Microneedling combined with radiofrequency (RF) energy is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that addresses various skin issues. This new-age technology is an effective way to achieve your skin goals without the implications of surgery. RF microneedling is safe for all skin colors and has minimal to no downtime. So what is this new skincare therapy everyone is talking about? Read on to learn more about RF microneedling.
What iS RF Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a handheld device containing microneedles to perforate the skin. This promotes the body’s natural healing mechanism and stimulates collagen production. Radiofrequency (RF) is a high-intensity energy pulse that gently heats the dermis to penetrate the skin and improve its appearance. When combined with microneedling, it is known as RF microneedling.
RF heat is applied to deep layers of the skin; therefore, it does not cause hyperpigmentation. It is considered to be more effective than over-the-counter remedies. RF microneedling works by stimulating collagen and elastin production, tightening and rejuvenating the skin leading to healthier and younger-looking skin.
RF microneedling can also be combined with (PRP) platelet-rich plasma therapy. PRP involves injecting a patient using their own blood, with a high platelet concentration, to promote healing. The blood is drawn from the patient and placed into a centrifuge which spins the blood vigorously, separating the platelets from the rest of the blood. After an RF microneedling session, the PRP concentrate is reinjected or topically applied to the treatment area to maximize the effects of the treatment.
Radiofrequency microneedling addresses the following skin concerns:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Large or open pores
- Acne scars
- Sagging skin
- Stretch marks
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Injury or surgery scars
- Texture and uneven skin tone
- Sun-damaged skin
- Baggy skin in the eye area
- Lines on the upper lip area
Suitable Candidates for Radio Frequency Microneedling
Anyone can benefit from RF microneedling, which is considered a safe, minimally invasive procedure. However, it is not ideal for everyone. To be a suitable candidate, you should have:
- Realistic expectations regarding the results you expect from the procedure
- A healthy body
- Early signs of aging
Unsuitable Candidates for Radio Frequency Microneedling
The procedure is not ideal for people who:
- Have cancer and are receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment
- Have a Skin infection
- Have metal implants, defibrillator, and pacemaker
- Pregnant and lactating mothers
- Skin diseases like psoriasis
- Have keloids, poor wound healing, and hypertrophic (thick raised scar) scaring
- Using anticoagulants
- Have active acne or cystic acne
- Have active cold sores
What to Expect During AN RF Microneedling Procedure
Before the Procedure
Once interested in the procedure, the plastic surgeon asks about a patient’s expectations and takes a medical history. Disclose about past cosmetic treatments, skin history, allergic reactions to anesthesia, history of cold sores, and adverse reactions to laser light. Facial photos may be taken to help determine the best approach for the skin condition. Your healthcare provider will provide instructions on how to get ready for the procedure.
To avoid bruising, patients are advised to stop using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs two weeks before the procedure and retinoid 3 days before the procedure. Additionally, avoid:
- Accutane six months before treatment
- Blood-thinning medications such as Motrin and Advil one week before treatment
- Tanning booths and bathing in the sun 2 weeks before treatment
- Taking alcohol before the procedure.
During the Procedure
Here is what to expect at the healthcare clinic or office:
The treatment area is cleaned with alcohol to avoid infections.
The dermatologist injects or applies topical anesthesia to the treatment area an hour before the procedure. This ensures there isn’t pain or discomfort.
The microneedling device is gently pressed on the treatment area to make tiny wounds or perforations into the skin. the needles in the tip deposit radiofrequency waves at the desired depth. The needle’s depth is controlled with precision until the desired results are achieved.
A growth solution is applied to improve or encourage cell regeneration.
RF microneedling procedure takes 10 to 30 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Patients can return to their usual daily activities after the procedure.
RF Microneedling’s Potential Side Effects
RF microneedling is a non-invasive procedure requiring minimal downtime and risks. The most common side effects are bruising redness of the skin, and the development of mild tiny crusts which subside after a few hours.
There might also be bleeding, discoloration, slight bruising, itching, and skin peeling. Patients are advised to avoid picking the peeling skin with bare fingers and instead let it shed on its own. Contact your healthcare provider if these side effects last longer than 24 hours.
Patients are given instructions on how to take care of the skin after the procedure. Home aftercare tips involve:
- To minimize pain and discomfort apply ice packs.
- In case your doctor prescribed any medications or creams, use them as advised.
- Avoid the sun and wear a non-comedogenic sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30+ for several weeks after treatment
- Do not wear makeup for at least 24 hours after treatment
- Cleanse the face using a gentle cleanser to avoid skin irritation
- Avoid going to the salon for one week
When to See Results
RF micro-needling results can be visible after several days as soon as the body begins producing collagen. Results gradually appear between 3 to 6 months after the procedure, depending on the severity of the condition.
Most patients require a minimum of four additional sessions done every 3 to 8 weeks depending on the skin condition being treated. This gives the skin time to heal between treatments. The final results last a year, with touch-up sessions to maintain the desired results at least once a year.
If you are interested in RF microneedling, contact Stellar Skin and Laser today for more information.