If you’re looking for a solution to lines and wrinkles, less skin elasticity, or uneven skin texture, Scarlet RF could be it. This minimally invasive option could help you enhance your appearance with little downtime.
At Aventura Dermatology, board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bertha Baum uses the most current and advanced treatments to help her patients achieve glowing skin. Scarlet RF microneedling is a favorite for its ability to rebuild lost collagen, treat scarring, and soften fine lines. If you’re curious about what this treatment or others could do for your skin, schedule a consultation at 754-544-9030.
What is Scarlet RF Microneedling?
Collagen naturally decreases as we age causing skin laxity and wrinkling. Scarlet RF utilizes radiofrequency energy in combination with microneedling to stimulate collagen production.
Scarlet RF appointments typically take less than an hour for the face and neck. Treatments on the body might take slightly longer depending on the size of the area. During your appointment, we’ll provide a topical numbing cream. Treatments shouldn’t be painful, but you might experience mild discomfort, warmth, or light pressure.
What Are the Benefits of Scarlet RF Microneedling?
Scarlet RF can effectively address a range of skin concerns on your face and body. This treatment is especially great for:
- Lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and lifting the face
- Softening stretch marks or surgical scars
- Reducing visible acne scarring
- Tightening the skin
- Diminishing hyperpigmentation due to sun damage
- Minimizing pores
One of the biggest benefits of Scarlet RF is the short recovery period. Unlike more invasive options like surgical facelifts, many patients can return to their job immediately after this treatment. Some mild swelling and redness can be expected in the days following your appointment.
Is RF Microneedling Different from Traditional Microneedling?
Part of what makes this treatment so powerful is that it combines the heat of radiofrequency energy with microneedling to reach deeper layers of the skin. This makes Scarlet RF better at reducing acne scars than traditional microneedling. Radiofrequency energy is also able to address deeper wrinkles more effectively than microneedling alone.
When Will I See Scarlet RF Microneedling Results?
You might be able to see some skin tightening immediately after your Scarlet RF treatment, but the full results typically emerge over two to three months. As your collagen production increases, you’ll likely notice improvements in skin tone and texture as well as a gradual fading of imperfections like sun spots, scars, and creases.
Who Is a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?
If you’re in overall good health and have a condition that typically responds well to Scarlet RF microneedling, you’re likely a candidate for this treatment. Unlike some light-based anti-aging therapies, radiofrequency energy is not affected by skin color and responds well to all skin tones.
Though this treatment is safe when performed by an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Bertha Baum, there are some people who should not get RF microneedling. If you have certain conditions like keloid scarring, active eczema, current infections, or blood clotting disorders, another treatment option could be better for you.
Is Scarlet RF Microneedling Right For You?
The best way to find out if Scarlet RF microneedling is the right treatment option for you is to book a consultation at our Aventura, Florida practice by calling 754-544-9030. Dr. Bertha Baum will answer any questions, examine areas of concern, and create a treatment plan to support a healthy and beautiful complexion.
How Do I Prepare for Scarlet RF Microneedling?
There are a few steps you can take to prepare your skin for RF microneedling and ensure you get the best results. Before your treatment, you should:
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure for at least two weeks.
- Skip irritating skincare products like Retin-A in the week leading up to your treatment.
- Inform us of any recent skincare treatments like IPL, chemical peels, neuromodulators, or dermal fillers.
- Provide us with a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter supplements.
- If you get cold sores, ask your doctor about taking an anti-viral medication before and after your appointment to prevent a flare-up.
- Stop taking NSAIDs like aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve one week before your appointment.
If you have questions about which skincare products to avoid or medications that could interfere with RF microneedling, our providers are happy to help.
Recovery From RF Microneedling
One of the biggest perks of Scarlet RF is the lack of downtime. However, you might have some mild swelling, redness, or pinpoint bleeding immediately after your treatment. This is a normal inflammatory reaction to the micro-injuries from Scarlet RF that promote collagen production. These side effects typically resolve in one to two days.
To ensure your skin heals as quickly as possible, you should avoid sun exposure for the first 24 hours and continue to wear a high-SPF sunscreen daily. It’s also best to skip any harsh products or exfoliants for the first week. This includes scrubs, AHA or BHA serums, and retinol unless recommended by our providers.
Makeup can also clog your pores after microneedling, so it’s best to avoid it for a few days as you heal. Additionally, strenuous activity can increase inflammation, so it’s ideal to take it easy for a day or two until any flushing or irritation has subsided.
How Many Scarlet RF Treatments Do I Need?
The number of Scarlet RF treatments you’ll need depends on the condition of your skin and your cosmetic goals, but patients typically require more than one session to see desired results. Most patients opt for three to five sessions spaced four to eight weeks apart.
How Long Does RF Microneedling Last?
The benefits of Scarlet RF microneedling are long-lasting, with most patients reporting the full benefits for 12 to 18 months. After your initial series of treatments, you might want to extend your results with maintenance appointments once or twice a year.
Is Scarlet RF Microneedling Safe?
Scarlet RF microneedling is a very safe and surprisingly gentle treatment option when performed by a skilled provider like those at Aventura Dermatology. However, patients are often concerned about the micro-injuries this treatment creates to stimulate collagen and elastin remodeling. These tiny punctures heal quickly since the surrounding skin is left unharmed. However, you should wash your hands before touching your face to lower the risk of introducing bacteria while your skin is healing.
Unlike laser therapy, the treatment isn’t influenced by skin pigment color, so it’s safe for all skin types on the Fitzpatrick scale. To ensure RF microneedling is right for you, our providers will ask about your medical and skin treatment history.