Microneedling With Radio Frequency
Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure with little to no downtime
Radiofrequency microneedling (RF microneedling) is a noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment that enhances the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling with the heat of radiofrequency energy. It improves skin texture and tone, pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and acne scars, as well as stretch marks.
RF microneedling works by creating controlled microdamage that provokes a natural wound-healing response, which kick-starts the biological processes that create new collagen and elastin. Aging and environmental damage (particularly sun damage) break down these structural proteins, while the rate of replacement slows over time. RF microneedling reverses this process, helping skin look and act younger.
Following a series of treatments—usually three or four—you’ll see a smoother, firmer, brighter complexion.
Who's a good candidate for RF microneedling?
RF microneedling best suits people with some degree of skin laxity and sun damage—specifically solar elastosis, the crinkling that develops due to depleted skin elasticity. It can also benefit people with stubborn acne scarring.
Is RF microneedling better than microneedling?
Yes, RF microneedling produces more dramatic results than traditional microneedling or radiofrequency treatments alone, as the combination of the two technologies boosts their effectiveness.
Microneedles allow precise delivery of radiofrequency energy into the dermal layer of skin, where collagen-producing cells reside, while the radiofrequency energy increases the level of controlled damage the microneedles inflict.
What happens during an RF microneedling treatment?
A RF microneedling treatment session typically takes 30–45 minutes.
At each treatment session, your provider will first cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing cream, to help mitigate pain. Once you’re sufficiently numb, they’ll begin pressing the handheld device into your skin, stamping it across the entire face or other targeted treatment area.
When the microneedles puncture your skin, they emit the RF energy as heat, delivering it directly into the dermis. You may feel a warm, prickling sensation, but it shouldn’t be painful because your skin will be numb.
After the treatment is complete, your provider may apply a calming mask or balm to your skin before sending you on your way.
How long does RF microneedling recovery take?
Most patients have little to no downtime. Immediately after your treatment, you might have a little pinpoint bleeding, flushing, and swelling—all part of the expected inflammatory response to the micro-injuries inflicted on your skin. These side effects should resolve in 24–48 hours.
Your skin may be more sensitive, and skincare products will penetrate more deeply than usual. Talk with your provider about whether you’ll need to lay off skin-care products with potent active ingredients (e.g., retinoids, vitamin C serums, exfoliating acids) for a few days, or if there may be some advantage to using certain ingredients while they can be more easily absorbed.
How long does it take for RF microneedling to work?
You may notice your complexion looking brighter and smoother within the first two weeks of treatment.
However, it’ll be up to six months before you see all the structural benefits, including firmer skin. It takes time for your body to produce the new collagen and elastin.
Your results will continue to improve with each treatment, reaching maximum improvement a few months after your final treatment session.
Microneedling with RF for Cellulite Reduction
Dimples of cellulite can appear on anyone. Even a super-toned physique may be prone to patches of cellulite no matter what efforts and adjustments are made to diet and exercise. Cellulite results from the way the body holds certain fat deposits and does not necessarily correlate with the overall amount of fat present.
The good news? At Imagine Medspa we do have a few options to treat the appearance of unwanted cellulite.
Microneedling RF, a revolutionary treatment, provides a proven, non-surgical option to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
How Does Microneedling with RF Help Cellulite?
Microneedling with RF, presents a simple, painless, non-surgical solution to reduce cellulite by treating it at the source, addressing and recalibrating the fibrous cords that support the skin by breaking down the adipose tissue trapped between those cords. Microneedling with RF is the first (and only) treatment that targets the subcutaneous layer of fat directly – targeting cellulite and tightening skin simultaneously.
The cellulite specific handpiece has microneedles that go deeper into the fat layer, which is where the fibrous bands are that cause the lumpy appearance of cellulite. The radio frequency (RF) energy melts some of the tight bands, helping to release the dimples, while at the same time tightening the surrounding skin. This gives a smoother appearance to the cellulite of the buttock, hips, and thighs.
A recent study on Microneedling with RF for cellulite examined and analyzed dimples and irregularities in the skin. There was significant improvement in cellulite of the thigh after a single treatment at 3 to 6 months after the treatment. However, patients do need to be realistic in their expectations and some patients opt for a second treatment after 6 months to achieve their desired outcome.