Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

RF microneedling allows patients to combine the benefits of traditional microneedling with the heat of radiofrequency energy. This treatment delivers energy to the deeper layers of the skin to heat, tighten, and stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. This reverses the changes in our skin that occur with aging to give the skin a more youthful texture and consistency. We offer this unique non-surgical treatment for patients who want to see impressive results and improve the overall quality of their skin.

What Is Radiofrequency Microneedling?

RF microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment similar to regular microneedling, but it also includes an element of stimulating energy to dramatically boost treatment results. The procedure still uses ultra-thin needles to create micropunctures (microinjuries) in the skin. However, the difference is that additional RF energy is delivered through the needles into the deepest layers of the skin—deeper than lasers can penetrate. This stimulation activates the body’s natural wound-healing response, which leads to a dramatic increase in collagen and elastin production. This treatment has proven particularly effective for patients who want to address concerns on the face, neck, arms or even other parts of the body.

The amount of RF energy delivered can be adjusted based on the treatment results you seek and the location of the skin being treated. RF microneedling treats many of the same concerns as regular microneedling, such as skin textural problems, acne scars, and wrinkles. However, the added RF energy significantly increases overall efficacy, particularly for tightening the skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The deeper penetration of heat further stimulates the body’s tissues to produce more collagen and creates longer-lasting results.

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RF Microneedling Benefits

  • Better results with fewer treatments compared to regular microneedling
  • Smooths out wrinkles and fine lines
  • Tightens skin and improves overall tone and texture of skin
  • Targets deeper layers of skin
  • Suitable and safe for all skin types and tones
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Why Does RF Energy Improve Your Skin?

When radiofrequency energy is delivered into the skin, it stimulates your skin cells to respond by increasing production of collagen, elastin, and even new cells. This leads to a natural regenerative process that improves the overall quality and youthfulness of your skin without the risks and downtime of surgery.

Overview of an RF Microneedling Treatment

Each treatment session lasts less than 1 hour for most patients, allowing for flexibility in scheduling your visit. While the prospect of a treatment that uses needling can be intimidating, the actual experience is generally well tolerated. We first numb the treatment areas with a topical anesthetic cream, so the treatment itself is more comfortable.

While patients can return to their routine without restrictions on activities, some mild redness and swelling is normal for at least 24 hours. Most patients prefer to schedule their visit accordingly or take the next day off from work. However, any visible side effects quickly fade. Some patients note minor pinpoint bleeding or bruising at the treatment sites, but this is also normal and resolves fairly quickly.

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This 51-year-old lady complained of excess skin on the upper lids that was resting on the lashes and covering the area where she used to be able to apply eye shadow. She was also bothered by the puffiness, tear trough hollowing, and skin textural changes on the lower lids. She underwent a bilateral upper and lower blepharoplasty for a dramatic yet natural-appearing enhancement of the upper and lower eyelids.

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This 55-year-old lady presented with excess upper eyelid skin that was beginning to rest on her lashes, conceal her eyelid crease, and make her upper eyelids look heavy. She underwent an upper blepharoplasty to remove the excess skin, brighten the eyes, define the eyelid crease, and improve visibility of the platform of the eyelid.

Is RF Microneedling Right for Me?

We offer RF microneedling for patients who want to address skin concerns on the face, neck, arms, and more. One of the advantages of this treatment is how well it works with all varieties of skin tones and types. Unlike some laser treatments that can affect pigmentation, RF microneedling minimizes the risk of hyperpigmentation while still providing noticeable improvement in skin texture and laxity.

To learn if radiofrequency microneedling is right for you, the first step is to book your consultation with Dr. Bradford Lee. As an oculofacial surgeon, Dr. Lee has comprehensive experience with a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options and can recommend the best treatment options to address your concerns around the eyes, face, and neck. He works closely with each patient to fully explore their ideal treatment options, matching them with the safest and most effective options for their needs.

When Will I See Results?

RF microneedling produces the best results when done as a series of treatment sessions. While patients can certainly see improvements with a single treatment, we typically recommend a series of 2 to 4 treatments to get the best results. Final results are typically seen about 3 months after your last treatment. If your results begin to fade as time passes, an occasional maintenance treatment can help keep your skin in great shape.

Book Your Consultation

Take the first step toward experiencing non-surgical skin rejuvenation when you book your consultation with Dr. Lee. At his practice in Honolulu, he provides comprehensive cosmetic care, with a range of treatments, including RF microneedling. Call our office or use our online form to reach us and learn more about our full suite of cosmetic treatments and procedures.

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