Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Review: Fractional RF

Due to a medication-induced hormonal imbalance, I spent roughly three years with problem skin. I was so relieved to finally find a skincare routine that worked for me and cleared everything up (you can read all about it in this previous post). However, I was left with a little light scarring and enlarged pores, which nothing seemed to remedy. I've had wonderful experiences with the laser hair removal at Laser Clinics Australia (LCA) and was keen to see what they could offer me in the way of skin treatments. A five-minute consultation is free, so why not?
I met with an LCA technician who suggested peels, but having just calmed my skin down, I was not keen to attack it with something too intense. The other option was Fractional RF, which, being a big beauty nerd, I had already read about in US Vogue a couple of years ago, and was keen to try. 
Fractional RF can be used on the face or body and is designed to target concerns such as scarring, stretch marks, enlarged pores, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity and rosacea. The treatment combines radio frequency and dermal stamping to cause a micro-injury to the skin and generate the production of new collagen and elastin. Basically, a little block of tiny needles is stamped all over your face, while simultaneously delivering heat into the skin (it sounds scary, but it barely hurts!).
The process takes around an hour, 45 minutes of which involves you chilling out with numbing cream on your face and an elegant shower cap over your hair (see sexy photo above). Honestly, the numbing cream is my least favourite part of the process. I talk a lot, and while chatting with my technician, managed to get the cream in my mouth, numbing my lips and tongue and even swallowing some of it, meaning I could hardly taste my delicious lunch and felt like I was trying to talk with a parrot's beak for the next three hours. 
Once you're numbed to the point that your skin feels like raw chicken, the technician will spend around 15 minutes using the stamp on you, changing the frequency for different areas. So far, I've had two treatments (four to six are recommended, depending on your goals) and my first one was not  at all painful, while the second got a little ouchy around the sides of my nose (as the technician went deeper to combat enlarged pores).
Results last 6 to 8 weeks and while most people will only experience redness for the remainder of the day on which they have their treatment, I was unlucky - 3 days later, I developed itty bitty red scabs all over my face in a neat grid pattern. It was pointed out to me that my face would make a fun Connect The Dots puzzle, and that my forehead felt like the top of a skateboard.
I found I could mostly cover these areas with make-up, although it all looked a little dry and rough. After about 5 days, the dots started clearing up and smoothing out, when I noticed some deeper, dark red spots within some of the pores on my nose. These lasted about a week and kind of looked like freckles. I would advise going in for your initial treatment when you don't necessarily need a ***flawless face for the next 10-15 days, just in case you're one of the unlucky few like me.
I am currently in the freckly nose stage of recovery after my second treatment and have already noticed smaller pores and a gradual improvement in my skin tone, which is V exciting!
If you want to try Fractional RF out for yourself, now is the time to do it: from the 9th to the 30th of July, Laser Clinics Australia have a sweet deal offering a free skin consultation, 4 Fractional RF treatments and a Skinstitut Skincare package for $859 AUD (this usually costs $1745, so... dayum son).
And remember, if you are going in for a treatment, don't be a Chatty Charlie like me - keep that mouth shut!

April xx


  1. That is a stunning photo!! Your eyes are beautiful! You certainly have amazing skin!

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  2. Wow this sounds amazing! Sounds like something ill need to do in the winter when everyone is basically hibernating! haha Im out and about way too much in the summer. Your skin is flawless btw! <3 <3

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  3. very interesting, thanks !

  4. Wow, hope you are healing well love! x


  5. Lovely, thanks for sharing! xo

  6. It seems to be an amazing treatment, I should definitely try it- And your eyes are absolutely stunning!!!

  7. Great post! Keep going! :)
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  8. More than anything.. you have such beautiful eyes april!!! And i've always wanted to do fractional laser for my blemishes too! Thanks for the review :)

  9. This sounds like a great treatment, I need to check if it is possible to try it in Portugal as well :)

  10. I did this with laser clinics last weekend and felt so much pain! I don't know how you say you didn't feel it? My cheeks hurt so much I swore never to do it again. The dots are ugly and embarrassing too. Next time I may try skin needling instead..?

  11. I did this with laser clinics last weekend and felt so much pain! I don't know how you say you didn't feel it? My cheeks hurt so much I swore never to do it again. The dots are ugly and embarrassing too. Next time I may try skin needling instead..?

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