Noninvasive skin care treatments have come a long way in the last decade. It’s now possible to turn the clock back on aging skin without going under the knife. One of the most popular innovations in anti-aging skincare is RF microneedling treatments.
What Conditions Do RF Microneedling Treatments Address?
One of the great advantages of RF microneedling is that it addresses a wide variety of skin concerns, from skin texture to discoloration, improvements in skin elasticity and more. Facial skin is constantly exposed to the sun and to damaging free radicals in the environment, which can lead to uneven pigmentation and losses in elasticity and volume. RF microneedling treatments address each of these conditions and can also be used to improve the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks on the face and decollatege.
How Does RF Microneedling Work?
Microneedling is a treatment that uses a small device called a dermaroller to introduce evenly-spaced microneedles into the skin. These pin prick sized injuries send the skin into healing mode, increasing blood flow and signaling the skin to produce new collagen-rich tissue. The new skin tissue that is produced is stronger, more elastic and smoother.
RF microneedling kicks this skin remodeling process into high gear by introducing radio frequency waves into the skin. These RF waves warm the skin and kickstart the healing process.
What Can I Expect From RF Microneedling Treatments?
Each person’s treatment plan is custom designed by a doctor to ensure the best results. Generally, patients undergo several treatments that are spaced out at least a few weeks. RF microneedling treatments may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. Many doctors use a numbing cream to reduce discomfort. Treatments typically last from a half hour to just over an hour. Many patients return to work immediately after treatment. There may be minor bruising or soreness but patients can resume typical activities right away.
Patients may begin to see results in the first week but final results will not be seen until skin has healed and newly remodeled skin is visible. This can take from a few weeks to just over a month.
Who is a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling Treatment?
RF microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment which does not require sedation or anesthesia, making it appropriate for a wide range of patients. It’s important to remember that the results will not be as drastic or immediate as those of a surgical procedure. But if you are looking for a subtle lift and improvement in skin texture, you are likely a good candidate for this procedure.