When it comes to achieving flawless skin, we live in a time when this is becoming more accessible than ever. With the help of medical-grade skincare and new treatments, this is an achievable goal. However, it is still challenging to determine which treatments are best for your specific issues. One of the latest treatment technologies is combining two or more treatments. We’ll be talking about radiofrequency microneedling and laser resurfacing in this case.
Before you try any treatment, you should know what it is and how it can benefit you.
Let’s talk about the differences between these two treatments: radiofrequency microneedling and laser resurfacing treatment, and see how and why they can help you.
Radiofrequency Microneedling Vs. Laser Resurfacing
The difference between these two treatments is their approach and how they work.
Radiofrequency microneedling (RF MN) is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the skin (0.5-1.5 mm deep) and create microscopic channels while delivering radiofrequency heat. It’s a combination of old-school microneedling with the addition of RF. The RF ups the efficacy of microneedling by adding heat that can penetrate deep into the dermis, which will help improve deep wrinkles and tighten skin.
Laser resurfacing treatments are just what they sound like.
We are resurfacing your skin to reveal new healthy skin to take off all the dull, discolored, damaged skin. There are ablative lasers like CO2 and Erbium, which do an amazing job, but you will have days of downtime after removing that top layer of skin. Now we also have non-ablative lasers with similar results (although it will take a few visits) and no downtime. Non-ablative laser resurfacing uses a milder form of fractionated energy that stimulates collagen growth in the epidermis to create new skin cells. This minimally invasive procedure removes unwanted pigment and surface wrinkles while leaving the rest of the skin intact. As you’ve probably noted, the big difference here is that laser resurfacing works on the skin’s surface, while RF MN is focused on deep tissue.
How Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Work?
Microneedling and microchanneling are minimally invasive procedures that use tiny needles to create a series of tiny punctures in the skin. The point of these punctures is to damage the skin enough to simulate a wound. Note, it’s to simulate a wound, not create considerable harm. There does not need to be blood and downtime.
Stimulates Collagen Production
The point of microneedling is to stimulate collagen production. However, the only natural way to encourage the skin to produce more collagen is by engaging the fibroblast activity, which only activates in the presence of wounds. Fibroblast activity is one of your body’s healing processes.
So microneedling creates enough micro-trauma to simulate a wound, but not too much. That starts the fibroblast activity to produce more collagen to heal the skin. Old skin is reinforced further and rejuvenated. Once we have these tiny microchannels open, we can add Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or ProCell growth factors for an added kick since they are able to get into the dermis via the little “holes” in your skin.
What About Radiofrequency?
Radiofrequency microneedling works in the same concept, but it enhances the results of ordinary microneedling and microchanneling.
There are times when microneedling can’t go deep enough into the skin. If you try to go deeper, there’s a potential that you can cause too much trauma and downtime. This is where radiofrequency can fill in the gaps.
Radiofrequency heat can stimulate more fibroblast activity to produce more collagen. When the needles pierce the skin, the radiofrequency assists the microneedling by releasing its energy deeper, stimulating more fibroblast activity.
Benefits Of Radiofrequency Microneedling
Radiofrequency microneedling is the most popular form of microneedling because it’s the most effective form of microneedling. It can also be a safe alternative for chemical peels, ablative lasers, and other procedures that can cause downtime or scarring. Because the focus is on the deep dermis and collagen creation, the effects of this can take three or more months to be fully appreciated.
Radiofrequency microneedling has several benefits, including:
● Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
● Improves acne scars
● Reduces scars
● Tightens the skin
● Reduces pore sizes
How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?
Non-ablative laser resurfacing is a cutting-edge technology that can remove the top layer of the skin without damaging the underlying tissue.
It’s a technique that uses low–power lasers to target and removes unwanted tissue without damaging healthy cells. The technique is often used for cosmetic purposes, such as facial rejuvenation or hair removal, but it has also been used in medical settings.
The laser light is fractionated, so tiny dots of the laser light penetrate through the skin’s surface and heats the top layer of skin cells, which causes them to die. This process removes unwanted tissue while preserving healthy cells underneath. We are not taking the entire layer of skin off as we do with ablative erbium and CO2.
Also Stimulates Collagen Production
Laser resurfacing can also boost collagen production by delivering just the right amount of energy into the top layers of skin. It only applies heat to specific skin depths, avoiding injuring other skin layers.
Benefits Of Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a quick, efficient, and safe procedure that can improve the appearance of your skin in just a few days. This treatment removes the top layer of skin cells and stimulates new cell growth to create smoother, younger-looking skin.
Laser resurfacing has many benefits, including:
● Reduces redness
● Improves pigmentation
● Treats sun-damaged skin and melasma
● Treats suns spots, age spots, and actinic keratosis
● Rebuilds healthy skin
Which One Should You Choose?
Between the two skincare treatments, which ones should you consider?
To put it simply, if you want a improve your skin’s health overall health or are of a certain age, you may want to consider radiofrequency microneedling. However, on the other hand, if you are younger or want to improve your skin’s outward appearance, you may want to consider laser resurfacing treatment.
While some of their benefits overlap, their purposes are different. Laser resurfacing targets the surface appearance, while radiofrequency microneedling is more concerned with the deeper skin layers.
Why Not Combine the Two?
Why not have the best of two worlds? If you want to treat your skin inside and out, why not consider radiofrequency and laser resurfacing?
We call this Total Skin Rejuvenation. It’s the best option we offer with no downtime to see big differences in your skin.
We are attacking the problem from both the deep dermal layers – with RF MN – which will help with deep wrinkles and tightening and then resurfacing to take care of the discoloration and textural skin issues. Most patients will need about three treatments, spaced about 4-6 weeks apart; then, you could do one or two a year to maintain your results. It is all you and your body, so the effects and duration are up to each individual’s aging process. You will see results in about two weeks, but the maximum benefit takes about three months from the treatment.
Radiofrequency microneedling tightens the skin and treats the deep skin layer. Adding laser resurfacing can work on the surface skin layers. This combination is the perfect treatment for overall enhanced skin health without any downtime.