As the years pass, you may notice your skin losing some of its elasticity and glow. Those sun spots from your vacation in Mexico are being stubborn and you are worried if they are there to stay. If you are looking for minimally invasive procedures that have proven long-term results, RF Microneedling or Morpheus8 may be right for you.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a medispa treatment which uses small sterilized needles to puncture the skin. Although there are at home rollers you can buy, going to a licensed medispa is important to reduce the chances of complications including infection and to make sure the procedure is safe and effective.
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian have been known to use microneedling to help maintain her smooth healthy complexion.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling works by using tiny needles to create multiple small pricks in the skin. When your skin receives an injury, your body produces healthy tissues with collagen to repair the injury. When your skin is able to produce more collagen, the skin is able to heal, and appears tighter with increased elasticity, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles or scarring.
Although the idea of needles may be intimidating for those who do not like needles, rest assured your clinician will ensure a painless and luxurious experience. Microneedling is not an invasive treatment, and the recovery period is minimal, so you can see results fast that will last.
What Does Microneedling Treat?
Microneedling has the ability to correct all kinds of skin imperfections anywhere on the body. Although it is most commonly done on the face, the procedure can be performed on the stomach, legs, or arms.
Microneedling treatments are able to treat the following:
Hyperpigmentation, also known as dark spots
Improving skin elasticity
If you want to correct any of these, talking to your dermatologist is the first step in achieving smooth and glowing skin.
Types Of Microneedling
Microneedling is a process where only small sterilized needles are used to prick the skin. The procedure is fast and relatively painless, and has a recovery time of 1-3 days, where clients are known to experience redness, swelling, and minor discomfort.
Radiofrequency Microneedling & Morpheus8
Morpheus8 is an advanced micro needling procedure that uses both conventional micro needling techniques with a device that sends radio waves into the skin to penetrate the skin deeper at varying depths to activate the development of collagen and elastin to create smooth and tight skin. The expectations for the procedure are about the same as microneedling for the same recovery time of 1-3 days with slight swelling
Microneedling vs Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion uses an abrasive instrument that resembles sandpaper to rub away at the skin’s top layer. Microdermabrasion is used to remove the damaged top layer of your skin, leaving newer and healthier skin. Microdermabrasion is cheaper than Microneedling, but requires more upkeep as monthly visits may be necessary depending on your unique skin condition. Because of its limitations of penetration depth on the skin, there is very little recovery time needed after microdermabrasion. However, microdermabrasion is much more high maintenance than microneedling and does not provide results that last as long.
While microdermabrasion treats the top layer of your skin, Microneedling has the ability to penetrate to deeper layers, and repair damage deeper down, resulting in a longer efficacy period. With microneedling, there is no need for monthly visits. Although you may need some repeat treatments and maintenance, depending on your skin you may be able to wait longer between maintenance treatments. Microneedling can be slightly more uncomfortable, as well as require 1-3 days of recovery with slight redness and irritation afterwards, but your skin will heal itself quickly and you will quickly see the benefit of the procedure.
As for which is better, it depends on your unique skin and preferences. Always ask your dermatologist about which procedures are right for you.
Is RF Microneedling Worth It?
RF Microneedling can sound intimidating for someone who dislikes needles .RF Microneedling treatments also have a higher cost than home treatments. With this being said, microneedling is absolutely worth it. For long term results, investing that few hundred dollars more can create a whole new look that you may just fall in love with. Although microdermabrasion can sound more convenient with being cheaper with no downtime, microneedling can provide a deeper and longer-lasting treatment that is worth the extra time and money.
Who Can Benefit From Morpheus8 Treatments?
Morpheus8 is a newer type of microneedling made to give clients the best results possible. Morpheus8 combines conventional microneedling with radiofrequency technology to give beautiful lasting results. From saggy loose skin to cystic acne, Morpheus8 gives results of a facelift, without going under the knife.
If you are looking for a non-surgical and effective way to improve your skin, then Morpheus8 could be right for you. Morpheus8 also uses a local anaesthetic to provide the most comfortable and relaxing procedure. Benefits from the treatment can show almost instantly, and can even improve after the 4-6 week full recovery time. It is also important to follow aftercare instructions.
There are many different options based on efficacy, permanence, cost, and recovery. As said before, it is always important to meet with your dermatologist and clinicians to discuss your skin goals, as well as preference and budget. There is something for everyone, and you deserve to have the beautiful youthful complexion you dream of.