Radiofrequency needling adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the traditional needling procedure in which radiofrequency energy is delivered via the tiny needles. The added benefit is that the RF energy can penetrate deeper, further enhancing the stimulation of collagen and elastic productivity for faster and more visible results.
After cleansing the skin, a topical anesthetic may be applied. The micro-needling device will then be gently pressed against the area being treated. Creating numerous tiny micro-injuries with an added radiofrequency delivered through the needling and into the dermis. Causing energy that heats up the dermis, stimulating collagen production and skin tightening effects. The needles can also help to release growth factors that can speed up healing.
Some redness and dryness may be experienced right after the treatment that should subside quite quickly within the next few days. Some may also experience skin shredding that may last up to a week. Besides, downtime is very minimal.
However, the treated skin may be more prone to hyperpigmentation and should adhere to photoprotection following the treatment.
You may return to your normal skin regimen in approximately 48hours after and best recommended to follow up and repeat treatment for best results. Try to avoid the use of heavy makeup and exfoliators or glycolic acid and ensure sufficient sun protection is done.
Results can likely take effect after a week or so depending on every individual.
While it is a low-risk procedure, it is typically safe only when performed by an experienced and certified doctor. The risk that it carries is the burns that may occur if the dose of energy is not controlled properly.