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What Is RF Microneedling?

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In pursuit of youthful and radiant skin, various treatments promise results but leave many with mixed reviews. However, radiofrequency microneedling or RF microneedling is a procedure that can be effective in skin rejuvenation. 

RF microneedling is similar to microneedling, which involves using tiny needles to introduce micro-perforations and stimulate healthy new skin growth but also uses radiofrequency waves to enhance the effects of microneedling and revitalize your skin. This procedure can also be done with other facial esthetic treatments, like triLift. 

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses multiple fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. This in turn, stimulates the body’s natural healing process and promotes collagen and elastin production for improved skin texture and tone.

Microneedling can have the following benefits:

  • Restore radiance
  • Restore skin tone
  • Treat blemishes
  • Treat acne scars
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles

What Is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is an advanced skincare solution that marries collagen induction therapy with the innovation of radiofrequency technology to renew your skin from within. 

Incorporating radiofrequency into the microneedling procedure improves results by amplifying the micro-wound healing response. The added heat enhances collagen production, tightens existing collagen fibers, and promotes a more uniform healing response for improved skin texture, diminished wrinkles, and refined tone.

What Can RF Microneedling Treat?

RF microneedling can address an array of skin concerns effectively, such as: 

  • Acne scars
  • Blemishes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Appearance of large pores
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Loose, sagging skin
  • Loss of facial tone and volume
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The Ideal Candidate for RF Microneedling

RF microneedling can benefit almost everyone, as it’s a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. While it’s suitable for a broad spectrum of skin types and tones, individuals should be healthy, show signs of aging, and have realistic expectations about likely results. 

If you’re looking to address skin concerns mentioned above, you are a good candidate. However, if you are pregnant, have a skin infection or skin disease, take anticoagulants, or have chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you should avoid RF microneedling. Always consult with your skincare professional to determine if you’re an ideal candidate.

The RF Microneedling Procedure 

Here is what you can expect from the RF microneedling procedure.

Preparing for Treatment

Your initial consultation involves discussing your medical history, skin concerns, and expectations and includes instructions on preparing for your treatment. Before treatment, your skincare professional will cleanse your skin and may apply a topical anesthetic to improve your comfort during the procedure. 

The Treatment Itself

A handheld device delivers precise needles that penetrate the skin at various depths. Radiofrequency energy is released through the needles, creating heat. This controlled thermal injury triggers a healing cascade, reviving the skin’s support structure. 

Different areas may have their own level of sensitivity, but you may feel warmth with a tingling sensation during the procedure. A treatment session can last 15–30 minutes, but this can depend on the treatment area. 

Post-Procedure Care

After your session, you can have some redness and minor skin irritation that should subside in 2–3 days. However, with proper post-procedure care, such as using an ice pack or gentle cleansing, these effects are temporary. Your skincare professional will provide aftercare tips based on your skin. 

RF Microneedling vs. Other Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

With various cosmetic treatments available, RF microneedling stands out for its ability to effectively deliver rejuvenating effects. Compared to traditional microneedling, RF microneedling offers enhanced results due to the added radiofrequency element. It’s also less painful than some laser treatments, with a shorter downtime than more invasive procedures. 

Microneedling & Other Facial Esthetic Treatments 

You can also combine microneedling with other facial esthetic treatments to achieve even more effective results. One such treatment is triLift by Lumenis

triLift can address skin concerns and the root cause of many signs of aging, usually your facial muscles. The facial muscles lose tone and mass as we age, affecting our facial appearance and definition and leading to fine lines, loose skin, and folds. 

triLift is a procedure that helps stimulate the facial muscles by using dynamic in-motion muscle stimulation (DMSt), TriPollar radiofrequency (RF), and Ultrathin RF microneedling all in one. When electrical stimulation targets the facial muscles, it strengthens the skin layer, increases natural volume, and improves the epidermal layer texture.

A triLift procedure can take 20-30 minutes, with results showing a visible face lift-like effect in one session. However, you may require more treatments for a fuller and longer-lasting effect. 

Enhance Your Natural Beauty

The quest for healthy, toned skin is personal, and RF microneedling offers an innovative pathway that can work for almost anyone. Whether it’s acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin, RF microneedling is safe, effective, and requires little to no downtime afterward. 

If you’re curious about facial esthetic treatments to enhance your natural beauty, start the conversation with a member of our team. Book an appointment with The Ivory Dental Co. and take the first step towards unlocking your skin’s full potential.

Dr. Bridget Sweeney

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Dr. Bridget Sweeney

Dr. Bridget Sweeney founded The Ivory Dental Co. with the passion to create a one-of-a-kind dental experience for the people of East Amherst and Buffalo. Ever since she was a kid, she’s loved going to the dentist and believes every patient deserves to feel that way, too.

Her favorite part of being a dentist is spending quality time getting to know her patients, meeting their families, and listening to their stories. Dr. Sweeney feels so fortunate to share in these special relationships. That’s why at The Ivory Dental Co., you’ll never be left alone just to wait. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you discover your brilliance.

When she’s not at the office, you can find Dr. Sweeney biking around Buffalo, cheering on the Bills, mastering a jigsaw puzzle, or tending to her 70+ houseplants.‍

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