RF Needling Vs Microneedling: Which Is Better?June 13, 2019
Microneedling and RF Needling are both used to promote collagen and elastin in the skin and to reduce scar tissue for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. The procedures involve a number of small percutaneous punctures to the skin. In less technical terms, they’re like poking your face full of tiny little holes using very small needles. The needles stimulate a wound healing response throughout your skin without creating an actual wound. The healing response causes your body to release growth factors (the hormones that stimulate cell repair) as new blood vessels form and the collagen fibres begin to rebuild and regenerate themselves. As a result, fine lines and textural concerns are reduced, and your skin looks strengthened and more youthful.
Although the treatments are similar, the tools are very different and we tend to get far better results from RF needling with fewer treatments. Read on to find out how and why.
Microneedling is most often done with a dermaroller or a dermapen.
The dermaroller, true to its name, has a handle and a roller with tiny needles on it. The needles are about 0.25 – 0.5 mm in diameter and usually 1.5 – 2 mm long. It’s rolled over the skin to make the little pin pricks that stimulate a healing response in your skin.
You can purchase dermarollers for at-home use, but they come with risks. If you don’t keep them properly sterilised, or if you don’t cleanse your skin properly, it can lead to infections and even breakouts. If you use the wrong depth or too much pressure, you can also risk causing microdamages to the skin.
Instead of the roller, some clinics will use the dermapen, a slightly more advanced, hand-held device with microneedles on the tip. The more opulently named diamond-tipped dermapen has diamond-shaped needle tips. The needle tips move speedily back and forth as the pen is moved across the skin. dermapen producers claim that the quick back and forth movement of the needles make the dermapen less likely to cause damage to the surface layer of the skin.
RF Needling, short for Radiofrequency Needling, is a major advancement on dermapen. It comes with a hand-held device on which needles move back and forth, but with a few improvements. Rather than moved steadily along the skin’s surface, the handpiece treats one spot at a time. That is, the handpiece is held perpendicular to the skin so that the microneedles can puncture and draw back. Then the handpiece is placed on the next spot. This further decreases the risk of micro damages to the skin and gives your Clinician greater accuracy.
The needles can also be set to reach different depths to protect areas with thinner skin, such as the forehead, and better penetrate thicker skin, such as the cheeks.
The main difference between RF Needling and Microneedling is the addition of radiofrequency energy. The radiofrequency energy creates controlled heat in the deeper tissues of the skin to give your collagen an additional boost and increase the healing response created by the micro needles. Radiofrequency is often used on its own for skin-tightening treatments, sometimes known as non-surgical facelifts.
Radiofrequency energy and increased accuracy are the main reasons why RF Needling has improved results on Microneedling.
Scalp Needling for Hair Loss
Microneedling, without the radiofrequency energy, can also be used on the scalp to promote hair growth for thinning hair. Like facial needling treatments, Microneedling can be used on the scalp to promote a wound healing response. The theory is that the wound healing response helps to nourish and strengthen the follicles.
At Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia we find that you get much more powerful results when needling is combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma), especially when it comes to hereditary hair loss. PRP is derived from your own blood. One of our doctors or nurses will take a small blood sample in clinic and process it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma, which is full of growth factors and nourishing platelets that help repair the hair follicles.
With PRP for hair loss, we use a highly specialised medical injection gun that has multiple fine needlepoints. The depths and injections can be carefully controlled for even distribution. The main benefit is that you get the wound healing response that comes from micro needling at the same time that PRP helps to nourish and repair the follicles for a much more effective treatment.
If you want to give needling a try, get in touch. We offer free consultations so you can be sure it’s the right treatment for you!
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