With so many new, innovative technologies in the world of aesthetics it can be difficult to keep it all straight. A hot trend right now is radiofrequency (RF) microneedling. But what is the difference between traditional microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling.
Microneedling is generally done with a pen device such as "SkinPen" or "RejuvaPen." A cartridge with tiny needles is attached and the depth generally ranges from 0.25-2.5mm which is controlled by the provider. The devices is moved accross the skin and the needles quickly enter and exit the skin to create microchannels in the skin. About 3 passes are performed. The depth depends on the area of treatment, severity of concern, and patient's pain tolerance. This physical trauma to the skin induces collagen production over the next 3-6 months. It is best for treating acne scarring and minor lines/wrinkles on the face and neck. 3-6 treatments done 4-6 weeks apart are recommended. It is the cheaper alternative, although results are not as dramatic and take longer. Click here to see Microneedling prices at HD Aesthetic Wellness.
Radiofrequency microneedling is similar to microneedling in that tiny needles are used to enter and exit the skin to create microchannels and physical trauma to induce collagen production. However, a laser technology is fired when the needles are in the skin to increase the depth and intensity of the tissue stimulation. This leads to faster and more exaggerated results. RF microneedling devices, such as the increasingly popular "Morpheus8," treat acne scars (and other types of scars), skin laxity, minor to severe lines/wrinkles, and cellulite reduction. RF microneedling definitely has the advantage of fat reduction and skin tightening that microneedling alone can't address. 3 treatments spaced about 4 weeks apart are recommended initially. It is more expensive but you are paying for faster and more noticeable results. Click here to see RF Microneedling prices at HD Aesthetic Wellness.
To summarize, both microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling are effective methods of stimulating collagen formation to treat a variety of issues. Neither of these options will
give you overnight results, but they are both effective treatments with little down-time. If the issue is skin laxity, deep lines, deep scarring, or excess fat then RF microneedling is going to be best. If the issue is fine lines or acne scarring but you want more rapid results, again, RF microneedling is the way to go. If money is tight and you want to treat less-severe acne scarring or fine lines, microneedling alone is going to be more cost-conscious; but patience is key and you may need more treatments.