Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a nonsurgical skin tightening and rejuvenation treatment. It combines 2 modalities to improve the skin’s tautness, texture, and elasticity:
- Microneedling uses tiny needles to create microinjuries in the skin’s surface. These pinpoint injuries stimulate your body’s natural healing response of producing new collagen and elastin, both of which are building blocks for smooth, younger-looking skin.
- Radiofrequency energy reaches deep into the dermis to heat the dermal layer, where collagen and elastin production takes place. This boosts your body’s regenerative process and leads to an even more dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone, texture, and tautness.
I use a device called Morpheus8 to deliver this innovative combined treatment. It allows me to customize the treatment depth from as shallow as 1 mm to as deep as 4 mm, at which depth the treatment may also reduce fat and improve the appearance of cellulite.
I often recommend RF microneedling for people who are looking for face and neck tightening but aren’t quite ready for a facelift. (Learn more about whether you’re ready for facelift surgery in this blog post.)
Another popular treatment that regenerates both the surface of the skin and its deeper layers is HALO® laser skin resurfacing. This hybrid fractional laser treatment improves texture and pigmentation irregularities on the surface while encouraging ongoing collagen and elastin production underneath.