Updated: Jun 17
MICRONEEDLING VS TRADITIONAL MICRONEEDLING
Microneedling is a popular procedure that can safely and effectively address a host of skin concerns. Now, an innovative procedure combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy, taking skin rejuvenation to the next level. There are a number of reasons why RF microneedling needs to be your new go-to option for full skin rejuvenation.
Traditional microneedling uses a special device that creates micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body's own healing response. Collagen and elastin production are initiated, which effectively tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and acne scarring In some cases, microneedling may include the infusion of platelet rich plasma (PRP) into the created microchannels, allowing for deeper penetration of nutrients and growth factors for more effective results.
RF Microneedling adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the traditional microneedling procedure. The RF energy is delivered via small needles. In addition to the benefits seen with the micro-injury provided by the microneedles, RF microneedling also delivers RF energy deep into the dermis further enhancing skin tightening and scar reduction. The RF energy heats the underlying layers, causing constriction and tightening of the skin, as well as the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply, it can produce faster, more dramatic results.
WHO IS IT FOR?
RF microneedling is appropriate for nearly any skin tone and type. The procedure addresses the following issues
Fine lines and facial wrinkles
Scarring from acne and chicken pox
Mild to moderate skin laxity
Irregular skin texture and tone
Most patients will achieve full results with 3-4 treatment sessions, spaced about 4 weeks apart. The exact number of treatments will depend on how well the patient responds to the treatment and the severity of the skin issues.
BENEFITS OF RF MICRONEEDLING
RF microneedling can offer similar results to ablative laser procedures, but with significantly less discomfort and downtime. Topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment to ensure patient comfort. In addition, Nitrous (laughing gas) can be administered if needed. Treatment time is usually an hour depending on the size of the area. The skin is typically red for the first day or two after treatment, but the redness is typically mild and much less than is often seen with laser procedures. There is little to no discomfort after the procedure and patients are able to return to regular activities within a day. Makeup may be applied 24 hours after the procedure to mask any residual redness.
In addition to the procedure, we can enhance results for patients by adding platelet-rich plasma to the mix. Platelets are found in the blood and contain important growth factors that promote cell regeneration and repair. When platelets are applied to the skin immediately following a RF microneedling procedure, the two work synergistically to improve the appearance of the skin. Results are enhanced and healing is quicker with the application of PRP.