The RF radiofrequency energy heats the underlying skin layers, causing constriction and tightening of the skin, the activation of regeneration processes leading to, stimulation of the collagen and elastin production. Because the RF energy is delivered deeply, it produces faster, more dramatic results and leading to the effect of firmer and more elastic skin. This method works well for removing wrinkles around the eyes, as well as for lifting the skin and improving its elasticity. Micro needling with radiofrequency creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen production and uses the added technology to deliver RF energy into the dermis. The RF energy heats the dermis which not only encourages collagen growth but tissue tightening as well. The penetration of the microneedles into the skin triggers the wound healing response, encouraging collagen production which leads to younger looking skin. The needles also help to mechanically break down the scar tissue. Since the epidermis is not destroyed, as is the case with all micro needling treatments, recovery time is much shorter when compared to more aggressive laser resurfacing treatments or some deep chemical peels.
Comparison to fractional laser
Fractional lasers penetrate the skin causing an inverse damage to the epidermis. The deeper the target area the more extensive the damage. Using microneedle radiofrequency, we know exactly how deep and at what temperature we reach. Therefore, it is not only effective, but also precise and safe. In comparison to O2 fractional laser giving similar effects, RF Microneedle has advantage of significantly less discomfort, minimal damage to the skin epidermis and shorter treatment times. In addition, the time we have to spend at home after the RF microneedle procedure is half the time of a laser procedure and can be performed all year round due to the much lower risk of complications post sun exposure.
• Short recovery time so minimal ‘down time’ after treatment
• Precise treatment and depth control for varying skin conditions
• Safe for darker skin tones in contrast to other skin rejuvenation techniques
• Minimal damage to epidermis with low risk of side effects
Microneedle RF effects can be divided into those that are immediately visible and those that become active over time. Immediately after the treatment, the collagen fibres contract, making the skin tighter. However, main skin treatment effects, are visible for the next few weeks up to 3 months after the procedure, as this is how long the new collagen production takes place. The new collagen is stimulated, its fibres thicken, and as a result, the skin becomes firmer and more elastic. Small wrinkles of the face, neck and cleavage are flatter. This method works well for removing wrinkles around the eyes, as well as for lifting the skin and improving its elasticity. This treatment is particularly beneficial for acne scarring, it can also be used around the delicate eye area, décolletage, hands and any other body part you wish to treat.
To get a long-lasting lifting effect, I recommend 2-3 treatments at monthly intervals.
Topical aesthetic is applied prior to treatment to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. Treatment usually takes 1 hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Before the treatment:
• Discontinue to use of Retin A and other topic medications for 3-5 days
• Avoid skin resurfacing products and treatments and hair removal treatments for 5-7 days
After the treatment
Skin is red for the first day or two after treatment, but the redness is mild and much less than is often seen with laser procedures. There is little or no discomfort after the procedure and clients typically are able to return to regular activities within a day. Makeup can be applied 24 hours after the procedure to mask any residual redness. Clients also describes their skin as dry after the treatment, however it can related to the sensation of skin tightening effect which disappears in a couple of days. If there is a skin flaking usually lasts up to 7 days and mainly appears with treatments performed deeper in the skin such as for scars removal. Treated skin may be more prone to hyperpigmentation so strict adherence to photoprotection is advised for a week after. You will notice results after two weeks. This healing process will continue over the next three months.
There is no downtime if performed as a lifting procedure, however if it is being done in preparation for an event, it is advised to schedule treatment at least 1 week prior to ensure adequate time for redness to dissipate.