Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling in Santa Cruz, CA
Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) is a minimally invasive procedure to rejuvenate the skin. During this procedure, controlled micro injuries are created to aide in the production of collagen and elastin. The goal is to stimulate the skin’s natural repair process. This process results in improved texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size and stretch marks. This procedure also creates channels which allow topical gels, creams, and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin. RF Microneedling is the newest advancement combining radiofrequency (RF) with Microneedling to gently heat the targeted area underneath the epidermis for amazing results with less downtime.
Frequently asked questions
What can I expect during & after treatment?
The scheduled appointment time is 1 hour, but the procedure time depends on the size of the treatment area. The appointment may take longer if you choose to add the option of having your own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) applied during the procedure.
Prior to the procedure you will be given a numbing cream, which you apply 45 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We highly recommend getting a microdermabrasion treatment 1–3 days prior to your RF Microneedling procedure to increase the effectiveness of the numbing cream.
The treatment itself consists of placing a handpiece against the surface of the skin and activating radiofrequency energy. The handpiece consists of a multiple needle head that is accurately applied within a specified depth. As each fine needle punctures the skin, it creates a channel that triggers the body to produce new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the papillary dermis.
In addition, new capillaries are formed. This in effect, creates a solid foundation of new dermal volume. During the treatment, a specialized growth factor is applied to enhance the effects. Or you may choose to add the option of having your own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) applied to further enhance results.
With proper numbing procedure followed, there’s minimal to no discomfort during the treatment. This revolutionary skin tightening system provides the most dramatic results with minimal discomfort and virtually no downtime.
Immediately following the treatment, the treatment area feels warm like a mild sunburn with associated redness. This can be relieved with the aid of a cooling mask or ice packs and typically resolves within 1-2 days. Utilizing recommended post care products can speed up the healing process.
What areas of the body can I treat?
RF Microneedling can be used on face, neck, and most parts of the body.
How many treatments will I need?
We recommend patients receive a series of 3-5 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.
When will I see results? How long does it last?
After a few days patients notice a “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin will be noticed within a couple weeks following the treatment. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months as your collagen production continues.
Dr. Small has the experience and expertise to treat individual facial anatomy because there is no one else exactly like you. We are serving the communities of Santa Cruz, Aptos, Watsonville, Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley. Call 831-475-1077 to book your appointment today. Your skin will thank you.