Microneedling RF

Microneedling radiofrequency or "microneedling RF" is currently one of the most sought after anti aging and skin rejuvenation treatments. It specifically improves fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone and texture, large pores, scars and skin laxity.

The device inserts microneedles deep into the dermis in a smooth and controlled manner while simultaneously delivering radiofrequency heat at a precise depth. The micro channels that are created stimulate natural collagen production, and the heat from the radiofrequency promotes remodeling of collagen and elastin to tone and tighten skin. At Meraki Medical Aesthetics, we use the Virtue RF microneedling device which stands apart due to its robotic precision delivery system and sub pulse technology. Sub pulse technology allows RF energy to be broken down into sub pulses without compromising results. Treatments are therefore not only safe and effective for light and darker skin types, but can also be customized to treat specific skin concerns. An innovative post-care treatment mask is combined with microneedling RF. The mask uses microcurrent technology to drive naturally-occurring antioxidants, vitamins, moisturizers and anti-inflammatory agents deep into the skin. This soothes the skin and eliminates redness. Minimal discomfort, minimal downtime, incredible results!

What should I consider with a microneedling RF procedure?

  • This anti-aging treatment is suitable for all skin types with little risk of side effects when performed properly.
  • There is minimal downtime with microneedling RF, so you can resume your normal activities the next day.
  • Microneedling RF requires multiple treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
  • Results rely on new collagen production which continues for up to 6 months after treatment.
  • This procedure can cause dark spots (or hyperpigmentation) if the procedure is performed too aggressively.

What does a microneedling RF procedure involve?

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1-2 weeks prior to your procedure.
  • Avoid aspirin for 7 days, and NSAIDS and alcohol for 2 days prior to your procedure.
  • Avoid wearing makeup to your appointment if possible.
  • Your skin will be cleaned with a topical skin cleanser such as alcohol.
  • A topical anesthetic may be applied to the treatment area to help minimize discomfort.
  • Microneedling RF treatments with the virtue RF can be relatively painless. The sensation is often described as a stinging discomfort which is brief.
  • Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes. A course of 4 sessions every 4-6 weeks is usually recommended to achieve optimal results, followed by maintenance treatment every 6 months.
  • Following your procedure, a wet mask infused with antioxidants, vitamins, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties will be applied to your skin.
  • Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.

What are common side effects to microneedling RF?

  • Pain during treatment. This is reduced by topical numbing cream.
  • Mild redness.
  • Minimal pinpoint bleeding which is normal.
  • Mild sunburn sensation that may last a few days after treatment.
  • Unintended damage to pigment cells that results in darker patches of skin (called hyperpigmentation).