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RF Microneedling Treatment For Acne Scar Removal In Singapore

RF microneedling, also known as radiofrequency microneedling, is a cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to create micro-channels in the skin and deliver radiofrequency energy to the deeper layers of the skin.

The procedure involves using a handheld device with small needles on the end that are inserted into the dermis with an adjustable depth of 0.5mm to 3.5mm. These needles create tiny punctures in the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response and promotes the production of collagen and elastin.

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How does RF microneedling work?

At the same time, the device emits radiofrequency energy into the skin, which heats up the deeper layers of the skin. This heat energy causes the existing collagen fibers to contract, which results in immediate skin tightening. Over time, the increased production of new collagen and elastin leads to further skin tightening and improved skin texture.

RF microneedling can be used to address a range of skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and texture. The procedure is typically performed in an aesthetic clinic in Singapore and usually requires multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.

Preparation: Before the treatment, the skin will be thoroughly cleaned and a numbing cream may be applied to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.

Microneedling: During the treatment, a handheld device with small, sterile needles on the end will be used to create micro-channels in the skin. The device is moved over the skin in a specific pattern, and the depth of the needles can be adjusted depending on the individual’s skin type and concerns.

Serum application: After the microneedling is complete, a serum or other treatment may be applied to the skin to help improve the results and reduce skin redness.

Post-treatment care: After the treatment, the skin may be red and sensitive for a few hours to a few days, depending on the depth of the needles used. It’s important to avoid sun exposure and to follow any other specific instructions provided by our doctors to help the skin heal properly.

Why is RF Microneedling the preferred choice for acne scar treatment in Singapore?

Fibrous scar tissue is often found in the deeper layers of the skin such as the dermis. Most doctors only use CO2 skin resurfacing lasers to reduce the appearance of scars. However, the depth of the micro-channels induced by CO2 lasers is about 1.8mm. This is insufficient to target stubborn, deeper acne scar tissue. RF microneedling on the other hand uses needles that can penetrate up to 3.55mm of the dermis. It’s an effective treatment for various skin concerns and severe acne scars, as it is less invasive, requires a shorter downtime, and results in minimal side effects.

How does RF Microneedling treat acne scars?

RF microneedling combines radiofrequency technology with microneedles. Unlike other acne scar treatments that addresses the surface of the skin, microneedling uses flow needle technology to deliver radiofrequency waves directly into the dermis where the scar tissues are located. The dermis also contains collagen that provides the supporting structure of the skin. By bypassing the superficial layers of the skin, the radiofrequency waves are administered directly into the dermis to encourage collagen production and tissue tightening at predetermined depths decided by the doctor, with minimal downtime. A wide range of atrophic scars can be treated by adjusting the depth of the microneedles, penetrating the skin between 0.5 and 3.5mm.

RF microneedling vs CO2 skin resurfacing laser

Although it may seem that RF microneedling is a harsher treatment as compared to CO2 lasers, the truth is that there is more epidermal damage for CO2 lasers. CO2 lasers ablates the top layer of the skin, leaving the wound exposed to the surroundings. Another reason why RF microneedling is preferable over CO2 skin resurfacing, is that it’s perfect for all skin types, while the latter is recommended only for people with fair skin. Finally, RF doctors can perform RF microneedling on many delicate areas of the skin that aren’t typically ideal with CO2 resurfacing (such as the eyes and mouth). Many people avoid undergoing CO2 laser treatments because of the prolonged healing times, and the lingering pain that may last for up to a week. In addition, if the post-treatment care is not optimal, infection may set in, causing more discomfort and inflammation of the skin.

Frequently asked questions about RF Microneedling in Singapore

What kind of acne scars are best suited for RF Microneedling treatment in Singapore?

RF Microneedling works best on rolling scars because it can considerably improve overall skin texture.

For people with ice pick scars, doctors may use other specialty scar treatment such as TCA cross to release the deep scar tissue first. After a few sessions, the overall skin texture can be further improved with RF Microneedling to smoothen out the appearance of residual scars.

What is the downtime of RF Microneedling treatment?

Depending on the intensity of the treatment, RF Microneedling treatment typically has a downtime of 2 to 4 days. The downtime is considerably shorter than a CO2 laser, which could possibly last up to a week. The shorter downtime is because there is little epidermal damage during the RF Microneedling treatment as the energy is delivered directly to the deeper layer of the skin.

Is RF Microneedling a substitute of CO2 skin resurfacing laser?

Unfortunately, no.

As an ablative laser, CO2 skin resurfacing laser only removes the top layer of the skin. It does not target the deeper layers of the skin. RF Microneedling, on the other hand goes deep into the skin up to 3.5mm. Both are not a direct substitute of each other. However, they work synergistically if someone has various types of scar tissues which may require treatment at both superficial and deeper layers of the skin.

Can RF Microneedling tighten skin?

Yes, RF Microneedling can also be used as a skin tightening treatment. RF Microneedling is one of the most versatile medical aesthetic treatments available in Singapore. Other than treating a wide range of acne scars and trauma scars, it can also correct wrinkles and improve skin texture with superior results. Neck ageing and skin folds on the neck also respond well to RF Microneedling. Wrinkles on the décolletage may be treated with RF Microneedling for skin rejuvenation as well.

Am I a suitable candidate for RF Microneedling?

Laser treatments are often not suitable for people with dark skin. The risks of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are high for people with darker skin tone. RF Microneedling stands out from the competition as it is able to treat all skin types, regardless of color. It does so by administering the radiofrequency energy directly into the dermis, bypassing the superficial layer of the skin.

Does RF Microneedling really work?

RF Microneedling is mostly known for its capability for improving acne scars. What most people don’t know is that this technique can also treat a wide range of other skin disorders such as skin laxity and wrinkles. In fact, RF Microneedling is FDA-approved for the percutaneous treatment of facial wrinkles. The deep heating of the dermis causes collagen stimulation in exactly the same way other skin tightening treatments like Ultherapy and Thermage do.


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    Improve overall skin texture
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    Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
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    Improve in skin laxity
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    Kickstart collagen production to reduce appearance of depressed scars
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    Reduce appearance of stretch marks on the arms, hips, tummy and thighs

Best For

People who are suffering from different types of depressed scars, pigmentation, and fine lines on the face. RF Microneedling does not only effectively remove acne scars, it is also able to provide overall skin rejuvenation for ageing skin.

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