Pixel8 RF Microneedling at our San Diego practice can help you achieve smoother, younger looking skin. This non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure treats wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, stretch marks, and more.
What is Microneedling?
RF microneedling is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure intended to help tighten and rejuvenate skin in the face, neck and other areas of the body. The results in some cases can be so impressive that many patients look as if they had a surgical lift to smooth out the skin – which is why RF microneedling has also been referred to as a non-surgical facelift procedure.
RF Microneedling treatments involve tiny needles that enter the skin and create precise microchannels. Through these microchannels bipolar radiofrequency energy is delivered under the skin surface. The microchannels extend under the skin a variable distance, which allows a customized depth of energy delivered. The result cosmetically is soft tissue contracture and tightening that helps provide smoother looking, more rejuvenated skin.
Benefits of Microneedling
RF microneedling can be used for a wide range of applications including the following indications:
- Skin tightening
- Wrinkle and fine line reduction
- Large pore reduction
- Improvement of acne scarring
- Enhanced skin tone and texture
- Blending stretch marks
- Reducing excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
What Areas Can Be Treated With Microneedling?
RF microneedling is commonly used in the face and neck area to help tighten and rejuvenate skin that demonstrates wrinkle formation and laxity. Other areas where RF microneedling is frequently used include the arms, abdomen and legs where skin often appears too loose from aging and/or weight loss.
Skin Types for Pixel8 RF
One of the great things about Pixel8 RF is that it can be used on essentially all skin types. Because the radiofrequency energy delivered targets the tissue below the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) it is considered color-blind. Therefore, the risk of developing abnormal pigmentation after treatment is markedly reduced.
Our Chosen RF Microneedling Device
Our office chose to use the Pixel8 RF microneedling device by Rohrer because of its advanced engineering and capability. The Pixel8 RF is quickly becoming known as one of the best non-surgical RF microneedling skin tightening devices within the aesthetic industry. Literally thousands and thousands of patients can confirm just how safe and effective the Pixel8 RF has been in helping them achieve more youthful skin.
Pixel8 RF Vs. Morpheus8
Since RF microneedling technology was introduced, a number of different devices have been marketed to patients seeking non-surgical skin rejuvenation. Each device has been touted as being ‘one of the best’ RF microneedling treatments out there. But so much of this is considered simply hype to help attract more attention from patients. The reality is that only a few, select devices – such as Pixel8 RF and Morpheus8 – should be considered if you are a patient seeking RF microneedling treatment.
One of the main reasons we firmly believe Pixel8RF is a better choice than Morpheus8 for RF microneedling is based on its design. Technologically, the Pixel8 RF was created to deliver 2 megahertz of energy, which is twice as much as the Morpheus8 brand. This translates into much less discomfort for patients while undergoing treatment. Anecdotally, you will commonly hear patients openly admit they could not tolerate the Morpheus8 – leading them to abort any future treatments that were scheduled because of the discomfort and pain. Consequently, these patients will also not get the desired results. In comparison, the Pixel8 RF is much better tolerated by our patients and ‘treatment to completion’ is not an issue.
It is also worth noting that the Pixel8 RF was the recipient of the Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Holy Grail “Best Skin Smoothing Treatment” for 2022. This is quite a distinction for a device in a heavily crowded cosmetic treatment space.
Pixel8 RF Treatment
The Pixel8 RF takes approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the area(s) being treated. Prior to the actual treatment you should apply a numbing cream to the areas of concern, which should be done at least 30 minutes in advance.
Recovery After Pixel8 RF Microneedling
One of the great things we love about Pixel8 RF microneedling is the fact there is minimal recovery with very little downtime. The treatment areas may appear slightly erythematous, or red, for upwards of 24-48 hours after Pixel8 RF. You may also experience some swelling over the treatment sites, which gradually subsides over the first 48 hours of recovery. But the good news is that most patients can apply concealer and make-up after 24-48 hours.
Combining Pixel8 Microneedling With PRP Treatment
Adding platelet rich plasma (PRP) helps take Pixel8 RF to an even more elite level. PRP is naturally generated by drawing your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the more regenerative components. When the PRP is applied to the skin after Pixel8 RF, it gets absorbed into the microchannels – allowing the powerful regenerative components of PRP to stimulate the deeper tissue. Thus, PRP works synergistically with Pixel8 RF by boosting your body’s ability to respond to the treatment. With enhanced wound healing from the addition of PRP your skin will look even more youthful.
Combining Pixel8 Microneedling With Erbium Laser
One of the most popular choices amongst patients seeking a non-surgical facelift is to combine Pixel8 RF with an erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment. While the Pixel8 helps rejuvenate the layers under the skin, the erbium laser resurfaces the top layers of the skin. Instead of 1 + 1 = 2, this particular combination of Pixel8 RF and erbium is 1 + 1 = 3!
How Many RF Microneedling Treatments Will I Need?
The Pixel8 RF device is not something that will give the desired results after a single treatment session. Most patients will notice a cosmetic improvement after just one Pixel8 RF treatment. But in order to achieve more dramatic changes, you will require a series of RF microneedling treatments. This is why we offer pricing that is dependent on a series of Pixel8 treatments. In our experience, a 3-treatment series is nearly ideal for most patients with treatment sessions spaced 4 weeks apart.
Contact us to schedule your appointment or learn more about Pixel8 RF Microneedling.
Dr. John Hilinski has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.