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Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling should be the base of the pyramid

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Radiofrequency microneedling is the most under rated service in many aesthetic clinics. While toxin smooths dynamic wrinkles of expression and fillers plump and add volume to specific areas of the face, RF microneedling offers the best overall value to reinvigorate the skin. Both toxin and filler are important treatments in creating or maintaining a youthful and rested appearance. The RF microneedling tightened and lifting affects on the face can be thought of as a base upon which other treatments can be added. Interestingly RF requires no medications or substances to be added under the skin, and it doesn't wear off. Instead it is your body's response to the "microtrauma" that works the magic. It uses very small needles to deliver radiofrequency energy under the top layer of skin to create this thermal "microtrauma". Once the skin remodels and heals itself, the results are lasting. That being said, the treatment doesn't stop the continue process of aging, skin laxity and sagging. So coming back for a yearly touch up will help with aging skin and maintenance. A month after treatment, there is an increase in collagen and elastin production as the skin repairs the area. It is these two components of skin that give it a tight, fresh and pliable look of youth. This response can be seen after even one treatment. But the best results occur after 3 treatments spaced 1 month apart. Treatments are not limited to the face. We can treat the neck, chest, abdominal and most areas where loose skin could use tightening affects, realistic results is a 30% improvement in skin tightening for the body. It takes 30 minutes to numb the area to be treated and about 20-30 minutes for the treatment. Side effects are usually minimal and include redness for the day of treatment comparable to a mild sunburn, the next day 80% of the redness has resolved and you can apply makeup as well.

Personally it is my first to go for aesthetic treatment on my 30 year olds looking to be preventative with skin sagging and wrinkles. 50 year old patients also see amazing results in the face and undereyes. Many people tell me they don't want to look "frozen" from excessive toxin or have "duck lips" from multiple syringes of filler. However you can't really "over do it" with microneedling. The face will always still look natural, except a bit tighter and smoother. Many patients can't afford a face lift, so utilizing RF Microneedling can prevent and treat early skin sagging and wrinkles.

If you are interesting in more information, you can schedule a free consult to discuss this treatment in further detail. Be sure to check out our microneedling before and after photos on our website.

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Dan Hahn, PA-C

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