The aesthetic field is constantly evolving as new technology enhances the results for skin concerns. At PRO Medical Spa, it is our priority to provide state-of-the-art techniques for patient satisfaction. A common question we receive is which microneedling treatment is best suited for an individual.
Microneedling consists of a device inserting sterile needles to create micro channels in the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural wound-healing response and results in an increased production of collagen and elastin. This concept has been around since the 1990s and was developed to address scars and wrinkles with hypodermic needles. Advancements in technology has allowed practitioners to combine microneedling with additional treatments during the same visit to enhance the patient’s outcome.
The question remains – What is the difference?
Traditional microneedling was originally performed with a dermal roller, a device that rolled over the treatment area with micro surgical needles. This is more common for at-home devices and has been found to cause more damage to the skin due to improper sterilization and triggering inflammation. It is highly recommended to receive microneedling from a licensed practitioner. Luckily, devices have advanced to using sterile single-use microneedles that puncture the skin at a rapid pace for optimum results.
This technique can be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments, facials, chemical peels, and certain laser treatments. It has been found to be effective for skin conditions such as fine lines, mild to moderate acne scars, rough texture, and enlarged pores. Traditional microneedling is commonly recommended for younger patients who are looking for anti-aging treatments but are not ready for lasers. The common downtime varies between two to five days depending on the intensity of the treatment.
Microneedling with radio frequency combines two technologies into one treatment to correct signs of aging and moderate skin conditions by reaching deeper layers of skin. Radio frequency technology works by delivering bipolar energy to the dermal layer and reaching temperatures between 43°C and 70°C to induce new collagen and elastin production. An advantage to radio frequency is that it can penetrate deeper compared to laser treatments while being safe for all skin tones.
When combining microneedling with radio frequency, the results can be effective for correcting laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, moderate acne scars, rough texture, and pore size. The common downtime is two to three days and pinpoint bleeding is not anticipated since the radio frequency heat coagulates the tissue. Although it is recommended for patients of all ages, it is recommended for patients who are looking for corrective treatments.
The beauty of microneedling is that it can be approached in many ways to accommodate the patient’s goals and lifestyle. This technology is safe to receive during summertime and the minimal downtime makes it accessible to many individuals.
For more information contact the PRO Medical Spa: call (425) 861-6281 or schedule online.