Radiofrequency microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles and radiofrequency waves to rejuvenate facial skin. The treatment is a controlled form of injury to the skin. The damage stimulates the growth of healthy new skin, which can improve common skin complaints like acne scars and wrinkles. Compared with treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion, radiofrequency microneedling is minimally invasive.
What is radiofrequency microneedling?
In SOMATOLOGY / AESTHETICS/ HEALTH AND SKINCARE microneedling is a treatment that uses a fine needle to create tiny micro wounds, or channels, in the skin. This injury triggers the production of collagen and elastin. It is also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy (CIT). If the procedure also uses radiofrequency waves, it’s called radiofrequency microneedling. The needle releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional damage. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling. The skin that grows back is thicker and smoother.
This treatment can target:
- Fine lines
- Stretch marks
- Improve the appearance of large pores
- Acne scars
- Scars from injury or surgery
- Loose, sagging skin
Who is the ideal candidate for radiofrequency microneedling?
In SOMATOLOGY / AESTHETICS/ HEALTH AND SKINCARE radiofrequency microneedling is considered safe. You are an ideal candidate if you are in good health, have early signs of aging, and have realistic expectations of the treatment outcome. You should avoid the treatment if you currently or recently used Accutane, have an active cold sore breakout, have a skin infection, have a moderate to severe skin disease (like psoriasis), are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, are pregnant, are taking anticoagulants, have a history of keloids, hypertrophic scarring, or poor wound healing.
What to expect during the treatment
After cleansing the skin, alcohol is swabbed over the skin to prevent infection. A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area before the procedure. The anesthetic will numb the area, so you won’t feel any pain.
In SOMATOLOGY / AESTHETICS/ HEALTH AND SKINCARE, the microneedling device will then create tiny wounds in the skin. Simultaneously, the tip of the needle releases radiofrequency waves into the wounds. The procedure takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. A serum is then applied to support cell regeneration and calm the skin. After the procedure, you can go home and return to your normal activities.
What’s the best way to take care of your skin post-radiofrequency microneedling?
- Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort if need be.
- Wear SPF50 every day and for several weeks after your treatment. Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun during this time and more prone to hyperpigmentation.
- Use a gentle cleanser after your treatment.
- Avoid wearing makeup until the next day. After 24 hours, you can return to your normal makeup and skincare routine.
Are there any potential side effects of radiofrequency microneedling?
Typically, radiofrequency microneedling is well tolerated. But like all cosmetic treatments, it may cause some side effects. These side effects might last for a few hours or days.
Possible side effects include:
- Mild acne flare-up
- Cold sore breakout
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