Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that creates microinjuries to the skin, stimulating collagen production that has favorable side effects. This procedure has shown to be very effective for diminishing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, surgical or accident scars, pore size reduction, textural issues, and hyperpigmentation.
With such a wide variety of applications, it’s not surprising that microneedling has become a hot cosmetic procedure in the last 10 years.
Here’s how it works. Topical anesthesia is applied for 30-60 minutes. The painless procedure takes an average of 30 minutes to complete and there is an average of two days downtime that requires a protective skin routine while the skin heals.
This treatment is usually recommended in sessions spaced three to four weeks apart. It is safe for all skin types.
Recently, many companies have incorporated radio frequency additions to their microneedling devices. So what’s the difference?
The benefit of radio frequency is that it breaks up scar tissue better than microneedling alone, and the energy can be increased to maximize results. The skin heals smoother and more plump due to the elastin and collagen increase.
That’s because the depth and the heat from the radio frequency amplifies the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid deep inside the dermis, giving it that skin-tightening effect.
In short, microneedling with radiofrequency penetrates deeper into the skin, causing more stimulation and production of collagen and elastin proteins than traditional microneedling.
As long as you’re in good health and not pregnant or breastfeeding, most people are candidates for this procedure.
The procedure can be customized to the client’s needs and tolerance, along with personalized skincare products to enhance the results.
Dr. Zoe Gazola is the owner and medical director at The Indigo Clinic in Miami, which draws patients from all over the globe.
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