Microneedling with RF (Radiofrequency) – 3 Simple Ways to Attain Radiant Skin

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Microneedling with RF (Radiofrequency) – 3 Simple Ways to Attain Radiant Skin

June 30, 2023


In a world where the pursuit of flawless, radiant skin seems like an unending journey, microneedling with RF (radiofrequency)  has emerged as a game changer. If you wonder how some people have kept their youthful glow, this blog post can direct your ways. Here you will learn one of the most innovative and effective treatments developed in aesthetics – microneedling with RF.

The procedure is a combination of two highly effective skin rejuvenating techniques namely –

  • Microneedling (uses a device with tiny needles to stimulate healing and regeneration)
  • Radiofrequency (RF, which uses energy waves for collagen stimulation and skin tightening)

The resulting skin after recovery is smoother, firmer, and blemish-free. So, if you’re struggling with stubborn acne scars, sun spots, or fine lines and wrinkles, this is the simplest answer. 

At the end of this blog post, you are expected to learn the following:

  • The science behind microneedling with RF
  • How it works (mechanism of action)
  • Benefits of the procedure
  • Potential side effects and risks (if any)
  • Ideal candidates
  • What to expect during and after the procedure

Be sure to pay attention to the details so you can learn everything you need about microneedling with RF.

What is Microneedling with RF?

Microneedling with RF (also known as radiofrequency microneedling or RFMN) combines two technologies as previously established. Microneedling alone is already efficient and safe in its rejuvenating activity. Added with RF, it provides an even more efficient solution to achieve that radiant skin.

microneedling with RF

How Does Microneedling with RF Work?

There are phases to microneedling with RF – which will be discussed in the following sections. Here you’ll learn in detail exactly how it works to attain a younger, fresher look.

Mechanism of Action of Microneedling with RF

There are phases to the procedure – where the first part involves using the microneedling device (loaded with tiny needles). This creates micro-injuries to the skin’s surface, which stimulate natural wound healing. The latter, in turn, stimulates collagen and elastin production that are essential in keeping the skin’s surface fresh.

The next part involves the delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy to the deeper part of the skin through the micro-injuries created. The controlled heat delivered within these deep layers cause tissue coagulation and tightening. This additional process not only boosts collagen synthesis but also aids in remodeling existing collagen fibers.

A study found that this combination is an efficacious way of skin improvement. The two combined technologies work synergistically (it enhances the action of the other). The result would be the following: 

  • Enhance skin texture
  • Wrinkles and fine lines are reduced
  • Minimize pore size
  • Improve overall skin tone

Hence, microneedling with RF offers an advanced solution for those seeking radiant skin by harnessing your body’s own regenerative abilities. It’s an excellent option if you’re looking for a non-surgical aesthetic treatment that effectively addresses multiple skincare concerns at once while promoting healthy, vibrant skin from the inside out.

What Are The Benefits of Microneedling with RF?

The dual-modality therapy provides a host of benefits to individuals seeking to improve their skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance.

  • Precise targeting of specific areas without damage to surrounding tissue
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones (due to its accuracy and deep penetrating capacity which minimizes surface-level damage)
  • Longer-lasting results (since it uses the body’s natural healing capacities)
  • Enhanced collagen synthesis (thereby increasing production)
  • Tissue remodeling and further boosting collagen production
  • Good for fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores

Collagen, an essential protein for skin health, gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Other treatments may carry risks for darker skin tones (like laser treatments) due to possible pigment changes or burns. On the other hand, microneedling with RF safely treats various conditions across all Fitzpatrick Skin Types.

Improved Skin Texture and Tone Through Microneedling with RF

Several studies have shown that microneedling with RF shows positive results in significantly improving skin texture, laxity, and wrinkle reduction. Through its mechanism of action discussed above, it stimulates production of collagen, elastin, and increased hyaluronic acid. These are three components necessary for achieving smoother and more even-toned skin.

During treatment, small micro-needles penetrate the skin surface at a controlled depth before releasing a burst of radiofrequency energy. This deliberate design encourages new collagen and elastin production while minimizing damage to the top layer of your skin. Consequently, there’s less downtime compared to other treatments.

Enhanced Collagen Production Through Microneedling with RF

We have already established that microneedling with RF can improve or enhance collagen synthesis. This enhanced production allows the skin to appear younger and fresher. A study states that collagen induction therapy (CIT) is a form of microneedling. This is why in some contexts microneedling is called CIT.

Reduced Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles Through Microneedling with RF

Microneedling with RF (radiofrequency) has emerged as a promising aesthetic treatment for those wishing to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while achieving radiant skin. 

Microneedling on its own is known for its effectiveness in treating various skin problems. It includes treatment of acne scars (even burn scars), large pores, and uneven skin texture. When combined with RF energy though, it takes the benefits to another level. The addition of radiofrequency energy elevates this treatment. It delivers energy deep into the dermis layer of the skin where most signs of aging originate. RF energy also stimulates collagen production but at a deeper level than microneedling alone can reach. This synergistic approach accelerates results leading to enhanced skin rejuvenation.

Are There Side Effects and Risks Associated with the Procedure?

A study we reviewed states that microneedling on its own has minimal side effects. The side effects include (but not limited) to:

  • Transient skin irritation
  • Edema (swelling around the treated area)
  • Localized pain
  • Temporary bruising (especially for sensitive skin)
  • Hypopigmentation (decreased melanin). Irregular skin color changes. This is dependent on factors like skin type. 

In rare cases, individuals may experience more severe reactions such as infection or scarring. This usually happens when the procedure is not performed correctly or if aftercare instructions are not followed accurately. For instance, it’s advised not to use makeup or harsh skincare products for at least 24 hours post-procedure to prevent infections. An experienced practitioner should always conduct a thorough assessment of your skin before starting the treatment. Also, a study states that caution must be observed when using microneedling with RF over a recently injected filler. So, during consultation, you must include all information regarding your history to prevent side effects. This includes:

  • Medical history (history of allergies or underlying medical conditions)
  • Recent treatments received
  • Lifestyle habits

It’s crucial, therefore, to understand that microneedling with RF does come with some potential side effects and risks. But, these risks are minimal compared to other procedures (i.e. surgery). Nonetheless, these side effects are typically mild and may subside in just a few days after treatment.

Furthermore, the procedure requires a skilled application by trained professionals. The depth of needle penetration and intensity of RF energy need to be carefully calibrated. It should be according to each individual’s unique needs and tolerance levels.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Microneedling with RF?

We have established earlier that microneedling with RF is suitable for all skin types. This makes it stand out from the many options of aesthetic rejuvenation. However, not everyone who wants this procedure done can be accommodated. The reason is because there are several other factors that come into play:

  • Severity of the skin condition being treated
  • Age
  • Lifestyle factors

A study states that there are two groups of people who fit into the ideal candidate of this procedure, namely –

  • Younger demographics with early facial aging
  • Those who underwent a facelift for recurrent laxity

Furthermore, it may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions such as active acne outbreaks, rosacea, or other inflammatory skin diseases. It is not ideal for people who can’t commit to an ongoing skincare regime that comes after the procedure.

This aesthetic treatment contributes significantly towards achieving radiant skin. It’s worthwhile mentioning that results can vary from person to person. Several factors can influence how effectively your body responds to the treatment. Therefore, one must approach microneedling with RF with realistic expectations about its possible outcomes.

What to Expect During and After Microneedling with RF Treatment?

Here is a table that summarizes what you can expect during and after microneedling with RF:

During TreatmentAfter Treatment
Topical anesthetics (numbing cream or gel) is applied on the treatment areaRedness or swelling may be immediately notable (which could last a few days)
A microneedling with RF device will be applied (for micro-injuries and energy delivery)Bruising may be noted (especially for sensitive skin). This may last for several days.
Localized pain or discomfort may be felt but nothing that the topical anesthetic cannot manageStart using sunscreen (SPF 30 or better) and avoid sun exposure as much as possible
Procedure could last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the treatment areaPeeling or flaking after treatment may be expected
Warming or tingling sensations may be feltAvoid harsh skin care products several days to weeks
Things to Expect After Microneedling with RF


Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF) is an effective and safe way to attain healthier, more radiant skin. Through this procedure, the dermal layer of the skin is enriched with radiofrequency energy, stimulating collagen production and leading to improved texture and tone. The results of this treatment are long-lasting and require minimal downtime.

If you are looking for a simple solution to help achieve healthier, smoother skin, microneedling with RF may be the right choice for you. It represents an innovative approach in aesthetic treatment. It offers a non-surgical option for those seeking radiant skin without resorting to invasive procedures or extensive downtime.

A Note From ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness

As with any skincare treatment though, it’s crucial to consult with a seasoned practitioner who can guide you properly based on your specific skincare concerns and goals. For more information on this treatment option, contact ReplenishMD Aesthetics & Wellness today to book an appointment.

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