Collagen is an important element of healthy and youthful skin. Losing it to environmental damage and the realities of getting older creates wrinkles and fine lines, while generating new collagen can reverse the process and revitalize areas that show the signs of aging. Radiofrequency (RF) energy and small, carefully controlled injuries can stimulate new growth, known as neocollagenesis. When the two are combined, as with RF microneedling at Charleston's Germain Dermatology, the effects can be significant.
Dr. Marguerite Germain chose INTRAcel FRM™ Fractional RF Microneedling for her practice. The device uses an insulated needle to minimize damage to the outermost layers of skin, providing cosmetic benefits with fewer drawbacks. The ultimate result is rejuvenated skin that looks smoother, healthier, and younger.
Lines that appear on the face due to collagen loss respond well to the replenished collagen generated by microneedling. Specifically, MicroRF can be used on:
The treatment also works well to tighten skin, repair photodamage, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and large pores. It can also reduce the appearance of telangiectasia, better known as spider veins that appear as thin red lines on the nose and cheeks. This is because collagen provides volume, as well as framework for hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture well and keeps skin flexible and resilient.
INTRAcel FRM™ Fractional RF Microneedling uses insulated needles that can be adjusted to different lengths, depending on a patient's specific needs. The needles serve to create tiny channels in the skin, triggering a healing response that promotes new collagen growth. Unlike traditional microneedling, this device also uses the needles as conduits for introducing radiofrequency energy into the skin. The energy is absorbed as heat below the surface, where it remodels existing collagen and further encourages new collagen to grow.
A single MicroRF session takes less than an hour, with specific times depending on the areas being treated and how many passes of the device may be required to achieve the desired results. The results will appear gradually in the coming weeks, as natural healing processes work in the area and new collagen is produced.
The channels created by microneedling with MicroRF can help in the absorption of topical creams and serums. Talk with the Germain Dermatology team to discover what aftercare can maximize results.
Patients may notice that their treated skin is red, similar to a sunburn, after their MicroRF session, but this typical side effect should clear up on its own in a week or less.
At Germain Dermatology, microneedling is frequently paired with PRP, which involves using a patient's own healing platelets from the blood to enhance the results.