Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Really Work?

Radiofrequency Microneedling is a skin resurfacing treatment that addresses a variety of cosmetic skin concerns. And as patients and countless research studies continue to prove, the results are real! Once you understand more about how radiofrequency microneedling works and the benefits it can deliver, you may find that you’re just as excited about this innovative skincare technology as we are.

RF microneedling technology stimulates your skin’s own regenerative abilities. Combining medical science and beauty is Alyce Versagli’s passion, and what has kept her devoted to her practice in medical skin care for the past 25 years. RF Microneedling can give you a smoother, dewy complexion. At Skin Care by Alyce, you can be sure that your sessions are tailored to your skin, and guided by experience, education, and care. Ready to get started? Give us a call at (610) 685-2575 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your skin’s potential. Skin Care by Alyce is located in Wyomissing to conveniently serve Berks County. 

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

Did you know that radiofrequency technology has been used in medicine for nearly a century? And even decades earlier than that, Nicola Tesla found himself deeply curious about how low levels of electricity created a warming effect that could be used to improve health. (1) 

Radiofrequency microneedling is able to apply careful amounts of this energy beneath the surface of the skin, and the heating effect causes the skin to respond by remodeling its supportive structures. (2) The tiny needles in the microneedling device penetrate the skin, where their tips deliver precise and controlled amounts of RF energy. Like regular microneedling treatments, the sharp hair-like needles pass through the epidermis. They create “microinjuries” that initiate the skin’s healing process and allow applications of nutrient-rich serums to more efficiently penetrate the outer layer of skin. In RF microneedling, the tips of these microneedles administer a controlled amount of RF energy into the skin. The combination of the thermal effect from the RF and the microinjury that is produced give this skin resurfacing treatment an added “edge!”

Benefits

One of the most convincing arguments for RF microneedling’s success isn’t from doctors- it’s from patients. Clinical studies of patients that have undergone RF microneedling report high levels of patient satisfaction. Most tellingly, in one study, 94% of patients said they would recommend the treatment to friends and colleagues! (3)

RF Microneedling has been proven to: 

  • Shrink large pores
  • Improve texture
  • Reduce active acne
  • Lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Decrease acne scarring 

Will RF Microneedling Work for Me?

Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, RF Microneedling is safe for all skin tones. Laser treatments have long been an industry standard, but they’re not for everyone. Because lasers target the pigment in skin to create the thermal effect for resurfacing, not all lasers are safe for those with high amounts of melanin, or darker complexions. Additionally, many laser treatments achieve their effect by disrupting the outer layer of skin, which means more pesky side effects like peeling, redness, itching, and a much longer recovery time. (4) 

However, RF Microneedling still isn’t for those with:

  • Active outbreaks or infections
  • Moderate to severe skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis
  • Bleeding disorders
  • A history of keloids
  • Patient on chemo/radiotherapy
  • Recently taking certain medications such as retinoids or Accutane (5)

Your Personal Consultation with Alyce

The best way to learn more about RF microneedling, and to determine whether it will be a beneficial treatment for your skin is to schedule a personal consultation with Alyce! After examining your skin, discussing your skin concerns, and reviewing your medical history, she’ll be able to recommend whether RF microneedling is right for you. If it will be an effective way to improve the health and appearance of your skin, she’ll create a personalized treatment plan. Most patients need several treatment sessions, depending on the severity of the skin concerns that they’ve chosen to address. To learn more about this treatment and the other skin care services that Alyce offers, follow her blog. Committing to quality skin care and living a healthy lifestyle will ensure that you have glowing, youthful skin for years to come. 

Preparation

The best way to ensure that you get the most out of your RF microneedling treatments is to make sure that you baby your skin before and after each session. Avoid excessive sun exposure, and any other skin treatments or products that may cause irritation like depilatories, waxing, or retinoids. Just show up with a clean face and get ready to relax as this groundbreaking technology gets to work. Still nervous about needles? Don’t be. Your skin will be treated with a cool numbing serum before your session begins, so you’ll stay comfortable. In a recent study, most patients ranked discomfort at only 1.5 on a pain scale of 1-10. (3)

Procedure

Once your skin has been numbed, your treatment will begin. The needle cartridge in the RF microneedling handpiece will be adjusted to the depth and thickness necessary to target your skin concerns. Different areas of the face have different thicknesses of skin, so you may find that some areas are slightly more sensitive. For example, cheeks have some of the thickest skin on your face, so patients find that treatment to these areas is barely noticeable. Once all areas have been addressed, you’ll receive an application of special serums to encourage cell growth and soothe the skin. You’ll then be able to continue your day. As always, avoid the harsh effects of the sun, and use a product with sufficient SPF. You’ll also need to take a break from heavy makeup for a day or two as your skin heals. Any swelling or discomfort can be managed with gentle applications of icepacks. 

Results

Countless studies have proved that a series of radiofrequency microneedling treatments is a highly effective, minimally invasive solution for acne scars, skin texture improvement, and pore size reduction. Patients love the short downtime and report high rates of satisfaction. (4) Within a day, any redness or lingering needle marks will have vanished, and you’ll enjoy healthy, luminescent skin. But, the benefits don’t end there. As your skin continues to repair itself and produce fresh collagen and elastin over the next several weeks, you’ll enjoy gradual overall improvements that will have you convinced that yes, radiofrequency microneedling really does work!

Cost

If you’ve been dismayed by lingering acne scars, dull skin, and enlarged pores, you may be ready to do whatever it takes to improve your complexion. But unlike other more invasive treatments, RF microneedling is a fast, minimally invasive procedure with little downtime, which makes it a much more accessible service for those looking to improve the quality of their skin. When you meet with Alyce for your personal consultation, she’ll be able to evaluate your skin needs and provide you with an accurate cost for a treatment that is tailored to you. Contact Skin Care by Alyce today to schedule your appointment, and start enjoying beautiful skin. 

FAQ

What is RF microneedling?

Radiofrequency microneedling is a skin resurfacing treatment that combines the benefits of radiofrequency energy and tiny hair-like needles. The result is controlled microinjuries that stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, and the production of fortifying collagen and elastin for healthier, firmer skin and the reduced appearance of acne scars. 

What do the needles do?

The RF microneedling technician will adjust the length of the needles so that they target the correct depth to improve the skin conditions that you’ve chosen to treat. These needles penetrate the outer layer of the skin to access the dermis, where they conduct the radiofrequency energy, and create a thermal effect. This heat, along with the tiny channel into the skin that they create cause the skin to regenerate and to absorb skincare product more readily. 

Does radiofrequency microneedling hurt?

Radiofrequency microneedling is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure. Patients receive a numbing cream prior to their treatment to eliminate any discomfort. And, unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, most redness and swelling vanishes within a few hours. 

References

  1. Rhees, David J. (July 1999). “Electricity – “The greatest of all doctors”: An introduction to “High Frequency Oscillators for Electro-therapeutic and Other Purposes””. Proceedings of the IEEE. Inst. of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 87 (7): 1277–1281. doi:10.1109/jproc.1999.771078.
  2. Elawar A, Dahan S. Non-insulated Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency Treatment with Smooth Motor Insertion for Reduction of Depressed Acne Scars, Pore Size, and Skin Texture Improvement. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2018;11(8):41-44. Accessed July 26, 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122511/
  3. Elawar A, Dahan S. Non-insulated Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency Treatment with Smooth Motor Insertion for Reduction of Depressed Acne Scars, Pore Size, and Skin Texture Improvement. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2018;11(8):41-44. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6122511/
  4. Leaker BD, Fuchs C, Tam J. When Wounds Are Good for You: The Regenerative Capacity of Fractional Resurfacing and Potential Utility in Chronic Wound Prevention. Advances in Wound Care. 2019;8(12):679-691. doi:10.1089/wound.2019.0945
  5. Yadav S, Singh A. Microneedling: Advances and widening horizons. Indian Dermatology Online Journal. 2016;7(4):244. doi:10.4103/2229-5178.185468
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