What’s the Difference Between RF Microneedling and Regular Microneedling?

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When it comes to non-surgical skin tightening, it’s hard to beat microneedling. This option has become one of the most popular and in-demand skincare treatments of the last few years, and with the latest developments on the market, microneedling only gets better. It can be difficult to keep up with the latest advancements, however. If you’ve heard about RF microneedling, it’s important to know the difference when looking at your options. Here’s what to know about these two rejuvenating options at Carnegie Women’s Health

What is RF Microneedling? 

RF microneedling makes use of radiofrequency energy – hence the “RF.” It works by generating tiny wounds in the skin with microneedles (the same as traditional microneedling) but the difference is that it also administers bi-polar radiofrequency energy that generates gentle heat under the surface of the skin. This process contracts the collagen matrix in the deep layers of the skin and also stimulates new production through your body’s natural wound-healing response. The result is a visible difference in your skin’s tone, texture, and youthfulness over time. 

RF Microneedling Vs. Microneedling – What’s the Difference? 

Both options make use of a technique called collagen induction therapy – by piercing the skin and generating micro-wounds, microneedling can jumpstart your skin’s collagen production and achieve drastic improvement in concerns like texture and appearance. Traditional microneedling stops there, however – RF microneedling is simply a more advanced version of the traditional method. 

What Are the Benefits of RF Microneedling Over Traditional Microneedling? 

Although traditional microneedling is an excellent option for some patients, there are a lot of extra benefits to RF microneedling. Here are just five. 

Fewer Sessions 

Because RF microneedling uses advanced techniques, it’s more potent than traditional microneedling and thus requires fewer sessions. This means you’ll achieve results faster and more effectively. 

Greater Versatility 

RF microneedling can address a wider array of concerns, including mild skin laxity, acne scars, sun damage, aging signs, visible pores, and stretch marks. It can also be used on virtually any area of the body. 

Shorter Downtime 

Microneedling can cause more unwanted damage to the surface of the skin, requiring greater attention to recovery afterward. Because RF microneedling relies more on radiofrequency energy, it’s much gentler on the skin and requires virtually no downtime. 

Customizable Depth 

RF microneedling allows your skincare technician to precisely adjust many different factors of your treatment, including the depth of penetration. This means you can more effectively address deep-rooted concerns for targeted treatment. 

Better Results 

Because of the added radiofrequency energy, RF microneedling simply produces better results. It’s more effective at stimulating collagen production as well as contracting existing collagen for better skin tightening and a reduction in a variety of skin concerns. 

Schedule a Consultation 

Microneedling is one of the best ways to rejuvenate your skin without surgery or downtime. To learn more, we invite you to meet with our award-winning team at our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form

Dr. Stephanie Lam

Dr. Stephanie Lam

Dr. Stephanie Lam is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She served for many years as full-time academic faculty at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York before joining the practice. She is a committed teacher, and during her academic tenure, Dr. Lam was the recipient of multiple medical school teaching awards.