Radiofrequency microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that utilizes ultrafine needles to deliver radiofrequency energy deep into the dermal layers of the skin. The goal of the treatment is to effectively revitalize tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms by boosting collagen and elastin production. This results in smoother, tighter, and more radiant skin.
Radiofrequency microneedling can be used to address signs of aging and a number of skin issues including:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Loose or sagging skin
- Scars, such as trauma or surgery scars
- Skin blemishes
- Stretch marks
- Sun damage
If you’ve heard of radiofrequency microneedling and been wondering if it’s right for you, outlined below are its important aspects that you will want to know.
Radiofrequency microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive treatment that can be customized to your exact requirements. The treatment can be performed on all skin types and almost anywhere on your body, including the face, neck, chest, abdomen, arms, and legs.
Unlike many other anti-aging treatments that target only the top layer of skin, radiofrequency microneedling works at a deeper level, producing faster and more dramatic results. Some of its specific benefits include the following:
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks
- Tightens and lifts facial and neck skin
- Improves skin texture
- Diminishes acne scars
- Improves overall skin tone and texture
You may not be a good candidate for radiofrequency microneedling if you have any of the following conditions:
- Active acne, especially inflammatory lesions
- Active herpes or warts on the area
- Active bacterial or fungal infection
- Eczema, psoriasis, and other moderate-to-severe chronic skin conditions
- Extreme keloidal tendencies
- Immunosuppression (e.g., due to cancer or chemotherapy)
Your aesthetic physician will do a thorough evaluation to determine whether the procedure is suitable for you.
Radiofrequency microneedling is considered a very safe procedure. No chemicals are used and the needle punctures are extremely small. While it may cause some minor side effects, such as localized redness, heat, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding following treatment, these are usually only temporary. Infection, blistering, swelling, scarring, or pigmentation changes may also occur, but these are extremely rare.
Is Treatment Painful?
You may experience some minor discomfort, such as mild heat and pressure, during the treatment, but in a majority of cases, treatment is well tolerated.
To keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, you will receive a topical numbing cream beforehand.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Compared to other aesthetic treatments, radiofrequency microneedling is associated with fewer sessions, requiring usually only three sessions to achieve the best results.
Collagen and elastin growth typically takes four to six weeks, and it can take up to 12 weeks after the last treatment for you to fully see your desired outcome.
After the initial series of treatments, a follow-up treatment, once or twice a year, can help to fully maintain results.
Radiofrequency Microneedling in Sarasota, FL
Here at the office of Dr. Susan Aull, radiofrequency microneedling belongs to the extensive range of aesthetic services we offer to help the men and women in Sarasota and beyond look their best and love the skin they’re in.