Microneedling with Radiofrequency

RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure involving tiny needles and radiofrequency waves to rejuvenate facial skin. The treatment is a form of controlled skin injury. The damage stimulates the growth of new, healthier skin, which can benefit common issues like acne scars and wrinkles.
Compared with treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion, radiofrequency microneedling is minimally invasive. Read more to learn about the procedure, side effects, and benefits. Additionally, while the purpose of RF microneedling is to improve the health of someone's face, other health problems might get in the way of a successful procedure.
If you happen to have any of the below-mentioned conditions, you would not be a candidate for RF Microneedling:
  • Autoimmune disease

  • Cancer

  • Metal Implants

  • Pregnancy/lactation

  • Skin disease


RF Microneedling Treatments

Microneedling uses a fine needle to create micro-wounds, also known as channels, in the skin. This triggers the production of capillaries, elastin, and collagen. It’s also called skin needling or collagen induction therapy. If the procedure also uses radiofrequency waves, it’s called radiofrequency microneedling. The needle releases radiofrequency into the channels, causing additional damage. This enhances the effects of standard microneedling.

Before treatment, skin is cleansed and a numbing cream is applied. It is then performed using a handpiece with sterile, single-use tips with fractionated RF energy through microneedles into the skin. This is tolerable to most patients and if it makes you uncomfortable in some way, additional comfort measures are available for more aggressive treatments.

Microneedling RF is a low-downtime procedure that will make patients experience mild redness and swelling for 12 to 24 hours. Applying makeup of any kind should be avoided until the next day. During the first week, it is normal to experience mild peeling and a sandy texture is normal. Any minor bruising that may occur can be covered with makeup.

A set of three treatments scheduled four to six weeks apart is recommended to achieve the best possible results. Many patients will see improvement after the first or second treatment, with full effect, three months after their last treatment. Maintenance treatments are recommended every six to 12 months, and patients will be prescribed medical-grade skincare for use at home to enhance and maintain their results. The skin that grows back is thicker and smoother, which can solve issues with:

  • Acne scars

  • Cellulite

  • Fine lines

  • Hyperhidrosis

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Large pores

  • Loose, sagging skin

  • Scars from injury or surgery

  • Stretch marks

  • Wrinkles


You can also get radiofrequency microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In this procedure, your provider draws blood from your arm and uses a machine to separate the platelets. After a microneedling session, your provider injects or applies the platelets to the treated area. This may maximize the results of your treatment.

While RF microneedling isn’t super painful, the person administering your treatment will start by applying a topical numbing cream to ensure that it’s as comfortable as possible. According to board-certified dermatologist Uchenna Okekere, it typically takes about an hour for the cream to kick in. 

After you’re numb, the radiofrequency with microneedling device has grouped, insulated needles that penetrate the skin and release radiofrequency energy from the needle tips. This energy produces therapeutic changes that help with acne scar treatment by stimulating collagen and elastin production without destroying the skin's top layer.

Benefits of RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency microneedling can have many benefits depending on the issues you have with your body, such as skin laxity, and how the treatment is handled. These benefits include:

  • Firming of upper eyelid skin

  • Shrinking of enlarged pores

  • Smoothening of lines on the upper lip skin

  • Improvement of:

    • Acne or surgery scars on the face and body

    • Dull, uneven skin tone/texture

    • Loose body and facial skin

  • Reduction of:

    • Fine lines and wrinkles

    • The appearance of hyperpigmentation

    • The appearance of stretch marks  

    • Cellulite

Possible Side Effects of RF Microneedling Treatment

As RF Microneedling is considered a non-invasive procedure, the risk and downtime involved are minimal. Not just that, even the discomfort involved in RF Microneedling is next to non-existent. However, n0t every procedure goes swimmingly, so you may experience certain side effects if you are unlucky.

One of the most common side-effects felt by most patients is a little skin irritation and redness of the skin. However, typical discomfort of the skin generally lasts 2-24 hours post the procedure. If the microneedling results produce any of the below after the procedure, you must consult your doctor:

  • Bleeding

  • Bruising

  • Infection

  • Peeling of skin


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