Microneedling with Radiofrequency

What is Microneedling with Radiofrequency?

This treatment combines TWO technologies we have offered in our office for several years (Microneedling and Radiofrequency Skin Tightening) in ONE treatment. This treatment includes the controlled induction of the skin’s repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries” in the skin by insertion of ultrafine microneedles. These needles are also used to deliver radiofrequency (RF) energy into the skin and underlying tissues where it will be the most effective for skin tightening. This treatment stimulates increased collagen synthesis through two mechanisms — the wound healing response from the microneedles and heating of the dermis from the RF.

What types of skin concerns can this treatment address?

This treatment can be used to improve acne scarring, rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin laxity/drooping. It can also help improve prominent pores and hyperpigmentation. Our goal is smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin. Most patients will benefit from 3-6 sessions done at least 4 weeks apart. Optimal results are seen 3 months after the last treatment.

What is the treatment experience like?

The skin is numbed with a topical cream prior to starting every treatment. The treatment is performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of a sterile microneedling/RF tip. The technician will adjust the settings on the device for different areas of the face and skin thickness/sensitivity. After the perforations are made, a topical medicine is applied to the skin to boost results and accelerate healing. Topical skin-lightening cream may be prescribed prior to and during the treatment process for patients with hyperpigmentation or darker skin tone.

What is the recovery after a treatment like?

After the procedure, the skin will be red in appearance, similar to a moderate sunburn. You may also experience skin tightness/swelling and sensitivity on the treated skin. You should use gentle products and avoid makeup for the first 24-48 hours. Then you can begin to transition back to your usual skin care regimen as tolerated. Avoid sun exposure while your skin is healing.

Is there anyone who is not a good candidate for this treatment?

This treatment can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on the face or body. It can be done on all skin types and any time of the year. Relative contraindications include a history of eczema, psoriasis or other chronic skin conditions, presence of raised moles, warts or other lesions in the treatment area. Absolute contraindications include implanted electrical devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, cardiac abnormalities, blood clotting problems, active bacterial infection and immunosuppression. Retin-A should be held for 3 days prior to treatment. This treatment should not be done with active acne or open wounds or within 6 inches of metal in the body. With a history of cold sores, preventative anti-viral medicine may be prescribed. This treatment is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Patients must not have taken Accutane within the previous 6 months.