Tighten and Rejuvenate Skin with Fractional RF (Radiofrequency) Microneedling
When it comes to subdermal renewal and/or sculpting, each person’s needs are unique. This is why a sophisticated procedure like RF Microneedling is designed to be versatile.
The RF Microneedling procedure can treat different areas – like the face, jawline, neck, abdomen, buttocks, arms, and so on – and address the following concerns:
Sagging or loose skin
Acne scarring or rough skin
How to Prepare
At Medaesthetics & Laser Clinic we apply a numbing cream to the area prior to your treatment. The RF Microneedling procedure itself is hassle-free as can be. It is best to refrain from your retinol based skin care creams for one week prior to treatment. However, if you want the best results, you can take the extra step of making sure you are healthy and well-hydrated before the procedure (as well as after the procedure.) Because essentially, the RF Microneedling procedure makes use of natural skin healing processes to work. Therefore, the best results can be expected if you ensure proper nutrition and good circulation in your body. Unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking will get in the way of getting good results.
There are conditions, however, that would need extra precaution. We suggest that a patient undergoes consultation before preparing to get the RF Microneedling procedure – if they have the following:
Active acne and other inflammatory conditions
Open wounds or lesions (e.g. from herpes simplex)
Skin that is still healing from dermabrasion, deep peels, or surgical procedures from the last 3 months
Sunburned skin or excessing tanning from the last 2 weeks
How it Works
The RF Microneedling device works on the subdermal level of the skin. It can achieve deep fractional remodelling by synergizing the benefits of two known technologies in the realm of skincare: microneedling and radiofrequency. In the past, these two have been used separately in treatments to deliver their own set of benefits.
Microneedling works by creating slight, controlled injuries to the skin – and the skin responds to this by making new collagen-rich tissue. In the hands of a capable professional, the process is highly controlled and deliberate. Therefore, the resulting new skin tissue is more even in texture and tone.
Meanwhile, radiofrequency treatments are very similar to ultrasound therapy in the sense that they both make use of energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production by the body. For radiofrequency, these are known as RF waves. RF waves are able to go deep into the dermal tissue of the skin and administer heat to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in tighter, renewed skin. Radiofrequency can also be used to target and heat specific adipose tissue (fat cells) to induce fat remodelling.
The RF Microneedling procedure uses microneedles, not just to make controlled micro injuries, but also to administer RF waves into the deeper layers of the skin. Through this process, the body’s natural healing response is triggered, resulting in the production of collagen and elastin. This remodels the skin and gives it a firm and even appearance. Earlier, we mentioned that RF waves can also selectively target adipose tissue or fat cells and remodel them. This function can also be utilized in RF Microneedling procedures for certain areas where the subcutaneous fat of the skin causes sagging (e.g. jowls, back of the arms, bra bulges.) What’s important to note here though, is that the RF wave-induced remodelling is controlled so there’s no need to worry about accidental volume loss on the face.
Results You Can Expect
When done by a capable professional, RF Microneedling can do the following:
Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
Tighten loose skin
Smoothen out a rough skin texture
Improve the appearance of acne scarring
Contour and remodel fat on the face and body in a non-surgical way
Visible results can be seen within a few days. But as with all procedures, there is a waiting time before you can see the full results. For the RF Microneedling procedure, the three-week mark will show you far more noticeable results but improvements can continue up to three months after the treatment.
In most cases, 2 – 3 treatments will be required to see the desired results. If multiple treatments are recommended, they are spaced around 4 – 5 weeks apart.
Aftercare and Recovery
Because RF Microneedling is only minimally invasive, there is no real downtime with this procedure. However, depending on the extent of your treatment, you may be advised to wait for some hours before washing the treated area/s with water.
The redness, itchiness, and minor swelling typically only last at most a few days after the treatment. This makes the RF Microneedling an easy, manageable procedure – because you can resume activities almost immediately after treatment.
Targeted skin-care can definitely boost your results further – especially during the first 72 hours post-treatment when channels are still healing on the skin surface. These channels can allow for medical-grade skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Products containing growth factors, peptides, vitamin C, retinol, and hyaluronic acid can be helpful and might be recommended by your skincare professional. However, if you’re buying products by yourself, make sure to consult with your skincare professional before using any of such products post-treatment.
Additionally, you will need to avoid direct sunlight for a few weeks after your RF Microneedling procedure. If you are heading out, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF-30-50. This will help to avoid post-procedure hyperpigmentation. The best and most gentle option for healing skin is a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. To get the best brand and SPF level for your specific case, consult with your skincare professional.
The RF Microneedling procedure has a few potential complications including:
Temporary swelling, and bruising
Allergic reaction to the anesthetic agent
Infection (if not cared for properly)
Sunburn and hyperpigmentation(when not protected from the sun post-treatment)
PRP and Radiofrequency
PRP and Radiofrequency are a new treatment option that you can add to your micro needling to improve the results. PRP is also known as Platelet Rich Plasma is a form of treatment that utilizes blood plasma that is rich in platelets. The platelets in the clotted area are responsible for realizing growth factors to promote the healing in the microneedle area. PRP also attracts stem cells in this area of the area that is injured facilitating the repairing of damaged tissue. This process allows the tissue in the skin to be remodeled providing one with healthy and younger skin