what is RF Microneedling?
RF(Radiofrequency) microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It uses tiny needles and radiofrequency waves to rejuvenate facial skin.
The treatment is a form of controlled skin injury. The damage stimulates the growth of healthy new skin, which can benefit common skin issues like acne scars and wrinkles.
Compared with treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion, radiofrequency microneedling is minimally invasive. Read on to learn about the procedure, side effects, and benefits.
How Does It Work?
Microneedling uses a fine needle to create micro-wounds, or channels, in the skin. This triggers the production of capillaries, elastin, and collagen. It’s also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy.
If the procedure also uses radiofrequency waves, it’s called radiofrequency microneedling. The needle releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional damage. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling.
The skin that grows back is thicker and smoother. This can target:
- fine lines
- stretch marks
- the appearance of large pores
- acne scars
- scars from injury or surgery
- loose, sagging skin
You can also get radiofrequency microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or Mesotherapy
What to Expect?
The procedure is selectively applied to underlying layers of skin to treat scars and tighten tissue to reduce wrinkles and create a smoother, more youthful appearance while improving texture and firmness. Needle penetration depth the amount of RF energy can also be modified.
The procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the treated areas. For best results, prepare to undergo three to four sessions in three- to eight-week intervals, allowing your skin to heal between treatments.
You should begin seeing results after three to six months, which should last about a year or more. To maintain desired results, it’s recommended to have a touch-up session at least once a year.
Who’s a good candidate for RF microneedling?
The ideal candidate for microneedling with the radiofrequency procedure is seeking to improve the appearance of burn scarring, other traumatic scars, or acne scars. Microneedling with radiofrequency is safe for darker skin individuals in contrast to many different skin rejuvenation techniques. Microneedling with radiofrequency is not recommended for individuals who have taken Accutane in the past six months, those with open wounds or skin infections, anyone who has undergone radiation treatment in the past year, skin types prone to keloid scarring, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the average recovery associated with a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?
Most patients experience minimal downtime and fully recover within seven days following microneedling with radiofrequency treatment. Redness, shedding, and dryness are common during healing and resolve within a few days. Considerations of strenuous activities and skincare should be taken for a few days.
What are the potential side effects of a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?
Possible side effects of a microneedling with the radiofrequency procedure include prolonged erythema for up to three days, tightness and itchiness, warm sensations of the skin, dry skin, and the development of hypopigmentation in some areas.