Microneedling uses a fine needle to create micro-wounds, also known as channels, in the skin. This triggers the production of capillaries, elastin, and collagen. It’s also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy. If the procedure also uses radiofrequency waves, it’s called radiofrequency microneedling. The needle releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional damage. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling.
Before treatment, skin is cleansed and a numbing cream is applied. It is then performed using a handpiece with sterile, single-use tips with fractionated RF energy through microneedles into the skin. This is tolerable to most patients and if it makes you uncomfortable in some way, additional comfort measures are available for more aggressive treatments.
Microneedling RF is a low-downtime procedure that will make patients experience mild redness and swelling for 12 to 24 hours. Applying makeup of any kind should be avoided until the next day. During the first week, it is normal to experience mild peeling and a sandy texture is normal. Any minor bruising that may occur can be covered with makeup.
A set of three treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart is recommended to achieve the best possible results. Many patients will see improvement after the first or second treatment, with full effect, three months after their last treatment. Maintenance treatments are recommended every six to 12 months, and patients will be prescribed medical-grade skincare for use at home to enhance and maintain their results. The skin that grows back is thicker and smoother, which can solve issues with:
Loose, sagging skin
Scars from injury or surgery
Radiofrequency microneedling can have many benefits depending on the issues you have with your body, such as skin laxity, and how the treatment is handled. These benefits include:
Firming of upper eyelid skin
Shrinking of enlarged pores
Smoothening of lines on the upper lip skin
Acne or surgery scars on the face and body
Dull, uneven skin tone/texture
Loose body and facial skin
Fine lines and wrinkles
The appearance of hyperpigmentation
The appearance of stretch marks
As RF Microneedling is considered a non-invasive procedure, the risk and downtime involved are minimal. Not just that, even the discomfort involved in RF Microneedling is next to non-existent. However, n0t every procedure goes swimmingly, so you may experience certain side effects if you are unlucky.
One of the most common side-effects felt by most patients is a little skin irritation and redness of the skin. However, typical discomfort of the skin generally lasts 2-24 hours post the procedure. If the microneedling results produce any of the below after the procedure, you must consult your doctor:
Peeling of skin