Non-Surgical RF Microneedling
RF Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment designed to help people who have sagging skin and loss of volume around the mouth, cheeks, and neck. A handheld device with tiny needles is placed on your skin, using radio-frequency technology, heat is released at a precise temperature and depth.
Many people notice signs of aging when skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag around the face, jawline and neck. Intrinsic aging, also known as the natural aging process, is a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s. Lifestyle, diet, personal habits and sun exposure often act together with the normal aging process to prematurely age our skin. Most premature aging is caused by sun exposure (photo-aging). Other external factors that prematurely age our skin are repetitive facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions, and smoking.
HOW DOES RF MICRONEEDLING WORK?
RF Microneedling works by helping the skin to build collagen and elastin. The RF Microneedling heats the skin to an exact temperature and depth for an exact amount of time, delivering precise energy to the deeper skin layers, where it is most beneficial. No surgery, no injectables; just your body’s own collagen and elastin to help you turn back the clock on aging.
WHAT IS RF MICRONEEDLING USED FOR?
What is the RF Microneedling treatment?
RF-Microneedling is a minimally invasive bipolar RF system with patented Real Time Temperature and Impedance Control that utilizes micro-needle electrodes, deployed into the reticular dermis or subcutaneous tissue, to precisely deliver fractionated injuries without thermal impact to the epidermis. Because of the proprietary real-time temperature feedback embedded in the RF-Microneedling system, the optimal dermal temperature can be reached and maintained in any skin impedance conditions. During dermal treatments, the deep dermis is targeted, this is where the concentration of collagen is the highest. The thermal injury stimulates a wound healing response which naturally creates new elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid formation. This dermal remodeling results in visible skin improvement. Additionally, during cellulite treatments, when the Subcutaneous tissue is targeted, the fractionated injuries will increase dermal thickness, remodels septae, and decrease adipose volume.
Who is the ideal patient for RF-Microneedling?
RF-Microneedling is a completely customizable and minimally invasive treatment suitable for women and men who wish to target the key signs of aging and cellulite on the body. The ideal patient is someone who suffers from loss of vital skin elements due to genetics, maturation, and other environmental factors resulting in overall volume reduction, wrinkles, and decreased elasticity. This is a procedure for patients who are looking to increase volume in the treatment area with minimal downtime. In published FDA studies, RF-Microneedlingdemonstrated high clinical response rates given the consistency of reaching optimal temperature endpoints. Dermal treatments yielded a 100% clinical response rate for rhytids. In the cellulite study design, 94% of patients obtained ≥ 1-point improvement in cellulite appearance at 3 months post-treatment.
What must I do to prepare prior to treatment?
Patients that are undergoing a RF-Microneedling treatment should be sure to: hydrate sufficiently (64 fluid ounces daily for one week prior to treatment), eat a substantial meal pre-treatment, avoid alcohol for 7 days prior to the procedure to decrease the risk of bruising as well as any NSAIDS for 14 days prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, please inform your Provider as you may need to be pretreated with an antiviral medication. Discontinue topical retinoids or other skin irritants for a minimum of 3-5 days prior to treatment. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and use SPF 30+.
What can I expect after treatment?
Immediately post treatment the treated area will appear edematous (swollen) and erythematous (red). Pin-point ecchymosis from microneedle insertions will be observed and Purpura (bruising) may be noticed from the local anesthesia injection points. Immediately following treatment, ice compress should be used for the first 45 minutes. For next 24 hours, continue with cold compress at 20 minutes on – 20 minutes off intervals. It is recommended to sleep with head elevated for the first 2-3 nights post RF-Microneedling treatment. Erythema (redness) typically resolves within 1-2 days of treatment. Edema and Purpura will typically resolve within 5-7 days post treatment.