Tripollar STOP VX review: before vs after

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by | January 24, 2021

The Tripollar STOP VX models are rather splendid at-home skin rejuvenation devices, and one of only a few which lift sagging skin. They're safe for all skin tones, but avoid them if you have fragile dry skin or other conditions. Use with the glycerin-based RF conductivity gels. Start-up is a big commitment for 6 to 8 weeks, but maintenance is easy. Lightweight and simple, you can do infront of the TV, and enjoy the lush invigorating warm sensation.
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Face, neck & hands

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The rather majestic Tripollar STOP VX and STOP VX Gold at-home RF skin tightening devices
This review tests the two Tripollar STOP VX models; VX, and VX Gold edition which also has Thermal Mapping Algorithm feature.

This small, handheld device sends electrical current at radio frequencies into your skin’s dermis layer. It’s so fast you can’t feel it. However, where the current encounters resistance in your tissues it creates gentle 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 and lift your skin, and smooth wrinkles. The healthier collagen also firms, plumps and brightens too. Use them with Tripollar or CurrentBody RF prep gel. Learn more about Radio Frequency here.

These Tripollar VX models also have a special mode fo use on the jawline. It’s called Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA) or ELV in the US models. It works alongside the RF, and sends a mini-Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) pulse down to your SMAS layer facial muscles (below the dermis and hypodermis) where it causes small contractions. Tripollar say DMA strengthens muscles to build volume and tone, and works with the RF to enhance lift and contouring along your jawline. Phew!

In this Tripollar STOP VX review:

First impressions

The Tripollar STOP devices are beautifully packaged in mostly cardboard, with a little plastic to protect the contents. The boxes are small but robust, and fit 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 boxes. The Gold Edition VX has a slide off cardboard sleeve with beautiful art-deco Gold styling
Compact, sturdy & attractive cardboard boxes ♻
Lift the lid from the magnetic clasp on the Tripollar Stop box
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 Tripollar STOP VX 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 Tripollar VX Gold box contents:

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

Tripollar STOP 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, rose-gold and as pictured below, smokey-metallic-grey and gold.

The Tripollar STOP VX and Gold VX RF & DMA devices in smokey-metallic-grey and gold. They look sexy. Oh yes.
Robust quality & attractive, symmetrical, geometric design
Top down shot of the  Tripollar STOP Vx devices with measurments 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 single prong on the maons cable slides in easily and fits snug in the device so it doesn't fal out in use.
The cable fits snug in the end of the STOP device
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 somewhat spoils the overall striking look. Perhaps a black cable would complement the design a little better.

The Tripollar VX 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 indicator lights are on the oppsite end to the business end of the Tripollar Stop.
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 (100g) 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 VX models have larger electrodes than most other STOP models. The larger electrodes are more efficient at heating your skin, and so sessions are easier and faster.

Close up of the treatment heads on the Tipollar Vx 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 your 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 regular prep gel and the Tripollar STOP Vx device, and the VX device and the special Gold gel.
The STOP VX models come with a 50ml tube of prep gel. The Gold model has special Gold gel with golden flecks.
Close up of the regular clear Tripollar prep gel and the Gold gel.
The Golden flecks are ok but it takes more washing to remove from your skin. The Gold gel costs more too.

STOP VX features comparison

The STOP VX models are the most advanced models from Tripollar. Both feature Mult-RF and DMA (called ELV in the US). And the STOP VX Gold also has a feature called 3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm. Here’s a quick reference table of the features of both models, and then more info on each of those features.

FeatureSTOP VX GoldSTOP VX
Multi-RF ✔️ ✔️
DMA
(ELV US models)
✔️ ✔️
Thermal Mapping Algorithm ✔️

Multi RF

Tripollar Multi-RF logo

Tripollar explain the STOP VX models not only have bigger electrode-nobbles versus the older models, but they also have advanced RF energy. They call this advanced RF ‘Multi-Radio Frequency’ or 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 in the older Tripollar models. 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 the older models. Learn how the other Tripollar models compare here.

Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA / ELV)

Tripollar DMA logo

Both STOP VX models also have an additional type of energy called Dynamic Muscle Activation mode (DMA). In the US they call it ELV. It’s designed to work alongside the RF for even better results.

You use it on your jawline only. As well as warming your skin with RF, it also sends a mini-Electro Muscle Stimulation pulse down to your SMAS layer facial muscles.

SMAS stands for superficial musculoaponeurotic system. It’s a thin layer of muscle beneath your skin and subcutaneous tissues (hypodermis). It’s an organized fibrous scaffold of collagen fibers, elastic fibers, and fat cells. It connects the facial muscles with the dermis. The SMAS is a facial area surgeons alter for a SMAS facelift which lifts and corrects sagging of the lower face and neck. These where it causes small contractions. 

The DMA pulse causes small contractions in your SMAS along your jawline. Tripollar say these contractions strengthen this thin muscle layer to build volume and tone. So, alongside the RF skin tightening it further enhances contouring and lift along your jawline.

3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm

The STOP VX Gold model also has what Tripollar call 3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm.

This is a smarter, more responsive temperature sensor which continuously reads your skin temperature and adapts the RF power as it’s needed. This is good because you have different types and depths of tissue all around your face. The sensor gives a more even and accurate RF delivery around your different facial contours.

The STOP VX doesn’t have 3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm.

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. 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.

Next, remove the protective cap and plug the mains cable into the device then into the mains socket. Then power-on the STOP.

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
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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.

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TIP: Sometimes that pesky beep just doesn’t come! So, if the orange light is constant and you’ve been circling a while, move on.

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 section. Once all treatment areas are warm, slowly glide the electrodes upwards along your skin for a few minutes more.

RF & DMA mode for your jawline

Once you’ve finished the RF routine, you can use both the STOP VX 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. And there are short DMA pulses too. 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

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 is easy and the STOP VX gets my skin up to temperature quickly. My skin also stays at the target temperature with the slow circling action, so 4 minutes is ample time to heat each area. Both models feel much warmer than other rival brands, and the older STOP models too. They’re feel much more efficient. And I do find the Gold model is that little but faster and easier again. So, I guess that’s the 3D Thermal Mapping Algorithm feature at work.

I love how the RF warmth feels. It’s extra lush with the STOP VX versus other models because it feels much hotter and super-soothing.

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Remember!

You must continuously move the electrodes! If not, they create a small area of intense heat. It’s uncomfortable and intense. But it doesn’t build quick enough to cause a burn before you feel and then move it.

I also like how the large RF 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. Such as under the eyes and on the nose. But crow’s feet are easy to cover.

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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.

But some people 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.

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, and it’s one of the least effort maintenance schedules. 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

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.

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. And I like that there’s no “false summit” where you’re encouraged to keep going to see even better results (ahem, Nuface).

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!

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Take before vs after photos! 📸

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.
My skin before starting my Tripollar STOP trial

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, I use the STOP 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!

To help keep my skin clear and blemish free, I use the Geneo device weekly, also from Tripollar.
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 Tripollar STOP my skin is still supple, healthy and hydrated, and now it's super-smooth and radiant too!
8 weeks os using the Tripollar STOP has smoothed out a few bumps and imperfections on my forehead, and my pores are teeny! The skin under my eyes is maybe a little plumper.
In this side profile comparison photo you can see that the Tripollar STOP has lifted my under-chin sag a little, and tightened my jaw and jowls area. I also have firmer and fuller cheeks.

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):

After completing an 8-week start-up stage with the Tripollar STOP and doing a few weekly top-up sessions I see further improvements! My forehead is meatier and even smoother, my skin is generally supple, super-smooth, healthy, hydrated and radiant. And my under eye area is smoother, thicker and less crepey too!
This close up of my skin after 11 weeks of using the Tripollar STOP shows super smooth, meatier skin and tiny pores, and my plumped and smoothed, bright under eye area.
After 11 weeks of using the Tripollar STOP this side profile comparison photo shows my under chin sag has lifted even more! Yay! My jaw line is defined, and my neck smoothed and tight. My lower cheeks are full, supple and tighter too.

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. However, the VX model is the fastest of the Tripollar models. And it’s not complicated once you know what you’re doing. You can do it whilst relaxing and watching TV too.

The STOP device shape is a little awkward to use because of the shape on certain areas such as under your chin, and it's a little uncomfortable on your forehead because you must hold your arm out at a right angle to maneouvre the device treatment head.
Slightly awkward angles and not as comfy as rival designs

Second, the shape is not as comfy and ergonomic as other devices. 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 STOP VX is £469, and, I almost had a nosebleed when I saw the price of the STOP VX Gold Edition at £649! 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 review summary

I really like the Tripollar STOP VX models despite the upfront committment, because it worked and lifted my under chin sagging skin. It feels lush and warm, and the maintenance sessions are super-easy to stick to. But boy is it pricey for the latest Gold VX model with all the fancy features. 

The Tripollar STOP VX and Gold VX are my favourite at-home RF skin tightening devices

Here’s a summary of my test scores, and pros and cons for the Tripollar STOP VX radio frequency device to help you decide:

Ease of use

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Easy RF sessions on face & neck, pleasant warming sensation. Requires a sticky conductive gel. 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

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

Results

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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
  • Low effort maintenance schedule
  • Gel lasts aaaages
  • Lower cost gel alternatives available too
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Indicated for skin tightening/lift
  • STOP VX & Gold are the fastest and easiest of the STOP models
  • Clinically proven & CE certified
  • FDA-cleared

Cons

  • 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

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Laura Gladman
I'm a bit obsessed with at-home beauty devices. It's a habit I've had for around 8 years now. I love the science, testing and reviewing them, and sharing my experience and feedback on my site Wearebodybeautiful.com. I'm also a crazy dog lady, and I don't care.

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