For years you enjoyed skin that looks like it belongs in a cosmetics commercial. Now, it’s starting to resemble something closer to an old catcher’s mitt. Unfortunately, everything from the sun to pollution to the gradual effects of time attacks your skin from the inside out.
Before thinking about going under the knife — or worse, giving up on your skin altogether — consider radiofrequency (RF) microneedling.
At Ohio Laser & Wellness Centers, Dr. Chinyere Orafu offers advanced treatments that can help avoid the need for a facelift. Here, we break down exactly how RF microneedling does the seemingly impossible.
How does RF microneedling work?
When your skin starts to age, what it needs most is a boost of collagen. Collagen is a protein found in your skin responsible for giving it its structure. You have tons of it when you’re young, but over time and as a result of damage, you gradually lose it and stop producing as much of it.
Fortunately, there’s a way to reboot your body’s natural collagen production — and it doesn’t involve surgery.
RF microneedling combines microneedling and RF technology to address loose, sagging, wrinkly skin. It uses noninvasive micro-needles to deliver controlled radiofrequency (RF) energy deep into your skin to avoid damaging the top layers of your skin. As the needles and RF energy penetrate through the various layers of your skin, they create heat, which kick-starts collagen production. It also encourages your body to produce elastin, another protein in your skin that gives it flexibility.
The result is healthier, younger-looking skin without creating a single incision.
We offer two of the industry’s leading RF microneedling systems: Secret RF Microneedling and Morpheus8®. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of both.
Secret RF Microneedling
Secret RF microneedling is one of the most powerful systems available and also one of the most gentle. It creates the necessary heat below the surface of your skin to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, but it leaves the surface of your skin untouched and undamaged.
The gold-plated needles allow the RF energy to travel directly into the dermis, which increases the effect of heat and results in more effective collagen and elastin growth compared to other treatments that use RF energy and microneedling alone.
Secret RF microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types and requires minimal downtime. In addition to tightening your skin, it can also:
- Reduce scarring, including acne scarring
- Minimize pores
- Address pigmentation issue
- Reduce wrinkles
- Improve stretch marks
Side effects are usually minimal, including swelling and redness for a few days. Rarely, you may experience bruising, skin color changes, and patterning of the treatment area. Talk to us about the potential risk for side effects and the steps you can take to avoid them.
Results typically develop after 4-8 weeks, depending on your age and skin quality. Most of our patients see improvement after just one treatment, but you usually need three treatments spaced 4-8 weeks apart to get the best results.
Morpheus8 is another noninvasive solution for aged skin. Morpheus8 delivers some of the best treatments available, allowing us to address the deepest layers of your skin. Dual handpieces give us complete control over your treatments and use them almost anywhere on your body.
When should I consider RF microneedling?
When it comes to RF microneedling, timing is everything. Though you can get these treatments virtually any time, it’s best to get them right when you notice that your skin is starting to thin and lose its structure. If you time it right, you could avoid the need for a traditional facelift.
And you’re in luck even if you’ve already had a facelift. RF microneedling is a great way to maintain your results and prevent them from fading over time.
Also, don’t count yourself out if you have concerns in areas other than your face. RF microneedling is versatile and used on virtually every part of your body, including your neck, décolleté, arms, and abdomen.
Ready to see if you’re a candidate? We’d love to talk with you. Call or click online to schedule an appointment with us today at or office in Dover or Canton, Ohio.