Fractional RF Microneedling


What is Microneedling?


Microneedling is a dermatological procedure that has been in use for nearly three decades. It operates under the principle that controlled damage to problematic areas of the skin will spur the body’s natural healing process to improve texture and appearance. As evident by its name, this technique uses small needles to create superficial injuries and induce rejuvenation.


What is Fractional RF Microneedling?


Fractional radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is one of the more recent techniques that has gained popularity for its safety profile and short healing period. The needles release non-ionising low-energy radiation deep into the skin. This produces ‘thermal zones’ in the deeper layers of the skin where the cells that promote healing and skin rejuvenation are. 


What are the benefits of RF microneedling?

With certain settings, we can bypass injury to the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) such that there is less chance of the skin surface being damaged.  This means that hyperpigmentation (excessive brown changes on the skin) is much less likely and healing time is reduced.

Microneedling devices that use fractional radiofrequency are equipped with customizable settings. Needle depth, exposure time, and power level can be adjusted according to the needs of each individual patient. Treatments can be combined with infusion of PRP for enhanced effect.


What can fractional RF microneedling be used for?


Fractional radiofrequency microneedling has been proven effective in a range of skin issues, including scars (acne scars and traumatic scars), stretch marks, textural irregularities, wrinkles, hyperhidrosis, poor skin elasticity, among others. Because the epidermis is hardly exposed to injury, it is safe for use in coloured skin.  Certain settings can be fine tuned to allow for a skin tightening effect as well.


How are the effects of RF microneedling optimised at Melbourne Skin & Dermatology?


At Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, we have the option of combining radiofrequency microneedling with CO2 laser as well as PRP for enhanced effect.  


While radiofrequency microneedling targets tissues in the deeper layers of the skin, CO2 laser improves the appearance of the superficial layers of the skin. The addition of PRP allows for more rapid healing times and has the potential to further enhance the benefit of each individual procedure.  You can read more about PRP here.


Given that skin issues that may be improved with microneedling often benefit from the skin resurfacing properties of carbon dioxide fractional lasers, it makes sense to offer all three procedures in a single treatment session. 


Why have your RF microneedling performed at Melbourne Skin & Dermatology?


In the hands of highly trained practitioners at Melbourne Skin & Dermatology, fractional radiofrequency microneedling can be an excellent option for many aesthetic dermatological complaints.


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