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Introducing the Rohrer Aesthetics Pixel8-RF Radio Microneedling system. Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure used to smooth and tighten skin, slow the effects of aging, and address other skin texture concerns with little to no downtime. It is now considered “the newest essential” for a successful aesthetic practice.
Microneedling falls under a process called collagen induction therapy, or CIT, which relies on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself after an injury. Unlike typical exfoliation treatments, Pixel8-RF microneedling penetrates past the stratum corneum and brings heat into the sub-dermis, stimulating and remodeling the collagen within. Think of it as a non-surgical facelift!
A microneedling procedure can be used to improve the appearance of:
Radio Frequency (RF) microneedling devices use specially insulated or non-insulated needles that deliver high-intensity radio frequency energy into the targeted tissue once the needles have broken through the skin. This treatment utilizes bipolar energy, putting heat far down into the epidermis and dermis layers. The aim behind this is to boost and revamp collagen and bring on the regeneration of the vital elastin cells. All of this can pave the way for a much softer and more resilient complexion. If you want your skin's surface to be much smoother and firmer, then this treatment may be just right for you. Pixel8 RF causes hemostasis and coagulation, which activates collagen manufacturing, to help make the skin firmer. In addition, we can tweak the depth of the microneedles for all specific treatment parts. This can come in particularly handy for patients who need treatment below their eyes, cheeks, and foreheads. This gives a uniform warming effect to the deep tissue, which helps to stimulate new collagen fibers to grow, significantly improving skin quality and texture. The Pixel8 microneedling technology helps with fine lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, acne scars, skin tightening, and stretch marks. The result is a nearly painless procedure that requires little to no downtime and can significantly improve wrinkling, scars, and skin laxity.
Traditional microneedling will deliver a positive effect over a few treatments; adding radio frequency energy reduces the time it takes to see great results and increases the results seen. With Pixel8 RF microneedling, the results are produced faster, are more dramatic, and are longer-lived. In addition, the Pixel8 operates at a higher frequency for enhanced patient comfort and quicker treatment times. It also has a proprietary enhanced delay enabling patients of all skin types to benefit from non-insulated needles. This allows for more sustained uniform heating throughout the procedure that should yield more significant textural and tightening results.
Pixel8 RF microneedling combines two technologies commonly used for skin rejuvenation, radio frequency and skin needling. RF technology relies on the resistance within the skin itself to convert RF energy into heat (thermal energy). This thermal energy causes collagen contraction and stimulation of collagen, making cells (fibroblasts) produce more collagen. Traditional skin microneedling causes physical trauma to the skin and stimulates fibroblasts to produce more collagen through stimulation of the body’s own wound-healing response. When combined, fractionated RF microneedling gives enhanced results that could not be achieved with either technology alone. Clinical studies show that microneedling RF can address the causes of aging, significantly reducing wrinkles and age spots while tightening and lifting the skin on the face and neck with minimal downtime and discomfort. It is less invasive than injectables and laser skin resurfacing while restoring youthful radiance.
Lasers can help resurface the skin on various levels by repairing damage caused by the sun, aging, or scars. RF microneedling treatments offer similar resurfacing results, with less downtime, and for all skin types, which may make it a better option for some patients.
Yes. By itself, microneedling can stimulate a higher production of collagen over time. However, when combined with radio frequency, the effectiveness of these treatments increases tremendously due to how much more deeply the thermal energy of radio frequency can reach the sub-dermal layers of skin.
For comfort during the treatment, a topical anesthetic cream is recommended over the area to be treated at least 30-45 minutes before the procedure is performed. During the procedure, the device handpiece is passed over the skin. The fine needles penetrate the skin, and the RF energy is delivered once the needles reach the desired depth (each pulse is less than 1 second). The procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes but will vary depending on the area/s being treated. Immediately following treatment, your skin will feel warm but not painful, similar to a mild sunburn. Over the following day(s), there may be mild redness and swelling. Bruising is uncommon.
Most patients tolerate the 20–30-minute Pixel8 RF microneedling treatment well. To help minimize discomfort during RF microneedling, a topical numbing agent is applied to the skin before treatment. Patients may notice a warm sensation and a pricking or scraping feeling during this treatment, but it is not typically painful. Following Pixel8 RF microneedling, it is normal to have some level of redness, swelling, irritation, and mild discomfort, but these symptoms usually resolve within hours.
Recommended: Avoid Accutane for the past 6 months. Do not use topical agents that may increase the sensitivity of skin: retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, acids that may be drying or irritating to the skin (such as alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA), exfoliating masks, salicylic acids, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide acne products) 5-7 days prior. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil for 3 days before treatment. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation. Avoidance of IPL/Laser procedures, unprotected sun exposure, or sunburn for 2 weeks prior. No waxing, depilatory creams, or electrolysis to the area being treated 5-7 days earlier. No shaving on the day of the procedure to avoid skin irritation. If dense hair is present in the treatment area, closely shave the area the day before you arrive at your appointment. Moles, warts, or actinic (solar) keratosis should not be treated. If you are prone to cold sores, take an antiviral agent for 2 days before and day of treatment. Avoid blood thinning agents (aspirin, fish oil, Omega-3, Vitamin E) for 1 week prior. May resume the day after treatment.
You should avoid harsh topical products or alcohol-based toners for 2 weeks. You can resume your regular skincare regimen after 24 hours. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil for 1 week. Do not ice your face or use arnica or bromelain. These agents may interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation. You should avoid vigorous activity right after the treatment. You should avoid excessive heat or sun exposure for at least 1 week. Use sunblock with SPF 30 or higher.
Sessions generally take 20-30 minutes, depending on the treated area. For patients requiring more intensive sessions, a session may run 30 to 45 minutes long. Most patients will begin to see improvement after a single session. However, to complete your aesthetic goals, it is recommended that patients do upwards of three sessions.
No, there should be no significant downtime from the treatment.
You can expect improvements in the first few weeks after your initial treatment. These improvements will increase over the next six months as your body continuously produces new collagen.
Recommended at least 3 sessions, treatment once per month. The number of treatments varies depending on the desired result.
Yes. Compared to laser treatments, the Pixel8 RF utilizes only radio frequency energy. The microneedles are designed to precisely deliver the pulse towards the dermis tissues. Visually, no thermal damage is made to the epidermis, almost completely removing any risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on dark skin types.
Yes. People are exposed to low levels of man-made radio frequencies daily. Devices such as TV, WiFi, and phones are one example of frequencies exposed. In addition, studies have shown possible known risks with RF are potential burns made from thermal heating effects for people under the influence of high doses. However, the Pixel8 RF procedure uses a minimal amount of RF required by trained skincare specialists to ensure the best and safest results possible.
The Pixel8 RF microneedling device can be used on all skin types, anywhere on the body, and throughout the year for anyone concerned about mild/moderate skin quality, texture, and anti-aging.