There are a lot of facial cosmetic procedures that can address a variety of common complaints many people have with their skin. One of these procedures that you may have heard of is microneedling. 

Microneedling involves making a lot of very small wounds on the skin. This sounds pretty intense, but not only is the procedure comfortable and highly effective, it’s actually less invasive than other popular treatments, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion. 

RF microneedling is a kind of microneedling that’s even more effective than regular microneedling. The treatment is non-surgical and can be used to treat common skin blemishes by stimulating new skin growth. 

The treatment is safe for most patients, but before you can have the treatment, you need to be evaluated in order to make sure it’ll be good for you specifically. Keep reading to learn more about RF microneedling and whether or not it might be good for you!

What is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is short for radiofrequency microneedling. It’s a facial cosmetic treatment using a very thin needle emitting radiofrequency waves. 

RF microneedling can treat many cosmetic concerns, including fine lines, acne scars, wrinkles, large pores, sagging skin, mild sun damage, and discoloration. The procedure is appropriate for most healthy adults who want to enhance the appearance of their skin by addressing these common skin issues.

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

So how exactly does making small wounds in the skin make skin healthier? First of all, you should know the needle makes incredibly small wounds called microwounds. 

These wounds are so small they aren’t visible to the naked eye, although your skin appears reddened after microneedling treatment. These microwounds are made to stimulate the growth of collagen, elastin, and capillaries. 

As your skin heals after the microneedling procedure, the growth of these components leads to healthier, smoother, and thicker skin. Microneedling can be done with just the needle, but adding radiofrequency waves enhances growth stimulation, making the results of the treatment even better. 

With RF microneedling, you’re more likely to have smoother skin and fewer blemishes from acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, etc. RF microneedling is typically a short session lasting less than half an hour.

Before the treatment, your face is numbed with a topical anesthetic so you will be comfortable. We also offer PRO-NOX, a self administered analgesic gas delivery system.  Pro-Nox has the ability to safely and effectively ease pain, anxiety and discomfort during your treatment.  With a short duration, patients do not have to be concerned with lingering effects after their treatment is finished.

The RF microneedling device is then applied over your face. The needle will be moving very quickly as radio waves are emitted through it. Afterward, a serum is usually applied to your face in order to aid in skin regrowth and ease discomfort as the anesthetic wears off.

What is the Recovery Like After RF Microneedling?

Recovery after this brief treatment is minimal. Your skin will appear reddened for a few hours as it heals, but the only thing you need to do during this period is to take a few precautions to protect your skin, like using any prescribed ointments or creams and protecting your skin from the sun by wearing a hat. 

As your skin heals, the redness will go down, and your smoother skin will become apparent, usually within just a week or two!

Is RF Microneedling Right for You?

RF microneedling is essentially a controlled injury. But since it stimulates new skin growth, it can be good for you as it makes your skin healthier in the long run as well as making it look smoother. 

It’s also much less invasive than surgery and many other cosmetic facial procedures. However, it isn’t right for everyone. 

Before you can schedule an RF microneedling treatment, you need to be evaluated to make sure it’s safe for you. While most people who want RF microneedling and are in good health make good candidates for the procedure, there are a few things that can make the treatment less effective and less safe. 

Some of these things include:

  • A history of keloid forming and healing poorly from wounds in general
  • Being pregnant
  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Moderate or severe skin disease
  • Any active skin infections
  • Using Accutane

Before you have RF microneedling treatment, you will be evaluated to make sure you don’t have any of these issues or any other factors that could affect treatment. If you’re deemed a good candidate for treatment, you can then look forward to smoother, healthier skin!

Do you want to learn if RF Microneedling may be right for you?

RF Microneedling Results

For best results, multiple treatments are recommended. These treatments are best given a month or so apart to allow for healing. 

The results of multiple RF microneedling treatments tend to last a long time, so you don’t need to get treatments constantly to maintain results. However, it is often recommended that after your initial group of treatments, you have an additional touch-up treatment once a year. 

This helps maintain results for even longer. Proper skincare, particularly sun protection, can also help results last longer.

Do you want to learn more about RF microneedling or determine if this procedure might be right for you? Schedule an appointment at Revive MedSpa, today!