RF Microneedling Rochester, NY

There are so many treatments that medical professionals use to improve, wrinkles, skin elasticity and scars.  These treatments can be effective in enhancing a patient’s skin and possibly confidence.  When selecting a treatment, patients value the effectiveness of the procedures, the price and how long-term the benefits are as patients age.  In this article we will discuss RF microneedling and how this procedure can be an effective treatment, enhancing a patient’s overall tone, decrease wrinkles and treat several types of scars.

What does RF microneedling in Rochester do?

Radiofrequency microneedling (also know as RF microneedling) is a non-invasive skin revitalization treatment that enhances the collagen-inducing effects of microneedling with the simultaneous transport of radiofrequency energy. RF microneedling is known to improve skin texture and tone, addressing fine lines and wrinkles, laxity, and acne scars (Real Self).

Who needs RF miconeedling?

People who are looking for more vibrant skin free of deep scars and wrinkles. RF microneedling is perfect for people who dont want to use painful treatments, that might have side effects and less effective results.  Experts suggest that anyone with a level of skin laxity and sun damage will benefit greatly from RF microneedling, since it targets the skin’s deeper layers, avoiding surface damage (Real Self).

What is radiofrequency energy?

Radiofrequency is a type of energy, which is measured in “frequency,” or “wavelengths” per second. All types of energy, from the sound waves your iPod emits, to sunlight, to the heat coming off your body, to gamma rays, are classified according to their frequency on the “electromagnetic spectrum.” (American Board Cosmetic Surgery)The RF energy used in skin tightening and microneedling is around 450 kilohertz, which is on the slow end of the radiofrequency range. The wavelength used in RF skin tightening is about 100 million times slower than visible light, and over 1 billion times slower than an X ray. RF that is used in skin tightening treatments is considered totally safe and effective and the perfect alternative to aggressive lasers or peel resurfacing procedures.

What is the difference between microneedling and RF microneedling?

There are 2 different ways to implement microneedling. And they have very different results:

Microneedling

Microneedling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for rejuvenation removing previous some sun damage and resurfacing skin. In a previous study, Microneedling showed a considerable increase in collagen and elastin deposition at 6 months postoperatively (NCBI).

RF Microneeding

RF Microneeding uses radiofrequency in conjunction with the insertion of very fine needles in order to further effectively treat wrinkles, scars, skin damage, dark spots and fine lines. This treatment is usually performed by a medical professional. During a RF microneedling procedure it is unlikely a patient will experience side effects like scabbing, burning, scarring, and pigmentation issues (Real Self).

Microneedling can be an effective treatment since it stimulates rejuvenation in the skin but radiofrequency adds a lot more to microneedling, making it a more effective treatment.

IPL vs. RF Microneedling

Compared to IPL RF Microneedling is more effective in treating scarring, wrinkles and tightening skin. RF can safely treat more patients with different skin tones without risking permanent discoloration.

IPL

IPL is a relatively gentle skin treatment. It uses a type of light that is absorbed by brown and red pigment in both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin (epidermis and the dermis). IPL works very well treating, sun damage, age spots, dark spots and evening out skin tone (National Laser Institute). Lasers for the most part work to improve the skin’s surface.

RF Microneedling

Compared to IPL RF Microneedling is more effective in treating scarring, wrinkles and tightening skin. RF can safely treat more patients with different skin tones without risking permanent discoloration.

How much does RF microneedling cost?

RF microneedling costs $850 on average, according to RealSelf members (randing from $850- $1800). How much a patient pays will depend on the specific treatment (which device is used), how many treatment sessions you need (to properly treat a skin issue), your medical professional’s experience level, and the location of their practice (some practices have more expensive amenities and rent than others) (Real Self).

What is the RF microneedling in Rochester procedure?

Microneedling takes around 30-40 minutes (per session). During the recommended 3-4 treatments, a medical professional will apply numbing cream (to the treated area).  Once a patient is unable to feel the treated area, a medical professional will use the machine to insert small needles and then follow up with radio frequency heat, directly in the patients dermis layer of skin (Real Self).

What happens after a RF microneedling treatment?

Immediately after your treatment, you might have a little pinpoint bleeding, flushing, and slight swelling—all part of the expected inflammatory response to the micro injuries inflicted on your skin. Within 24-48 hrs these side effects should go away.  It is recommended that patients should avoid using skin-care products with potent active ingredients (e.g., retinoids, vitamin C serums, exfoliating acids) for a few days (Real Self). RF microneedling treatments usually last one to two years.

How long after RF microneedling do you see results?

Patients may notice their skin looks brighter, smoother and more even within the first two weeks of treatment. However, it’ll be two to four months before a patient experiences the long term benefits of the treatment. Briefly, it takes time for the body to produce the new collagen and elastin that tightens up skin (Real Self).

What is the Pixel 8 machine?

The PiXel8-RF system facilitates non-surgical skin tightening using bi-polar RF energy and minimally invasive microneedles to drive heat deep within the patient’s skin layers, specifically the dermis.  The heat stimulates the collagen and prompts the elastin cells to regenerate. The treatment requires little to no downtime and results in skin elastin production, lifting and tightening, and resurfacing skin (Rohrer Aesthetics).

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Anatomy of the Skin

The skin is the largest and primary protective organ in the body, covering its entire external surface and serves as the first physical barrier against the environment and outside forces.  Its functions include temperature regulation and protection against ultraviolet (UV) light, trauma, protection from pathogens, microorganisms, and toxins (NCBI). The skin is primarily made up of three main layers:
More specifically, these layers have several specific functions aiding each person to feel pain, regulate temperature, absorb vitamin D, and provide immunity for potentially harmful diseases and organisms.  The details of these functions are:

Research

Fractional microneedle radiofrequency with insulated microneedles offers a safe and effective modality for mild to moderate neck laxity when used alone or in combination with PRP. It remains questionable whether combining fr-RF microneedling with PRP provides more favorable results in terms of efficacy and side effects (Wiley Online, 2021).

The fractional RF technology with the novel 1.0 long × 0.15 mm ultrathin electrodes tips was effective in improving skin texture and wrinkles without impacting the participants’ daily activities (Wiley Online, 2021).

Microneedling, RF microneedling pins, and RF microneedling are well-tolerated and effective for improving acne scarring, skin texture abnormalities, and overall aesthetic status. These modalities have been demonstrated to be safe on darker Fitzpatrick skin types and are often associated with minimal patient discomfort and good patient satisfaction (Wiley Online Library, 2020).

Microneedling and peeling were also efficacious, although their superiority to topical hydroquinone, the gold standard in melasma treatment, remains to be established. Similarly, laser and light devices have been beneficial. However, recurrence rates remain high in all treatment groups. Combination therapies, either in double or triple combinations yielded the best results when compared to single terapies. Treatment choice should be made after Wood’s lamp examination, as well as dermatoscopic evaluation, in order to select the best treatment option, targeted at each melasma subtype (Taylor and Francis Online, 2021)

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