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Is Microneedling or RadioFrequency MicroNneedling for You?

April 1, 2024
*Photos are of models, not actual patients.

Learn more about the differences between microneedling and radio frequency microneedling in this article.

If you're looking to rejuvenate your skin, there are several options to choose from. At PotozkinMD SkinCare and Laser Center we have multiple laser options.  However, Laser is not for everyone, especially patients with darker skin tones where the risks of some of the laser and light-based treatments outweigh the benefits.  Two popular, non-laser, treatments are micro needling and radio frequency micro needling. While both procedures are designed to improve skin texture, they work in different ways. In this article, we'll compare the two treatments and highlight the advantages of the Cynosure Potenza device.

Micro Needling: Micro needling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves creating small punctures in the skin. The goal of the treatment is to stimulate the skin's natural healing process, which in turn helps to produce new collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and firmer, and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced.  One of the downsides is a little bit of downtime and also a bit of a bloody appearance immediately after treatment.  This is not seen with Radio Frequency Micro Needling as the heat minimizes any bleeding.

Radio Frequency Micro Needling: Radio frequency micro needling, also known as fractional radio frequency and RF Microneedling, takes the concept of micro needling to a new level. In addition to the micro-injuries created by the needle, this treatment also uses radio frequency energy to heat the deeper layers of the skin. The heat stimulates collagen production and promotes skin tightening, resulting in smoother and more youthful-looking skin.  It works especially well for patients with darker skin tones with Acne Scarring.

Comparing Micro Needling and Radio Frequency Micro Needling: While both micro needling and radio frequency micro needling have similar goals and both require multiple treatments, there are some key differences between the two treatments. For example, micro needling is typically less effective than radio frequency micro needling because there is no heat delivered to the deeper layers of the skin.  Radio frequency micro needling is often more effective at treating deeper wrinkles and improving skin texture particularly in patients with Acne Scarring.

Advantages of the Cynosure Potenza device:  We recently researched the available Radio Frequency Micro Needling devices and decided that the Cynosure Potenza would be amongst the best for our patients.  The Cynosure Potenza is a state-of-the-art radio frequency micro needling device that offers several advantages over other similar devices. Firstly, it uses both bipolar and unipolar radio frequency energy, which allows for more effective skin rejuvenation. Additionally, the device's adjustable needle depth means that practitioners can customize the treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient.

Another advantage of the Cynosure Potenza is its ability to treat a variety of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and loose or saggy skin. The device is also relatively painless with a topical anesthetic cream and has minimal downtime, making it an ideal option for those with busy schedules.

Conclusion Whether you're looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Acne Scarring or simply improve your skin's overall texture, micro needling and radio frequency micro needling are two great options to consider. While both treatments have their own unique benefits, radio frequency micro needling is often considered to be the more effective of the two. For those looking for the best results, the Cynosure Potenza device is definitely worth considering. With its advanced technology and customizable features, it provides an excellent solution for those seeking to rejuvenate their skin.  This technology is another option, amongst many at PotozkinMD SkinCare & Laser center allowing us to offer customized treatments for our patients.

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