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Traditional Microneedling vs. Radiofrequency Microneedling: Which Is Best?

Traditional Microneedling vs. Radiofrequency Microneedling: Which Is Best?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that can treat a wide range of skin issues and conditions. And, by adding radiofrequency energy to your treatment, you can get even more benefits.

At Yco Facial Plastic Surgery in Encinitas, California, Mario Yco, MD, and our team offer traditional microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling, both of which can address skin issues no matter your skin type or tone. In less than 30 minutes, we can treat your skin and stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself.

How microneedling works

With microneedling, we use a handheld device that makes very tiny wounds in your skin. The micro wounds then trigger your body to send more blood to the area to heal your skin. And, the wounds also prompt your body to produce more collagen and elastin, which are two essential proteins needed for healthy skin.

The device can pierce your skin at different depths to maximize the benefits of your treatment.

The procedure can address many skin flaws and conditions, such as:

You may need a series of microneedling treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals. Before determining how many you may need, Dr. Yco discusses your goals and gives you a thorough evaluation.

Difference between traditional and radiofrequency microneedling

While either treatment can do wonders for your skin, Dr. Yco may recommend one over the other depending on your goals and the health of your skin. In the meantime, here’s a look at how traditional microneedling compares with radiofrequency microneedling.

Traditional microneedling

With traditional microneedling, a device with ultrathin needles breaks through the surface of the skin to create tiny channels.

The wounds then stimulate your body’s healing processes and help to break down scar tissue and make your skin fresher and more youthful. Your skin should heal within a few days, and no downtime is required. 

The results are also long-lasting, because microneedling spurs the production of collagen and elastin, which are major building blocks for healthy skin.

Radiofrequency microneedling

Radiofrequency microneedling works much like traditional microneedling. The difference is that the tiny needles also deliver radiofrequency energy into the channels in your skin.

The energy can help tighten skin and stimulate more collagen growth. This is because the radiofrequency energy can reach levels of your skin that can’t be reached through microneedling alone.

Is microneedling right for you?

Microneedling is generally safe and effective for men and women who want to rejuvenate their skin without surgery. However, you may not be a candidate if you have an active skin infection or an acne breakout.

During a skin evaluation, Dr. Yco checks the health of your skin and discusses your expectations. If microneedling can’t produce the results you want, he can recommend other nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures.

To learn more about microneedling and to see if it may be able to help you, call 760-944-4211 or book an appointment online with YCO Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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