Creases, fine lines, and wrinkles begin to develop on the face as we get older, which can significantly age your facial features. For patients looking to improve their appearance without surgery, radiofrequency microneedling is a safe, effective treatment to tighten and improve the texture of the skin. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, Scarlet SRF (short pulse radiofrequency) can also reduce enlarged pores and fade acne scars, as well as other scarring, without surgery.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
Patients who have mild to moderate skin laxity on the face and body, stretch marks, large pores, and acne scars can benefit from this treatment. Radiofrequency technology makes Scarlet SRF suitable for all skin types.
What Is the Microneedling Treatment Process?
Using advanced microneedling radiofrequency technology, Scarlet SRF penetrates the epidermis and deeper layers of skin to promote collagen and elastin production. Radiofrequency heat encourages the skin to create new collagen and elastin, which helps smooth and tighten the skin as well as transform the appearance and texture.
The process begins with a topical numbing agent, and then a shallow pass of the device along the neck and jaw or other areas of concern. Next is a deep pass to penetrate deeper layers of skin. Treatment can also extend around the back of the neck and along the scalp to further tighten the skin and dramatically improve the appearance. The cost of the procedure will depend on what areas are being corrected. Patients may opt to treat their entire face, or they can add their neck and chest to the same treatment. Treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on what areas are being treated.
Is Microneedling Treatment Painful?
Most patients feel a warming sensation and light pressure, which they find slightly uncomfortable. The microneedling device uses thin, tiny needles, and only gentle pressure is applied. If you feel discomfort, communicate with your aesthetic provider to ensure they adjust the settings.
How Long Is the Downtime After Microneedling?
After Scarlet SRF treatment, there is minimal to no downtime. The process is minimally invasive and may cause the skin to appear red. This side effect is temporary, and redness typically fades away within a few hours. Regular activities can be resumed a few hours after your treatment.
What Results Are Expected?
Results can be seen immediately following treatment, with even more significant results after three to four sessions. The skin should appear tighter, smoother, and more youthful. As your skin produces fresh elastin and collagen, your appearance should improve over the next two or three months.
Results of one session can last between six and 12 months. Multiple treatment sessions, typically spaced 30 days apart, are recommended for long-term results. The number of treatments will affect the longevity of your results; you can see results for up to 3 years when you undergo a series of treatments.
What Treatments Can Enhance the Results of RF Microneedling?
You can now add platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments to improve the results of your microneedling treatment. PRP treatment uses injections of plasma protein derived from your own blood, which contains growth factors that boost collagen and elastin production to enhance your skin’s elasticity and firmness. PRP has shown to give up to 25 percent improvement in patients’ results. PRP can also expedite healing so you can enjoy your rejuvenated appearance sooner.