- 1 What’s the difference between RF Microneedling and Dermaroller Microneedling for the body?
- 2 What Can RF Microneedling Treat on the Body?
- 3 Cost of RF Microneedling for the body
- 4 Expert Providers
RF Microneedling repairs and tightens damaged or loose skin.
If you’ve struggled with stretch marks, scars (from surgeries or trauma), or loose skin, the real culprit is damage to the underlying collagen. Collagen and Elastin fibers in the deepest layers of the skin are what support the skin, giving it strength and elasticity. If you’ve damaged these, it’s no wonder that your skin doesn’t bounce back after weight loss. When it comes to scars, creating soft, smooth skin depends upon restoring and repairing the collagen layer below, as well.
Radiofrequency Microneedling, also known as RF Microneedling or Fractional RF, specifically targets the deep layers of the skin that contain these collagen and elastin fibers, stimulating the body to grow new collagen.
What’s the difference between RF Microneedling and Dermaroller Microneedling for the body?
Microneedling is a generic term that refers to any procedure that uses small needles to create a series of controlled injuries to the skin. How controlled and precise those injuries are can vary widely from product to product. Dermarollers and Dermapen gained popularity among aestheticians and skin care experts over the last decade as a way to induce collagen and picked up steam as they became available for home use. Unfortunately, these products aren’t nearly as precise or safe in the hands of unskilled consumers. The microneedles in rollers like the dermaroller roll into the skin at once angle, twist, and then exit at another, creating more trauma and more risk for scarring. Dermapen stamps the microneedles in and out, so if the practitioner is skilled, they can be delivered in the safe up and down perpendicular manner that is safest and most effective for treatments. However, that can be very difficult to do well on your own face, especially without proper training.
Microneedling with radiofrequency combines the process of micro needling with targeted radiofrequency and increase precision, to create safe, predictable results for collagen production.
Radiofrequency is one of the most-trusted energy types for skin tightening and collagen production. It’s the type of energy behind not only ThermiTight and ThermiSmooth, but also Thermage, VelaShape, and Exilis. All of these products use radiofrequency emitted through different applications, which makes them best-suited to certain concerns. What’s important to note is that when it comes to non-invasive and minimally invasive skin tightening for the body, radiofrequency is used in all of the best treatments, and is considered the gold standard of cutting-edge technology in this field.
There are 2 systems of RF Microneedling that we believe are worth discussing – the Infini by Lutronic and Endymed 3 Deep Intensif. We own both because we believe each has its own advantages. Infini’s needles are insulated, providing a gentler treatment for the upper portions of the skin. However, Endymed’s system doesn’t have the presets Infini does, giving the provider more control and ability to create stronger results in a single treatment. Neither is inherently better than the other. It’s about matching the right one to your goals, skin type, body, and lifestyle needs.
What Can RF Microneedling Treat on the Body?
RF Microneedling for Skin Tightening
Skin tightening can be achieved through collagen contraction when the collagen is heated to around 65 degrees Celcius. At this temperature, the collagen begins to denature and contract. This is how we are able to achieve significant skin tightening without surgery. Since the collagen layer is the support system in the deepest layers of the skin, and is responsible for the elasticity or natural “bounce” and thickness of skin, creating significant change to this layer of the skin spells out great results for thin and crepey skin (as well as skin that’s been damaged by stretch marks).
RF Microneedling for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are notoriously hard to treat. It helps to understand the underlying issue with stretch marks – the skin has been stretched with such pressure that the underlying layers have torn away along the stretch mark, leaving the upper dermis thin and unsupported. To effectively rebuild those layers can be very difficult.The deepest layers of the skin are collagen and elastin, and are stimulated to rebuild through the RF Microneedling treatment. This makes RF Microneedling the best treatment option we have ever seen for repairing the damage of stretch marks.
Nothing has been shown to completely repair the damage of stretch marks in a predictable manner. Surgical excision can remove the stretch marks, but leaves behind scars. Lasers can remove the red pigment, helping the marks to fade and blend in. But when it comes to repairing the skin’s texture, thickness, and elasticity, RF Microneedling has us impressed.
RF Microneedling for Scars on the Body – Including Plastic Surgery Scars
Scar tissues often form hard lumps deep in the collagen layers as the body heals from trauma. On the body, c-section, hernia repairs, hysterectomies, appendectomies, and many other types of surgeries commonly leave behind deep scar bundles that tether the skin to the muscle wall below, creating odd shelf-like contours. RF Microneedling can help to break up scar tissue and generate new, normal collagen growth in the area, creating a smoother, softer surface. In severe scarring cases, subcision can be paired with RF Microneedling, to break up those deepest, tough fibers.
Cost of RF Microneedling for the body
RF Microneedling is priced based upon the area treated, and the type of treatment being given. Certain results require more passes of the handpiece over the area per treatment, making the treatment much longer than others. To obtain a personalized price quote schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our cosmetic physicians.
Ready to see smoother, toned skin? Schedule a free consult with a cosmetic physician by calling (732) 356-1666.
RF Microneedling is a fairly new technology, meaning the providers who have experience with these types of procedures are those who tend to be cutting-edge and were early adopters. You’ll want to look for a provider who has experience with the RF Microneedling system they’re using, and in particular, understands how to use the system to achieve the types of skin tightening or remodeling goals on the body that you are concerned with.
Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.