Radiofrequency microneedling, an advancement from traditional microneedling, has taken skin rejuvenation, repair and tightening to the next level, but while simultaneously decreasing the recovery times seen with laser devices that may create similar great results, but with longer healing times.

Radiofrequency microneedling utilizes spaced fine stationary needles which are applied directly into the skin, and followed by an immediate pulse of radiofrequency energy. Depending on whether the needles utilized are insulated or non-insulated, will determine whether the treatment is more customized to deeper skin tightening and lifting (non-insulated), or whether the channels created (insulated) will allow better penetration of topical products applied directly to the skin surface which are easily absorbed into these channels for clinical effect. It is through both the puncture of these fine needles, as well as the heat or thermogenic effects of the radiofrequency pulse, that collagen III can be replicated. Collagen III is the primary molecule which continues to decrease with aging of the skin. It also is complete lacking in scarring processes.

The type of issues which radiofrequency microneedling targets range from surgical or acne scars to skin tightening and rejuvenation of sag, lines, and wrinkles, as well as interruption of the sweat glands allowing relief from excessive sweating of the underarm region.

For treatment of hypertrophic or raised scarring, radiofrequency microneedling can be used concomitantly with topical therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or corticosteroid. The introduction of PRP or corticosteroid will not only improve the reduction in the raised nature of the scar, but will assist with symptoms that can be present in this type of scarring including itching or tenderness. For rejuvenation or anti-aging purposes as well as atrophic or pitted types of scars, RF microneedling can be used in conjunction with topical PRP or Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) in order to better in order to better promote the outcome and induce even more collagen than RF microneedling alone.

A typical RF microneedling treatment involves initially cleansing the area treated (both face and body can be safely and effectively treated with RF microneedling), and then applying a topical anesthetic cream which can be left in place for 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the procedure. The procedure typically takes about 20-30 minutes for face and neck treatments or for neck and chest treatments. Treatments to body sites will take slightly longer. Recovery involves sun protection, including use of excellent sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher, as well asa temporary residual pink discoloration and mild swelling of the treated skin for 24-48 hours.

If you are interested in the process of RF microneedling, please contact the Dermatology Office of Dr. Ellen Turner to learn more about this procedure, and see if is right for you. Free cosmetic consultations are available when you call us at 214-373-7546.