Radiofrequency microneedling (RF) is a non-invasive procedure that rejuvenates the skin. It combines radiofrequency energy and microneedling to remove or improve skin blemishes and reverse signs of aging on the face and body. The benefits of RF microneedling include:
- Acne and surgical scar improvement or removal
- Stretch marks removal and improvement
- Photoaging reversal
- Improvement in discoloration,
- Reduces signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging on the face and body
- Eradicates skin bumps and evens the skin’s texture
- Reshapes and contours the face through fat sculpting
What Happens During an RF Microneedling Procedure
The radiofrequency microneedling procedure starts with a consultation with your plastic surgeon. The surgeon may want to know your plastic surgery history, like any skin rejuvenating treatments used, to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. Once the surgeon is content with the information, they will give a red light to proceed with the skin treatment.
The surgeon begins a numbing cream, which takes about an hour to work. They then take the RF microneedling equipment and start working on the area of concern. The microneedles create microtears in the subdermal layer of the skin that contains connective tissues and fat cells.
The radiofrequency energy generated by the equipment and tiny wounds created by the microneedles:
Enhance Collagen Production
Collagen is a connective tissue responsible for maintaining the integrity of your skin. It holds the muscles and other facial structures to the bone, preventing sagging and jowling. It also increases the skin’s elasticity, tightening your skin and eliminating wrinkles, sagging, jowling, and fine lines.
As you age, the body’s ability to produce collagen reduces. RF microneedling boosts the body’s mechanism to increase collagen production.
Promote New Skin Growth
The action of the RF energy and microneedles in the skin boosts new skin cell growth by increasing skin cell regeneration. As the frequency of cellular production rises, old and worn-out cells damaged by UV radiation, acne scars, and discoloration get shed off at the same rate. The new skin layer has a smooth texture without the bumps created by scaring.
Fat Sculpting in the Face or Body
The surgeon regulates the equipment’s heat to create different procedural outcomes. At high heat, the machine can loosen and remove the fat layer in the subdermal layer of the skin. The surgeon can then reposition the remaining fat to create a toned and sculpted face or body.
RF microneedling effects can last from one to three years. Recovery takes 24 to 48 hours. The longevity of the treatment depends on your body’s healing ability and the quality of the post-procedure care. Here are ways to maintain the skin treatment results long-term.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals like chemical exfoliants or hydrogen peroxide after the treatment.
- Handle your face gently when washing and pat dry after the treatment
- Continue having a skin care regimen
- Faithfully apply your sunscreen after the procedure
- Eat healthy foods with plenty of fiber and vitamins C, A, and E to stimulate collagen and hydrate.
- Have at least eight hours of rest every day to enable your body to rejuvenate and heal
Is RF Microneedling the Same as Microneedling?
RF microneedling is an advanced microneedling technique because it uses radiofrequency energy and microneedling. Both technologies enhance collagen production, skin cell regeneration, and the possibility of fat sculpting.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of RF Microneedling?
After the procedure, expect slight bruising, redness, swelling, itching, and transient discoloration at the treatment site. You will also develop tiny scars on the skin’s surface at the microneedles’ point of entry. They will heal after a few days. Avoid picking the scabs with your hands. Let them fall off naturally.
Which Is Better Between RF Microneedling and Laser Treatment?
RF microneedling and laser treatment are non-invasive procedures that use energy to stimulate the skin into healing and repair. However, laser treatment can cause hyperpigmentation in people of color or people vulnerable to the condition. RF microneedling has little to no long-lasting side effects. Most of the sensitivities created disappear naturally after a few days.
Can You Have the RF Microneedling Procedure With Implants?
Implants are safe with RF microneedling. The procedure only affects the subdermal layer of the skin, while implants get placed under the skin and muscles. Your plastic surgeon will ask if you have any existing procedures on the treatment site. Give them an exhaustive medical history. Some procedures, like injections and fillers, may not be suitable to mix with radiofrequency energy and microneedling.
Therefore, mention the specifics so that the surgeon can make sound decisions for your health.