Radio Frequency Microneedling

What is Radio frequency microneedling?

Radio frequency (RF) microneedling is performed to rejuvenate and refresh the skin. It works by using specialist RF microneedling devices with fine needles to create small punctures on the top layer of the skin, resulting in a trigger effect that encourages new elastin and collagen to be produced naturally. The radio frequency delivers RF energy deep into the dermis to add to the impact of traditional micro-needling. It can be used to treat various areas of the face and body, depending on where your imperfections are located.

How Does (RF) Micro-Needling Work?

The RF energy heats the underlying layers of skin, causing constriction and tightening of the skin, as well as the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply, it can produce faster results that are more dramatic.

RF Microneedling uses a gold plated needle device which gently penetrates the skin to deliver radio-frequency deep into the dermal layers of the skin. The radio frequency heats at depths that provide cumulative and ongoing benefits of collagen stimulation, skin tightening and resurfacing.

 

Radio Frequency Microneedlings Results

Radio frequency microneedling varies in results, depending on the initial skin issue. RF micro-needling is suitable for individuals wanting to reduce their wrinkles and fine lines, people with scars, smoker lines and generic skin imperfections such as raised bumps and an uneven skin surface. After the RF microneedling treatment, the treated skin will appear refreshed and smoother, with any skin issues minimised. Results last for an average of around two years, and due to natural ageing of the skin, you may need to revisit us for occasional top-ups to ensure for clear and rejuvenated skin.

The Difference Between Traditional & RF Microneedling

RF microneedling is the same procedure as traditional microneedling, however with the added benefits of radiofrequency being distributed deep into the skin layers. The radiofrequency energy is only released when the needles reach the required destination of the skin, meaning any surrounded skin is completely protected. The RF technology heats the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in additional tightening of the skin, in addition to the natural encouragement of collagen and elastin

production through traditional microneedling. Radio frequency microneedling enhances the results of conventional microneedling, producing more dramatic and quicker results.

Is radiofrequency microneedling safe?

Yes, radiofrequency microneedling treatments are generally very safe, provided the practitioner providing the treatment is skilled and experienced with the device they are using.

RF microneedling devices are using heat and needles so of course there are risks, as with many non-surgical treatments.

RF has good depth control and delivers energy directly into a precise target area. It can be safely used on all skin types because it does not use light-based energy (which lasers use), so it doesn’t affect melanin in the skin.

The UK has almost no restrictions on who can operate machinery for aesthetic procedures, which means anyone can use these devices and offer treatment with them. Do your research and go to an experienced and appropriately qualified practitioner.

How many sessions do I need?

You will typically need around 3-4 radiofrequency microneedling treatments at regular intervals, every three to eight weeks. This allows your skin to heal in between treatments. Some practitioners recommend more treatments or top-up treatments to maintain results. It can take three to six months to see results.

Radiofrequency microneedling is safe to use on all skin types.

The effects of radiofrequency microneedling treatment should be long-lasting – usually up to a year – however this depends on your own baseline (the quality of your skin before treatment) and your lifestyle factors i.e. how you look after your skin post treatment and whether you drink/smoke/eat an unhealthy diet or sunbathe.

Your practitioner will likely recommend that you continue to have maintenance treatments to preserve the effects as long as possible.

All ages are suitable for RF Microneedling, it’s especially good for evening out skin texture and refining open pores and it’s brilliant for the overall improvement of skin quality.

Older clients with skin laxity concerns will benefit from the different depths the needles can reach with this treatment and different intensity settings which can be customised for comfort and skin concern.

Does Radio Frequency Microneedling Hurt?

Some very mild pain and/or discomfort can be experienced during your treatments, but most clients hardly feel anything. Any discomfort can be managed very well by the thorough application of anaesthetic cream at least 30 minutes prior to your procedure.

Lots of people say that the cheeks are where there is the least discomfort, but bony areas of the face such as the forehead are a little more uncomfortable. Your face may feel like it’s sunburnt immediately after the procedure

Aftercare 

 

Immediately after your Radiofrequency Microneedling treatment you may notice a few of the following things:

  • Redness
  • Red needle puncture marks
  • Itchiness 

These issues above are common and should resolve over the next few days. Your final result will be seen in about 1 week after treatment.You should not touch your face for the remainder of the day and night after your treatment. You may cleanse your skin with cool water and a gentle cleanser, followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen the next morning.Things to avoid:

  • Going in the sun without sunscreen.
  • Going in the sauna or steam room for one week.
  • Strenuous Exercise for 24 
  • Using AHA, Rentinols, Vitamin C, or oil based make up for one week after your treatment. 
  •  Facials, facial waxing, Glycolic or AHA peels, IPL or energy based treatments, micro needling, microdermabrasion for two weeks. 
  • Exfoliating your skin for one week.   

Cold SoresThere may be a small chance that a treatment may induce an outbreak of facial cold sores in patients with a previous history. If you get cold sores after a treatment, please contact us for a follow up appointment.Retreatment

Your next session should occur between 2-4 weeks after the first treatment.