RF Laser vs. Skin Needling
Skin rejuvenation is a class of cosmetic procedures that many people consider as a way to combat the signs of ageing. When we get older, it starts to show on our faces but thanks to advancements in the medical field people are now able to look younger than they are and maintain confidence in their physical appearances. Skin needling and radio frequency lasers are two of the latest procedures available. They are gaining popularity due to them being minimally invasive. However before you decide to go in for either of these treatments, you would be wise to learn a few things about them.
Radio Frequency Laser
RF lasers are used as a non-surgical cosmetic treatment to prevent a person’s skin for becoming loose and saggy. It works best for patients who are between 30 and 50 when the early signs of ageing are just starting to creep in. The most common areas that it is used on are the forehead, the neck and jaw-line.
RF laser surgery is nothing new to the medical world. It has been used in one form or another going back as far as 70 years to treat ailments related to oral, plastic and ophthalmic maladies. RF is only just making in-roads into plastic surgery involving ageing faces because of a new technique that uses cryogenics as well. Thanks to cryogenics, RF lasers can be used on sub-dermal skin layers without damaging the epidermis. The RF energy heats up the lower areas of the skin causing the collagen underneath to change and resist the effects of ageing.
RF Laser has the benefit of being non-invasive, but there are side-effects associated with concentrating laser beams on a person’s face. Patients report a burning sensation when the procedure is done which can be alleviated with topical anaesthetic. Swelling and redness are common after the procedure, but they typically go down when the skin heals. The only truly worrisome potential side-effect of using RF lasers for younger-looking skin is the possibility of causing the skin to tighten too much which causes the afflicted area to appear sunken.
Skin needling (also known as Dermal Rolling and Dermapen) is a minimally invasive collagen induction therapy that uses a micro-needling device to injure the skin in a controlled manner. The fine needles in the device puncture the skin to leave small wounds. The tiny injuries stimulate the body to fill these cavities with new collagen and elastin which results in the formation of new capillaries which improves the skin’s texture and increases its resistance to scarring.
Skin needling is hailed as one of the safest skin rejuvenation treatments available because it causes much less damage than other popular skin treatment techniques such as chemical peels and laser treatment. Unlike laser treatment, skin needling leaves the epidermis unharmed which means that it can be repeated if necessary. It has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing scars, eliminating stretch marks and tightening up the saggy skin.
For skin needling to be effective, it usually has to be done several times depending on the condition of the patient’s skin and the malady that is being treated. Acne scars may need up to four rounds of treatment while burns and stretch marks will require approximately five rounds of skin needling.
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As with any procedure, some side effects can be expected. Oozing and swelling are common after the procedure before the skin heals and there is a small chance of bacteria infecting the micro-wounds left by the needle.
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