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RF Microneedling vs Microneedling: Why RF Gets Better Results


RF Microneedling (also known as Radio Frequency Microneedling) helps reverse the signs of aging, tightens the skin, heals acne scars and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Need I say more? 

It’s honestly a game changer when it comes down to minimally invasive treatments with little to no downtime.

As we age, cell turnover slows down causing the dead skin cells to accumulate and dull the skin. Along with things like smoking, stress, sun damage and even pollution, all of these environmental factors contribute in breaking down collagen which leads to more wrinkles, textured and hollow skin.

So what is the difference between RF microneedling vs. microneedling?

Thanks to radiofrequency you can now firm and tighten the skin in no time.

The RF microneedling treatment is FDA cleared and offers the most effective skin rejuvenation techniques, producing lasting, gorgeous results. At Manhattan Laser Spa, we offer this popular solution for skin tightening, resurfacing and contouring.

It’s on the rise as a new, more popular microneedling treatment that is in high demand by people of all ages. RF microneedling works on all skin tones, types and people of all ages can benefit from the treatment.

So How is RF Microneedling Different from Traditional Microneedling?

First of all, RF microneedling delivers safe radiofrequency (RF) waves which are designed to amplify the effects of the procedure. It gently punctures the skin with small needles to deliver these radiofrequency waves which allows your body to naturally heal itself by producing more elastin and collagen.

Traditional microneedling uses a special device that creates micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body’s own healing response. RF microneedling adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the traditional microneedling procedure. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply, it can produce faster, more dramatic results.

The use of these radiofrequency waves produces a safer method of reaching the deeper layers of the skin without causing too much damage, making it far more effective than traditional Microneedling. By treating the deeper layers of the skin through RF microneedling, we are able to address many other conditions, not just conditions that only affect the surface of the skin. 


Does RF Microneedling have More Benefits?

Of course both treatments produce great results and treat a variety of issues, but there’s no doubt that the RF microneedling procedure offers far more benefits than traditional microneedling:

  1. It works well on darker skin tones
  2. It can treat a variety of concerns
  3. It’s safer and requires no downtime
  4. It produces far more collagen
  5. It requires less sessions

A huge benefit of RF microneedling vs. traditional microneedling is that RF microneedling works well on people with darker skin tones. For darker skin types, this is a major advantage over many lasers, which cannot be safely used on these more pigmented skin tones. Most laser treatments are not safe for darker skin tones; however, RF microneedling can provide similar results to laser treatments and is perfectly safe for every skin tone. 

RF microneedling is less invasive, more comfortable, and requires less recovery time. 

Another benefit  between RF microneedling vs. microneedling: traditional microneedling is not as customizable in terms  of penetration, because it does not use RF waves, it damages the skin more and is not as effective at boosting collagen production. 

Is RF Microneedling More Expensive?

Traditional microneedling is not as effective as RF microneedling and as a result, the price will vary as well. All consultations at Manhattan Laser Spa are free. 

What is the Cost of RF Microneedling?

A few key factors that affect the cost are the type of machine used, adding PRP (platelet-rich plasma and of course the number of treatments needed which can be determined at your consultation. 

On average, the price of Microneedling with RF can start at about $250 and go up to $2,100 per session depending on your individual needs. At Manhattan Laser Spa, our cost is $549 per session. If you’re interested in this non-invasive procedure then give us a call or request a complimentary consultation on our website. 

Our clients experience collagen production which helps to revitalize and regenerate the skin tissue from the inside out with little to no downtime.

How Many RF Microneedling Treatments will I Need?

Most treatments vary per person, so it often depends on the patient but generally an average of 2-4 treatments are used and they are usually spaced 2-6 weeks apart.

How Do I know if I’m a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?

We always recommend that you book a free consultation with us at Manhattan Laser Spa so that our experts can give you a more accurate recommendation based on your skin. Typically any one who is experiencing any of these issues would be a great candidate for RF microneedling:

  • Aging skin that needs to be refreshed
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines or deep wrinkles
  • Pigmentation
  • Stretch marks 

Is RF Microneedling More Painful?

Short answer, no.

Most people experience little to no pain, and a topical numbing cream is also applied. Now there is a slight possibility that you may experience some discomfort but for the most part it is a painless treatment.

RF microneedling is widely considered to be a safe treatment, with mild, temporary side effects. Bleeding, scabbing, swelling, or flushing usually subside within a few days, if they occur at all. Possible pinprick marks from the needles should fade on their own within two weeks.

When done right, this treatment should cause only controlled microdamage—not real damage—to your skin.


What is the RF Microneedling Procedure like?

Before the RF microneedling procedure we’ll apply a numbing cream on the target area to prevent discomfort. Then the FDA approved equipment will be gently pressed against the skin which will allow the needles to deposit the radiofrequency energy at the desired depth. The specialist will control the depth of the penetration with precision and continue the treatment until the desired result is achieved.

How is RF Microneedling Different from Lasers?

RF microneedling uses radio frequency energy waves to heat the collagen under the skin. These waves flow between electrodes positioned on the surface of the skin. Heat flows through the layers of skin with less impedance and stimulates the synthesis of new collagen and elastin thereby tightening the skin.

While lasers use a highly focussed light beam, which converts into thermal energy (heat). It breaks down and remodels the scars, and over a period, they begin to heal.

Is RF Microneedling Better than Traditional Microneedling?

RF microneedling produces more dramatic results than traditional microneedling or radiofrequency treatments alone, as combining the two technologies boosts their effectiveness.

Microneedles allow precise delivery of radiofrequency energy into the dermis, where collagen-producing cells reside, and the radiofrequency energy increases the level of controlled damage the microneedles inflict.


What is Secret RF Microneedling?

At Manhattan Laser Spa we use Secret RF which is a microneedle fractional radiofrequency device optimized for skin revitalization therapy. It uses precisely delivered bipolar radiofrequency energy to provide fractional radiofrequency microneedling for the treatment of photodamage, rhytides, acne scars, striae and other forms of scarring.

Secret RF microneedling is notably effective in the treatment of scars and wrinkles and is suitable for treating all skin types with minimal risk of hyperpigmentation or hyperpigmentation.

Does RF Microneedling Really Work?

It has been proven to be effective on many different skin types and studies have shown that it has improved acne scars, improved the look of the skin, reduced loose facial skin, improved skin texture and pore size, reduced wrinkles around the eyes and some have even reported that the effects of RF microneedling lasted longer than Botox injections.

When Can you Expect Results from RF Microneedling?

You’ll typically start to see results around 3-6 months and in most cases you’ll need a minimum of four sessions of RF microneedling. These sessions can be done every 3-8 weeks, which gives the skin enough time to heal between the treatments. Results generally last a year but it is recommended to have a touch-up session annually to maintain the results.

What to Expect After a RF Microneedling Treatment

After your RF microneedling treatment you’ll notice a brighter, smoother, and firmer complexion in as early as two weeks. Some patients report mild tenderness after treatment, similar to the feeling of a mild sunburn, which typically does not last more than 1-3 days. Very rarely, swelling or bruising can occur.

Bottom Line: RF Microneedling Works

RF Microneedling is a popular, highly sought-after treatment that allows patients to achieve better, more dramatic results with less discomfort or downtime. Men and women can get long-lasting results with a simple in-office visit.

The innovative microneedling RF treatment could be what you need if other treatments such as peels haven’t cleared up your scars or softened your wrinkles. Your skin will look tighter and plumper almost immediately.

Manhattan Laser Spa is a leading laser treatment spa in the New York area. Our experts have years of experience with skin rejuvenation and resurfacing techniques. We have helped many people rejuvenate their skin and achieve a more radiant and youthful appearance with the help of FDA approved laser technology.

If you’re interested in this game-changing procedure then give us a call at 646-846-7659 or request a complimentary consultation on our website to get started with RF microneedling today.

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