Microneedling is a procedure that uses fine needles to create microwounds, or channels, in the skin.This controlled minute injuries in the skin triggers the production of skin tiny blood vessels or capillaries, Collagen and Elastin.Microneedling is also called skin needling or Per cutaneous collagen induction therapy.
At Dr Wafaa Clinic in Reading, there is two types of Microneedling: -Simple Medical Microneedling -Radiofrequency Microneedling
When the procedure uses radiofrequency waves which is a type of energy, it’s called Radiofrequency Microneedling.In this case, the needles releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional stimulation. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling and is more powerful than the Simple Medical Microneedling. After the procedure, The skin that is stimulated becomes thicker and smoother.
This treatment can target:
scars from injury or surgery
loose, sagging skin
But it also can help in treating excessive sweating or what is know as hyperhidrosis
On a note, the famous Judy Murray had this treatment recently and Radiofrequency Microneedling was the treatment of choice used to create her non-surgical facelift
Advantage and Features
Frequently Asked Questions
Radiofrequency microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses needles in combination with fractional radiofrequency energy.
The treatment involves insulated gold-plated microneedles that penetrate into the skin at a certain depth and deliver a radiofrequency impulse into the targeted area.
This way of delivering radiofrequency gives off more uniform heating of the deeper skin layers thus causing collagen contraction and stimulation.
Thus it helps to stimulate the body's own production of collagen and elastin over the next few months, resulting in long-term skin tightening and rejuvenation.
Immediate and long-term skin tightening and wrinkle reduction
Stimulation of new collagen production
Improvement in skin texture and tone
Reduction in pore size
Improvement in acne scars and other types of scarring
Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
Improvement in overall skin health
Yes, radiofrequency microneedling is considered a very safe cosmetic procedure and is suitable for all skin types.
It can be performed quickly with minimum downtime. There is minimal risk of side effects or complications, and the procedure is well-tolerated by most people.
It is Suitable for all skin types
Shorter procedure time and downtime
Lower risks such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring
Suitable for all skin types and colours
At Dr Wafaa Clinic in Reading , all treatments starts by a comprehensive consultation with Dr Wafaa. Then after discussing your concerns, procedure of choice and risks and side effects, you will be invited to have your treatment.
The treatment area will be cleansed and numbing cream may be applied for 30 minutes to minimize discomfort.
The microneedling treatmentusually takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area
Immediately after the procedure, your face is warm, red and mildly swollen.
After around 4 days the needle marks will disappear, and your face will start to feel tighter and more lifted.
The full effect of the procedure will be visible after 2-3 months.
The most common side effects of radiofrequency micro-needling are temporary and include:
Redness and swelling
Bruising and tenderness
Dryness and flaking
After the treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling, which should resolve within a few hours to a couple of days.
It is important to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen for the first week following the treatment.
RF microneedling results are typically seen within a few weeks, with continuous improvement over the next few months. Most people will need 2-3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart to achieve best results.
After your RF microneedling treatment, it is normal to experience some redness and swelling.
This is perfectly normal and will typically subside within a few hours to a couple of days.
Now regarding your skin care after your treatment, here are some rules:
1-Sun Protection is critical.
Avoid exposing your skin to the sun immediately after treatment. Also, wear sunscreen daily for at least 2 weeks after the RF microneedling treatment.
Additional protection such as reapplying your sunscreen, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and seeking shade when possible is also highly recommended.
Within the first few days after your RF Microneedling treatment, you may notice that your skin is red, sore, blotchy, dry, and flaky. Some tiny needle scabs might be visible too.
This is normal and should go away on its own provided the right aftercare is followed.
To help alleviate the irritation and the skin repair process after the treatment, we recommend the daily use of a gentle soap-free cleanser,a ceramide rich moisturiser, followed by very high sun protection.
You should avoid also the use of any exfoliating treatments including products containing AHA/BHA
avoid using products containing retinoids including retinol for at least 2 weeks after the rf microneedling treatment
avoid any heat treatments and strenuous activities such as hot showers, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, sunbeds, heavy gym workouts, running, all-night dancing, etc. for at least 3 days following the treatment.
Avoid make-up for the first 24 to 72 hours.
drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in antioxidants including lots of fruit and veggies to help support your skin, as it goes through the healing process. Liposomal Vitamin C intake orally is a great way to stimulate the collagen and to boost your skin healing process
It depends on the area you need to treat, but as a general rule a session of RF Microneedling for the face cost £479