Microneedling Radiofrequency (RF) Overview
Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) is an innovative cosmetic laser treatment that tightens your sagging skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and improves your skin texture. By using advanced technology that penetrates deep beneath your skin, it can produce new collagen –an integral part of your skin’s support system that when restored, will revitalize your skin. In particular, Microneedling RF is especially good for ethnic skin tones as it can be less risky than a traditional laser on certain skin types.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we offer treatment options that will help you stop the clock on aging. We can combine Microneedling RF procedures such as INTRAcel and Secret with lasers and fillers for a comprehensive skin rejuvenation or non-surgical facelift.
Which Skin Conditions Does Microneedling RF Treat?
Microneedling RF is effective for tightening the skin and erasing its imperfections. Your skin texture will also significantly improve, giving you a more radiant and youthful glow. Specifically, Microneedling RF is an effective treatment for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Acne and acne scars
- Skin tone and texture
What to Expect
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we focus on natural and beautiful results without surgery. Microneedling RF is a rejuvenating and skin-tightening treatment that combines two minimally invasive techniques –microneedling and radiofrequency technology –into one simple process. The treatment precisely targets problem areas to tighten the skin and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scarring. It is a quick, non-invasive procedure with minimal risk or pain, and works for all skin types.
How Does Microneedling RF Work?
The Microneedling RF system uses fractional micro-needles and non-invasive electrodes to deliver heat energy deep into the middle layer of the skin (dermis). The controlled damage produced by the tiny microscopic energy points triggers the body’s repair mechanism which stimulates elastin and collagen production. The radiofrequency energy also reduces the production of bacteria and sebum, aiding in acne treatment. The entire process naturally renews and rebuilds the treatment areas, creating tighter, firmer, and thicker rejuvenated skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and acne scarring. Downtime tends to be minimal and tolerable.
The microneedling treatment technology uses very fine needles to deliver the necessary energy to precise, predetermined depths. Instead of working from the outside in, the flow needle technology starts inside the second layer of your skin, the dermis. This is where your skin’s support system lies, especially the building blocks of collagen necessary for skin tightening. When RF heat energy is delivered at the targeted 60-65° C, collagen growth is stimulated and tissue is tightened at precise depths.
Typically, one session for your face lasts about 45 minutes. If you have your neck treated, as well, this adds about another 15 minutes. This highly effective treatment is performed only by our doctors, ensuring that you receive experienced care for your unique needs.
Areas Treated with Microneedling RF
Many parts of your body can be effectively treated with radiofrequency skin treatment. Most of our patients undergo this procedure to address wrinkles, scars, lax skin, and skin texture on your face. Infini can also be effective loose skin treatment for your neck, addressing the effects of aging on your neck, including the “crepe” look from lost volume and hydration. It can be an effective way to rejuvenate your décolletage, an oft-neglected area affected by aging.
Less commonly, patients undergo this radiofrequency microneedling treatment for lax skin on their arms, scars on their stomach or knee, or even stretch marks. Essentially, because of the variable settings and depths offered by this procedure, any part of your body can safely be treated.
Safe for All Skin Types
Because this unique process doesn’t touch the surface of your skin, post-treatment skin pigment changes are much less likely. This direct addressing of your dermis – the layer under your skin surface – means that all skin types are excellent candidates for treatment. So, if you’re of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent, microneedling radiofrequency skin treatment works well for you in ways that other RF devices cannot.
Pain, Downtime, and Side Effects
Many patients report very little discomfort during the procedure. The most common description is that you’ll experience a mild stinging or tingling sensation as the needles do their job. For those averse to needles or simply wanting to be more comfortable during the procedure, a topical numbing agent can be applied to your skin prior to the session.
Following the procedure, some side effects are to be expected, though they usually are mild, temporary (disappearing within 72 hours), and restricted to the treated area(s). The most common ones are as follows:
- Sandpaper-like skin texture
There is very little if any downtime. The vast majority of our patients go right back to their daily routine following a session.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
The number of treatments depends on several factors, including your treatment goals and the overall condition of your skin. Normally, however, you can expect two to four sessions, each spaced about a month apart. We can help you design a home treatment program, using professional skincare available right in our office, to help you maintain the health and beauty of your skin between treatment sessions.
If you decide that Microneedling RF would be a good preventative measure for you, which can come from an informative and helpful consultation with us, then maybe one session a year is enough. However, if you’re undergoing Microneedling RF for serious acne scarring, for example, you might be in line for five to six treatments to get the results you want.
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In addition to INTRAcel and Secret RF, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego offers microdermabrasion and laser treatments to help improve your skin’s texture and tone. Examples are:
- Fraxel® Repair – uses fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to treat wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, scars, and other skin irregularities
- Fraxel® Re:store – heats the skin to stimulate collagen production, improving fine to moderate lines and wrinkles
- Fraxel® Re:store Dual – a relatively gentle laser that resurfaces the skin, targeting dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles
- Dermasweep – uses a bristle-powered brush to gently exfoliate the skin, smoothing its surface and promoting enhanced circulation
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