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RF Microneedling

Since microneedling became a must-do aesthetic treatment, variations of the procedure have been popping up left and right. Yet, despite all the innovations that seem to come our way, one combination remains steadfast: radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. This non-invasive skin rejuvenating treatment sits high on many men’s and women’s beauty wish lists because it can drastically improve the look, feel, and health of the skin with no downtime.

Various devices exist for RF microneedling treatments, ranging in intensity from mild to extreme.

While both RF and microneedling are standalone treatments and powerful on their own, when combined, they pack a powerful punch to produce new collagen and elastin and improve the skin’s tone, texture, and firmness with a glowyness to it. At AdvancedMD Aesthetics, we use the Secret RF machine to make skin magic happen. Fans of RF microneedling continually come back to the treatment because they see dramatic results. Even some hard-to-tackle beauty issues, like acne scars, enlarged pores, and fine lines and wrinkles, are erased from the skin with a few sessions of RF microneedling.

What is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is one of the most in-demand aesthetic procedures today. Unlike laser and skin-tightening treatments, RF microneedling is a skin-perfecting, glow-boosting treatment that works across the board for all skin types and tones without downtime. 

One of the most significant benefits of RF microneedling is the ability to stimulate new collagen. Secret RF is hands down the most innovative fractional RF microneedling system available today. Unlike other RF microneedling devices that offer limited benefits, Secret RF aims to tighten the tissue and remodel collagen.

How does RF Microneedling work?

While it may sound odd (and maybe even scary or painful—we promise it’s not), RF microneedling works by inducing collagen production via microscopic wounds. During an RF microneedling session, the device tip makes tiny holes in the skin. As these wounds heal, they create new collagen for tighter, smoother skin. 

Before your provider even brings the device into contact with your skin, a layer of topical numbing cream is applied to make the procedure more comfortable. Without numbing cream, you’ll likely feel the sting of the needles and the delivery of heat, which is uncomfortable. More intense RF microneedling devices may require additional local anesthetics. Then, the needle tips of the handheld piece penetrate the skin safely. At the same time, a steady stream of RF energy is delivered into the deeper layers of the skin. Together, this process creates a controlled injury.

RF microneedling works in a few different ways. Whereas at-home microneedling rollers make minor, superficial wounds in the outer layers of the skin to stimulate new collagen, professional RF microneedling penetrates deep down to the subdermal layers of tissue to coagulate fat and heat the deeper layers of skin. Together, this approach debulks areas where excess fat is present while firming loose skin. In addition, as the RF heat is delivered to the skin, it forces the existing collagen fibers to reorganize themselves so that they are more robust and tighter, which gives the appearance of firmer, healthier-looking skin. 

After the treatment, it’s normal for the skin to feel dry and tight. It may also be pink or red for a few days. Pinpoint bleeding is typical (from the needles inserting the skin and creating the wounds), so make sure you schedule your appointment before any critical events or gatherings. 

Pre and Post Treatment Tips

RF microneedling works wonders for the skin, but it also comes with plenty of pre and post-treatment dos and don’ts:

What are the benefits of RF microneedling?

There are several benefits of RF microneedling, specifically the Secret RF treatment device. It’s replete with varying treatment tips and different amounts of needle pins to create a customized and precision-focused treatment for both the face and body.

Other benefits of RF microneedling include the following:

Who is RF microneedling for?

RF microneedling is beneficial to those patients who don’t have the luxury of downtime since the treatment is well-tolerated and doesn’t come with a recovery period. It’s also often the preferred treatment for improving conditions like:

Patients after RF Microneedling

How much does RF microneedling cost?

The cost of an RF microneedling treatment varies depending on your location and how many sessions you need. A consultation is recommended to properly assess your skin and determine the best course of action. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

Common FAQs

It’s normal for the skin to be red with pinpoint bleeding after microneedling, which should subside within 24 hours. In the days following, the skin will look pink and somewhat flush. However, the more aggressive the treatment, the longer the redness may linger. Therefore, keeping the skin well-hydrated post-treatment is vital, which will help with any redness and dryness. There may also be some minor skin peeling or flaking, which is normal and can take up to one week to lessen.

It’s normal for the skin to be red with pinpoint bleeding after microneedling, which should subside within 24 hours. In the days following, the skin will look pink and somewhat flush. However, the more aggressive the treatment, the longer the redness may linger. Therefore, keeping the skin well-hydrated post-treatment is vital, which will help with any redness and dryness. There may also be some minor skin peeling or flaking, which is normal and can take up to one week to lessen.

It’s best to use gentle, non-exfoliating, and non-acid-based products. That also means steering clear of vitamin C and any AHAs and BHAs. The skin will be sensitive, especially to the sun, so good sunscreen and sun avoidance are critical. As far as moisturizers go, stick with a comforting one that contains hyaluronic acid. 

 

If your skin breaks out post-treatment, don’t attempt to pick or pop the blemishes. Instead, leave them to heal independently without the help of salicylic acid, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide.

At-home microneedling and in-office treatments are entirely different. While both stimulate collagen and improve the skin, what you’ll receive during a professional treatment is more advanced, invasive, and stronger than a roller used at home.

No, the way RF microneedling and lasers work is different. Lasers use light or laser energy absorbed by specific elements in the skin, whereas RF microneedling uses radiofrequency energy and mechanically-controlled injuries. As a result, lasers are not always appropriate for all skin tones and can cause hyperpigmentation in some. However, radiofrequency is compatible with all skin colors and types.

Get started with AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta

If you’re ready to get the skin of your dreams, there’s no better time than now to book a consultation with Advanced MD Aesthetics of Atlanta. A one-on-one consultation with our experienced, professional aestheticians and team of skin experts will determine the best RF microneedling combination for you. We can also customize a package specific to your needs so you can obtain the best results possible.

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