Is RF Microneedling Safe?

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Radiofrequency is a term commonly associated with revolutionary technology, but less commonly associated with skincare. For those seeking a minimally invasive procedure that produces improved collagen production as it tightens skin and contours the face, neck and body, radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a proven treatment that works to minimize imperfections and achieve gorgeous, glowing skin.

This FDA-approved treatment is provided quickly and comfortably with customizable downtime and no scars. For individuals seeking a treatment to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, scarring and sagging skin, RF microneedling provides a safe and effective procedure that allows them to quickly return to their regular, day-to-day routine. As a non-surgical skin tightening treatment, RF microneedling has become a popular and effective way to bolster self-confidence without the need for extensive surgery or downtime.

What is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is a specialized, state of the art treatment which utilizes radiofrequency technology to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scarring and sagging skin, all with minimal downtime and discomfort. This procedure is FDA-approved and has been used since 2001, and with the advice and experience of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, patients can expect positive results and low risk from a minimally invasive procedure. 

Radiofrequency energy is measured in wavelengths per second. RF wavelengths fall into a particular wavelength spectrum that include the common energy waves we encounter through the radio, television and common household appliances, such as the microwave. In RF microneedling, the radiofrequency wavelength is utilized as a form of energy that produces heat. 

At Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting, RF wavelengths are harnessed through VirtueRF, a new and upgraded RF microneedling device that offers versatility while providing advanced ergonomic safety and treatment delivery features. Treatments through VirtueRF are paired with advanced sheet mask technology, the Microcurrent Mask System by Franz Skincare, which works to soothe and eliminate redness while complimenting the VirtueRF treatment.

During the treatment your dermatologist will use the handheld VirtueRF device to deliver energy directly to the treatment area. As the RF wavelengths penetrate lower levels of skin, the top level of skin remains intact. The lower levels of skin are encouraged to regenerate and rise to the surface, spurring increased collagen production and overall tightening and toning of the skin’s appearance. 

RF Microneedling Safety

While the term radiofrequency might produce a more scientific or lab-based image, radiofrequency is actually a term that describes a common wavelength which the average individual encounters on a daily basis. Keep in mind that in our daily lives we are routinely exposed to a variety of frequencies and radio frequencies through cell phones, televisions, wireless internet and other technologies. This prevalence means that RF is regularly studied and regulated by the FDA. While it has been categorized as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” this categorization is the same as coffee, power lines and common cosmetic items, such as body powder. 

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There is a risk for extended exposure, but under the care of a licensed, board-certified provider, exposure is greatly regulated and minimized and the risk for any carcinogenic exposure or other health impacts is extremely low. RF treatments work to lift and tighten tissue and this effect is achieved because energy from RF wavelengths stimulate lower levels of skin to trigger new collagen production. RF microneedling is a highly popular procedure as it provides notable results with minimal side effects. Side effects can include mild and temporary redness or swelling, as well as tingling. These side effects tend to dissipate quickly while results continue to improve over the three to six weeks following treatment. 

Choosing RF Microneedling

Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting works to provide individualized RF microneedling treatment plans that meet your individual goals and needs. This journey begins with a consultation to determine your goals for the treatment and to confirm you are a good candidate for RF microneedling. This treatment provides impressive results for people of all ages and with any skin type, including tanned or darker skin.

Schedule your appointment today to learn how RF microneedling can help you take the first steps toward healthier, smoother skin. We are proud to offer this innovative technology for the benefit of our patients.