RF Microneedling in Vancouver
By now, you’ve probably heard the buzz about radiofrequency microneedling on social media or your favorite beauty blog. But what is this trendy treatment, and how can it benefit you?
Dr. Shadan Kabiri and her handpicked team of aesthetic medical experts are proud to bring many of the most cutting-edge non-surgical cosmetic procedures to people in the Vancouver area. Our patients have been delighted with the results we’ve been able to provide through RF microneedling.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an excellent method for promoting cellular turnover and renewal. The principle is based on your skin’s remarkable natural healing ability. By creating thousands of microscopic, superficial injuries to your skin using small, fine needles, we kick your body’s production of collagen and elastin into high gear.
Microneedling results in a healing response called cell remodeling, which creates smoother, younger-looking skin with no need for surgery or scarring. When combined with radiofrequency technology, this innovative treatment tightens the skin from the outside in.
How Does Radiofrequency Work?
Though microneedling alone can provide a noticeable improvement in your skin’s quality, adding radiofrequency to it creates longer-term results. Radiofrequency boosts the effectiveness of microneedling by delivering controlled heat energy directly to the dermis, which is rich in collagen.
Although RF energy occurs at the same frequency as radio waves, it is essentially electrical energy. Applying RF energy to the skin heats the collagen and causes it to contract. The result is a nearly painless procedure that can significantly improve wrinkling, scars, and skin laxity with no recovery time.
Proven Benefits of RF Microneedling
- Minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size
- Tightens and lifts sagging skin, such as that found along the jawline
- Improves uneven skin tone, dark spots, or hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage and lifestyle choices
- Makes topical skin care products more effective by enabling them to penetrate deeper
- Smooths scars from surgery, accidents, or acne
What to Expect During RF Microneedling
Microneedling is an in-office treatment. After cleaning your skin and applying a topical anesthetic, we guide the microneedling device across your face to create numerous micro-channels in the surface of the skin. At the same time, the RF energy penetrates the dermis, heating it to encourage tissue tightening and collagen growth.
What to Expect After Your RF Microneedling Treatment
You’ll come out of your appointment with slightly reddened skin, almost like a sunburn. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may also experience mild swelling or bruising, which should subside by themselves within the first two to three days after treatment.
For the week after your microneedling, you will need to be especially conscientious about using sunscreen, as well as a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. While your cellular turnover is occurring, your skin will likely feel tight, dry, and flaky as you shed old and damaged cells and begin to see your rejuvenated complexion. During this initial healing time, you’ll want to keep skin moist and hydrated.
Within several weeks after your first treatment, you will notice a smoother, more glowing appearance; however, your results will keep improving for months following your RF microneedling procedure, as your collagen production continues to ramp up.
Frequently Asked Questions About RF Microneedling
What else should you know about the revolutionary RF microneedling procedure and its benefits for your skin? Keep reading to see our answers to our patients’ most-asked questions.
People with sun damage, scarring, sagging skin, uneven skin texture, discoloration, or anyone who wants to refresh their youthful appearance without surgery is well-qualified for this procedure.
RF microneedling has proven effective for patients of all ages, skin types, and skin tones. However, we advise against getting this treatment if you are pregnant, have used Accutane within the past six months, have open wounds or a skin infection, have undergone radiation treatment in the last year, or have a history of keloid scars.
There’s no such thing as a target age for this procedure. We often work with younger patients who seek the treatment as a preventive measure against signs of premature aging. However, older people can benefit from it as well. If you’re considering microneedling, your best bet is to come in and see us. After evaluating your skin and asking you questions about your concerns, we’ll help you determine if RF microneedling is a good solution for you.
Since everyone heals differently, it’s difficult to predict how long you will experience the side effects of RF microneedling, such as swelling, bruising, and redness. However, most people can go back to work the next day. If you are coming in for your first treatment session, you might want to schedule it for a Friday, so you have the whole weekend to allow the effects to subside.
To ensure your skin heals properly, it’s essential to follow your post-procedure care instructions diligently, including keeping your skin moisturized to combat any dryness or flakiness.
You will likely see the most benefit by scheduling a series of three to four sessions, with maintenance treatments every few months to keep skin looking its best and brightest. The number of appointments you will need will vary depending on your cosmetic goals.
To avoid affecting the injection sites and causing potentially harmful effects, we recommend waiting at least two weeks after getting Botox® and two months after dermal fillers to schedule a RF microneedling appointment.
As with every non-surgical procedure we perform, we take every precaution to ensure your safety and comfort during RF microneedling. That includes providing a topical anesthetic beforehand. The recovery process is also very straightforward and involves minimal discomfort.
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