Written by Annie Caminiti
When entering a sterile doctor’s office or hospital room, it can be slightly jarring. Add the emotional stress of knowing that you’re about to surrender yourself to tiny needles repeatedly poking your skin, well that’s totally intimidating. Despite my anxious reservations, I sat down at SmarterSkin Dermatology and warily prepared myself for an RF microneedling session with non-stop nervous chatter.
The RF Microneedling machine, distributed nationally by Cartessa Aesthetics, takes a holistic approach to skincare that combines microneedling with radiofrequency, resulting in maximized results compared to regular microneedling. The chevron-pattern circuitry for the 70-watt patterned radiofrequency distributes heat evenly with 36 insulated gold-tip needles, thus reducing redness, hot spots, burning and discomfort, while simultaneously increasing cell turnover.
With traditional microneedling rollers, pens and other devices that don’t utilize radiofrequency, there’s more room for a blotchy face and a horror story that nobody wants to have to tell.
After 20 minutes of casual small talk with the dermatologist, Dr. Sejal Shah and a pretty painless procedure, even I admitted that it felt somewhat serene despite my original skepticism. Immediately after the treatment, I sensed mild aggravation, but the redness disappeared within 30 minutes of post-needling icing. For the six-hour time frame following, it’s recommended not to apply any facial cosmetics due to the openness of small channels developed from painless penetration. For those of us who wear makeup everyday, self-conscious tendencies immediately flooded me. Until I realized that my skin was glowing and supple. Days later, the glow sustained and my complexion was smooth and even.
The RF Microneedling treatment costs between $700-$1,200 and reveals a glowing and even complexion after one session, but can also treat wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks after three to six sessions. It can be found globally, performed by U.S. dermatologists, plastic surgeons, cosmetic physicians and medical spas working with Cartessa Aesthetics.
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