Radiofrequency microneedling is a powerful combination skin treatment: you get microneedling – essentially a grid of controlled micro-wounds stimulating your own skin’s intense collagen-building response – plus fractionated radiofrequency energy delivering precise heat for skin tightening.

The sagging appearance of the skin is one of the most common complaints of patients seeking a more youthful appearance. Energy-based skin tightening, especially RF microneedling, is widely regarded as one of the most effective non-surgical solutions for skin tightening.

What is Radiofrequency Microneedling?

RF microneedling is an FDA-approved, advanced, non-invasive cosmetic skin treatment that uses a grid of tiny needles to deliver energy directly into the dermis. Technology embedded in the needles measures temperature and electrical resistance to precisely deliver the intended amount of heat safely, without over or under-treatment.

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

Advanced cosmetic skin treatments all share one feature in common: controlled skin injury that stimulates your body’s own wound healing response to generate fresh collagen, new skin cells, and restored skin architecture. Using a specialized handpiece, a stamp-sized tool equipped with a grid of tiny needles is introduced through the epidermis, into the dermis, at a precisely controlled depth.

Radiofrequency energy, which has been used in various medical applications for over 75 years (and for cosmetic use since 2002), is simply a combination of electrical energy and a magnetic field that got its name because the frequency of the waves looks similar to radio waves. The column of tissue where each micro-puncture and RF energy delivery happens is called the RF thermal zone (RTZ).

These channels become the centers for a remarkable wound healing response, where the skin structure is rebuilt and new collagen and elastin form over the next few months. Skin tightening occurs when collagen contracts in response to being exposed to heat. Skin rejuvenation occurs from a combination of new collagen, new elastin, the spurring of new cell growth from wound healing, and new hyaluronic acid formation.

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What Issues Does Genius RF Microneedling in Lexington, MA Address?

On the face and neck, microneedling with RF has been shown to improve:

  • Wrinkles
  • Skin laxity of the lower face and neck
  • Lines around the eyes
  • Wrinkles and lines around the mouth and lips
  • Static necklines
  • Acne scars
  • Acne
  • Tone and texture irregularities
  • Large pores
  • Photoaged skin (sun damage)

Elsewhere on the body, RF microneedling may improve:

  • Stretch marks (stria)
  • Vertical chest lines
  • Thinning hair (when combined with PRP)
  • Rosacea
  • Excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis)

What is the Difference Between Traditional Microneedling and RF Microneedling?

Traditional Microneedling

Traditional Microneedling, which we do offer at Face Forward Medical Aesthetics and are huge fans, is also a skin rejuvenation procedure that stimulates new collagen formation. For this reason, it’s referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” We use an FDA-cleared microneedling device called SkinPen, which creates thousands of microchannels, or tiny needle punctures, at a precise, controllable depth.

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RF Microneedling

RF microneedling combines the benefits of microneedling with electrothermal heat. Not only does the puncture occur, but the energy is delivered at the same time through the needles themselves. This intensifies the wound healing response (collagen production), boosting the skin rejuvenation benefits. Heating of the dermis and the contraction which subsequently occurs add the all-important skin tightening effect that patients find so desirable. Because the needle depth and specific radiofrequency energy can be fine-tuned for each patient, microneedling with RF is a more advanced and customizable cosmetic skin treatment.

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Who is a Candidate for Microneedling with RF?

Nearly anyone with aging skin is a candidate for RF microneedling; it is suitable for all skin types. If you want radiant, bright, and even-toned skin, RF microneedling might be appropriate for you. The best-documented improvements from RF microneedling are for skin laxity and acne scarring.

At Face Forward Medical Aesthetics, one of our core missions is to provide complimentary consultations to every new patient. We can help you decide which aesthetic treatment will provide you the results you’re looking for, in the budget that works for you.

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What are the Benefits of Genius RF Microneedling in Lexington, MA?

Several manufacturers produce RF microneedling machines. They differ in multiple respects, including manual vs. mechanical needle insertion, different numbers of needles, variable needle length, insulated vs. non-insulated needles, monopolar vs. bipolar energy, fractional vs. bulk heating, presence or absence of temperature, and impedance feedback, among others. 

We chose Genius by Lutronic because of their unique needle design (thinner and more precise), insulated needles (protects the epidermis), and temperature/impedance feedback (ensuring you safely get exactly the amount of electrothermal heat delivered; no more and no less).

FAQ

How does RF microneedling feel? Does RF Microneedling hurt?

How will I look after microneedling with RF?

How many RF microneedling treatments do I need?

Are genius RF microneedling results permanent? How long does a treatment last?

Can microneedling with RF be combined with other treatments?

Does microneedling with RF really work?

Is RF microneedling better than microneedling?

How much does RF microneedling cost?

Which is better, laser therapy or microneedling?

How long does it take to see results from microneedling with RF?

How long will my face stay red after microneedling?

Is RF microneedling worth the money?

How does RF microneedling feel? Does RF Microneedling hurt?

RF microneedling devices that are 100% pain-free probably are not delivering enough energy at the appropriate depth, nor generating enough heat to be effective. At that point, the procedure becomes simple traditional microneedling. With proper use of pre-treatment numbing cream prior to Genius RF microneedling, discomfort should be minimal and manageable.

How will I look after microneedling with RF?

Your skin will look pink for up to 3 days after the procedure. For many patients, however, the flushed pink skin appearance subsides to the point of being socially acceptable within several hours after the treatment. Pinpoint bleeding may occasionally occur. By the next day, mild swelling may be present.

How many RF microneedling treatments do I need?

Best results are achieved after a series of 3 treatment sessions.

Are genius RF microneedling results permanent? How long does a treatment last?

Microneedling with RF can induce permanent changes in skin texture and tightness, but just like diet and exercise are not “one and done” propositions, you will have to commit to taking great care of your skin on an ongoing basis. Maintenance treatments may be required since your natural aging process and UV exposure will continue to varying degrees.

Can microneedling with RF be combined with other treatments?

Combination treatments can be very effective. Adding platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may achieve better results than RF microneedling alone for certain conditions. In addition, post-procedure LED light therapy may calm the skin and improve healing.

Does microneedling with RF really work?

In short, yes. In one of the most elegant scientific studies that included skin biopsy after radiofrequency microneedling, almost 90% of patients showed improvement in skin wrinkles, smoothness, and tightness after 3 treatments.

Is RF microneedling better than microneedling?

Traditional microneedling has many skin rejuvenation benefits, simply by virtue of creating thousands of controlled micro punctures.

RF microneedling can be thought of as traditional microneedling, augmented by electrothermal heat. For most desired end results, RF microneedling is likely to have a superior outcome compared to traditional microneedling. However, “best” is subjective, and a truly customized treatment plan will also incorporate budgetary concerns.

How much does RF microneedling cost?

You can access our full pricing menu emailed directly to you by entering your information on our pricing page.

Which is better, laser therapy or microneedling?

Both laser therapy and RF microneedling are advanced cosmetic treatment techniques to deliver controlled micro-injuries to the skin. Laser therapy uses photothermal energy, and each laser has a specific target (chromophore), making skin type (light or dark) an important factor.

Microneedling with RF, in contrast, delivers heat based on electrothermal energy, unrelated to skin type. Therefore, in contrast to lasers, RF microneedling is safe for all skin types.

The comparison of “better or worse” is probably the wrong question. Depending on the skin concern, and the desired outcome, we can help decide whether laser skin resurfacing or RF microneedling is right for you. The correct answer depends on what we’re treating for each individual patient rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

How long does it take to see results from microneedling with RF?

After three months, microneedling treated skin is thicker and has measurably higher levels of new collagen. Skin can continue to remodel with ongoing improvements out to 8 months or even 1-year post-treatment.

How long will my face stay red after microneedling?

Your face may stay red for 1-3 days. However, most patients have a socially acceptable, presentable appearance after several hours.

Is RF microneedling worth the money?

On publicly accessible cosmetics rating websites such as RealSelf Genius RF microneedling consistently receives a very high “worth it” rating of around 80%.

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