No matter how well we protect our skin from the sun and focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle, the effects of aging on the skin affect everyone at some point. While wrinkles and sagging skin cannot be avoided, fortunately there are more options available than ever before to rejuvenate and tighten your skin. At The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute in Walnut Creek, CA, Dr. Christine Lee offers a wide variety of effective treatments to combat aging. A popular new skin tightening option is radiofrequency microneedling.
What is radiofrequency microneedling?
To understand what radiofrequency microneedling is and how it works, it first helps to know the factors that contribute to radiant, youthful skin. Young skin looks fabulous due to collagen and elastin fibers, which promote a healthy supportive network to keep your skin tight and supple. When you are young, your cells regularly turn over and renew to create smooth skin that has youthful contours, and ample blood supply delivers nutrients and oxygen to the skin to give it a beautiful glow and protect it from damage.
As you get older, these processes slow down – cellular turnover is not as frequent, which causes dead cells to accumulate on your skin and give it a dull appearance. Your body also naturally reduces production of collagen and elastin in your skin, and they can become broken down by environmental pollutants such as smoking and pollution as well as lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and stress. All of this leads to dull, wrinkled, and lax skin that can make you look older than you really are.
That’s where radiofrequency (RF) microneedling comes in. With this treatment, invasive face lifts can become a thing of the past! RF microneedling is a combination of two procedures that are well-known to firm and tighten skin.
- Microneedling stimulates your skin’s natural healing processes, blood flow, and the production of collagen and elastin by creating tiny punctures in the skin with very fine needles
- RF energy is used to further tighten and firm your skin
The two procedures are synergistic, meaning that the RF energy enhances the benefits of the microneedling process and vice versa. RF microneedling is especially helpful for combatting wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks, and mouth. Common RF microneedling brands that can be used include Fractora, Infini, and Secret™ RF.
Benefits of RF microneedling
Microneedling before and after photos show a remarkable difference in the appearance of skin. After the treatment, skin is:
- More even in texture and tone
- Stimulated to have better circulation and blood flow
Patients who suffer from acne scarring also see an improvement in the scars’ appearance, and it can also improve the appearance of large pores and stretch marks.
Patients with all skin types and tones can benefit from RF microneedling, and the intensity of the heat and depth of treatment can be adjusted depending on the treatment area as well as the patient’s skin color.
What to expect
While microneedling may sound painful, we take several steps to maximize your comfort. A topical numbing agent is used on your face prior to the procedure, and if you are anxious or have very sensitive skin, we can also provide PRO-NOX nitrous oxide treatment to help make you comfortable. The treatment itself then typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Many patients see great results after just one session, and the true effects start showing about one to two weeks after your treatment. Dr. Lee creates a customized plan for each patient to help them achieve the most dramatic results and may recommend more than one treatment session depending on your skin and cosmetic goals.
Radiofrequency microneedling near me
If you are interested in learning more about RF microneedling, we encourage you to call Dr. Christine Lee at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. She can discuss the benefits of RF microneedling, whether it is the right choice for you, and your radiofrequency microneedling cost. Our office is conveniently located in Walnut Creek, CA, and can be reached at (925) 528-0117. Call us today to schedule your consultation!