RF Microneedling and Microneedling sound similar to one another, but how do they differ, and which one is more suitable for you?
We will be explaining these two procedures and highlighting their pros and cons.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is the use of tiny, fine, sterile needles to puncture the skin.
This procedure aims to improve the overall look of the skin’s surface, and can be used for acne scarring, enlarged pores, and refinement of skin texture.
There are many Microneedling pens in the market, the ones that are only sold to physician clinics can reach a deeper depth into the skin, further improving scars and wrinkles.
What is RF Microneedling？
RF Microneedling (aka Radiofrequency Microneedling) is a procedure that combines the technology of both Radiofrequency and Microneedling.
Radiofrequency refers to the use of controlled waves of energy that travel to the deeper layers of skin with the microneedles, providing the area with a tightening effect while having the ability to stimulate natural collagen production.
How does Microneedling work?
Both Microneedling and RF Microneedling work by ‘micro-wounding’ the skin in order to trigger the body’s natural healing response.
Your body tries to heal itself by producing collagen. Think of a scar you’ve gotten from an injury – the scar is actually just a ton of collagen!
However, you don’t need to worry about scarring because the level of injury from RF and Microneedling has been precisely designed to be extremely minimal.
RF MicroNeedling vs Microneedling
RF Microneedling combines the benefits of Radiofrequency and Microneedling, whereas Microneedling on its own does not use Radiofrequency.
The costs of the two procedures will differ, with RF Microneedling costing more than just Microneedling alone.
Microneedling by itself can be performed either with a machine or a simple device, but RF Microneedling uses a machine to generate Radiofrequency energy. This increases the collagen production, and improves overall results.
During RF Microneedling, the skin is punctured by the needles while Radiofrequency energy is simultaneously delivered into the skin. This allows the energy to travel deeper and more efficiently, giving more enhanced results.
– Side Effects
Another difference is that the Radiofrequency coagulates the blood in your tissues, and therefore, there is hardly any blood with RF Microneedling compared to Microneedling alone, where there will be some pinpoint bleeding due to puncturing the skin with Microneedles.
If your skin concerns make you suitable for both Radiofrequency and Microneedling, you may wish to try out RF Microneedling to maximize your results.
Benefits & Risks
For the right candidate, the benefits of both RF and Microneedling can be incredible.
Skin laxity issues such as loose sagging skin (such as around the lower face area and cheeks) will be tightened and more firm.
The microneedles will do the rest of the work by smoothing out the complexion while targeting wrinkles and fine lines. Premature aging of the skin can also be alleviated with this treatment, and implementing multiple sessions of RF Microneedling can greatly improve and prolong your youthfulness.
The risks for RF and Microneedling are usually associated with untrained technicians or inadequate quality control.
Since Microneedling is a slightly invasive procedure, it is extremely important for the needles to be sterile.
Unsterile needles and unsanitary equipment may cause infections that would otherwise be easily avoided.
Choosing the right provider to perform your procedure should be a thoroughly researched process, and you should always check your provider’s qualifications.
Discomfort may be experienced during the procedure. Numbing is usually provided to the patient, but some areas of the face can be more sensitive, such as around the mouth.
The needles are ultra fine, but passing over an already treated area may cause some discomfort.
In addition, you will experience pinpoint bleeding during Microneedling.
This will usually be a tiny amount of bleeding which should resolve soon on its own, granted you are not taking any blood thinning medication. Mild bruising may occur after your treatment and it should go away soon on its own.
RF is typically felt in the skin as heat. Using RF on higher settings may cause the patient to feel a warm tingling sensation, but should not be too painful. If you are feeling or looking a bit flushed after your treatment – it’s totally normal. You can always apply an ice pack on the area if needed.
Get Microneedling Without Worrying!
If you are interested in RF Microneedling or Microneedling, and are wondering whether you’re a good candidate, come in for a free consultation with us to find out!
Ovo Medi Spa uses the highest quality ultra-fine Microneedle tips and newest RF technology, while ensuring our patients are comfortable throughout the whole process.
We follow and maintain a strict sanitation procedure in between patients.