We all desire healthy, smooth, and blemish-free skin. Fortunately, if you have skin concerns, you can turn to radio frequency microneedling, representing the latest skincare technology. This cosmetic procedure is gaining popularity as a skin rejuvenation wonder that addresses various issues, such as scars, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and more. But, is it right for you? Here’s all you need to know about microneedling with radiofrequency.

What Is Radio Frequency Microneedling?

Radio frequency microneedling is a 2-in-1 skin rejuvenation procedure. To begin with, it uses insulated microneedles that rapidly penetrate the skin (microneedling). These tiny needles cause controlled damage, and they also deliver laser energy that uniformly heats the deeper layers of your skin (RF technology).

This happens without causing extensive damage to the epidermis or the outer surface of the skin. With microneedling RF, the aim is to trigger an enhanced skin healing process that results in healthy, new skin. The cosmetic procedure stimulates collagen production, a structural protein that combats skin concerns like sagging and wrinkles. Microneedling with radio frequency also triggers the production of elastin and capillaries.

Procedure For Radio Frequency Microneedling

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When you schedule a treatment session with your provider, you can generally expect the following from the moment you walk into their office.

  1. Cleaning of the treatment area. Your healthcare provider will clean the target area with alcohol to reduce the risk of infection.
  2. Applying the numbing agent. In most cases, a topical numbing agent is applied to ensure you won’t feel pain during the procedure. 
  3. Microneedling with radio frequency. Your healthcare provider uses a unique device to create microscopic injuries below the skin’s surface. The microneedling initiates the increased production of collagen and elastin to repair the skin. Radiofrequency energy is also delivered to the dermis, and the heat tightens the skin and boosts collagen production.
  4. Aftercare. Soon after the procedure, you can return home and resume your everyday lifestyle. But your skin will require some extra care. For instance, you’ll need to wear sunscreen religiously and use gentle, high-quality skincare products. It’s essential to follow the aftercare instructions prescribed by your doctor for the best results.

Skin Benefits of Microneedling Radiofrequency

There’s a reason why microneedling radiofrequency is touted as a revolutionary skincare treatment. In a nutshell, here are the skin benefits associated with this skin rejuvenation treatment.

  • Rejuvenates the skin. The procedure involves creating tiny micro-injuries at an appropriate depth. The injuries to the superficial layers of the skin initiate the body’s natural healing process. This results in newer and healthier skin with fewer blemishes and makes you look younger. 
  • Boosts the production of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that is abundant in the skin. It plays an important role in strengthening the skin and contributes to skin elasticity and hydration. However, as we age, the body produces less collagen, resulting in skin laxity and dryness. Thankfully, studies have shown that microneedling radiofrequency helps stimulate the production of new collagen fibers.
  • Delivers anti-aging and skin healing benefits. Microneedling with radiofrequency is a procedure that can have far-reaching positive effects on your skin. By stimulating the skin’s natural healing process and boosting collagen production, the procedure has helped many people dealing with various skin conditions. Microneedling with radiofrequency effectively treats fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, loose and sagging skin, cellulite, complexion problems, enlarged pores, and scars from injury or surgery. The result? Youthful, firmer, smoother, and healthier skin.

Pros of Microneedling With Radio Frequency

  • Minimally invasive. Microneedling RF is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure.
  • Combines two trusted methods. Microneedling RF is also more effective than traditional microneedling or RF treatment. You’re getting the benefits of both procedures in a single treatment, which makes for enhanced results.
  • Little downtime. Microneedling radiofrequency has a better recovery time than other skin rejuvenation and resurfacing procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments.
  • Minimal time investment. Each session takes about 20 minutes, so the procedure won’t disrupt your schedule significantly.
  • Suitable for darker complexions. Compared to other treatments like chemical exfoliation and dermabrasion, microneedling RF is not only minimally invasive, but it’s also ideal for all skin types. It does not cause discoloration or scarring in darker skin.
  • Can address a wide range of skin concerns. Although microneedling with radio frequency is mostly used for facial rejuvenation, it can be used for almost any body area.

Cons of Microneedling With Radio Frequency

  • Side effects. Minor side effects of the procedure include dryness, redness, swelling, scaling, mild acne, and cold sore breakouts.
  • Not safe for everyone. Radiofrequency microneedling is not suitable for people who have a skin infection, psoriasis, keloids, or a history of poor wound healing. Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will sit down with you to determine if you’re a suitable candidate based on your medical history.
  • Several procedures are typically required. Although it’s possible to notice smoother and tighter skin after just one session, most people need at least three or four sessions to experience significant results. In addition, it may take up to three or six months for final results to show, though this depends on the skin condition and its severity.

Five More Things You Need to Know About Radiofrequency Microneedling 

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  1. Microneedling with radiofrequency is suitable mainly for men and women experiencing the early signs of aging and who want to get rid of minor skin imperfections. The ideal candidate should be in good health, which minimizes the risk of complications such as skin infections after the procedure.
  2. You can combine RF microneedling with other treatment methods. That’s because microneedling creates tiny channels that lead to the deeper layers of your skin. This maximizes the delivery of other facial rejuvenation treatments. For instance, some people opt to follow up their RF microneedling sessions with platelet-rich plasma injections.
  3. The cost of RF microneedling varies depending on your location, your healthcare provider, the size of the target area, and the severity of the skin condition. Generally, you can expect to pay between $1,200 and $2,000 per session. As mentioned, you’ll need a total of three or four sessions for optimal efficacy. RF microneedling is a cosmetic procedure, so it’s not covered by insurance. You’ll have to pay for the treatments out-of-pocket.
  4. For best results, it’s essential to pamper your newly rejuvenated skin with high-quality products like ALASTIN Skincare®. That way, you’ll be able to experience improvements in your skin texture and tone for months to come. ALASTIN Skincare® is designed to repair the effects of sun damage, natural aging, and repetitive facial expressions, giving you healthier and more youthful skin.
  5. Keep in mind that RF microneedling results are not as pronounced as plastic surgery. It’s essential for patients to manage their expectations. However, there’s no denying that the procedure does produce noticeable results without the invasiveness of surgery.

Why Choose Us For All Your Skin Rejuvenation Needs

What do you think about the benefits of radiofrequency microneedling for your skin? If you believe this procedure is right for you, working with a reputable healthcare provider is essential.  At Miami OB-GYN Associates in South Miami, we have helped many patients experience healthier and youthful skin. We can address a wide variety of concerns, from fat accumulation beneath the chin and sun damage to scarring and deep lines and creases.

Take the first step to firmer and better skin by contacting us. During the first consultation, you’ll be able to learn more about how RF microneedling can help you achieve your skincare goals.