Adhithi Rajesh, Priti P. Patel MD
What is Radiofrequency Microneedling?
Radiofrequency microneedling is a form of controlled skin injury that uses small, insulated needles to deliver high intensity radiofrequency energy to targeted tissue. The fine needles enter the skin, creating microwounds in the skin, and release radiofrequency energy into the microwounds. The damage causes a uniform warming effect for the deep tissue, stimulating the growth of healthy skin, which improves skin quality and aids with various skin issues such as fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, scars from injuries or surgery, hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, cellulite, hyperhidrosis, and wrinkles.
How is Radiofrequency Microneedling Performed?
Before the procedure, skin is first cleaned with alcohol to prevent infections. Also, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area or a local anesthetic is injected one hour before the procedure. During the procedure, the microneedling device creates small wounds in the skin; as this occurs, the tip of the needle releases radiofrequency waves into the wounds. This process takes ten to twenty minutes, with the exact duration varying based on the specifics of the treatment and the size of the targeted area. Finally, a growth solution is applied to support cell regeneration and a soothing solution is used to minimize discomfort.
How Soon Will I See Results?
Results usually peak after two to three months, with the exact timing depending on the type and severity of the condition being treated. Usually, at least three sessions are beneficial and they can take place every four weeks. The time between treatments allows the skin to heal before the next session occurs. The results last for about one year or more after the initial treatments.
What is the Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Microneedling?
Several studies have show that Radiofrequency Microneedling and even regular microneedling can improve acne scars.
Microneedling with radiofrequency waves was shown to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and sometimes even lasted longer than Botox injections. Its also commonly held that the treatment can improve lost collagen and brighten the skin long term.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats excessively, impacting either the whole body or certain areas. Recent studies have indicated that microneedling can permanently treat hyperhidrosis and that the treatment aids in the reduction of the number and size of sweat glands.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects?
Radiofrequency microneedling is usually tolerated well, but it may cause some side effects. These include dryness, redness, scaling, itching, swelling, and cold sore breakout. We recommend pretreating with cold sore medication if you have a history of cold sores. Most side effects can last a few days. We will explain our postprocedure regimen for the most ideal recovery to help you get back to life fast!
A cosmetic consultation with Dr. Priti Patel can help you determine if a radiofequency microneedling treatment would suit your goals.