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What is RF microneedling and how will it help me?

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Everyone will see some preliminary sign that youth has finally drawn to a close and age will begin to creep in around the edges now and then. There are of course a few different cosmetic treatments we can use to restore and rejuvenate the face, décolletage and many other areas of the body where the skin has withered, wrinkled and formed stretch marks from childbirth or weight gain. We at Main Street Cosmetic recommend radiofrequency (RF) microneedling to all of our patients looking to resurface their skin.

Microneedling Advancements

Microneelding is a skin care treatment using small microneedles that are applied to the skin to create microchannels where surface damage appears. Microneedling has become the new industry standard to help create fractional surface damage to the skin in specific areas that require regeneration of new skin cells so that healthy ones can then take their place. However, there have been many modifications in these last few years that make microneedling an even better option for all patients.

When microneedling was first released, a hand-rolling method was used. This method was completely manual and required delicately skilled hands to manoeuvre; the cosmetic therapist required in-depth knowledge of the depth to which these needles in this manual microneedling tool, needed to go in particular areas of the skin so as not to damage the surface but to allow proper healing.

The Addition of RF Microneedles

Since then, most cosmetologists and skin therapists use automatic hand-held tools that are set to treat these areas of the skin such as the forehead, cheeks and nose for proper application. These machines offer patients added comfort since they are pressure sensitive to depth and provide quick treatments. Now, in addition to pressure sensitive, automatic microneedling devices, we have microneedling with radiofrequency tipped needles.

These RF tipped microneedling devices not only work to create small microchannels within the skin to allow growth factors and new collagen growth to repair and replenish new cells, but radiofrequency cauterises the newly made channels, so no bleeding or scabbing occurs in the process. As the radiofrequency heat energy penetrates the skin, it helps to tighten the skin as well to reinforce young, taught skin. This RF method is a much more comfortable and effective microneedling treatment for patients all over the world, especially at Main Street Cosmetic.

Main Benefits of Microneedling with RF

For patients looking to overcome skin pigmentation from overexposure to sun, weather, and stress, microneedling will help to break up those colour inconsistencies and allow the skin to repair itself and reduce those differences in tone. Once these microchannels heal, the skin will appear tighter, smoother and more refined. We recommend this treatment to anyone looking to reduce the size of enlarged pores as well as reduce any signs of acne scarring or other preliminary signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. This RF microneedling treatment is even used on the neck where ageing starts for most patients.

Your skin will be dramatically restructured with our latest RF microneedling treatment at Main Street Cosmetic. Call to book your consultation with one of our Nurses or Dermal Clinicians today on 03 9739 3837.

Sunscreen, UV Rays & Sun Damage

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A SUNSCREEN?

Always choose a sunscreen that is ‘Broad Spectrum’. This means that you are protected against both UVA & UVB rays, the two types of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation that reach the earth’s surface. If you plan to swim or sweat whilst outdoors, it is important also to choose a water resistant sunscreen and re-apply it as directed on the bottle.  Where possible, use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor of 30 or above, although an SPF15 sunscreen is better than none at all. Sunscreens are either a ‘physical’ or ‘chemical’ barrier sunscreen, with zinc oxide/titanium-based sunscreens falling into the former category and chemical sunscreens falling into the latter. Sensitive skin tends to require ‘physical’ barrier sunscreens.

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Pictured above, MSMSC stock Synergie & La Roche-Posay brand sunscreens. Book your FREE Skin & Cosmetic Consultation now on 8202 8106 and have our Cosmetic Nurse recommend the best option for your skin.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UVA & UVB RAYS?

The various wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation are classified into three categories – UVA, B and C.

UVA rays

  • Longer rays which penetrate the deepest into the skin (the dermis).
  • Comprises 95% of the sun’s rays reaching earth
  • Responsible for ageing (due to collagen destruction)
  • Can cause skin cancer (benign and malignant)
  • Suppresses the immune system of the skin making us more prone to skin cancer
  • Can penetrate glass
  • Is constant in intensity throughout the day and seasons.

UVB rays

  • Shorter rays which penetrate only the surface layer of the skin (epidermis)
  • Causes skin to burn
  • Most intense between 11am and 2pm

UVC rays

  • Absorbed by the ozone layer, these lethal rays do not reach the Earth’s surface.

WHAT DAMAGE ARE UV RAYS CAUSING MY SKIN?

UV rays can cause :

      • pigmentation and age spots
      • fine lines, wrinkles and large pores as a result of collagen depletion
      • skin cancers of all kinds

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM UV RAYS?

Always wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible), sunscreen and sunglasses when outdoors, especially between the hours of 10am-4pm when the suns rays are at their most damaging.

If you would like to discuss options for sun protection or if you have a suspicious mole you would like checked out, or if you simply would like one of our specialist skin cancer Doctors to do a thorough Skin Check for you – please get in touch.  Our comprehensive Skin Checks are not expensive and could save your life – invest $30 in the cancer-free future of your skin. (Out of pocket fee is $30 ($101.70 with a Medicare rebate of $71.70)).

Make it your New Year’s resolution to be sun smart and sun safe! Call 8202 8106 to book your Skin Check now.