Through a series of treatments, microneedling radiofrequency aims to improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening.
It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, scars, hyperpigmentation, poor skin texture and sagging skin.
How does microneedling RF work?
Microneedling RF uses two techniques:
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses a device equipped with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin's surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process, which includes the production of new collagen and elastin fibres. Collagen and elastin are essential components that provide skin with its firmness and elasticity.
Radiofrequency (RF) is a type of energy that can penetrate the skin's layers without causing significant damage to the outer surface. When applied to the skin, RF energy heats the deeper layers, stimulating collagen production and causing tissue contraction. The heat also helps to remodel existing collagen and tighten the skin.
Specific devices that combine the two can achieve enhanced results, as the RF energy can be more precisely delivered to the relevant layers of the skin through the micro-channels created by the microneedling.
Who is suitable for the treatment?
Microneedling RF is a great option for people with mild to moderate signs of ageing, uneven skin tone or poor skin texture.
It’s not suitable for those with an active skin infection, autoimmune disorders or skin disorders. If you have a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, then you should proceed with caution.
A detailed consultation with an aesthetic medical professional will determine if microneedling RF is the best approach for you.
What results are expected from microneedling RF?
Individual results will vary but, generally, you can expect your skin to be firmer, smoother and more radiant after a microneedling RF procedure. As well as smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, it can reduce hyperpigmentation and redness so you have a more even skin tone, while improving the appearance of scars and pores for better skin texture.
To see the best results, a course of at least four to six treatments is usually recommended. Depending on the extent of your concerns and your ongoing skincare, results generally last between six and 12 months before a top-up treatment is required.
Does the procedure hurt?
Most practitioners will apply numbing cream to the treatment area prior to the procedure to minimise pain. Microneedling RF can still feel uncomfortable, particularly if you have sensitive skin or a low pain threshold.
Are there any risks associated with microneedling RF?
Normal side effects to a microneedling RF procedure include slight swelling, redness and discomfort immediately afterwards. These symptoms should subside within a few days.
More serious issues include infection, persistent swelling or redness, bruising, fatigue and headaches. In these cases you should immediately contact your treating practitioner.
Microneedling RF procedures should ideally be performed by trained aesthetic practitioners. If you're considering treatment, it's recommended to consult with an experienced medical professional to determine if it's appropriate for your skin and to discuss potential risks and benefits.