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How RF Microneedling Can Improve Acne Scars

Acne scars can be a persistent reminder of past skin issues, often presenting as noticeable indentations or textural irregularities on the skin. Despite various skincare routines and over-the-counter remedies, these scars often remain resilient, posing a challenge for those seeking a clearer complexion.

RF microneedling can go beyond topical remedies, targeting acne scarring on a deeper level and helping to restore the skin. At New Image Cosmetic in Edmonton, Alberta, we use this treatment to revitalize the skin’s texture and appearance, helping to reduce past reminders of breakouts.

What Is RF Microneedling?

RF microneedling is a modern skin rejuvenation technique that merges the benefits of traditional microneedling with radiofrequency energy. In this process, tiny needles create controlled holes in the skin, while radiofrequency energy is simultaneously delivered deep into the dermal layers. This stimulates the skin’s natural healing processes, leading to the production of collagen and elastin, which can both improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Why We Use Venus Viva™

As part of our commitment to use the best technology, we use the Venus Viva system for our RF needling treatments, prioritizing precision and effectiveness in skin rejuvenation. Venus Viva is known for its ability to deliver consistent radiofrequency energy for a more uniform treatment. This technology also stands out for its customizability, allowing us to adjust parameters specifically to each patient’s skin so that we can provide a more personalized approach to enhancing skin health and appearance.

How RF Microneedling Works on Acne Scars

Acne Scars and How They Form

Acne scars develop when severe acne causes deep disruptions in the skin, leading to collagen damage. During the healing process, the skin may produce either too much or too little collagen, resulting in different types of scars. Atrophic scars, characterized by depressions in the skin, are common with reduced collagen production, while hypertrophic scars, raised above the skin’s surface, occur with excessive collagen formation.

The Role of RF Energy in Collagen Production

In RF needling, radiofrequency energy is a crucial component that stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. This energy heats the skin’s dermis, encouraging a natural healing response. As a result, new collagen fibers start to form, providing a scaffolding effect that helps to smooth out the skin’s texture, support the surface of the skin, and diminish the depth of acne scars.

Microneedling’s Effect on Scar Tissue

Microneedling and radiofrequency together can work even better than when used alone. The microneedling process creates tiny punctures in the skin, triggering a natural healing response. This response not only helps in breaking down old, scarred tissue but also promotes the regeneration of new, healthy skin cells. The addition of radiofrequency energy enhances this process, leading to more effective remodeling of scar tissue and improvement in overall skin texture.

The Benefits of RF Microneedling for Acne Scars

Improved Skin Texture

An RF microneedling treatment is known for its ability to enhance skin texture. The technique addresses uneven skin surfaces caused by acne scars, but can also help reduce other irregularities. It can be a good treatment for treating rough skin or for reducing the appearance of large pores. 

Reduction in Scar Depth

Certain types of scars, like icepick scars and boxcar scars, can be caused by inflammatory types of acne that can cause damage deep within the skin. RF microneedling effectively reduces the depth of acne scars. By encouraging the skin’s natural healing and collagen production processes, it can fill in and level out the depressions for a more level skin surface.

Enhanced Skin Elasticity

Radiofrequency microneedling contributes to improved skin elasticity. The thermal energy can firm and tighten the skin, which is particularly beneficial for areas affected by scarring, leading to a more resilient skin texture that looks and feels more youthful.

Long-Term Results

Microneedling with RF has the potential to achieve long-term results. The treatment initiates a process of ongoing collagen and elastin production, which continues to improve the skin’s condition over time.

What to Expect With Venus Viva RF Microneedling

When undergoing a microneedling and radiofrequency treatment with Venus Viva, patients can expect a non-invasive experience with little to no downtime. You may feel a sensation of warmth and a prickling sensation as the needles puncture the skin. Post-treatment, patients may experience mild redness and swelling, which typically resolves quickly, allowing for a swift return to daily activities.

Is RF Microneedling Suitable for You?

Determining if RF microneedling is the right choice depends on various factors, including skin type, severity of acne scars, and overall skin health. It is generally suitable for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of acne scars, skin texture, and elasticity. However, a consultation with a skincare professional is essential to assess individual suitability and to discuss any potential contraindications or specific concerns.

FAQs About RF Microneedling for Acne Scars

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

With an RF microneedling treatment, visible improvements in acne scars and skin texture generally start to appear after a few weeks, with more significant results becoming evident after multiple sessions. The gradual nature of collagen and elastin regeneration means that the skin’s appearance continues to improve over several months following the treatment.

Does the Treatment Hurt?

Radiofrequency microneedling is designed to be a comfortable treatment. Most patients report only mild discomfort from the tiny needles. To enhance comfort, a topical anesthetic can be applied before the treatment, significantly reducing any potential discomfort during the treatment.

How Many Sessions Are Needed to Reduce Acne Scars?

The number of sessions recommended in microneedling with RF varies based on the individual’s skin condition and the severity of the acne scars. Most people will need more than one session to see the results they want. While the exact number of sessions will be determined during a personalized consultation, you will likely need at least three. 

Can RF Microneedling Be Used on All Skin Types?

RF microneedling with Venus Viva can be used on all different skin types and tones, including patients with darker skin tones. Its adjustability makes it suitable for treating a wide range of skin concerns, including acne scars, across different skin tones and textures. However, individual skin conditions and specific concerns should be discussed with a skincare professional to ensure the best and safest treatment approach.

Choosing RF Microneedling for Your Acne Scars

RF microneedling is one of the most effective solutions for those looking to restore collagen in the face and improve the appearance of acne scars. At New Image Cosmetic in Edmonton, Alberta, we use this advanced technique to help patients achieve smoother, rejuvenated skin. If you’re interested in learning more about how RF microneedling can benefit you, please contact us at (780) 756-3828 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.

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