RF Microneedling

In Birmingham, AL

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Introduction to

Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling

Skin rejuvenation can come with many promises these days, but you shouldn’t expect to find anything in a jar or tube that will truly make a difference. Sure, serums and creams can help hydrate and improve your skin, but there are many out there looking for something more permanent when it comes to obtaining youthful skin. If you’re searching for a life-changing, head-turning skin procedure, look no further than Radiofrequency Microneedling at Raggio MD in Birmingham, AL. This revolutionary treatment uses fine needles and radiofrequency waves to create microscopic wounds in the skin which helps stimulate collagen production and improve the overall health of your skin in just a few quick and easy treatments.

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What is Microneedling?

Radiofrequency Microneedling (RF Microneedling) is a noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment that enhances the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling with the heat of radiofrequency energy.  It improves skin texture, tone, pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, acne scars, and stretch marks. 


How Does RF Microneedling Work?

RF Microneedling creates controlled microdamage in the skin that provokes a natural wound-healing response, which kick-starts the biological processes that create new skin structural proteins, namely collagen and elastin. Aging and environmental damage (particularly sun damage) break down these structural proteins, while the replacement rate slows over time. RF microneedling slows and even temporarily reverses this process, helping skin look and act younger.   

What are the benefits of RF Microneedling?

Our RF Microneedling patients in Birmingham have used this treatment to treat multiple skin conditions and have seen the following benefits: 

  • Shrinks enlarged pores
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tightens loose skin and soft tissue
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
  • Helps with dull or uneven skin tone or texture 
  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Improves acne or surgery scars 
  • Can treat Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Who are the best candidates for RF Microneedling?

The best candidates for a Birmingham RF Microneedling treatment are individuals who have concerns with wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, large pores, uneven skin texture, and overall skin aging. This treatment is suitable for most skin types and tones, but either Dr. Raggio or one of our trained providers will assess your skin and medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. 

It is important to note that if you have active skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions, you may not be a candidate for RF Microneedling. It is also not recommended for individuals who are pregnant, currently breastfeeding, or have a history of keloid scars.

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What’s the first step to scheduling a Microneedling?

What are the first steps?

You will be asked questions about your medical history and expectations. Photos will be taken of your face to determine the best technique for your condition and provide instructions on preparing for the procedure. If you have active acne breakouts, you may be asked to take oral antibiotics. If you have a history of cold sores, you might need to take oral antiviral medication.

What to expect during an RF Microneedling treatment

Your actual procedure will take place in the office. Generally, here’s what you can expect: 

  • Your skin will be cleansed with alcohol to prevent infection.
  • Topical anesthetic (i.e., Lidocaine) will be applied to the treatment area about 1 hour before the procedure. In some cases, local anesthetic may be injected as well. The anesthetic numbs the area so you won’t feel pain. For some patients, inhalation of nitrous oxide (i.e., Pronox) during the procedure can offer additional relief.
  • The microneedling device makes tiny wounds in the skin. Simultaneously, the tip of the needle releases radiofrequency waves into the wounds.
  • The procedure takes 20-30 minutes. The exact duration depends on where and what you’re treating.
  • A nourishing solution to support cell regeneration will then be applied and may include synthetic growth factors or your own stem cells (i.e., PRP/PRF). Lastly, a soothing solution or emollient (i.e., Vaseline/ Aquaphor) may be applied to minimize discomfort.
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RF Microneedling recovery

You can go home after the treatment and return to your normal activities. Immediately after treatment, your skin will be pink. Degrees vary from one individual to another, from pale pink blush to beetroot red. Any redness is expected to resolve steadily over hours, though sometimes it may take three or four days to return to normal color. That said, mineral-based makeup can be worn the day after your treatment.

You are advised to avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise, and extremes of heat or cold for 48 hours post-treatment.  These activities have been found to increase and prolong redness and swelling.  Do not use retinoids, tretinoins, alpha or beta hydroxy products, vitamin C products, scrub, exfoliate, or have chemical peels performed on the treated areas for 2 weeks.  Do not use hair dyes for a week following treatment.

Radiofrequency Microneedling is a safe and effective procedure used to rejuvenate the skin. Generally, the procedure takes 30 minutes and has minimal downtime. You’ll need at least three to four treatments to get your desired results, repeating the session yearly for maintenance.

How much does Radiofrequency Microneedling cost in Birmingham, AL?

The average cost of Radiofrequency Microneedling in Birmingham ranges depending on your geographical location, practitioner, and skin condition. The best way to determine the total cost of your treatment is to come in for a consultation and have your skin assessed.

Since most patients require at least three to four sessions, the average cost for this treatment is  around $3000 but can be subject to change

Why choose Dr. Raggio?

By placing your trust in the capable hands of Dr. Blake Raggio, you are choosing a double-board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is an authority in the arena of facial cosmetic procedures. Dr. Raggio is a member of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS), the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS), and the Alabama Medical Association (AMA). He relies on his unique and comprehensive training, as well as his artistic eye and appreciation for beauty, to help restore and create a more attractive and youthful appearance to the face in a subtle but natural way. Whether the issue is functional or cosmetic, Dr. Raggio closely and carefully listens to each individual’s concerns in order to design a personalized treatment plan for each and every patient. Above all else, Dr. Raggio is passionate about his work and enjoys making others feel more confident about themselves.

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Contact us

Schedule your Microneedling consultation

Experience the benefits of RF Microneedling in Birmingham, AL at Raggio MD, and discover the confidence that comes with healthy, glowing skin. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Blake Raggio or one of our experienced providers, you can use our website to request a consultation or contact us directly, and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you take the first step toward achieving the skin you’ve always desired.

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Patient reviews

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