Collagen is the building block to firm, resilient skin that can maintain a youthful appearance even through the aging process. Once science determined that we begin to lose healthy collagen in our twenties, the quest for collagen-induction therapies was on. Most recently, this quest has brought us into an age where modalities are combined to achieve maximum impact. One of the devices we currently use to promote natural tissue regeneration is the Genius RF microneedling platform from Lutronic.
What is Genius RF Microneedling?
Genius RF microneedling treatment is one of the most recent advances in collagen-induction therapy and we are proud to be one of the first to offer this procedure in San Antonio. Going beyond traditional microneedling, the Genius platform provokes collagen production that rebuilds the skin’s foundation by delivering fractional radiofrequency energy into the dermis. This energy affects change on a deeper level while leaving the uppermost layer of tissue intact.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Microneedling?
Most adults can be excellent candidates for microneedling, either with RF or without. The treatment is safe for all skin types and tones. The only exclusion to treatment may be pregnancy, breastfeeding, and active skin infection or acne breakout. To see what microneedling can do for your skin, schedule a consultation in our Sonterra or La Casita office.
Benefits of Genius RF Microneedling
The primary benefit of microneedling is that this technique stimulates the fibroblast cells to produce more collagen and elastin. Radiofrequency energy gently heats subdermal tissue which leads to immediate collagen contraction as well as additional stimulation for ongoing collagen production. With more collagen in the dermis, the skin appears:
- More resilient
Microneedling also lessens the appearance of scars and large pores
In addition to improving the appearance of the skin, microneedling offers the benefit of being nonsurgical and minimally invasive. After treatment, patients may expect little more than slight redness for a day or two. In some cases, mild swelling and bruising may occur in certain areas, and the skin may flake after a few days as new skin cells move to the surface.
The Microneedling Procedure
Microneedling treatment may begin with an application of a topical numbing cream. This remains on the skin for 30 to 45 minutes to reduce the responsiveness of nerves in the epidermis. After the tissue has become relatively numb, a small handpiece is passed over the skin. With each pass, the energized microneedles on the small applicator tip permeate the uppermost layer of tissue. After the entire area has been treated, a serum may be applied to soothe the epidermis.
Genius RF Vs. Other Microneedling Devices
The Genius RF microneedling device is unique in its intelligence. The handpiece contains monitors that gauge the skin throughout treatment, allowing us to ensure adequate depth and energetic power in each area of the face or body. The device’s intelligence extends to sophisticated sensing and feedback that provide us with the opportunity to truly customize treatment for all skin types, tissue thicknesses, concerns, and more.
Can Microneedling Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Microneedling is quite complementary to other treatments! To achieve dramatic rejuvenating benefits, some patients combine microneedling with laser skin resurfacing or injectables. Botox or other wrinkle-reducing injections may be performed a week or two before microneedling to relax tensed muscles in the treatment area. Dermal fillers may be administered to address issues such as undereye bags or to plump the lips or cheeks. Laser treatments or chemical peels can also go well with microneedling to enhance the effects of collagen regeneration.
Can I Wear Makeup After Microneedling?
Generally, patients are advised to avoid wearing makeup for 12 to 24 hours after microneedling treatment. This allows the body to completely close off the microchannels and infuse the area with collagen and elastin. Mineral makeup is ideal for application soon after microneedling treatments as this is less likely to clog pores.
How Frequent Can I Receive Microneedling Treatments?
Microneedling treatments with or without radiofrequency may be performed as often as every 4 weeks. After an initial series of treatments with Genius RF, patients may space sessions further apart or transition into traditional microneedling. We work closely with each person to develop a treatment plan suitable for their unique needs.
Will My Face Be Red After Microneedling Treatments?
Microneedling creates thousands of tiny channels in the skin. Redness is the most common side effect of this treatment. Patients should expect to look sunburned for a few days. Initially, redness may be noticeable but, over the first 24 hours after treatment, this should decrease significantly. Many patients resume normal activities the day after treatment without self-consciousness about their appearance.
Side Effects Of Microneedling Treatments
Side effects of microneedling with radiofrequency are generally mild and limited to redness, slight swelling and bruising, and temporary flaking several days after treatment.