Microneedling is one of the innovative aesthetic procedures popular today. It involves using fine needles for superficial puncturing of the skin. The procedure triggers the body’s natural healing process. This results in increased collagen production, and increased cell turnover (production of new cells of the skin) to help achieve younger-looking skin.
Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) is a combination therapy that aims to increase the chances of reducing age-related skin concerns like wrinkling, sagging, and scarring.
This article aims to explore whether microneedling with RF is worth investing your time and money so you can boost your self-confidence by creating a younger you.
What is Microneedling with RF?
As mentioned, microneedling with RF is a combination treatment that is minimally invasive and uses a dermaroller (a device with a roller head covered with tiny needles). According to a study, the standard dermaroller has 192 fine microneedles arranged in eight rows.
In microneedling with RF, it combines the use of high-intensity radiofrequency on the target skin treated first with microneedling. This helps even out the treatment area for more efficient stimulation of collagen fibers.
This combination therapy is proposed to be effective against acne scarring and sagging according to a study we reviewed. Overall, the end goal of microneedling with RF is to improve skin tone and texture as well as improve delivery of substances should there be serums and other creams you wish to add to the procedure.
How Is Microneedling with RF Performed?
Microneedling with RF is performed only by a qualified professional. It is done first by cleansing the skin and applying antiseptic solution (this helps prevent any potential bacterial contamination that will lead to infection later on). Then, the dermaroller is rolled on target areas multiple times until there are visible signs of redness or tiny bleeding. The latter indicates that enough superficial trauma has been produced. Afterwards, RF will be applied to ensure even distribution of heat to maximize stimulation of collagen underneath.
Does Microneedling with RF Really Work?
- Microneedling with RF is a safe and effective treatment that can help improve the texture and appearance of your skin.
- It’s minimally invasive, so it’s suitable for most people who are looking to get rid of scars or wrinkles.
- Microneedling with RF can also be used to treat acne scars, stretch marks, cellulite, pigmentation issues and more.
The Importance of Proper Training and Certification
If you are going to be using microneedling with RF, it is important that you have proper training and certification. You need to be in the right environment, with the right equipment and products.
You should not try this at home! It is imperative for your safety that you receive professional training from a licensed practitioner who has experience performing these treatments on people like yourself (i.e., patients).
How Microneedling With RF Affects the Skin
Microneedling with RF is a procedure that allows products like serum and cream to penetrate more efficiently into the deeper layers of the skin. This results in improved skin health and appearance.
In addition, it also works by stimulating more collagen production in your body. Collagen is a compound found in various tissues in the body including the skin, bone, cartilage, and other connective tissues. This key component of the skin allows for strength, flexibility, elasticity, and resiliency.
However, as we age, collagen breaks down, which results in fine lines and wrinkles (and other visible signs of aging in the body). Microneedling with RF helps stimulate new collagen production to delay these signs of aging.
Other Aesthetic Procedures That Complement Microneedling With RF
The following procedures complement microneedling with RF:
- Chemical peels
- A chemical peel is a procedure that uses a solution to dissolve the outer layers of your skin, which encourage new cell growth. This further reduces wrinkles and acne scars, improves texture and tone, boosts collagen production for more youthful-looking skin, and even helps treat signs of sun damage or aging.
- Laser treatments use focused light energy to treat fine lines or pigmentation problems on the face.
- Dermal fillers are injected into your skin to add volume to sunken areas near the mouth surface (nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth), jawline definition issues or cheek hollows) that make you appear older than you are.
- This is another option for those who want smoother looking skin without going under the knife
How to Maintain Healthy Skin After the Procedure
- Use sunscreen.
- Avoid sun exposure, including tanning beds.
- Avoid skin products with retinol or glycolic acid. These can irritate the skin and cause redness and peeling if used right after the procedure. In other words, do not use any chemical that may irritate the skin further.
- Avoid skin products with alcohol for one week after treatment. These may also irritate your treated areas if used immediately after treatment as well as throughout healing time. However, these ingredients are generally safe when used in small amounts over an extended period of time without any adverse effects on your skin’s health and appearance.
Microneedling with RF is a safe, effective way to treat your skin. It can help with everything from acne scars to wrinkles and stretch marks.
If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified physicians at our Houston Office, do it today. Replenish MD Training is here to help you advance your career.