In the early 1900s, the instrument used for microneedling looked more like a gadget for torturing the skin than rejuvenating it. The science of microneedling has advanced since then and now boasts both cosmetic and therapeutic uses.
A few years ago, the vampire facial, a procedure that combines microneedling with platelet-rich plasma PRP), was the go-to treatment for stars who wanted to achieve glowing skin, diminish the look of scars, and treat acne. The revolutionary radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a levelled-up experience and has set new standards in skincare, delivering remarkable results for various skin conditions and all skin types.
In this article, we’ll explore what RF microneedling is, the conditions it can be used for, the expectations after treatment, and how it differs from standard microneedling.
What is RF Microneedling
Everyone loves soft, supple, glowing skin that’s firm and even-toned. However, for a lot of people, this doesn’t come naturally. However, if you exert the effort, nature can be helped by skin-positive habits like protecting the skin from sun damage, using proper skincare solutions, hydrating, and getting occasional treatments like RF microneedling to revitalize the aging skin.
RF microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves gently puncturing the skin with tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries, which trigger the body’s natural healing response. These minute wounds stimulate collagen production, yielding a more youthful and radiant complexion. Simultaneously, radiofrequency delivered directly into the dermal layer enhances the effectiveness of the treatment. The protein in the deeper layers is affected by RF heat ‘congeal,’ and this results in a remarkable skin tightening effect.
RF microneedling, unlike standard microneedling, is a ‘smart’ process, meaning the device used is connected to a machine that visually shows how deep, how fast, and the extent the gold-tipped needles should go. This feedback is important for precision and prevents being overly aggressive with the treatment. With standard microneeedling, on the one hand, the doctor handles the pen and relies heavily on skill, experience, and clinical eye, so human error must be factored in.
Benefits Of RF Microneedling
After undergoing RF microneedling treatment, patients can expect positive outcomes days after the first session for most applications. It’s like microneedling on steroids because the effects are better and can be seen sooner. There are also fewer sessions and significant tightening.
While every person is different, the rate of collagenesis and cell regeneration varies. Usually, the following changes can be appreciated two to three weeks after the procedure:
1. Improved Collagen Production
Collagen is the protein responsible for maintaining skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance. While traditional microneedling and laser treatments stimulate collagen production to some extent, RF microneedling takes it to a whole new level.
RF microneedling is a versatile treatment that can address various skin concerns, such as the following:
- Wrinkles and fine lines (including crow’s feet, marionette lines, and smoker’s lips)
- Scars (acne or traumatic)
- Acne vulgaris
- Skin laxity
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Stretch marks
- Hair growth (androgenetic alopecia)
- Sun damage
Just how effective is RF microneedling for moderate and deep scars? The results are impressive, with almost 81% improving the scar depth and look by two grades!
2. Customized Treatment Depth
Unlike laser treatments that often have limited customization options, RF microneedling allows practitioners to adjust the depth of the needles and the intensity of radiofrequency energy to suit each patient’s specific needs. This level of customization ensures that RF microneedling can effectively target various skin concerns, as mentioned above.
3. Safe For All Skin Types
One limitation of laser treatments is that they may not be suitable for all skin types, especially those with darker skin tones, as they can pose a risk of hyperpigmentation. RF microneedling, on the other hand, is considered safe and effective for individuals with all skin types and tones, making it a more inclusive option.
4. Reduced Downtime
Compared to more aggressive laser treatments that often require extended downtime like lasers and deep chemical peels, RF microneedling offers quicker recovery periods. Most patients experience mild redness and swelling for a day or two, but they can typically resume their regular activities shortly after treatment.
5. Versatility In Treatment Areas
RF microneedling isn’t limited to facial rejuvenation. It can be used effectively on various body parts, including the neck, chest, hands, and even areas with delicate skin, like the under-eye region. This versatility makes it a comprehensive solution for overall skin improvement.
6. Long-Lasting Results
While standard microneedling and some laser treatments may require multiple sessions to achieve desired results, RF microneedling often delivers noticeable improvements after just one treatment. Collagen remodeling and skin tightening lead to long-lasting benefits, making it a cost-effective choice in the long run.
More intensive and extensive damage may take more sessions, e.g., four to five sessions per year. Yearly maintenance or alternate treatments with standard microneedling or laser are suggested for the best results.
What Can Be Used With RF Microneedling
RF Microneedling can be combined with serums, hyaluronic acid, Botox, PRP, or other cosmeceuticals to enhance the treatment’s benefits. After the procedure, these complementary products can be applied to the skin to provide additional nourishment and address specific skincare concerns.
RF microneedling is revolutionizing skincare by setting new standards in skin rejuvenation. With its ability to address various conditions, it’s a game-changer in the aesthetics industry. By combining the benefits of microneedling and radiofrequency energy, this procedure offers remarkable results and helps individuals achieve smoother and younger-looking skin.
RF microneedling stimulates collagen production, resulting in smoother and more even-looking skin texture. As a result, it can visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars, leading to a rejuvenated complexion.
Furthermore, it promotes skin tightening and improves skin elasticity, giving a more youthful and lifted appearance. In addition, the procedure creates microchannels in the skin, allowing for better absorption of skincare products and leading to improved results.
As advancements in skincare treatments continue to reshape the industry, RF microneedling is undoubtedly leading the way in setting new standards for effective and non-invasive skincare solutions.