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Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF)

Microneedling with radiofrequency is a minimally invasive treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, and sagging skin. The addition of radiofrequency energy to the microneedling procedure helps to further stimulate the body's natural collagen and healing processes revealing firmer, rejuvenated skin.

Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF)

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

5 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Mechanical Abrasion

Surgical

No

Cost

$750 - $2100

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is microneedling with radiofrequency (RF)?

Microneedling with radiofrequency (a.k.a. RF microneedling) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical skin rejuvenation technique that can treat a variety of skin concerns such as uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, and poor facial skin laxity.

The microneedling device creates small areas of damage within the dermis to stimulate the natural healing response and collagen production, while the radiofrequency energy waves gently heat the dermis and encourage collagen/elastin growth and skin tightening. The epidermis is not damaged during Microneedling with Radiofrequency so downtime is shorter than laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels.

What cosmetic concerns does a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure treat?

Microneedling with radiofrequency combines mechanical cell breakdown, new collagen production stimulation, and the benefits of radiofrequency (RF) energy. 1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Microdamage and RF energy stimulates collagen and elastin to plump skin. 2. Facial Skin Laxity: Microneedling increases the production of collagen and elastin to tone and tighten skin. 3. Uneven Skin Tone: Hyperpigmented collections are broken down to be recycled via microneedling with RF stimulation of cell growth. 4. Uneven Skin Texture: Microneedles eliminate areas of damaged and dead skin cells. 5. Acne Scars: Microneedles break down scar tissue . 6. Stretch Marks: Microdamage breaks down old cells and RF energy promotes new cell growth.

Who is the ideal candidate for a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?

The ideal candidate for a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure is seeking to improve the appearance of burn scarring, other traumatic scars, or acne scars. Microneedling with radiofrequency is safe for darker skin individuals in contrast to many other skin rejuvenation techniques. Microneedling with radiofrequency is not recommended for individuals who have taken Accutane in the past six months, those with open wounds or skin infections, anyone who has undergone a radiation treatment in the past year, skin types prone to keloid scarring, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the average recovery associated with a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?

Most patients experience minimal downtime, and fully recover within seven days following a microneedling with radiofrequency treatment. Redness, shedding, and dryness are common during healing and resolve within a few days. Considerations on strenuous activities and skincare should be taken for a few days.

What are the potential side effects of a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?

Possible side effects of a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure include prolonged erythema for up to three days, tightness and itchiness, warm sensations of the skin, dry skin, and the development of hypopigmentation in some areas.

What can someone expect from the results of a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?

The results of a microneedling with radiofrequency treatment evolve over a few days or weeks as skin refreshes and rejuvenates. The results can persist for up to five years, and treatments can be performed monthly, although the timing of repeat treatments will be unique to each individual.

What is the average cost of a microneedling with radiofrequency procedure?

Microneedling with radiofrequency costs anywhere from $250 to $2,100. The actual cost of a microneedling with radiofrequency is dependent upon location, provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

short recovery timelow risk of side effectslong lastingskin tightening

Cons

limited resultsmultiple treatments needed

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Microneedling with radiofrequency helps to stimulate the body's natural collagen and healing processes revealing firmer, rejuvenated skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after microneedling with radiofrequency.

The Takeaway


Microneedling with radiofrequency is a minimally invasive, effective skin rejuvenation technique combining Microneedling mechanical abrasion and skin penetrating benefits with radiofrequency heat energy for firmed, rejuvenated skin.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Many Ways to Firm Sagging Skin
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening americanboardofcosmeticsurgery.org
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