Profound® Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling in Savannah, GA
Aging may be unavoidable, but it is possible to treat and minimize visible signs of aging. If you have fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, or acne scars, then Profound® radiofrequency (RF) microneedling may be an ideal treatment to minimize those imperfections and restore a more youthful appearance. At Savannah Plastic Surgery, we welcome people from Savannah and the surrounding areas for this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment.
What Is Profound Radiofrequency Microneedling?
Profound radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a rejuvenating cosmetic procedure for the face and body. It uses a combination of microneedles and radiofrequency pulses to create tiny wounds in the skin. This triggers the body into activating its own healing response. The new, healed tissue contains more collagen and is smoother and firmer, with a finer texture, than it was before the treatment.
Why Have Profound RF Microneedling?
As you get older, your skin becomes less elastic and more prone to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Aging means that the levels of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the skin starts to drop. These substances are what gives younger skin its freshness and elasticity. Microneedling with radiofrequency helps restore collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, giving the skin more elasticity and a more youthful appearance.
This procedure can:
- Improve the texture of your skin
- Reduce skin sagging in the face, jowls, and neck
- Reduce some kinds of scarring, including acne scarring
- Soften and reduce lines and wrinkles around the mouth
- Tighten skin in other areas, such as the décolletage, lower abdomen, “banana roll,” and above the knees
How Is Profound RF Microneedling Different from Similar Treatments?
Most microneedling treatments involve the use of ultrafine needles to trigger the skin’s natural healing response. These needles trigger the body’s healing mechanism by making tiny wounds in the skin. When the skin heals, it’s smoother and firmer than before, due to increased production of collagen and elastin.
Radiofrequency microneedling is different because it doesn’t only use needles. Along with the ultrafine microneedles, it uses targeted energy pulses in the form of radiofrequency waves. These energy pulses are delivered into the tiny wounds made by the microneedles to enhance the effect of the treatment.
The Profound system of RF microneedling uses slightly larger needles and operates at a higher temperature than other kinds of RF microneedling. This means the device can trigger a greater degree of healing—and therefore gives a bigger improvement in skin texture.
Benefits of profound RF microneedling include:
- Up to twice as much collagen and five times more elastin, as well as increased hyaluronic acid
- 100% efficacy for the treatment of facial wrinkles
- Just one minimally invasive treatment to achieve lasting results
Are You a Good Candidate for Profound RF Microneedling?
Profound RF microneedling is considered a safe, minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, and it’s appropriate for most people.
You may be an ideal candidate for treatment, if you are:
- In good health
- Have signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, or sagging skin, OR have acne scarring
- Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you
In addition, you can still have this treatment even if you’ve had other skin treatments or surgeries in the past. The results you get from radiofrequency microneedling can complement the results of prior surgery.
Some are not good candidates for microneedling. RF microneedling should be avoided if any of the following apply:
- You have an active cold sore breakout or a skin infection.
- You have a skin disease such as psoriasis or eczema.
- You’re currently having chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- You take anticoagulants.
- You are taking or have recently taken Accutane.
- You have a history of poor wound healing or hypertrophic scarring.
- You have a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.
- You are pregnant.
Profound RF Microneedling Consultation
At your consultation appointment, you’ll first talk about your goals for treatment and the results you can expect. You may also need to talk a little about your medical history to make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment. The cosmetic practitioner will examine your face and any other treatment areas to get an idea of your treatment needs and what kind of results can be achieved.
If you have any questions about treatment, recovery, or anything else, feel free to ask. Make sure you have all the information you need to make your treatment decision.
The Profound RF Microneedling Procedure
Savannah Plastic Surgery offers Profound RF microneedling as a single microneedling session, performed in-office using local anesthesia. The treatment is applied using a special hand-held device, which delivers energy pulses to the treatment area.
Treatment lasts around one hour, depending on which areas you choose.
Aftercare and Recovery
After your radiofrequency microneedling treatment, you can expect some swelling and redness in the treatment areas. This should last no more than 3 to 10 days. There may also be some bruising, scaling, or itching.
If you’ve ever experienced acne or had cold sores, having this treatment could trigger a flare-up of either issue.
You can apply ice packs to your skin to help reduce discomfort and swelling. If you’re prescribed any medications or creams, make sure to use them as directed.
Take care to use sunscreen with a high SPF for several weeks. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to protect it.
It’s okay to use a gentle cleanser after your treatment, but avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours. After this time, you can resume your normal makeup and skin care routines.
Most people can resume normal activities 24 hours after treatment, but everyone is different. Your aftercare needs may change depending on what your daily activity level and schedule are like. Your surgeon or cosmetic practitioner will offer a customized care and recovery plan during your initial consultation.
What Are the Risks and Complications of Profound RF Microneedling?
Profound RF microneedling is a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment, but some potential side effects and minor risks and complications do apply:
- Persistent swelling, redness, bruising, or tenderness at treatment sites
- Skin infection in treatment area
- Signs of infection such as fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, or vomiting
If you experience any of these issues, contact your doctor for advice.
What Results Can I Expect from Profound RF Microneedling?
Your treatment results won’t be apparent right away. Remember that swelling, redness, and bruising from RF microneedling is normal and will go away within 10 days.
It typically takes several weeks or months to see the effects of treatment. This is because it takes time for cells to boost production of collagen, elastic, and hyaluronic acid. And it takes time for these substances to be incorporated into new skin. While some people start to see results in a few weeks, most people see optimal results within three to six months.
The results of treatment typically last one to two years. The better you take care of your skin, the more long-lasting your results will be. Wearing high SPF sunscreen and using medical-grade skincare products can help prolong the effects of treatment.
How Much Does Profound RF Microneedling Cost?
The cost of profound RF microneedling at Savannah Plastic Surgery depends on the surface area treated and how many treatment areas you choose. We’ll discuss this during your consultation and let you know the exact cost once you’ve made a decision.
Financing Options for Profound RF Microneedling at Savannah Plastic Surgery
We offer several different payment options, including checks and cash, and all credit cards. We also offer Care Credit® and Alpheon® financing.
Because this procedure is purely cosmetic, no insurance carriers provide coverage for profound RF microneedling.
To learn more about microneedling with radiofrequency or to schedule a consultation at Savannah Plastic Surgery, contact us today. We welcome patients living in Savannah and the surrounding areas of Chatham County, including those in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA and Bluffton, SC.