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Microneedles and Fractional Radio Frequency

As we age, the skin might require a bit of help to restore its youthful vitality. Microneedling and fractional radiofrequency treatments are both designed to act as a catalyst that stimulates the healing response of the dermal structure, refreshing and rejuvenating the complexion from the inside out. Also known as collagen induction therapy, these procedures feature minimal discomfort and downtime, allowing you to enjoy long-lasting results without significant disruption to your daily routine. The Maas Clinic offers both these treatments so our professional staff can tailor your procedure to your unique needs and aesthetic goals.

What is Collagen Induction Therapy?

Collagen is a vital protein produced by the body to support the dermal structure and give skin its smooth, supple look and feel. Once we hit our 20s, we also begin to produce less collagen which leaves our skin looking dull and tired. Collagen depletion also leads to skin laxity and the formation of fine lines and deeper facial creases. Collagen induction therapy creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin that trigger collagen production. The increase in collagen reverses the effects of aging and produces a youthful, radiant appearance.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling uses a pen-like device equipped with fine needles to create micro-channels in the skin. The depth of the channels can be determined by the amount of correction you need to achieve your desired results. The device is run across the treatment area to ensure consistent results. Patients may opt to have a serum applied before the microneedling process, which works critical ingredients like hyaluronic acid into the deeper dermal layers where they can have the most significant effect.

Microneedling can address the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Enlarged pores
  • Shallow scarring
  • Irregular skin texture
  • Uneven skin tone

The procedure is frequently performed on the face, but can also be used on the neck, chest, back, arms and legs and the backs of the hands. Microneedling can be used on nearly any skin type and tone. Dr. Maas will assess the current condition of your skin as well as your specific needs to determine whether microneedling is the best way to achieve your cosmetic goals.

What is Fractional RF?

Fractional RF takes microneedling to the next level. RF stands for radiofrequency, or electrical energy that heats the dermis to produce rejuvenating effects. The RF energy is delivered as the micro-needles penetrate the skin, allowing the heat into the deepest parts of the structure where it can provide the most significant benefit. Fractional RF is particularly useful in skin tightening and smoothing away lines and facial creases as it smooths and firms the surface of the skin.

Like microneedling, fractional RF can be performed on any skin type and tone. Even darker skin tones that might not respond well to laser rejuvenation can get positive results from this procedure. Tanned skin can also be addressed with this process. In addition to treating skin laxity and wrinkles, the method offers improvement in shallow scarring and produces a more even, radiant skin tone overall. 

Combining Treatments

While both microneedling and fractional RF offer stellar results as stand-alone treatments, you can choose to combine them with additional procedures to further enhance your results. Injectable treatments are particularly popular, as both wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers can target lines and volume loss that might not be eliminated with collagen induction therapies alone. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is another good option to combine with microneedling since IPL treatments are particularly useful in removing brown spots and other pigmentation irregularities while microneedling focuses more on rejuvenating the skin and reversing other symptoms of sun damage and aging.

Dr. Maas recommends scheduling separate treatment sessions for these procedures to prevent potential complications. You may need to schedule your treatments a few weeks apart to give your skin ample time to heal from one procedure before undergoing a second one. At your consultation, he will advise you as to the best treatment schedule for your comprehensive rejuvenation program.

What to Expect from Your Procedure

Dr. Maas performs both microneedling and fractional RF treatments in his offices at The Maas Clinic. We will begin your procedure with the application of a topical numbing cream across the treatment area to ensure you are comfortable throughout your session. After about 30 minutes, Dr. Maas will cleanse the area and prepare it for the process. A handpiece delivers both the needles and the radiofrequency energy for the RF treatment as it passes across the surface of the skin. Most treatment sessions take just a few minutes to complete once the numbing cream takes effect.

After Your Treatment

After the microneedling process, your skin may be slightly red and tender to the touch, much like it feels when it is sunburned. Neither side effect should persist for much longer than 24 hours. Some patients choose to remain home for the first night after their procedure until they can apply makeup and hide the telltale signs of their cosmetic procedure. However, there should not be any discomfort or other symptoms that keep you from performing your daily tasks right away.

To achieve an optimal outcome, Dr. Maas may recommend you commit to a series of treatment sessions. Most patients require three to four appointments, spaced about one month apart, to see the best possible results. In the months following your last session, you will begin to see improvements in the overall look and feel of your skin and visible reduction in imperfections like fine lines, enlarged pores and shallow scars. Once those results are apparent, an occasional touch-up session should be all that is necessary to maintain your healthy glow.

Collagen induction therapy is an effective way to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out, stimulating the body’s restorative processes for a look that is decidedly natural, beautiful and more youthful. If you would like to learn more about either of these treatments, Dr. Maas would be happy to talk with you and answer all your questions. Contact The Maas Clinic today at (415) 567-7000 or contact us by email to schedule your consultation.

The information about microneedles and fractional radio frequency was reviewed by Dr. Corey Maas. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form on the sidebar.

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