Skin rejuvenation treatments have become incredibly advanced in recent years. We’ve gone from having virtually no nonsurgical treatments for the signs of aging to having more than we can investigate on our own. Consumers who are interested in refreshing their appearance without surgery may have an idea of what they wish to achieve but no real direction to follow. That’s what we’re here for! At Westport Dermatology, we assist our patients in finding the ideal treatment based on their cosmetic concerns and desired outcome. Here, we discuss why more and more of our patients are choosing skin rejuvenation with the power of both microneedling and radiofrequency energy.
Microneedling is a treatment that can be conducted on its own. We do so in the form of SkinPen treatments. For patients who want more profound rejuvenating effects, we may recommend microneedling with a boost of RF energy. The minimally-invasive procedure addresses multiple cosmetic issues simultaneously using rapid-motion penetration of the upper layers of the skin.
How RF Microneedling Works
Punctures into the skin create micro-injuries that the body seeks to heal with an abundance of collagen. More precisely, though, RF microneedling devices also deposit controlled thermal energy to deeper layers of the skin. The microneedles are the vehicle through which energy is inserted at depths of .5 to 3.5 mm. The healing response created by these two mechanisms results in dramatic tissue remodeling, which results in smoother, softer, younger-looking skin.
Conditions Treated with RF Microneedling
One of the many benefits of RF microneedling is that it streamlines treatment processes by inciting the proliferation of collagen. With this one reaction, multiple aspects of the skin are improved. These include:
- Eyelid laxity and wrinkles. RF microneedling is safe enough for the delicate skin around the eyes, where problems like puffy under eye bags, crow’s feet, and fine lines occur.
- Forehead creases. With age, the eyebrows start to droop. As this happens, we unconsciously use the forehead muscles to lift the brow, causing horizontal creases. RF microneedling can target this area to improve tightness.
- Loose neck skin.
- Acne scarring.
- Loose tissue on the backs of the arms.
- Sun damage.
- Stretch marks.
Risks of RF Microneedling
Another benefit of RF microneedling, like traditional SkinPen microneedling, is that the treatment is safe and effective. Few risks are associated with the procedure. The most common effects that occur are minor redness and swelling. The skin may feel tender for a day or two, and may look sunburned. The natural inflammatory response that is necessary for tissue remodeling can also make the skin more photosensitive. It is important to apply sunscreen daily, beginning the day after treatment, to avoid UV damage.
Microneedling treatments, like nearly every aspect of aesthetic medicine, have improved over time. To bring out your most radiant skin before the busy holiday season, contact our Westport, CT office at (203) 226-3600.