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Two of the most popular treatments for skin rejuvenation are that of microneedling treatment and radiofrequency energy treatment. As we age, we naturally lose firmness in our skin due to a reduction in the amount of collagen our bodies produce, which can lead to an uneven skin texture, as well as skin laxity (looseness). This, in combination with discoloration due to sun damage and aging, as well as acne scarring, can make us feel as though our skin has aged well beyond our years.

Thanks to the innovative combination treatment of microneedling with radiofrequency (RF microneedling), patients are now able to improve the look and feel of their skin in as little as one treatment without any need for downtime. RF Microneedling is able to target skin rejuvenation through a combination of skin tightening, thanks to radiofrequency energy, and improved skin texture and skin tone, thanks to the micro-injury techniques of microneedling. Microneedling treatment uses microneedles to create tiny pinpricks along the top layer of the dermis, which in turn ignites the natural wound-healing process of the skin, thus boosting new collagen production in the body and reducing the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks.  When combined with radiofrequency (RF) energy, the flow of the microneedles is combined with targeted heat application in lower layers of the dermis, which can expand collagen production deep within the skin. The result? A skin tightening and skin resurfacing treatment that is safe for all skin types.

If you’re frustrated by skin laxity, uneven skin tone, acne scars, fine lines, or other signs of aging on your skin, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, PRP, Juvederm, Sculptra, Fraxel laser, chemical peels, CoolSculpting, and skin tightening lasers. Contact our NYC dermatology office today to learn how RF microneedling can help to revolutionize your skincare.

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Microneedling with radiofrequency

Microneedling with radiofrequency is a combination treatment that maximizes the wound healing benefits of microneedling with the boosted collagen and elastin production of RF energy. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, stimulates the skin through the use of fine microneedles that are applied through the very top layer of the skin, the epidermis. In RF microneedling, the traditional microneedling procedure is combined with the use of RF energy, which is able to heat deeper layers of the dermis within the treatment area.

This innovative combination treatment is FDA-approved to tighten skin, improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring, and reduce signs of aging on the skin, such as fine lines and wrinkles. As it relies on the body’s own healing properties and growth factors, it’s an excellent alternative to more invasive treatments that require significant downtime and recovery. The treatment is delivered by a single handpiece that administers both microneedle and RF energy treatment.

Does RF Microneedling work?

According to a study in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, RF microneedling’s combination ablative and dermal heating treatment is successful, “for the treatment of skin laxity, wrinkles, enlarged pores, pigmented lesions [brown spots], acne, telangiectasias [spider veins], and scaring from trauma or acne.” The study also indicates that RF microneedling has more minimal downtime than ablative laser treatment, with very limited side effects. RF microneedling is also shown to be equally effective and safe for a variety of skin types, unlike certain lasers that are damaging to darker skin tones.

RF microneedling is an excellent way to tighten and rejuvenate skin while simultaneously treating fine lines, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. For many, improvements to the skin will be apparent after a single treatment, but Dr. Green typically recommends 4-6 treatments for optimal results and skin rejuvenation.

How long does (RF) Radiofrequency Microneedling last?

After your initial RF microneedling treatment, your skin rejuvenation will be apparent after the first few days, and will continue to improve over several weeks. The answer to how long does RF microneedling last is dependent on each individual patient. However, as the results of microneedling treatment can permanently reduce the appearance of acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and age spots, and RF treatment has skin tightening effects that can last for 2-3 years, the maximum results of RF microneedling can last up to several years. Many patients will opt for maintenance treatments more frequently in order to boost the results of their RF microneedling treatment.

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How does Microneedling work?

Microneedling treatment is based on the natural wound-healing properties of the skin. The process relies on a handheld device or handpiece that creates micro-injuries along the surface of the skin. These micro-injuries, while painless, stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin, which encourages the growth of new, healthy skin. These tiny pinpricks to the skin surface are also able to disrupt the skin’s natural “memory” of injuries or scars, which in turn can eliminate acne scars or other atrophic scars.

Microneedling is a painless, non-invasive procedure that boosts collagen and elastin production in the skin, and it can be combined with other treatments to maximize skin rejuvenation. For example, a microneedling procedure creates micro-channels within the layers of the dermis that allow for maximum absorption of nourishing serums, such as Vitamin-C serum (like Dr. Green’s MGSKINLABS Vita-C Serum) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling with radiofrequency is another combination treatment that takes advantage of the skin healing process triggered by microneedling treatment.

How does traditional Microneedling compare with RF Microneedling?

Traditional microneedling is able to reduce the appearance of acne scars, age spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as stretch marks practically anywhere on the body. What makes RF microneedling unique is that it’s able to amplify the collagen and elastin production deeper within the layers of the skin in order to ignite skin tightening alongside skin rejuvenation. It is one of the few combination treatments that can both eliminate scarring and discoloration while firming and smoothing the appearance of the skin. The procedure for RF microneedling is quite similar to that of traditional microneedling. The primary difference is simply the handpiece used, which has RF technology built into the device.

Does RF Microneedling hurt?

RF Microneedling is a painless process. For added comfort during treatment, a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) is applied to the treatment area. After treatment, you may experience mild redness or itching on the skin, but these symptoms typically resolve within a couple of days.

How often can you do RF Microneedling?

For optimal results, Dr. Green recommends that RF microneedling treatments be scheduled about four to six weeks apart. The majority of patients will do a series of four to six treatments, and downtime is quite minimal, meaning that you can get back to your daily routine within one to two days post-treatment.

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Vivace RF Microneedling

Vivace RF Microneedling, created by Aesthetics Biomedical, is a new technology in the world of RF microneedling. It uses RF energy to heat the skin while the microneedling treatment is applied. Vivace Microneedling, also known as the Vivace experience, is an excellent RF microneedling device that expertly combines microneedling and RF treatment together so that patients can gain maximum benefit from both skin rejuvenation techniques.

Is RF Microneedling better than Botox?

RF Microneedling is a comfortable, non-invasive cosmetic treatment designed to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines and discoloration on the skin. Botox is an injectable treatment that “freezes” nerve signals to certain muscles around a treatment area, which in turn reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. RF microneedling and Botox are both excellent cosmetic treatment options for reducing the signs of aging, and can in fact be complementary, particularly when it comes to facial skin rejuvenation. In fact, one method of Microneedling which Dr. Green utilizes in her office is Microneedling with Aquagold. In Aquagold Microneedling, Botox, Belotero, and other dermal fillers are diffused into the skin, to tighten and improve the entire texture of the skin with zero down time. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to customize a treatment plan that factors in all of your needs and aesthetic goals, and will inform you of any complementary treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, and Thermage FLX, that will give you the best cosmetic results.

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Is RF Microneedling safe?

RF Microneedling is FDA-approved to revitalize skin, meaning it’s incredibly safe for the majority of patients. However, RF microneedling treatment is not recommended for patients who are or have recently used the acne medication Accutane, have recently undergone radiation treatment, currently have open wounds or active breakouts, have a history of keloid scars, or who are pregnant.

What is Profound RF Microneedling?

Profound RF microneedling is a process that builds upon the concept of RF microneedling but goes deeper into the dermis. Profound RF Microneedling was recently approved by the FDA to promote both collagen and elastin production in the skin, and is a multi-bipolar, long pulse, RF microneedling treatment. Profound RF microneedling is defined primarily by a larger needle depth. Due to this deeper access into the dermis, profound FR microneedling can be more uncomfortable for patients, but it can serve to help with skin rejuvenation in specific treatment areas.

What is the best RF Microneedling Device?

Dr. Green’s go-to RF microneedling device is Vivace Microneedling, which synthesizes the RF microneedling treatment into one, sleek handpiece. The Vivace experience is FDA-approved to alleviate fine lines and wrinkles, tighten skin, minimize pore size, and improve skin tone as well as skin texture. It requires minimal downtime and is essentially pain-free, making it an easy choice for the majority of patients seeking skin rejuvenation and skin tightening treatment.

If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of discoloration or scarring on the skin, as well as the natural signs of aging, RF microneedling may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Contact the NYC office of Dr. Michele Green online today or call 212 535 3088 to develop your customized skin rejuvenation treatment plan.

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