All About Radiofrequency Microneedling

Acne scars, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and other skin concerns can be the source of great concern and injure your self-confidence. Fortunately, the skincare world is ever evolving with new and innovative treatments emerging continually. RF microneedling is emerging as a revolutionary treatment for individuals seeking to achieve smoother, firmer and more youthful-looking skin. This procedure combines the many benefits of traditional microneedlingto give remarkable results for a variety of skin concerns. Below, we explore the ins and outs of microneedling with radiofrequency as well as its benefits.

What is Radiofrequency Microneedling?

Are you asking yourself ‘what is RF microneedling?

Well, read on: Radio frequency microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that combines the benefits of traditional microneedling with the power of radiofrequency energy. Traditional microneedling makes use of fine needles to create channels or micro wounds in the skin. This triggers the natural production of collagen, elastin and blood capillaries in the skin. The introduction of radiofrequency waves enhances the traditional practice of microneedling by releasing radiofrequency into the channels.

Skin that has undergone this treatment grows back smoother and thicker. This procedure is ideal for targeting skin concerns such as loose or sagging skin, fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, hyperpigmentation, large pores, scars from injury or surgery and hyperhidrosis.

Am I An Ideal Candidate for Radiofrequency Microneedling?

This non-invasive skin therapy is considered safe for just about everyone. However, there are exceptions. The ideal candidate should be in good health, be exhibiting early signs of aging and have set realistic expectations. You should avoid this type of treatment if you have a skin infection, are pregnant, are receiving radiation therapy or chemotherapy, have a history of keloids or poor wound healing, have an active breakout of cold sores or have recently used or are currently using Accutane.

It is best to seek the opinion of a professional skin care therapist such as those at Integra Health and Wellness and learn whether this treatment is suitable for you.

What to Expect with the Radiofrequency Microneedling Procedure

  • Before the Procedure

During your initial appointment you will be asked questions about your medical history. This is the time to set your expectations for the treatment with the help of your provider. Your provider will take photos and provide you with instructions to help you prepare for the procedure.

  • During the procedure

This is an non-invasive procedure that can be carried out at your provider’s office. The procedure can take about 10 to 20 minutes depending on the skin concerns you are addressing. A topical anesthetic will be applied to the areas to be treated at least 1 hour prior to the procedure. You will be provided with a growth solution to encourage cell regeneration and a soothing solution to minimize discomfort following the procedure.

  • After the treatment

You should be able to return to your normal activities after the procedure.

Tips for Post-Radiofrequency Microneedling Care

Your provider should give you instructions on how to care for your skin after the procedure. Some common after-treatment care tips include:

  • applying ice packs to reduce discomfort and swelling
  • wearing SPF to protect the skin as it will be extra sensitive
  • using prescribed antibiotic creams
  • using a gentle cleanser
  • not wearing makeup for at least 24 hours following the procedure.

Is Radiofrequency Microneedling Effective?

Studies have shown that this procedure is effective for dealing with various skin conditions including:

  • Acne Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Hyperhidrosis

When to expect results

You will begin to see results after 3 to 6 months.

Potential side effects of radiofrequency microneedling

This treatment is typically well tolerated. However, some people may experience side effects including:

  • Dryness
  • Scaling
  • Redness
  • Breakouts of cold sores
  • Itching
  • Swelling

How much does the procedure cost?

This depends on your provider. However, the average cost of the procedure is between $100 and $700 for one session.

How do you find a qualified provider?

Be sure to search for a reputable cosmetic surgeon. You can search the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery to find a service provider for Radiofrequency microneedling.