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Radiofrequency Microneedling. Does It Actually Work? Expert Review

Are you curious about the differences between Microneedling RF treatments like Morpheus8 and Sylfirm/Scarlet? This blog will explore each procedure's unique features and benefits. Whether you're looking to improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles, or address specific skin concerns, understanding the distinctions between these two popular Microneedling RF options, Morpheus8 and SylfirmX, can help you make an informed decision. Let's dive in and discover which treatment best fits your skincare needs.

Is Microneedling Worth the Money?

Microneedling RF is an excellent choice for any beauty prep for several reasons:

  1. It improves skin texture and tone, giving you a smoother and more radiant complexion for that particular day.
  2. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helping you achieve a more youthful and refreshed look.
  3. Microneedling RF promotes collagen production, leading to firmer and tighter skin and a more lifted and sculpted appearance.
  4. It can help to fade acne scars or other skin blemishes, allowing you to feel more confident and beautiful.
  5. Microneedling RF is a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime, making it a convenient option for those who want to enhance their beauty without significantly disrupting their plans.

What Is the Success Rate of RF Microneedling?

Non-surgical beauty treatments have significantly impacted the beauty industry lately. SylFirmX, Scarlet and Morpheus8 in Toronto have received immense attention among these treatments. 

All of them are radiofrequency microneedling treatments that 

  • tighten and firm the skin, 
  • growing collagen and 
  • leaving people youthful and radiant. 

What is SylfirmX or Scarlet?

SylfirmX is a skin treatment device that uses radiofrequency technology and microneedling procedures to grow collagen and speed up cell turnover, enhancing the skin's health and appearance. 

The device features ultra-thin needles that deliver radiofrequency energy deep into the skin at the level of collagen and fat to create a controlled injury. This controlled injury provokes the skin to respond by producing collagen and elastin. There are two proteins that are essential for maintaining firm, tight, and smooth skin.

When needles are used to create superficial injuries, it works like a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. This process destroys the connections between dead skin cells, allowing them to turn over faster and resulting in healthier-looking skin with a natural glow.

What is Morpheus8?

Several professional devices on the market work similarly to SylFirmX, such as Morpheus8, Potenza, Vivace, and EndyMed. However, Morpheus8 has two distinct features that set it apart from other devices. First, its 1MHz frequency allows it to penetrate the skin deeper than most other devices. Second, its unique "burst" mode enables it to treat multiple skin layers simultaneously, resulting in more robust stimulation because of insulated needles, which definitely causes more pain.

Is Scarlet RF Better than Morpheus8?

The SCARLET Clinical Treatment Guidelines state that using a frequency of 2 MHz results in a more effective collagen and elastin stimulation than utilizing a frequency of 1 MHz. This is because the electrical current transmitted at 2 MHz changes direction two million times per second. Therapy at 2 MHz creates a higher concentration of heat in the targeted tissue, like collagen, but does not damage the fat layer. Microneedling RF Sylfirm/ Scarlet creates a narrower range of generated heat. This microneedling treatment can be safely used on sensitive areas like under the eyes and neck without damaging the fat layer underneath.

Is Sylfirm X Worth It?

Sylfirm X / Scarlet Microneedling RF is a device developed by Dr. Na, famous for inventing the Na Effect. This microneedling RF device works on a different frequency and delivers needle energy in a different pattern than Morpheus8 and other radiofrequency microneedling devices on the market.

Delivering bipolar RF energy to the skin through non-insulated needles creates a teardrop- or cocoon-shaped energy distribution, known as the "Na effect. " This effect occurs due to the high energy density of the needle tip and the varying moisture content in different skin layers. The significant benefit of the "Na effect" is that it maximizes the thermal effect on the target area while causing minimal to no damage to the epidermis, making the treatment effective and safe. Therefore, this microneedling treatment is suitable for all skin types throughout the year, including sunny summer.

Is Microneedling With RF Worth It?

SylFirm can provide various benefits to the skin on different body parts, including the face, under the eyes, neck, and other body parts, especially the arms, stomach, and inner thighs. It is possible because SylFirm microneedling with RF can stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. Patients who undergo Microneedling RF treatment often report experiencing significant benefits. Some of these benefits may include:

1. Skin tightening: Microneedling RF stimulates collagen production, leading to tighter and firmer skin.

2. Wrinkle reduction: SylFirm helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Scar improvement: Microneedling RF can improve the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, and other types of scars.

4. Pore size reduction: The treatment can help minimize enlarged pores size.

5. Hyperpigmentation reduction: Microneedling RF can fade dark spots and uneven skin tone caused by sun damage or melasma.

6. Improved skin texture: It can smooth rough skin texture and improve overall quality.

7. Stretch mark reduction: Microneedling RF can help fade the appearance of stretch marks.

Can Microneedling Help With Acne?

As someone who has struggled with acne and acne scars, I've found that microneedling has been incredibly beneficial for pimples, oily skin, and blemishes. 

If you're concerned about wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin, and even if it's been several months since your last Botox treatment, your forehead and crown feet area will feel noticeably smoother after undergoing a Sylfirm treatment. As a registered nurse in both Canada and the USA and a dermatologist in Belarus, I firmly believe that microneedling with radio frequency can help delay the signs of aging by preventing future wrinkles and sagging skin.

How Long Do Morpheus8 Results Last?

Although the effects of Morpheus8 are not permanent, the treatment results typically last for a year. Everyone's ability to stimulate collagen differs, and one's lifestyle choices will affect the ultimate duration. It's also worth noting that the results take time, as collagen only grows after at least a month. Your skin will glow immediately after the treatment, but you will not notice any smoothing or tightening effects until about a month later. If you are trying Morpheus8 to improve your skin before a big event, it is recommended that you schedule your appointment about six weeks in advance.

How Long Does SylfirmX Last?

Sylfirm X is a revolutionary treatment device offering significantly less pain than similar devices, including Morpheus8. Patients have reported minimal discomfort during the procedure, even in the highest settings. What's more, the results of this treatment are long-lasting, with an average duration of one year. So, with Sylfirm X, you can have a comfortable treatment experience without compromising the results. Although both of them work for collagen and elastin production against fine lines and wrinkles, the difference with Morpheus8 is that:

  • Sylfirm doesn't damage the fat layer
  • It works for hooded eyelids, crows feet, and bags under eyes
  • It is suitable for sagging skin on the neck
  • It is not as painful as Morpheus8 is.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1.How Much Does Sylfirm X Microneedling Cost?

At MedVSpa, the price of a microneedling RF procedure varies depending on the size of the targeted area and whether additional sessions are required for optimal results. The cost generally starts at $350.

2.How Much Does Morpheus 8 Cost Toronto?

$500 to $1,500 per session The cost of Morpheus8 treatments varies depending on the area treated, the number of sessions required, and the practitioner's expertise. On average, treatments range from $500 to $1,500 per session.

3.How Much Is RF Microneedling in Toronto?

RF microneedling is a cosmetic treatment not covered by insurance in Toronto. The most popular and effective treatment is a bi-polar RF microneedling called Scarlet or Sylfirm, which was rebranded in 2022. RF microneedling treatment costs $300 for a small area, such as the area around the eyes.

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