light is constant. And keep your eye on that green light. If it flickers on/off your skin is hot enough and you’re wasting time circling the same area! Move on to the small area next to it.

Follow this technique until you’ve warmed all your skin in the treatment area, then move to the next. Once all treatment areas are warm, slowly glide the electrodes upwards along your skin for a few minutes more.

It’s the same basic routine for all the Tripollar models. But, remember the bigger electrodes on the Tripollar STOP VX? Well, they make sessions a bunch easier and faster than with the Tripollar STOP V. Here’s why…

Multi-RF vs Single RF

Photo comparing the larger electrodes on the Tripollar STOP VX to the saller electrodes on the STOP V
You get faster more effective heat from the Tripollar VX

Tripollar explain the STOP VX not only has bigger electrode-nobbles, but it also uses advanced RF energy compared to the STOP V. They call this advanced RF Multi-Radio Frequency (Multi-RF).

The STOP VX electrodessend Multi RF, with a 1cm2 treatment area, it creates heat in your dermis, with a 40° max. temperature regulated by the safety sensor

Multi-RF means more than one frequency of RF current flows into your skin.  The frequencies travel to and create heat at different depths in your dermis. So, it’s much more thorough and faster at heating your skin. It also stimulates more fibroblasts so you get extra collagen and elastin. In short, it promises stronger and longer-lasting results.

Yes, please 🙋‍♀️.

This is versus the single RF frequency from the Tripollar STOP V. This creates comparatively less heat in your dermis, and so is slower to treat your skin. But it still works.

👉 Although the manufacturer (Pollogen Ltd) say results with the STOP VX are better, they don’t say by how much and there’s no available clinical comparison of the results from each.

But in terms of ease and speed of use, I can confirm there’s a BIG difference between the STOP VX and STOP V.

The Tripollar STOP VX RF is faster & easier

Faster and easier sessions with the ore efficient multi-RF fro the STOP VX.
I’m 90% chuffed & 10% smug because the STOP VX heats my skin FAST in 4 to 5 minutes per treatment area

Using the STOP VX with HIGH RF level, it takes 10 to 20 seconds to reach temperature on the first patch of skin. But then just a few seconds for each subsequent area! The circling motion is slow but steady and I quickly move to the next spot, and then the next spot, and so on…So progress is swift.

It takes between 2 to 3 mins to heat each treatment area. Tripollar advise you treat each area for 4 to 5 minutes. So, I then circle back over the entire area again. The orange light stays on, and I hear several beeps meaning the skin is still at the perfect temperature. At around 4 minutes the green light flickers on/off so, I move on to the next treatment area. It’s simple, responsive and easy to use.

Once all areas are warm, if I circle back around my skin, the orange light stays on. This means my skin is still at the perfect temperature! Go collagen, go!

Overall, it’s intuitive because it works quickly, and you can see and feel the progress you’re making. With the STOP VX Multi-RF it takes 20 to 25 minutes to treat my full face and neck.

A full face & neck routine is long and a little tiring
Phewf! The Tripollar STOP V is much slower & time-consuming

By comparison, the HIGH RF with the Tripollar STOP V takes ages and is rather tedious. You must circle the device very slowly – much slower than you’d expect – and slower than the STOP VX. On my skin, it takes around 15 to 20 seconds to heat every circled area and see the orange light or hear the beep. It doesn’t get any faster. Plus, you must also circle over previously heated skin in the treatment area to keep it warm. Tripollar don’t give a time guidance per treatment area either – you just keep going until all your skin’s at temperature.

They also suggest once you’ve done one side of your face, go over it all again in large sweeping circles for a few minutes more. There’s no need to wait for the orange light, which is just as well because it’s no longer on for me.

I tried this swooping with the STOP VX and the orange light is either already on or appears quickly. Therefore, the STOP VX not only heats your skin faster, but it keeps it at temperature for longer too.

With the STOP V it takes a few sessions to master the very slow circling pace, and accept you are doing it right. Tripollar suggest it takes 20 minutes* for your full face (excluding neck). But to treat my full face and neck with the STOP V is more like 40 minutes.

*They also say treatment times vary by individual. It may be faster/slower for you!

Here’s a quick comparison of the RF treatments with the STOP VX vs the STOP V:

Model RF energy Advertised face RF session My full face & neck RF session My ease score
STOP VX
(& STOP X)
Multi-RF 12 to 15 mins 20 to 25 mins 👍👍👍👍
Slow but steady circles
Quick to reach target temp
Max. 4 to 5 mins per treatment area
Skin stays at temperature longer
STOP V
(& STOP Classic)
Single RF 20 mins 40 mins 👍👍👍
Very slow circles
Slow progress & more concentration
No time guide per treatment area
Duration varies by user
Skin cools quicker

TIP: Both the STOP VX & STOP X have bigger electrodes with faster Multi-RF, and the STOP V and STOP Classic have smaller electrodes with slower Single RF (but it still works).

RF & DMA mode for your jawline

Once you’ve finished the RF routine, you can use both the STOP VX and STOP V in DMA mode on your jawline.

Jowl zappage commence!

From RF mode, press the power button again until the indicator lights show one blue light for LOW RF and DMA mode. Press it again for HIGH.

Close up of the blue RF + DMA mode indicator lights on the Tripollar stop, 1 is low and 2 is high!
Press the power button to select LOW and then HIGH RF & DMA mode

Start on LOW to see how you find the DMA sensation. Slowly glide the electrodes along your jawline area, from chin to ear. Start gliding at the bottom of the jaw bone and gradually move up to the top of the bone. Don’t treat your cheek or the mouth area.

You’ll feel heat from the RF and see the orange light. There are short DMA pulses throughout with the Tripollar STOP VX. But with the Tripollar STOP V, every 4 seconds or so you hear a series of gentle clicks as the DMA energy pulses, then it switches off again.

Keep going slowly for 5 minutes. Then, repeat on the other side.

Slow gliding movements along your jawline in blue RF + DMA mode.
Tripollar STOP VX RF & DMA mode: continuous pulses of DMA energy
Slow gliding movements along your jawline in blue RF + DMA mode.
Tripollar STOP V RF & DMA mode: 4 second intervals of pulsed DMA energy

Once finished, you can remove the gel from your face. It’s a bit slimy, so I prefer to wipe it with a face-cloth then rinse or wash away the residue. It feels lush to drench your skin with a nourishing sheet mask, serum and/or moisturiser.

The DMA mode feels quite different to the soothing RF, so let’s cover this next.

What does it feel like?

First up, the gel is thick and sticky. This is messy to apply with your fingers so a cosmetic brush is best. The advantage of the sticky formula however, is you don’t need a lot and it doesn’t dry out. So, you won’t need to reapply. Make sure your hair doesn’t get stuck in it!

Imagine the potential mess from my sticky tub of prep gel, and the control & calm applying it with a foundation brush!
The gel is thick and sticky, so keep your hands clean and apply with a foundation brush!

Some users report they break out if the gel stays on too long. So, ensure you wash your face thoroughly after use. There are no added anti-aging skincare benefits from the gel (it’s just glycerin and salt, see the ingredients here).

The RF routine feels soothing and warm on most facial areas. But it’s extra lush with the STOP VX because it feels much hotter.

And remember, you must continuously move the electrodes! If not, they create a small area of intense heat. It’s uncomfortable, and much faster and more intense with the STOP VX. But it doesn’t build quick enough to cause a burn before you feel and move it.

The smaller electrode nobbles on the Tripollar STOP V don’t feel very pleasant on my forehead where the skin is thinner. They don’t glide smoothly over my expression lines and it feels a bit odd!

But the larger nobbles on the STOP VXare much comfier. I LIKE how the nobbles feel on my skin, especially on my scar, and weirdly around the corners of my nose. Here’s proof because look what happens to my face…

The larger electrodes on the STOP VX feel pleasant over the skin, and give a good assage on my scar!
Large nobble warm little scar massage make me say…
The larger electrodes on the STOP VX feel good around the corners of your nose too!
Feels GOOD.

Some facial areas are hard to treat with the large treatment head on both the STOP V and STOP VX. Such as under the eyes and on the nose. But crow’s feet are easy to cover.

TIP: if your primary concern is your under-eye area, look at the smaller STOP EYE device specifically for around your peepers.

You can certainly feel the RF & DMA mode! It’s like tiny pinpricks causing teeny contractions in the muscles along your jaw. It feels a bit zingy and can involuntarily pull your lips if you get too close to your mouth. Take care not to zap it on your lips as this is quite a startling sensation. For me, I feel it closer to my mouth, and I can’t feel it much on my jaw area towards my ear. I find it an odd sensation but totally bearable.

Some users don’t like the sensation at all. If so for you, use it on LOW or psyche yourself up to use it just once a week.

A half & half comparison of my face after I used the Tipollar. On the left pink & plumped skin!
After Tripollar RF: plump & flushed skin (or edema and erythema)

I like how my skin feels after each session. It looks pinky-to-red, and is slightly plump and swollen, but in a good way. Scientists call these skin reactions edema and erythema 👩‍🔬. It also feels pleasantly warm and invigorated, as after a workout. This sensation is more pronounced with the STOP VX.

These skin reactions gradually fade a few hours after the session. But the next morning my skin feels exceptionally smooth and soft.

Treatment schedule, effort & results

The Tripollar STOP treatment schedule is: 2 or 3 sessions per week, for 6 to 8 weeks. Best results at 6+ weeks. then, top-ups every 1 or 2 weeks to maintain your results.
It demands commitment to start, but maintenance is easy.

The start-up treatment schedule is the same for all Tripollar models. You do a RF session roughly every other day (2 or 3 times per week) for 6 to 8 weeks. So, this schedule requires commitment.

For both RF and DMA, you’ll need around 30 to 35 minutes per full face and neck session with the STOP VX. This won’t vary too much between users because you time each treatment area. But it takes longer with the STOP V. I need a good 50 minutes for my full face and neck.

Therefore, it’s best to set aside a quiet and unrushed hour every few days. And if you have this time and motivation, it’s a pleasant way to pamper your skin. You can also do it whilst watching TV.

After 6 to 8 weeks, you then switch to less regular maintenance sessions. Tripollar suggest them either weekly or one every two weeks (so, 2 to 4 times per month). These sessions are much easier to fit in, but it’s so easy to skive off! So, you must remember to schedule the time with yourself. Saturday mornings are my favourite time.

Advertised results

Although most feel plump and smooth skin immediately after a session, you must allow at least 6 weeks to see noticeable results. It’s during the first 6 to 8 weeks of concentrated use that your collagen and elastin gradually rebuild and strengthen, to tighten and rejuvenate your skin.

Some users do feel changes in their skin before 6 weeks such as smoothed texture, tightened pores, and brighter skin. Then, wrinkles gradually soften, scars fade, skin plumps and tightens, but with best results at 6+ weeks.

For some, their results are a subtle tightening and brightening. For others, a dramatic lifting of sagging skin around the jawline and brows, or plumping of nasolabial lines and wrinkles. Therefore, results vary in significance and by individual. As with all devices, home beauty tech can give you a healthy “I’m not wearing make-up” confidence boost, but they aren’t overnight mini miracles!

TIP: Take before and after photos so you can see your progress! Changes are usually gradual and may be difficult to spot if you scrutinize your face every day!

User trial results

I want to try DIY Radio Frequency because it’s one of just two home technologies which can tighten your skin, lifting saggy areas. I’ve already tried the other – at-home microcurrent and nanocurrent devices – and I committed to them for 14 months. I used the Nuface and ZIIP devices which lifted my mouth and jowl area and gave me my best skin of my life, but they didn’t tighten my under-chin saggy skin. So, I quit and now I want to see if at-home RF can help instead.

Before starting this Tripollar STOP trial, I also quit my easy-peasy CurrentBody Skin red light mask. So, note my skin is already in tip-top condition. I’m curious to see if the STOP will maintain this whilst also tightening my chin-sag and jawline.

Here’s my before photos:

Photos of my face and side profile view before starting my 8 week start-up with the Tripollar STOP.

I hope the STOP will maintain my healthy, supple, smooth, bright and hydrated skin. I’d like to maintain my small pores too. I’m really hoping the STOP can tighten and lift my small jowls and under-chin sag, smooth my under-eye area, and perhaps reduce my forehead lines a bit more.

So, my trial starts with the Tripollar STOP V. I use it mostly 3 times per week with a total 21 sessions over 8 weeks. Each evening session leaves my skin pinky-red and feeling invigorated, plump and smooth. But the next day it’s SUPER smooth.  It takes around 4 weeks to see changes in my skin 👇.

4 to 6 weeks

After 10 sessions (almost 4 weeks) the immediate after effects are much more pronounced. My skin is visibly smoother, plump and glowy after each session. And I’m starting to see lasting improvements in my skin too. My pores still look tiny, and the few small bumps and textural imperfections on my forehead are smoother and much less obvious. My scar is softening too. Then, over the next 2 weeks, my skin feels bouncy and it’s slightly plumper under my eyes too. It’s encouraging!

Weekly & pampering Geno oxygen facial to help prevent spots & blemishes

Now the STOP RF doesn’t help prevent or clear blemishes like other devices can. And since quitting microcurrent my spots and under-the-surface bumps have returned, and especially those pesky reoccurring hormonal zits. They spoil my otherwise healthy complexion so at week six I decide to treat myself to a Tripollar Geneo facial.

This oxygenation facial won’t interfere with skin tightening results from the STOP but with weekly use it does clear congested skin and blackheads, and keeps it clear. So, now I do my Geneo facial weekly, usually as a pampering treat on a weekend.

8 weeks

You do either 6 or 8 weeks start-up with the STOP. I’ve decided to do a total of 8 weeks, and during week 7 my skin is exceptionally smooth, firm and now radiant. I loved my bright unified complexion from the CurrentBody Skin red light mask, but this glow is LUMINOUS. And I love it too.

Also, when I look in the mirror, I think my under-chin sag looks tighter. It’s more noticeable for 24 hours after a session. But I’m trying not to get too excited and complete my eighth week.

So, here’s my comparison photos at 8 weeks:

After 8 weeks of using the STOP I still have healthy, supple, smooth, bright and hydrated skin and my pores still look small. It’s smoothed out a few bumps and imperfections on my forehead and softened my scar too. Result.

I don’t see any change with my forehead lines. But my lower cheeks feel fuller, and my under-eye feels a littler plumper. But the skin is still rather crêpey with several fine lines. But who cares because…

…I’m buzzing that my jawline and under-chin sag is a bit tighter! It’s still not perfect, but I’m impressed! 🥳

And now I start my maintenance sessions.

Top-ups & after 11 weeks

A week feels long enough to wait for me to do a top-up session. I like to pamper myself on an unrushed Saturday morning. I let my skin cool and then follow with a Geneo oxygen facial. My skin looks and feels so alive afterwards.

And I notice further improvement after three top-up sessions (at week 11):

My skin is still radiant, supple and hydrated. It looks very healthy. It feels even smoother and much meatier on my forehead, but my forehead expression lines haven’t really changed. My under-eye area is slightly thicker and smoother so the fine lines are much less noticeable (unless I smile!).

And there’s further improvement on my neck and lower face too. The skin on my neck is now super smooth and soft, and it feels tighter too. My lower cheeks feel fuller and my under-chin sag has lifted a little more too. Yay!

Yup. I’m a happy bunny.

The negatives

There are a few negatives to consider with the Tripollar RF devices.

First, as mentioned earlier, it takes a while for a full face and neck session. And it’s especially time-consuming with the single-RF STOP models (V and Classic). However, it’s not complicated once you know what you’re doing. And you can do it whilst relaxing and watching TV too.

Slightly awkward angles and not as comfy as rival designs

Second, the shape is not as comfy and ergonomic as other devices. It’s most noticeable with the Tripollar V (because sessions take longer). It’s a tad awkward because you must hold the Tripollar device at a right angle to your skin. This means holding your arm up at an uncomfortable angle, especially on the forehead. Or lifting your head high to get under your jaw. And moving your head to various angles to see in the mirror too. Rival devices have angled treatment heads so you can hold your arm more naturally, lower, and closer to your body as you treat your neck and face. 

Some users also suggest a cordless design would be better. However, cordless means a heavy rechargeable battery inside and so making it tiring to hold for longer periods of time. Plus, the battery may not last long enough to complete a full face and neck session. Therefore, with this particular design and length of routine, mains-power is best.

50ml Tripollar RF prep gel & 100ml of similar gel from CurrentBody for roughly the same price.
Tripollar gel vs better value CurrentBody gel because you get double for the roughly the same $.

Next, the Tripollar preparation gel is rather expensive at £30 to £39 for 50ml. On the plus side, it lasts aaaages. The 50ml tub lasts way past the start-up schedule if using it 3 times per week. So, it’s pretty good value compared to other device consumables such as those from Nuface and Ziip. But you do have a cheaper alternative RF gel from CurrentBody.com too. You get double the amount (100ml) for £30. It’s almost identical and works just as well.  

And finally, the STOP devices are shockingly expensive. The V is £299, the X £349 and, I almost had a nosebleed when I saw the price of the STOP VX at £469! Yikes! You’ll find 20% discount codes below, but still. WOWSER.

And unfortunately you don’t get a money back guarantee period to try out the STOP. Considering it’s rather pricey I feel this would be a welcome and reassurring addition. No such luck.

Tripollar STOP VX vs X vs V vs Classic

So, what’s the difference between the various STOP models and which is best for you?

The key difference is the latest models (STOP VX and X) use Multi-RF and so are faster and more efficient at heating your skin. And not surprisingly, they’re more expensive than the older STOP models V and Classic. And also, not all models have the DMA mode.

Here’s a quick comparison table of the key features and test results for the different Tripollar STOP models to help you choose…

STOP VX STOP X STOP V STOP Classic
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Colours Metallic grey Rose-gold Black White, black, pink, silver
Price 💰💰💰💰💰 💰💰💰💰 💰💰💰💰 💰💰💰
Treatment areas ✔ Face & Neck
❌ Not hands
✔ Face & Neck
❌ Not hands
✔ Face, neck & hands ✔ Face, neck & hands
RF energy Multi-RF Multi-RF Single RF Single RF
Full face & neck RF session (from tests) 20 to 25 mins 20 to 25 mins 40 mins*
Varies by individual
40 mins*
Varies by individual
DMA energy DMA (2nd generation)
Continuous pulses
❌ DMA DMA (1st generation)
4 second pulse cycle
❌ DMA
DMA session (from tests) 10 mins NA 10 mins NA
My ease of use score 👍👍👍👍 👍👍👍👍 👍👍👍 👍👍👍
Sensation Very warm Very warm Warm Warm
Tests ❔ Multi-RF unknown clinical evidence
❔ Unknown DMA clinical evidence
✔CE certified
❔ Multi-RF unknown clinical evidence
✔CE certified
✔ Single-RF Clinically proven
❔ Unknown DMA clinical evidence
✔CE certified
✔ Single-RF Clinically proven
✔CE certified
FDA-cleared? ✔ K203665 ✔ K182774
Money back guarantee?
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Should I buy the Tripollar STOP?

I recommend the compact Tripollar VX for fast RF sessions for facial tightening and brightening at home.
👍 Low-maintenance effort for noticeably smoother, luminous & tighter skin.

Yup. I really like this device despite the upfront committment to rather time-consuming sessions. That’s because you see your best results in 6 to 8 weeks, so there’s no “false summit” where you’re encouraged to keep going to see even better results (ahem, Nuface).

However, I much prefer the latest STOP VX model. It’s super pricey, but if the faster and easier sessions mean you’re more likely to fit it in and stick with it, then it’s probably worth it. Or look at the slightly cheaper Tripollar X with fast sessions but no DMA mode.

I also like that the maintenance sessions are super easy to fit in just once or twice a month (with all models). Remember to pick a quiet, unrushed hour in front of the TV each week to pamper and plump. And I love my noticeable results with fresh, bright, tight and healthy skin.

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Tripollar Stop vX RF and DMA skin tightening device

Tripollar STOP VX deals
(latest model with fastest Multi-RF & DMA mode):
Use 20% code BODYBEAUT
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Not yet available in the US

Tripollar Stop V RF and DMA skin tightening device

Tripollar Stop V deals
(Slower Single RF & DMA mode):
Use 20% code BODYBEAUT
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No code:
🇬🇧 CurrentBody UK
🇦🇺 CurrentBody AU

Tripollar Stop X RF skin tightening device

Tripollar STOP X deals
(Fastest Multi-RF, but no DMA mode):
Use 20% code BODYBEAUT
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🇺🇸 Tripollar US
No code:
🇬🇧 CurrentBody UK
🇦🇺 CurrentBody AU
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 CurrentBody US & CA
Check links for offers:
🇺🇸 🌍 SkincareRX
🇺🇸 🌍 SkinStore US

Tripollar Stop Classic RF skin tightening device

Tripollar Stop Classic deals
(Slower Single RF, no DMA mode):
🇬🇧 CurrentBody UK
🇦🇺 CurrentBody AU
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 CurrentBody US & CA
🇬🇧 🇦🇺 🇨🇦 🇩🇪 🌍 Tripollar.com 20% code BODYBEAUT

Preparation gels

Tripollar Preparation gels 50ml:
🇬🇧 CurrentBody UK
🇦🇺 CurrentBody AU
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 CurrentBody US & CA

Better value CurrentBody prep gel 100ml:
🇬🇧 CurrentBody UK
🇦🇺 CurrentBody AU
🇺🇸 🇨🇦 CurrentBody US & CA

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