RF microneedling is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy to rejuvenate the skin.
Our skin loses elasticity as we age, leading to sagging and the loss of volume. Overexposure to direct sunlight, the aging process, and other internal and external factors also greatly affect the way our skin looks as we get older. RF microneedling can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, revive the skin, and stimulate the production of collagen.
Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon well-versed in many different specialties within the world of aesthetic medicine. He and his team are highly skilled in personal and professional care. To book your appointment for a consultation, please contact us directly by calling our Las Vegas or Henderson offices at (702) 899-8100. You may also fill out this contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- 1 What To Know About RF Microneedling
- 2 How Can I Benefit From RF Microneedling Treatments?
- 3 Ideal Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 RF Microneedling Treatment
- 7 Recovery & Results of RF Microneedling
- 8 Corresponding Treatments
- 9 How Much Does RF Microneedling Cost in Las Vegas?
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
What To Know About RF Microneedling
The skin is the largest organ in the human body, acting as a barrier between our fragile inner mechanisms and the environment we live in. Skin aging is both intrinsic and extrinsic, resulting from physical aging of the body and photoaging. Exposure to UV rays greatly impacts the health of our skin, and too much sun exposure to lead to premature or worsened wrinkling, pigmentation, and laxity. (1)
To combat this, there are many treatments currently on the market that often target the same concept: the production of collagen and elastin fibers. When this cellular regeneration is stimulated, the skin “heals itself” after being exposed to damage, making it a great option to restructure skin that has been previously disrupted. For instance, if a patient experienced severe acne as a teenager and is left with deep facial scarring, RF microneedling can “re-wound” that skin to stimulate the collagen already present in the skin, leading to an increase in production, eventually encouraging the scarring to dissipate.
The combination of wound creation from both radiofrequency and microneedling allows for a rapid increase in collagen and elastin production. This in turn promotes cell regeneration, causing the tiny lesions to heal and produce smoother, more evenly toned skin in the treatment area. The dual injury affects a deeper layer of tissue than other laser-based treatments can, allowing for more effective results. (2)
Why Combine Radiofrequency and Microneedling?
Both microneedling and radiofrequency treatments are used regularly to rejuvenate the skin barrier and promote healthy, younger-looking facial features. However, when combined, they offer more powerful stimulation of cells.
As the needles enter the skin at a very rapid speed, the radiofrequency energy is directly channeled into the skin at the same time. This increases the depth of penetration, allowing for more consistent RF exposure. Studies have shown that with microneedling combined with radiofrequency treatment, the RF promotes an extremely unique response in the skin. The dermal healing and remodeling processes can be sustained without disrupting the preexisting elastin fibers and collagen. (3)
How Can I Benefit From RF Microneedling Treatments?
This treatment can be used on most areas of the body, not just for facial photoaging. It has proven to be a reliable treatment for dimpling on the legs and buttocks as well, providing a non-invasive and safe alternative to surgery to help minimize skin laxity in multiple areas of the body. (4)
Some benefits of this treatment are:
- Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
- Smaller-appearing pores
- Reduced scar appearance
- Improvement of skin texture and tone
- Minimal downtime
- Highly customizable treatment plans
As the treatment increases your elastin and collagen production, many more benefits may not be visible or perceivable until later on in the process. Sometimes the treatment’s results don’t fully show themselves until 6 months after the first application.
RF microneedling treatment best addresses wrinkle and fine line formation in its earliest stages. Though it is extremely reliable for cellular reproduction, it cannot always be used for severe folding or pigmentation of the skin. Ideal candidates are in good overall health, do not smoke, or are willing to quit before their treatment date. Patients must also have realistic expectations about their anticipated results. Multiple sessions may be required depending on your specific circumstances.
Dr. Ahmed and his experienced team take great pride in creating personalized treatment plans. During your meeting, he will assess your skin to determine the best plan of action, including an estimate as to the number of RF microneedling sessions you will need. He will inquire about your medical history, medications, and desired outcomes.
Dr. Ahmed may instruct you to alter your current medications and any treatments you are currently on for acne. There is the potential that they may interfere with your procedure. He may also take photos of your treatment area to better understand your skin’s condition.
Dr. Ahmed will provide further information about the procedure and how to best prepare yourself for your treatment during your consultation. It is always wise to discontinue consumption of tobacco and nicotine products, reduce your alcohol intake, and avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. If you are being treated for active acne breakouts, you may also need to take antibiotics beforehand. It is important to follow Dr. Ahmed’s instructions very closely to get the best results.
RF Microneedling Treatment
RF microneedling procedures start with the application of numbing cream for each patient. Dr. Ahmed waits at least 30 minutes for this to take effect. This also allows him to remove any residual makeup or debris before starting the treatment. He then programs the RF microneedling machine to the appropriate settings determined by your treatment plan.
Utilizing radiofrequency energy, he applies the microneedling handpiece to the areas of concern. Dr. Ahmed will focus certain frequencies and needle depths in specific areas to provide comprehensive resurfacing and collagen production. He may make two to three passes with the machine based on your needs and the size of the treatment area.
Recovery & Results of RF Microneedling
RF microneedling can cause redness and skin irritation, but your symptoms should subside quickly after your procedure. It can leave your skin dry, making the continuation of proper moisturizing and cleansing routines important. Dr. Ahmed will give you more specific instructions to follow at the end of your first appointment.
For some patients, RF microneedling can be repeated several times with 4 to 8 weeks in between appointments. This allows your skin to heal before you create new controlled wounds. Your results may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to notice and fully appreciate. Remember to diligently wear sun protection at all times while your skin heals, and continue this practice to preserve your results.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
CO2 laser skin resurfacing uses CO2 lasers to target the water present in the skin and heat it to a certain temperature, eliminating the outer layer to encourage cellular regeneration. This type of controlled wound creation can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of photoaging by breaking down the outermost layer of skin.
How Much Does RF Microneedling Cost in Las Vegas?
The total price of RF microneedling varies depending on the patient’s treatment area, amount of repeated procedures, and the type of device used. You may ask any and all questions about cost during your private consultation with Dr. Ahmed. To schedule your appointment, please contact us by filling out our contact form, or call (702) 899-8100 today.
Is RF microneedling painful?
During the procedure, a topical numbing cream is applied to ensure your comfort. Most patients describe the sensation as a mild prickling or vibrating feeling on the skin. The depth of the microneedles can be adjusted according to your specific needs and tolerance level.
Is RF microneedling suitable for all skin types?
RF microneedling is suitable for all skin types and tones. The technology used in this treatment allows for precise control of the energy delivery, making it safe and effective for a wide range of patients.
Can RF microneedling reduce acne scarring?
RF microneedling is a great way to reduce the appearance of scarring, whether that be from acne or something else. The devices used for this treatment measure precise depths to control the injury to the skin, something that proves to be an important part of consistent collagen production. As with every kind of skin treatment, results will vary from patient to patient.
- Pei Hong Sun, Yan W, Rui T, Sun Y, Wu Y. The landscape of photoaging: From bench to bedside in a bibliometric analysis. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022;10. doi:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.972766
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- Kornstein AN. Intramuscular Insertion of a Radiofrequency Microneedling Device for Facial Rejuvenation: A New Technique and Case Reports. Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum. 2020;2(1). doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/asjof/ojz035
- Yu V, Juhász MLW, Mesinkovska NA. Subcutaneous Radiofrequency Microneedling for the Treatment of Thigh Skin Laxity Caused by Weight Loss: A Case Study. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2019;12(6):60-62. Accessed December 11, 2023. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6624002/