Microneedling has become a highly popular cosmetic procedure to treat different skin conditions including facial rejuvenation. Microneedling involves devices to create a controlled skin injury that can help reduce the signs of dehydration, tiredness, and ageing.
These devices work by using small needles to gently puncture the very first layer of skin. By opening these thousands of micro-channels and stimulating the deeper layers of the skin, skin needling encourages collagen production.
RF microneedling takes the process one step further by harnessing the power of radiofrequency waves to cause additional, controlled skin damage. It’s taken the health and beauty industry by storm and is an excellent way to treat everything from stretch marks to acne scars.
Professional microneedling is considered one of the safest skin treatment procedures due to its minimally invasive nature, making it a highly desired treatment among patients.
How Does RF Microneedling Work?
Many patients are initially put off by the idea of microneedling — how can creating damage to the skin help improve its appearance? It’s a valid question, but the results of RF microneedling procedures speak for themselves.
Let’s use one of InMode’s RF microneedling machines as an example, like the Morpheus8.
The Morpheus 8 is a fractional RF microneedling solution used for full-face and body treatments. Unlike other treatments on the market that offer surface level or very basic skin needling or microneedling, the Morpheus8 provides fractional microneedling in combination with Radio Frequency (RF) energy for a much deeper penetration level of the skin.
Equipped with Burst mode RF technology, Morpheus8 Body automatically deploys bipolar RF energy to multi-level treatment depths in a single cycle. The RF energy, combined with the action of the microneedles, incurs controlled damage to the skin that promotes the production of collagen, which in turn can help reduce the appearance of scarring and even carry out face and body remodelling.
The ability to target tissue sequentially at three levels, in millisecond intervals, allows for a significant reduction in treatment times, minimises skin injury, increases treatment uniformity, and enables customised full-body fractional procedures. The medical grade of our technology requires the treatments to be performed by certified medical specialists.
Our Morpheus8 has been specifically designed to be safe on skin types up to and including VI with little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is common with other resurfacing methods.
Fractional RF Microneedling vs. Traditional Microneedling
At this point in time, you might be wondering what the difference is between fractional RF microneedling and traditional microneedling. Well, it’s all in the name.
Traditional microneedling relies on needles alone to stimulate collagen production and the skin’s natural healing process. RF microneedling, on the other hand, has the added advantage of RF technology and delivers radiofrequency energy through the punctured skin.
Radiofrequency energy can spur the production of important substances, including collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which are all linked with the improved appearance of skin.
Each approach has its own benefits, and it really depends on what you are hoping to achieve. Speak with a healthcare professional or reach out to one of our clinic providers to learn more and discuss your specific skin concerns.
Benefits of Fractional RF Microneedling
There’s a reason fractional RF microneedling is one of the most popular treatments out there — it offers a host of benefits that target many health and wellness concerns affecting women.
Some of the benefits of fractional RF microneedling include:
Improved skin texture
Smooth, flawless skin texture is something many of us want to achieve. A number of conditions can cause poor skin texture, from a build-up of dead skin cells to your genetics.
Depending on the root cause of your skin texture issues, RF microneedling may be an appropriate solution. By puncturing the top layer of your dermis and stimulating collagen production, you are giving your skin the chance to heal damaged areas.
Reduced signs of ageing
When it comes to getting older, often our skin doesn’t reflect how we feel on the inside. Add a touch of rejuvenation and take years off your life with RF microneedling.
Common signs of ageing, including thinner, paler skin and the appearance of liver spots, are all problem areas that can be treated using fractional RF microneedling.
Look as good as you feel by harnessing the power of microneedling.
Smaller, tighter pores
Enlarged pores are a common skin issue that can lead to dull, aged, unhealthy skin. While many creams advertise their ability to reduce pore size, one of the most effective strategies to address this issue is fractional RF microneedling.
By triggering your skin’s healing response, RF microneedling stimulates the production of collagen, which can result in newer, younger-looking skin.
Hyperpigmentation is defined as patches of skin that are darker than their surroundings. Causes of hyperpigmentation can vary from sun exposure to skin inflammation and the condition can be difficult to reverse.
Treating hyperpigmentation requires you to break up the pigment beneath the skin, which is made possible through the use of fine needles.
Common Questions About RF Microneedling
Still have a few questions about RF microneedling? Check out some of the most common questions (and their answers) below.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
As is the case with any type of health or cosmetic treatment, there’s no hard and fast rule as to when you can expect to see results from RF microneedling. How your skin responds will depend on several factors, from your age to any pre-existing health conditions.
Some patients report seeing in as short a time as one week. Others will find it takes between four to six weeks to start seeing skin improvements. If you would like more information, speak to a healthcare provider that offers RF microneedling about how long it will take to see results and what level of improvement you can expect.
Does It Hurt?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions about microneedling is about the level of pain you can expect to experience, which is understandable given the procedure involves the use of very fine needles.
Of course, the answer will depend on your individual level of pain tolerance. Other factors that can influence how much the procedure hurts includes the amount and type of numbing cream the clinician uses and what part of your face (or body) you are receiving the treatment.
Will It Work for My Skin?
The effectiveness of any cosmetic procedure is dependent on the individual and the specific technology used. Generally speaking, many patients are quite happy with the results offered by fractional RF microneedling.
With reference to the Morpheus8, the fact that there is little to no risk of thermal damage to the dermis and a low risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation makes it a suitable treatment for people with a wide variety of skin types.
For a tailored response to this question, speak to a provider who offers fractional RF microneedling.
Contact InMode to Learn More About RF Microneedling
With our Morpheus8 (and other microneedling technologies), you are covered to treat the most asked-for problem areas and concerns of your patients to offer a complete face and body rejuvenation experience.
Enquire about fractional RF microneedling for your clinic now and learn more about the benefits our unique technology can offer you and your patients.