RF microneedling combines radiofrequency energy with the traditional microneedling procedure. RF energy is delivered via small needles which cause micro-injury to the skin, and deliver the energy deep into the dermis further enhancing skin tightening and scar reduction. The RF energy heats the underlying layers, causing constriction and tightening of the skin, as well as the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. With the RF energy being delivered so deeply, faster, more dramatic results are seen.
RF microneedling is appropriate for nearly any skin type and tone. The following conditions can be treated:
- Fine lines and facial wrinkles.
- Scarring from acne and chicken pox.
- Mild to moderate skin laxity.
- Irregular skin texture and tone.
Most patients will achieve full results with 2-3 treatment sessions, spaced about four weeks apart. The number of treatments will depend on how well the patient responds to the treatment and the severity of the skin issues to be addressed.
Skin is typically red for the first day or two after treatment, but the redness is typically mild and much less than is often seen with laser procedures. There is little or no discomfort after the procedure and patients typically are able to return to regular activities within a day. Makeup can be applied 24 hours after the procedure to mask any residual redness.