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The Ultimate Guide to RF Microneedling: Transform Your Skin

Can one machine really treat scarring and enlarged pores while tightening the skin and diminishing the look of wrinkles and fine lines? Yes! The technology behind RF microneedling is proven to treat various skin issues AND rejuvenate the skin cells with a healthy glow!

As a non-surgical procedure, RF microneedling gives men and women the appearance of youthful skin!

What Is RF Microneedling?

Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF), also known as fractional microneedling, skin needling, or collagen induction therapy, is a skin rejuvenation procedure that uses a combination of heat energy and tiny needles to stimulate the natural healing process within the skin as small wounds are created within the skin. The exact depth reached depends on the skin condition being treated as microneedles can penetrate from 0.5 mm to 4.0 mm into the skin.

Microneedling on its own has been used to treat scars and rejuvenate skin cells as part of various anti-aging cosmetic procedures. By combining thermal energy with radiofrequency waves, microneedling accelerates cell renewal while applying nutrient-enriched formulas to the deeper layers of the skin. RF microneedling has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective method of treating the signs of aging.

Various RF devices are used for this type of skin therapy, but the Lutronic Infini technology is the most common device used in skincare clinics. This particular RF microneedling tool uses insulated gold-coated microscopic needles to create multiple coagulation zones.

What Skin Conditions Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Treat?

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

The science behind the RF microneedling procedure involves using heat energy to target problematic areas without compromising the surrounding tissue. Tiny needles puncture through the skin’s surface to the middle skin layer known as the dermis.

Within the dermis, there is the reticular dermis layer and the papillary dermis layer. The reticular layer is found closest to the overall third layer of skin known as the hypodermis, or subcutaneous fat layer. It is within the reticular layer where elastin and collagen bundles are found. This gives the skin strength, structure, and flexibility.

RF microneedling focuses on this portion of the dermis layer to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This is accomplished through microscopic wounds caused by the heat energy that is travelling through the microneedles. As the body’s natural healing process begins to react to these wounds, the skin cells within the deep layers are repaired and replenished.

This results in more youthful skin, that is smoother, tighter, and plumped up by an excessive production of collagen. A valuable protein, collagen helps to firm the skin while elastin reduces the look of sagging skin.

Benefits of RF Microneedling

Wrinkle Reduction and Skin Rejuvenation

Men and women can benefit from RF microneedling to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. Fine lines can be erased with microneedling as collagen is produced to plump the skin cells. Deep wrinkles can also be reduced as the skin cells are rejuvenated.

Scar Improvement

By promoting the natural healing process, scars caused by past acne problems or surgery can be diminished. The RF microneedling targets the skin to provide a more even texture and skin tone where the scars exist.

Skin Tightening and Lifting

As elastin is produced, the RF microneedling treatment can tighten and lift the skin. This, along with a boost in collagen production, helps to improve the appearance of the skin’s surface, giving it a firm, youthful look.

Pore Size Reduction

The natural aging process tends to cause pores to expand. RF microneedling helps to reduce the appearance of pores by stimulating collagen and elastin production, causing the skin to tighten and the pores to shrink.

Improved Skin Texture and Tone

Radiofrequency microneedling produces smoother skin and an improved skin tone as dead skin cells are removed and damaged ones are repaired. With the increased collagen and elastin production, any visible unevenness of the skin is plumped and smoothed.  

Reduced Stretch Marks and Pigmentation

The stimulation of collagen and elastin production from the RF microneedling procedure provides an effective treatment for stretch marks and pigmentation. Newer stretch marks that are in the healing stage are often purple or red. These marks can respond better to treatment than stretch marks that are older or white.

What to Expect During and After Treatment

During an RF microneedling treatment, the targeted area will be cleansed by the skincare specialist to prevent infection and a topical or local anesthetic will be applied. The session will last between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the extent of the treatment. A growth solution is used to support cell regeneration and ease any discomfort once the procedure is completed.

As with any type of skin treatment, there may be a risk for side effects such as bruising, redness, dryness, swelling, and/or scabbing. These side effects should dissipate within 48 hours after each session.

Post-treatment care is important for optimal results. The treated area should be regularly cleansed with lukewarm water and gently massaged. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, you should avoid exercise, skincare products or treatments, exposure to sunlight, saunas or hot tubs, and sunscreen.

As every person’s skin tone, cell health, and skin condition varies, the number of sessions required can range from four to six treatments. Each session is performed once every four to six weeks.

Who Is a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling suitable for most skin tones and colours, regardless of the age of the skin. An ideal candidate for this type of procedure has overall good health, signs of aging skin, and a good understanding of the expected results.

As with all skin rejuvenation therapies, RF microneedling is not suitable for people with certain medical or skin conditions. These include but are not limited to, those with eczema, keloid scarring, actinic keratosis, immunosuppressive disorders, scleroderma, a history of cold sores, and existing infections. Heart abnormalities, collagen vascular diseases, pregnant or nursing women, and those using blood thinners should not have RF microneedling.

Before booking an RF microneedling treatment, schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist to determine if you are a good candidate for the therapy.

Comparing RF Microneedling to Other Treatments

RF microneedling is becoming more popular, but is it better than other similar treatment options? In comparison to the regular microneedling procedure, the RF method provides a thermal response to stimulate more collagen synthesis. Regular microneedling cannot accomplish the amazing results that RF does and does require more treatments.

Laser resurfacing uses similar light energy to heat the targeted area to stimulate the body’s healing response. While this works to improve the skin, RF microneedling releases thermal energy and stimulates the natural healing with tiny puncture wounds. Meanwhile, chemical peels do penetrate deeper than RF microneedling and have immediate results, but they also have harsh side effects and a longer recovery downtime.

In the end, RF microneedling is a painless and cheaper treatment that requires no downtime with longer-lasting results. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does radiofrequency microneedling cost?

The cost will depend on the type of treatment you have, your current skin condition, and the area of the body where the treatment will be done. Most treatments range from $500 to $2,100.

How many sessions do I need?

Most skin conditions require four to six treatments, depending on the extent of the issue.

What areas can be treated?

This treatment is safe and effective for the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, abdomen, back, and legs.

How long do I have to wait between appointments?

It is advisable to wait four to six weeks between RF microneedling treatments.

When will I start seeing results?

Depending on the goal of the specific treatment, improvements may be seen immediately with optimal results seen within six weeks.

Does it hurt?

Our clients may experience minimal discomfort with little to no pain as we use professional numbing cream to enhance comfort.

Unlock Your Skin’s Radiance: Start Your RF Microneedling Journey at Heart Lake Aesthetics

Are you looking for RF microneedling near your? End your search with a free consultation with the specialists at Heart Lake Aesthetics. Our clean and modern clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art medical-grade equipment and devices to provide a range of cosmetic enhancements. We use the Lutronic Infini machine for our RF microneedling services. Contact us at (647) 324-9255 to begin your journey to healthier brighter skin!

Heart Lake Aesthetics

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