Microneedling is a powerful cosmetic procedure that can tighten skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of large pores, hyperpigmentation, and scarring. Columbia Laser Skin Center offers the most effective microneedling treatments available. One of these is Secret RF microneedling, which is different from traditional microneedling because it utilizes radiofrequency (RF) energy.
Traditional microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that uses a special device to create controlled damage in the form of microscopic wounds along the skin. The wounds are tiny and only deep enough to awaken your skin’s natural healing process.
How Traditional Microneedling Works
By stimulating your skin’s natural healing process, microneedling helps your body produce new collagen and elastin, which help your skin look younger.
Why Collagen and Elastin Are Necessary for Healthy Skin
Collagen is a special protein in your body that helps with the structural integrity of some of your systems, like cells and joints. Collagen is located densely in the skin and is the main reason why skin is plump, voluminous, and strong.
As you age, your body produces less and less new collagen. This is why skin becomes thinner, less elastic, and saggier with age.
4 Secret RF Microneedling Benefits
Secret RF microneedling still utilizes the concept of controlled micro-injuries, but it also combines radiofrequency energy to help give even better results. Secret RF microneedling has many advantages and benefits over traditional microneedling.
1. RF Microneedling Can Penetrate Deeper into Your Skin
Your skin is made up of three fundamental layers. The deepest layer of your skin is the hypodermis, which contains subcutaneous fat. This subcutaneous fat layer is crucial for many elements of your body’s health, including regulating your hormones and helping to insulate your body.
The mid-layer of your skin is the dermis, which is where collagen and elastin are found. The top layer of skin (the layer you actually touch) is your epidermis. Traditional microneedling is only able to interact with the top layer of your skin, which is why its effects aren’t as potent as Secret RF microneedling. Secret RF microneedling benefits you by penetrating deeper into the dermis, where it can directly interact with your body’s collagen and elastin.
2. RF Microneedling Reduces the Appearance of Lines and Wrinkles
Microneedling can reduce lines and wrinkles by increasing the collagen that plumps your skin. However, there are limitations on what traditional microneedling can offer with wrinkle reduction. Traditional microneedling triggers your body’s natural wound-healing process, which induces collagen production. But Secret RF microneedling actually stimulates collagen production in and of itself because the RF energy can reach deeper skin layers. Therefore, Secret RF microneedling benefits patients because it can treat more severe lines and wrinkles than traditional microneedling.
3. RF Microneedling Helps Treat Scars
Secret RF microneedling outperforms traditional microneedling when it comes to wrinkles, and it also excels at treating scars, including acne scars. Acne scars and other forms of scarring can create rough, thick patches of damaged skin that are resistant to traditional microneedling. RF energy can break up tough patches of damaged skin and allow for more potent healing benefits.
4. RF Microneedling Is Customizable for You!
Secret RF microneedling is an extremely versatile procedure based on your treatment goals. RF microneedling machines can adjust the size and depth of treatment needed and the depth of the needle. This makes Secret RF microneedling a valid alternative to more aggressive procedures like ablative laser therapy.
Before Your Secret RF Microneedling Procedure
Before your Secret RF microneedling session, there are some precautions you should take so you can have the best treatment outcomes possible. Plan to do the following before your treatment:
- Avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours
- Avoid acne medications like Accutane for at least six months
- Make sure your face is clean and free of makeup
These are some of the best practices to set you up for success during your RF microneedling treatment.
During Your Secret RF Microneedling Procedure
During your procedure, we will follow a process to ensure you have the best experience possible. We’ll start by cleansing your skin with alcohol to enhance safety. Then, we’ll apply a topical anesthetic to help increase your comfort. Depending on our recommendations and your comfort needs, we may inject an anesthetic. These anesthetics help numb your treatment areas to keep you comfortable during your Secret RF microneedling procedure. The actual RF microneedling process only takes around 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how large the treatment area is. Afterward, we will apply solutions to support your body’s cell regeneration and enhance your post-procedural comfort.
After Your Secret RF Microneedling Procedure
After your procedure, you can immediately resume your routine and activities since Secret RF microneedling doesn’t require any downtime. However, you should expect to avoid washing your face for a few hours after your session. In the first few days post-treatment, stick to only rinsing your face with water or using a gentle cleanser.
You should also not plan any high-intensity activities like strenuous exercise and swimming, and you’ll want to avoid excessive sun exposure to protect your skin. We will give you aftercare recommendations to ensure you get the best results possible. Follow-up treatments and your treatment schedule will also be discussed during your consultation.
Secret RF Microneedling in The Dalles, OR
Columbia Laser Skin Center in The Dalles, OR, offers Secret RF microneedling to help patients address a variety of cosmetic needs, from wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks to saggy skin, cellulite, and hyperpigmentation.
Contact Columbia Laser Skin Center, serving The Dalles and the Columbia Gorge region, for a consultation to get started on your Secret RF microneedling journey.