New treatment to combat the signs of aging...
WHAT IS RF MICRONEEDLING?
Radio Frequency (RF) Micro-needling is a non-surgical procedure with little to no down-time. This relatively new technology adds to the results previously achieved with microneedling. Dr. Wenzel has been using the microneedling technique for over 2 years to treat fine wrinkles, acne, and scarring. The addition of radiofrequency to a microneedling device takes this technology one step further to enhance results even further.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
With the treatment multiple microneedles penetrate the skin surface after a numbing agent is applied to the skin. This is repeated across the area of treatment. During the procedure an "Arctic Chill" cold air system has a similar effect to the application of ice to the skin by cooling it to reduce any discomfort but can be used in the treatment area while the procedure is being performed. At the same time, heat is driven deep into the skin layers by the microneedles to a precise temperature using controlled RF energy. The depth can be adjusted from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm depending on the condition being treated. At the correct temperature collagen fibers regenerate and there is new elastin production. These proteins form the scaffold beneath the skin that tightens and firms the skin and reduces wrinkles on the surface.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
One of the main advantages of RF Microneedling is the small amount of "down-time" experienced by the average patient. Of course, there is some variation but the typical patient will have skin redness that lasts 24 hours and no cosmetic products should be used during that time. (compared to lasers where there is about 1 week recovery on average). Because this is a staged procedure, usually 3 to 4 treatments one month apart are recommended to achieve the best results. The procedure takes 30-60 minutes in the office setting.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED?
RF microneedling is effective for treatment of wrinkles, pore reduction, acne scars, hypertrophic scars and stretch marks, and spider veins.