Safety Risks of RF Microneedling
Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny skin pricks and RF energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smooth, firm skin at the face and in other target areas of the body.
RF microneedling is considered very safe. In fact, this type of procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of wrinkles and other skin issues. At SA Aesthetics in Sarasota, Florida, we use the Potenza™ radiofrequency microneedling system.
What to Expect
RF microneedling is a nonsurgical, in-office procedure that may cause sensations of warmth during treatment. However, most patients report remaining comfortable throughout the entire treatment session. There is no downtime afterward, so you are free to resume your usual daily activities.
In addition, when you come to SA Aesthetics for your RF microneedling treatments, you are in expert hands. Dr. Susan Aull is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who not only creates and oversees your treatment – she performs it, as well. If you’re looking for the best possible cosmetic care, choose a physician who cares, like Dr. Susan Aull.
Are You a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?
Although RF microneedling is considered very safe, it’s not for everyone. Below are some issues that may be of concern to some patients. If you have any concerns at all, talk to Dr. Susan Aull about whether radiofrequency microneedling is right for you.
- Irritated Skin. If the area you want to have treated is currently irritated, the timing may not be right for you to have an RF microneedling procedure.
- Early Signs of Aging. The procedure works best for those with early signs of aging. If your cosmetic concerns are more advanced, talk to Dr. Aull about whether supplemental procedures may be appropriate based on your unique circumstance.
- Good Health. Because the procedure works by stimulating an immune system response, patients who are immunocompromised may not be good candidates for RF microneedling.
- Topical Anesthetic. Numbing cream is used before the procedure begins in order to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to numbing medications, let Dr. Aull know ahead of time, so possible alternatives may be discussed.
- Bleeding Disorders. If you have a blood-clotting disorder or take medicines to thin your blood, you may not be a good candidate for RF microneedling.
Tips for Before & After Your RF Microneedling Treatment
To help avoid unnecessary skin irritation during a radiofrequency microneedling session, it is important to drink plenty of water. Good hydration prior to your appointment can help ensure your skin remains unbothered during and after microneedling treatment.
Dr. Aull may ask you to stop self-care routines or the use of certain products for a period of a few days to a week before your appointment. This includes stopping use of retinol products or exfoliation to help ensure any unnecessary skin irritation can be avoided during the treatment.
Immediately following your RF microneedling treatment, you may be advised to refrain from using certain products that may irritate your skin, such as sunscreen, makeup, and moisturizers. Ask Dr. Aull what products to use and what to avoid. In addition, your skin may be more sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays following a treatment, so covering up or staying out of the sun for a brief period of time after your microneedling treatment may also be recommended.
Safe, Effective Skin Rejuvenation in Sarasota, FL
Are you thinking about getting radiofrequency microneedling to tighten and smooth your skin? There are numerous benefits to the procedure – although it is not for everyone. Be sure to talk to Dr. Susan Aull at SA Aesthetics in Sarasota, Florida, about any concerns you have. Call us at (941) 487-7244 or request an appointment now.
In the meantime, feel free to browse the before and after photos to see what an RF microneedling procedure may do for you.