Microneedling with radiofrequency is a minimally invasive treatment to reduce the appearance of texture issues in the skin. Examples include; wrinkles, scarring, and sagging skin. The addition of radiofrequency energy to the Microneedling procedure helps to further stimulate the body’s natural collagen and healing processes revealing firmer, rejuvenated skin.
Microneedling with radiofrequency, like other Microneedling procedures, creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen production.
After cleansing the skin surface and applying a topical lidocaine anesthetic, the Microneedling hand piece is gently pressed against the treatment area to create numerous, tiny, micro-channels. Radiofrequency uses the same needles to deliver RF energy into the dermis. The RF energy heats the dermis which not only encourages collagen growth but tissue tightening as well.
The penetration of the microneedles into the skin leads to a release of growth factors and triggers the wound healing cascade, encouraging collagen production which leads to younger looking skin. The needles also help to mechanically break down the scar tissue. Since the epidermis is not destroyed, recovery time is much shorter when compared to more aggressive laser resurfacing treatments or deep chemical peels.
The goal of a Microneedling with radiofrequency procedure is to target imperfections of the skin with micro-injuries which cause the release of growth factors and triggers the wound healing process which produces collagen, creating younger, tighter looking skin.
What to Expect
Here is a quick guide for what to expect before during and after RF Microneedling treatments:
Most patients experience minor redness after the procedure as well as skin dryness and shedding which are all expected. There is no downtime with Microneedling with radiofrequency however if the procedure is being done in preparation for an event, it is advised to schedule treatment at least 1 week prior to ensure adequate time for redness to dissipate.
Microneedling with radiofrequency is ideal for someone that wishes to improve the appearance of minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, and uneven skin tone and texture. This technique is also very safe for darker skin tones in contrast to many other skin rejuvenation techniques.
Not Recommended For
Microneedling with radiofrequency is not recommended for those who have used Accutane within six months, have open wounds or a skin infection, have had radiation treatment within the last year, are pregnant, or have a history of keloid scars.
Microneedling with radiofrequency is generally well tolerated but erythema may be seen after treatment, lasting for 2-3 days. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy but this will normally resolve in 12-48 hours. Treated skin may be more prone to hyperpigmentation so strict adherence to photoprotection is advised for a week after.