Radiofrequency Microneedling: 3 Reasons to Try It
Are you interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or wanting to tighten the skin in a specific area of your body? If that is the case, a cosmetic procedure called Radiofrequency Microneedling might be the answer. Curious about what RF Microneedling could do for you? Discover why radio frequency microneedle therapy is one of the best treatments available today!
What Is Radio Frequency Microneedling?
Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles and radiofrequency waves that penetrate the skin to stimulate collagen production within the skin. This skin rejuvenation treatment causes controlled damage to the skin that has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish cellulite, help tighten saggy skin, reduce scarring, diminish stretch marks, and even remove acne scars.
Why It Works
RF Microneedling works by stimulating the body’s healing process. The initial skin damage is caused by microneedling. Thin needles pierce the skin during microneedling creating micro-wounds. With the addition of RF, the waves emitted through the needles can penetrate deeper into the skin, causing additional damage. This dual treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that give the skin its elasticity, which helps to smooth out wrinkles, help with sagging skin, repair scars and other signs of aging. The new skin is thicker, firmer, and contains a higher level of collagen and elastin.
3 Reasons to Try Radiofrequency Microneedling
Radiofrequency microneedling has been used by dermatologists and estheticians for years. This treatment offers many benefits. Here are three reasons to try it1
Reason #1: Treats Multiple Skin Issues at Once
One of the most significant benefits of radiofrequency microneedling is that it can treat multiple skin issues at once. For example, as we age, we experience sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Although RF Microneedling might not be able to stop the aging process, it can help to slow it down. According to a report from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 100% of patients in the case study reported tighter skin.
to treat many skin conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
- Hyperhidrosis Disorder (Excessive Sweating)
Reason #2: Long Lasting Results
I am sure you have heard of other procedures such as Microderm abrasion or chemical peels that also help to minimize the signs of aging. But, did you know that the results only last between one to two months before needing another treatment? So, yes, in many cases, these types of procedures can be a little more affordable per treatment, but you would need 6-12 treatments to enjoy results that last as long as radiofrequency microneedling.
Reason #3: Not Just for the Face
Another benefit of this procedure is that it is not only available for a specific body part but can be effective for multiple. For example, most people think this treatment is solely for the face, but it can also help sagging skin on your legs, arms, or stomach. Women can also use this as a viable solution to tighten the lower stomach following pregnancy instead of resorting to surgery.
Who Should Try Radiofrequency Microneedling
The candidates that should try radiofrequency microneedling are healthy, understand the procedure’s capabilities and limitations, and are experiencing the early signs of aging. This treatment is suitable for all skin tones.
MintPear’s Co-Founder and Master Esthetician Rita Almusa shared, “if you are currently experiencing an acne breakout, it is important to wait to try this treatment, as it can actually make your breakout worse.”
Additional people who should avoid this treatment are pregnant, taking certain acne medications, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, having an active cold sore, and certain skin diseases. Also, remember to always speak with your doctor before any treatment to ensure it is safe for you.
How Much Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Cost
The procedure’s price depends not only on the body part being treated, how many sessions are needed, and who is treating you. This treatment can cost between $300-$700 per session. This procedure is more affordable than other cosmetic procedures because of the cost and how long the results last.
Although going to a reputable provider might be more expensive, licensed professionals have the training to provide excellent results and minimize potential issues during the procedure.
RF Microneedling Pros and Cons
|Minimally invasive||Not permanent|
|Short procedure||Multiple treatments needed|
|Treats multiple skin issues at the same time|
What to Expect During an RF Microneedling Procedure
The thought of thin needles piercing your skin might seem a little scary. However, since the medical provider applies a topical anesthetic an hour before the procedure, this helps to make the treatment painless. The treatment itself only lasts 10-20 minutes, depending on location. No downtown is needed after the procedure, and you can return to regular activities. However, a little ice might be required later to help reduce swelling for some.
Are you interested in trying microneedling but do not want to go to the spa? Check out Rita’s video about microneedling at home.
How Long Does Microneedling RF Last
Although the results are remarkable, they are not permanent and usually last between 12 and 24 months. After that, a yearly maintenance treatment will be necessary to continue to enjoy the results. How your body responds to the treatment is one of the main reasons that determine how long the results will last for you. Using skincare products that also promote collagen production can help to prolong your results. Check out our Complete Collagen Serum Guide.
How Often Should You Do Radiofrequency Microneedling
Most patients will need 2-4 treatments depending on the area. Radiofrequency microneedling treatments should take place 3-8 weeks apart. Although it can be difficult to have patience, results can take between 3-6 months to become noticeable.
Potential side effects are possible with this form of microneedling. However, these side effects should only last a few hours to a few days.
These side effects include:
Other more severe potential side effects that require medical attention could include:
- Allergic reaction
- Persistent swelling
If you have any concerns, reach out to your provider.
Radiofrequency Microneedling is a fantastic way to slow the signs of aging and minimize scars and stretch marks. With routine maintenance, you can enjoy your results for years to come.