Discover the Latest in Skin Rejuvenation

Today, there are more skin rejuvenation options than ever before. It’s never been safer or more convenient to get youthful, glowing skin with minimally invasive treatments that offer great results and low downtime. RF microneedling is one of the latest solutions for patients who want to look younger without a lengthy recovery period. The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to introduce this innovative skin care treatment to patients. This in-office procedure combines microneedling with radiofrequency thermal energy to promote collagen production and tightening of the skin. RF microneedling is safe for all skin types. This treatment can improve signs of aging, scars, stretch marks, and mild skin laxity.

What Is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is named for the two components involved in its skin rejuvenation approach: the pixelation effect that appears in the skin from microneedles and the radiofrequency energy that it delivers to the skin. Through the small punctures and the introduction of radiofrequency energy deep into the tissues, microchannels are formed in the skin. This creates a controlled injury using both heat energy and manual punctures. These microchannels then trigger the body’s natural healing process. By creating this minor damage, collagen production is boosted, and new, healthy tissue is formed. Collagen plays a vital role in the skin’s health, creating the look of healthy, youthful skin. When the skin is damaged through UV rays, the natural aging process, disease, trauma, collagen loss, or through skin irregularities, signs of aging can occur. RF microneedling is a treatment that helps rejuvenate the skin through increased collagen production. Because the transformation begins at the deepest layer of skin, the dermis, cellular improvements will continue for up to 8-12 weeks after each treatment.

Why Choose The RF Microneedling Treatment?

RF microneedling is a great option for those with skin texture issues. This minimally invasive treatment harnesses the body’s recovery powers to enhance the skin. Patients can undergo the procedure to treat existing issues, which may postpone the need for more invasive treatments and cosmetic surgeries.

RF microneedling can also be performed following a surgical procedure to help maintain the results of the surgery, such as a facelift. In these cases, RF microneedling can help to build collagen production and create a uniformly refreshed look.

RF microneedling is effective in improving the following conditions: 

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Large pores
  • Scars
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks

Candidates For RF Microneedling

Prospective patients may be considered for RF microneedling treatment if they meet the following criteria.

You Are Generally Healthy

While the procedure is considered minimally invasive, patients who are immunocompromised, prone to infection, or who have active skin issues in their desired treatment areas may not be immediately approved for the procedure.

However, once these conditions improve, our provider can review the patient’s full medical history and determine if the procedure is safe for them.

You Are Experiencing Skin Laxity And Signs Of Aging

RF microneedling can jumpstart the skin renewal process. This treatment is designed to create a smoother, tighter, more youthful look. Due to the nature of the procedure, there are some limitations to what the treatment can accomplish. RF microneedling may not be the best treatment option for discoloration caused by hyperpigmentation, pigmented lesions, or visible blood vessels (e.g., capillaries). Laser treatments are often more effective for achieving these goals. RF microneedling can be combined with a Broadband Light treatment (BBL). A combination of BBL and RF microneedling treatment can address pigment and vascular reduction, along with the benefit of radiofrequency microneedles. Nonetheless, patients should have realistic expectations of what a non-surgical treatment can achieve.

You Are Willing To Commit To Multiple Treatment Sessions

Our provider will most likely recommend a treatment plan for at least four RF microneedling appointments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This promotes optimal, long-lasting rejuvenation. Our providers often recommend adding BBL to the treatment. The BBL assists with pigment or vascular reduction and increases collagen production.

RF microneedling is safe for use on a wide variety of skin tones. There is also no specific age restriction. Women and men alike can benefit from the treatment. However, for patients who are pregnant or on certain acne medications, it is not recommended to undergo RF microneedling.

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An RF Microneedling Consultation At The Buckingham Center In Austin, Texas

Prospective patients who have skin concerns can meet with one of our providers for a consultation. During this meeting, the provider will review the patient’s medical history, learn more about their aesthetic preferences, and examine the patient’s skin.

If the patient is a good candidate for this procedure, the provider creates a custom treatment plan that includes RF microneedling, as well as any additional procedures. In addition, the provider may recommend professional skin care products or treatments to the patient.

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Why Choose The Buckingham Center?

Discover the epitome of excellence in RF microneedling treatments at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. With more than two decades of Austin-based experience, our team of dedicated facial rejuvenation specialists employs a science-driven approach to achieve results that align with your aesthetic desires. Our commitment extends beyond the procedure; we strive to build lasting connections, offering a supportive and friendly atmosphere from your initial consultation to realizing your aesthetic goals.

Preparing For An RF Microneedling Session

Patients should wash their face and refrain from applying sunscreen or cosmetic products prior to a skin treatment session. Long hair should be secured away from the face. Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing, as they will be lying down during their treatment session. If the patient is experiencing an active skin condition or some other health issue, they should notify the office to determine if rescheduling is necessary.

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How RF Microneedling Is Performed

First, the skin is cleansed and prepped with a topical anesthetic. The numbing cream remains on the face and any other treatment sites such as the neck or chest, for about 1 hour to ensure a comfortable RF microneedling treatment. Patients are free to return to their regular schedules following their treatment session.

In most cases, the RF microneedling procedure will be combined with exosomes, which involves growth factors being spread across the skin after the treatment to reduce downtime, speed up the healing process, and boost collagen and elastin production to the treatment area. 

Recovering From RF Microneedling

Radio Frequency Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin therapy performed in a convenient office setting at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and requires minimal downtime.

Patients may be encouraged to stay out of the sun and to keep their skin clean and hydrated. Makeup can be worn the next day. The provider and staff will provide the patient with specific instructions for the best results.

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What Are The Risks And Side Effects of RF Microneedling?

Risks Include:

  • Infection (Dermatitis)
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Side Effects Include: 

  • Tenderness in the skin
  • Redness and minor swelling; the feel of sunburn is expected
  • Visible spots for up to a few days that appear like pixelated dots
  • Bruising and pinpoint bruising
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Related Article

Read this RF microneedling review from the Prime International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine.

RF Microneedling FAQ

Is RF microneedling painful?

How much does RF microneedling cost?

How often should I schedule treatments?

What are other names for RF microneedling?

What are the limitations of RF microneedling?

Is RF microneedling painful?

While there can be some mild discomfort involved with the treatment, the use of a pre-procedure topical anesthetic provides patient comfort during an RF microneedling session. There can be redness and irritation following the procedure, but it is typically minimal and short-lived. Over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol and a cool compress can improve these side effects.

How much does RF microneedling cost?

Pricing may vary depending on how many areas are treated and if the provider recommends combining with other non-surgical treatments. Prospective patients can consult with office staff to receive a pricing guide.

How often should I schedule treatments?

Initially, patients are encouraged to have a total of 4-5 treatments performed at intervals of 4-6 weeks. After this initial series, the provider can set up a schedule for those interested in maintaining their results.

What are other names for RF microneedling?

Generic descriptions for similar technology include:

  • Pixel8-RF
  • Fractionated microneedle radiofrequency
  • Injectable fractional radiofrequency treatment
  • Microneedle fractional radiofrequency (MFR)
  • RF collagen induction therapy

What are the limitations of RF microneedling?

RF microneedling was specifically designed to treat the skin, and more specifically, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, and sagging skin. RF microneedling treatments can be used on many areas of the face (including around the eyes), neck, and chest. However, this treatment cannot replace surgery for those with more extensive signs of aging or patients looking to improve coloration issues.

Schedule A Consultation In Austin Today

Discover the benefits of RF microneedling at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Fill out our online consultation form, and our team will promptly assist you. Alternatively, call our Austin, TX, office at 512-401-2500 to schedule your initial consultation.

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