Ever since microneedling seemed to arrive out of nowhere a few years ago as a trendy skin rejuvenation treatment, its popularity has continued to climb. That’s because the procedure—sometimes called collagen induction treatment—effectively minimizes wrinkles and improves the skin’s texture with minimal downtime. At our Westchester County dermatology practice, we take microneedling to the next level by adding radiofrequency (RF) energy to the treatment.
Many patients ask if there’s much of a difference between the traditional microneedling procedure and RF microneedling. The answer is definitely yes. In this blog post, I’ll explain how microneedling works and the benefits of RF microneedling.
What Is Microneedling?
As a standalone treatment, microneedling stimulates the production of new collagen by creating controlled injuries to the skin. These injuries, produced when tiny needles penetrate the skin, trigger the body’s natural healing reaction. Most skin rejuvenation procedures such as laser treatments, chemical peels, or intense pulsed light (IPL), wound the skin to trigger this reaction.
A microneedling procedure smooths lines and wrinkles, creates a more even skin tone by treating discoloration, shrinks enlarged pores, and fades scars and stretch marks.
What Makes RF Microneedling Different?
Adding radiofrequency to microneedling provides additional cosmetic benefits. At The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, we use the Genius™ RF Microneedling device, which emits radiofrequency pulses at the same time 49 tiny insulated microneedles penetrate the skin in the treatment area. The heat generated by the radiofrequency energy stimulates a more significant immune response and triggers the body to produce additional collagen.
Why is that important? For one thing, RF microneedling with the Genius device can be customized to a greater degree. Your provider can adjust the intensity of the energy level and penetration depth to deliver heat with more precision.
Other RF microneedling devices are available, but the Genius treatment:
- Tightens skin for a younger, more toned appearance
- Improves jawline definition
- Provides lift to the eye area for a refreshed look
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars
- Addresses the skin’s deeper layers
Genius treatments are safe for use on all skin types and most areas of exposed skin, including the face, jawline, neck, chest, arms, abdomen, knees, and thighs. You can maintain your results with professional-grade skincare products.
Is RF Microneedling For You?
Even though RF microneedling can address multiple concerns as noted, men and women with more severe signs of aging who want to avoid surgery may be better suited by undergoing Thermage® or laser skin resurfacing treatments.
If you’re looking for a medical or cosmetic dermatologist in the Westchester, NY, area for nonsurgical anti-aging treatments, contact us online to request a consultation. Or call our practice at (914) 241-3003 to schedule an appointment.