What is Radiofrequency Microneedling Treatment?

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You probably know about the popular two treatments, radiofrequency and microneedling. But what if we just combine these treatments to create a more effective one?

In this guide, we discuss how this treatment works? what’s the science and technology behind it? what are its various benefits and side effects?

From its results to who can use this treatment, we have got you covered!

About the expert:

Enola Walker is an expert in the realm of high-frequency treatments. Her expertise lies not only in understanding the complexities of high frequency treatments but also in simplifying these techniques for everyone.

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What is Radiofrequency Microneedling Treatment?

Radiofrequency microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that combines two popular technologies: microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) energy.

RF microneedling uses ultrafine needles and LED lights emitting radiofrequency waves to create thermal energy. This stimulates skin repair, enhancing the body’s natural collagen production.

How Does It Work?

Typically, the treatment uses a device with insulated fine needles designed to penetrate the skin’s top layer, reaching depths of up to 3 millimeters.

High-intensity radiofrequency energy is applied through these microneedles in a fractional pattern, triggering collagen and elastin production.

What distinguishes radiofrequency microneedling is its ability to generate controlled heat. This controlled heating maximizes collagen regeneration and scar remodeling, surpassing the effects of microneedling with cold needles.

How Is Radiofrequency Microneedling Performed?

The radiofrequency microneedling treatment is performed in a clinical setting by a trained skincare professional or dermatologist. Here is a step-by-step overview of how the procedure is generally conducted:

1. Consultation/Preparation:

Before the treatment, you’ll have a consultation with the skincare professional to discuss your specific concerns, goals, and any medical history that may impact the procedure.

The treatment area is cleansed thoroughly to remove any makeup, oils, or debris from the skin.

To minimize discomfort during the procedure, a topical numbing cream is applied 1 hour before the treatment to the treatment area. This helps ensure a more comfortable experience.

2. Radiofrequency Microneedling Procedure:

A device with ultrafine needles is used to create controlled micro-injuries on the surface of the skin. The depth of penetration can be adjusted based on the specific needs of the treatment.

Simultaneously, the Led lights from the device release radiofrequency energy into the skin, targeting the deeper layers. This RF energy generates controlled heat, stimulating collagen and elastin production.

The high-intensity radiofrequency energy is applied in a fractional pattern, meaning that only a fraction of the skin is treated at a time. This allows for more precise and controlled application.

The procedure takes 10 to 20 minutes.

Once the entire treatment area has been addressed, the procedure is completed. Any remaining numbing cream is removed, and the skin is cleansed.

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How Long Do Rf Microneedling Results Last?

The duration of results from RF microneedling varies but generally lasts between six months to over a year.

The number of sessions, individual response, and adherence to maintenance treatments and skincare practices influence the longevity of results. Regular sun protection and a consistent skincare routine can help maintain the benefits of the treatment.

While RF microneedling offers significant and long-lasting improvements, periodic follow-up sessions may be recommended to optimize and prolong the outcomes.

Can You Do Radiofrequency Microneedling at Home?

Performing radiofrequency microneedling at home is not recommended. This procedure involves specialized devices that combine microneedling and radiofrequency technologies, and their safe and effective use requires expertise.

Licensed skincare professionals or dermatologists typically administer these treatments in a controlled clinical setting. Attempting to perform radiofrequency microneedling at home without proper training and equipment can lead to potential risks, including skin damage, infection, or suboptimal results.

Risks/Side Effects of Radiofrequency Microneedling:

Here are some risks and side effects of microneedling radiofrequency treatment:

  1. Redness and Swelling (temporary)
  2. Bruising (temporary)
  3. Infection (temporary)
  4. Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation (can be temporary but may persist in some cases)
  5. Scarring, blistering (rare)

It’s important to note that while most side effects are temporary and resolve on their own or with proper care, individual responses can vary. The occurrence of rare side effects is infrequent but still a possibility.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Microneedling:

Here are some benefits of microneedling radiofrequency:

  1. Improved Collagen Production
  2. Wrinkle Reduction
  3. Scar Minimization
  4. Enhanced Skin Texture
  5. Skin Tightening
  6. Reduced Pore Size
  7. Versatile Treatment
  8. Minimal Downtime


After radiofrequency microneedling, prioritize gentle cleansing with a mild cleanser, avoid direct sun exposure, and use sunscreen.

Refrain from harsh skincare products, moisturize regularly, and avoid hot baths.

Limit makeup application, strenuous activities, and stay hydrated. Follow specific aftercare instructions from your skincare professional and attend follow-up appointments for optimal results and recovery.

Who Should Avoid RF Microneedling?

Individuals with certain medical conditions or circumstances should refrain from undergoing radiofrequency microneedling.

This includes those with active skin infections, a history of keloid scarring, or individuals who are pregnant.

Additionally, those with a tendency for hyperpigmentation or a recent history of isotretinoin (Accutane) use may need to avoid the procedure. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified skincare professional or dermatologist to assess individual suitability.


Radiofrequency microneedling combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy to boost collagen and enhance skin appearance. Administered by skincare experts in a clinic, the procedure stimulates collagen, reducing wrinkles and scars.

Lasting six months to a year, results require sun protection and regular skincare. Home attempts are discouraged due to potential risks. Be aware of temporary side effects like redness and rare issues. Consult a professional if pregnant or with skin conditions.

In short, this procedure, when done right, brings lasting benefits with proper care and expertise.

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About Me

I started learning about Cosmetology for aging, beauty, HF, and Manipulation in Cosmetics from UniCamp and in fancy salons and spas, where I got really good at using high-frequency treatments for faces, beards, and hair. After spending a lot of time doing hands-on work, I decided to share what I know with everyone. Now, I'm like a friendly expert, helping people understand and use HF treatments without any confusion.