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RF Microneedling


     What is RF Microneedling

    Radiofrequency microneedling is a cosmetic procedure thatuses tiny needles and radiofrequency waves to rejuvenate facial skin.

    The treatment is a form of controlled skin injury. The damage stimulates the growth of healthy new skin, which can benefit common skin issues like acne scars and wrinkles.

    Compared with treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion, radiofrequency microneedling is minimally invasive. Potenza RF Microneedling stimulates your body’s collagen and elastin levels to treat the advanced signs of aging with faster healing time than traditional microneedling

    Microneedling uses a fine needle to create microwounds, or channels, in the skin. This triggers the production of capillaries, elastin, and collagen. It’s also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy.

    If the procedure also uses radiofrequency waves, it’s called radiofrequency microneedling. The needle releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional damage. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling.

    The skin that grows back is thicker and smoother. This can target:

    • fine lines
    • wrinkles
    • stretch marks
    • appearance of large pores
    • acne scars
    • scars from injury or surgery
    • hyperpigmentation
    • loose, sagging skin
    • cellulite
    • hyperhidrosis

    How It Works

    Microneedle tip is placed on the epidermis

    Microneedles penetrate the tissue. There are numerous settings for depth of treatment.

    Monopolar or bipolar RF energy is directly applied to the target area

    Collagen remodeling and elastin strengthening begin, with effects seen weeks post-treatment.

    What to Expect

    RF microneedling treatment uses ultrafine needles and heat to penetrate the top layer of the skin and trigger the body’s natural healing process to regenerate new collagen and elastin. The number of passes and penetration to the skin will vary by patient and affect the results seen. The elastin and collagen building typically takes place 4-6 weeks after treatment, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks after the last treatment

    Is this treatment right for me?

    RF microneedling treatment can treat a wide variety of skin concerns on the face and body, and treats all skin types, anywhere on the body, anytime of year.

    When will I see results?

    The elastin and collagen building typically takes place 4-6 weeks after treatment, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks after the last treatment. The number of passes and penetration to the skin will affect the results seen.

    How long is the treatment?

    Treatment times will vary on patient, area of the body being treated, penetration depth and number of passes, but most RF Microneedling treatments are performed within 1-1.5 hours

    Who’s an ideal candidate for radiofrequency microneedling?

    Radiofrequency microneedling is considered safe, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone.

    You may be an ideal candidate if you:

    • are in good health
    • have early signs of aging
    • have realistic expectations

    Alternatively, you should avoid the treatment if you:

    • currently or recently used Accutane
    • have an active cold sore breakout
    • have a skin infection
    • have a moderate to severe skin disease (like psoriasis)
    • are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy
    • are pregnant
    • are taking anticoagulants
    • have a history of keloids, hypertrophic scarring, or poor wound healing

    What’s the radiofrequency microneedling procedure like?
    If you’re interested in the procedure, you’ll need to meet with a healthcare provider, such as a cosmetic surgeon.

    Prior to the procedure

    At your initial appointment, your provider will ask questions about your medical history and expectations. They’ll also take photos of your face to determine the best technique for your condition, as well as provide instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.

    If you have active acne breakouts, you may be asked to take oral antibiotics. If you have a history of cold sores, you might need to take oral antiviral medication.

    During the procedure

    Generally, here’s what you can expect:

    • A technician cleans your skin with alcohol to prevent infection.
    • They apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area about 1 hour before the procedure. In some cases, they might inject a local anesthetic instead. The anesthetic numbs the area so you won’t feel pain.
    • The microneedling device makes tiny wounds in the skin. Simultaneously, the tip of the needle releases radiofrequency waves into the wounds.
    • The procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes. The exact duration depends on what you’re treating.

    After the procedure

    You can go home after the treatment and return to your normal activities.

    What’s the best way to take care of your skin post-radiofrequency microneedling?
    After your procedure, your doctor will explain how to care for your skin. This will include the following aftercare tips:

    • Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort.
    • Wear SPF for several weeks after your treatment. Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun during this time.
    • Use antibiotic creams or emollients if your doctor prescribed them.
    • Use a gentle cleanser after your treatment.
    • Avoid wearing makeup until the next day. After 24 hours, you can return to your normal makeup and skin care routine.
    • Does radiofrequency microneedling work? 
    • According to research, radiofrequency microneedling is effective for many skin conditions.

    Acne scars

    In a 2014 studyTrusted Source of 31 people, radiofrequency microneedling moderately improved acne scars in 58 percent of the participants. A small 2017 study found similar results.

    Skin rejuvenation

    Microneedling with radiofrequency waves can also improve the look of your skin. In a 2013 study, for example, the procedure reduced wrinkles around the eyes. The effects lasted longer than Botox injections.

    A 2020 case report also shares that the treatment can reduce loose facial skin.

    Additionally, in a 2018 studyTrusted Source, radiofrequency microneedling improved skin texture and pore size.


    According to a 2019 study, the procedure can permanently treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. A 2013 study found that the treatment helps by reducing the number and size of sweat glands.

    When to expect results

    You’ll see results after 3 to 6 months. The exact time frame depends on the type and severity of your condition.

    In most cases, you’ll need at least four sessions. This also depends on what you’re treating. For example, if you have moderate acne scars, you’ll need about three or four treatments. Bigger scars might need five treatments.

    These sessions will be done every 3 to 8 weeks. This lets your skin heal between treatments.

    After the initial set of treatments, the results will last about 1 year. It’s recommended to have a touch-up session once a year to maintain your desired results.

    Are there any potential side effects of radiofrequency microneedling?
    Typically, radiofrequency microneedling is well tolerated. But like all cosmetic treatments, it may cause some side effects.

    Possible side effects include:

    • dryness
    • redness
    • scaling
    • itching
    • swelling
    • mild acne flare-up
    • cold sore breakout
    • These side effects might last for a few hours or days.

    Some complications need medical attention. If you experience any of the following, contact your doctor:

    • allergic reaction to needles
    • signs of infection
    • persisting swelling or redness
    • prolonged bleeding
    • bruising
    • fatigue
    • headache

    Radiofrequency microneedling is used to rejuvenate the skin. It can target acne scars and early signs of aging, like fine lines and sagging. It’s also effective for hyperhidrosis.

    Generally, the procedure only takes 10 to 20 minutes. There’s no downtime, but you’ll need to wear SPF as your skin heals.

    You’ll likely need at least four treatments to get the results you want. To maintain the full effect, it’s recommended to repeat the session once a year.

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