You always hear about the benefits of microneedling. How it is a non-invasive and cheap way to enhance your aesthetics, and the results do show its effectiveness. But how about we carry it a step further? Meet the best version of microneedling, which is RF microneedling.
RF or radiofrequency microneedling is the newest iteration of the microneedling procedures. It takes it to a fundamentally new level by combining traditional science with an innovative idea. At its core, it’s still the microneedling you know and love, but with a bit more of an oomph.
But how effective is it really? Let’s explore what RF microneedling is and how it works to give a complete picture of its effectiveness.
What Is Radiofrequency Microneedling?
Radiofrequency microneedling is a treatment that uses radio waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. The procedure can be used to treat wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks and improve the skin’s overall appearance. It is often referred to as an alternative aesthetic treatment for aging skin or acne–prone skin.
It’s Still A Mirconeedling Procedure
Microneedling involves using a small, handheld device to create thousands of tiny wounds over the skin. It uses needles with a diameter of 0.2-0.8mm to puncture the skin, creating microscopic channels in the epidermis and dermis. The result is increased collagen production and increased blood flow, which can help heal and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Not much difference happens in radiofrequency microneedling; there will still be tiny needles that will pierce the skin to create micro-injuries.
So What Does The Radiofrequency Do?
The radiofrequency is an add-on to the existing formula of traditional microneedling. Through regular microneedling, your provider can pierce the skin, but it can’t reach far deep enough without causing too much damage. But with the help of radiofrequency, it can go deeper.
Your provider will use a pen-like RF microneedling tool, and at the tool’s tip are some needles, and right above is the equipment that emits the radiowaves. While the needles pierce the skin, the radiowaves are being emitted, causing more micro-injuries deep in the layers without doing too much.
The further down we create precise micro-injuries, the better the effects. It paves the way for more promising and more enhanced skin.
Damage Is Necessary
Why do we have to create micro-injuries? It seems counterproductive the destroy the skin to enhance its features. While it does seem counterproductive, we really do want those micro-injuries to happen, here is why.
In any microneedling procedure, including radiofrequency, creating micro-injuries is necessary. Your body won’t start its healing processes unless they see that there is something wrong. If there are no signals that warrant healing, your old skin will sit tight until it suffers the effect of further aging and skin damage.
These micro-injuries are not sporadic, and your provider handles them well. Your provider is not creating outright wounds but only enough micro-injuries to simulate a wound. The deeper we can go, the more your body will react to that simulated wound.
They are micro-injuries for a reason. If we create more damage, the current skin will only produce scars. On top of that, you will experience uneven skin texture and spots all over the place. Fortunately, the length of the needles ensures that doesn’t happen.
Micro-injuries created during microneedling are not significant enough to cause substantial damage or complications. They should not be something that you should worry about if you decide to go ahead with this treatment. You should also take note that microneedling also doesn’t cause any scarring.
You only notice these damages when you experience redness after the treatment, and it is not much else aside from that.
How Your Body’s Healing Processes React
The body’s response to a wound is to start the fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts are cells that are liable for the growth of new tissue. They also help in future scar formation and blood clotting. These cells work by synthesizing collagen, a protein that helps in the healing process.
Fibroblasts act as an essential part of our healing process. They also produce other types of cells, including blood vessels and immune cells, which help heal wounds faster and better than without them.
Well, the thing is, there are no actual wounds. We only have micro-injuries all over the area that is simulating wounds. So instead of really healing wounds, the skin is instead reinforced with new cells, healing cells, and collagen cells. These are the cells that we are after.
Why You Need Collagen And Elastin
Part of the fibroblast activity produces collagen and elastin, which are the cells that we are after, but why? With age, our skin loses its elasticity and collagen production. This leads to a decrease in the ability of our skin to repair itself. Our skin also becomes thinner and drier.
Elastin, a protein found in our skin, helps to keep our skin firm and elastic. Collagen is another protein that keeps our skin firm and flexible by supporting our dermis layer. As we age, elastin decreases while collagen decreases as well. This causes wrinkles, which become more noticeable over time.
So by starting the fibroblast activity, we are simply restoring the amount of collagen and elastin that was lost in your skin. As a result, a rejuvenated and youthful you will appear once the treatment takes full effect.
Benefits Of RF Microneedling
Now that you have an idea of how RF microneedling works, here are some benefits you can get from the treatment.
- reduced fine lines
- reduced wrinkles
- reduced stretch marks
- reduced appearance of large pores
- reduced acne scars
- tighten loose, sagging skin
How Effective Is It?
Radiofrequency microneedling has been used in dermatology practices for years to treat various skin conditions such as acne scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. It is an easy way to treat these problems without using surgical methods or other treatments that can be irritating or cause side effects. In short, the most effective microneedling treatment available.
If you are interested in an RF microneedling treatment, reach out to our clinic, Gig Harbor Aesthetics. We offer skin care and other services that ensure our clients get the best possible aesthetics for their needs and goals.