What is Microneedling and Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that reduces skin impurities, stimulates collagen, and brightens the complexion. This treatment involves creating controlled micro-injuries to the skin with the use of a specialized microneedling pen that contains fine point needles. These micro-injuries/channels stimulate the body to produce more collagen and elastin which improve the skin’s laxity, tone, and texture. It also increases the effectiveness of topical skin treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or medical grade skin serums to penetrate deeper into the skin. Microneedling is an ideal treatment to combine with other procedures for a comprehensive rejuvenation and skin revamping treatment plan for enhanced results.

Microneedling can be done with or without Radio Frequency (RF). With Pixel8 RF microneedling, the results are produced faster, are more dramatic, and are longer-lived. RF technology works by delivering precisely controlled RF energy into heat (thermal energy) into the dermis and epidermis through the micro-injuries/channels causing collagen contraction and stimulation allowing cells (fibroblasts) to produce more collagen. Adjustable energy levels and variable microneedle tip sizes helps to fully customize this treatment to address your unique skin concerns. Clinical studies show that RF microneedling can address the causes of aging, significantly reducing wrinkles and age spots while tightening and lifting the skin on the face and neck with minimal downtime and discomfort.

Benefits of Microneedling and RF Microneedling:

  • Firms skin on the face or body
  • Improves droopy skin around the eyes (eyebrow or eyelid)
  • Improves skin texture
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
  • Reduces the appearance of scars (acne or injury-related)
  • Improves skin laxity and tightens sagging and crepey skin
  • Minimizes the size of pores and/or acne scarring
  • Increases the effectiveness of topical skin products

Is it Right for You?

During your consultation, we’ll perform an initial examination of your skin to determine if Microneedling and Pixel8 RF Microneedling are appropriate treatment options for you. Good candidates are those who have mild to moderate signs of aging, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations. Microneedling and RF microneedling is safe for all skin types! It does not target pigment in the skin and there is very low risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and is ideal for those who want an effective but also very natural cosmetic treatment with little downtime.

It isn’t recommended for areas with open wounds or abrasions; patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, who’ve had radiation treatments (within 1 year); and for patients who have been using Accutane within 3-6 months prior to treatment.

We ask that all patients interested in having this treatment come in for a consultation to determine if they’re an ideal candidate for micro-needling and or RF micro-needling.

Treatment Areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Underarms/Elbows
  • Stomach
  • Back of Hands
  • Above Knee
  • Buttocks/Thighs/Hips

Results from RF Microneedling:

Most patients will begin to see improvement after a single session, however, to complete your aesthetic goals, it is recommended that patients do upwards of three sessions. Sessions are scheduled every 4-6 weeks.

How much do treatments cost?

When you come in for your consultation, we will discuss your goals and give you the tailored treatment options and fees. The total cost of a microneedling and rf microneedling treatments depends on the area or areas you are treating. One session can cost anywhere from $400 to $1200.

Preparing for your Treatment:

Do not use tanning beds or self tanning lotions for 2 weeks prior your appointment. Please arrive with clean, makeup-free skin. Discontinue use of Retin-A and irritating skin care products for one week prior to your appointment.

What to Expect During Treatment:

The average duration of treatment is approximately 30-45 minutes and most patients tolerate treatment well. To help minimize discomfort, a topical numbing agent is applied to the skin prior to treatment. Patients may notice a warm sensation and a pricking or scraping feeling during this treatment, but it is not typically painful. It is normal to have some level of redness, swelling, irritation, and mild discomfort, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly on their own within hours after treatment.

What to Expect after Microneedling and RF Microneedling:

  • Most people return to normal activity the day following treatment.
  • 1 day after the treatment there could be redness and transient edema (swelling).
  • 3 days – 1 week post treatment your skin tone would be brighter and more even. If you have oily skin, you will notice significant reduction in sebum production.
  • 1 month post treatment you would notice improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Improvement in pores size, scars, and overall complexion is also significantly noticeable.
  • 1–3-month post treatment you will notice continuous improvement in wrinkles reduction and skin laxity. Collagen production has improved and you can notice the fullness and plumpness of your skin.

Depending on the treated area and the depth of the skin defect being treated, patients may experience some redness or pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising at the puncture sites. Pinpoint bleeding should subside almost immediately. After a treatment session, the treated area may look sunburned. This can last up to several days following treatment and is a normal, temporary side-effect. Avoid sun exposure until healed, hot water, swimming or strenuous exercise up to 24 hours after your treatment.

Keep it Up!

Microneedling and Pixel8 RF Microneedling help improve many skin conditions by reactivating your body’s natural collagen and elastin production. However, as you continue to age, collagen and elastin continue to break down. To maintain your results, you will need to schedule follow-up treatments to maintain the optimal levels of collagen and elastin present in your skin. Typically, patients return for follow-ups every four to six weeks once they have achieved optimal effects from their original treatment.

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