Does microneedling with RF really work?

What is the difference between Microneedling and RF Microneedling?

I had a good question from one of my clients today.

What is the difference between Microneedling and RF Microneedling?  The simple answer is that Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF) combines traditional microneedling with the added benefits of Radiofrequency energy. This innovative approach aims to enhance skin rejuvenation and address various skin concerns. While individual results may vary, the combination of Microneedling with Radiofrequency has been shown to be more effective, resulting in increased collagen production, improving skin texture, and minimising the appearance of fine lines and scars.

Microneedling involves the use of tiny, sterile needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This process stimulates the body's natural healing response, triggering collagen and elastin production. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and firmness to the skin (it is like the glue that holds it together), while elastin contributes to its elasticity. By inducing controlled damage, microneedling prompts the skin to regenerate, resulting in a smoother and more youthful complexion.

Adding Radiofrequency microneedling takes the treatment to the next level. Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the needles, generating heat in the deeper layers of the skin (the Dermis layer). This heat amplifies collagen production and tightens existing collagen fibres.

Several studies and clinical trials support the efficacy of microneedling with RF. Research has demonstrated improvements in skin laxity, fine lines, acne scars and overall texture.

One of the notable advantages of RF microneedling is its versatility. It can be used to treat various skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, and sagging skin. The procedure is generally tolerable, with minimal downtime compared to more invasive treatments.

However, it is essential to note that multiple sessions are recommended to achieve optimal results. The success of RF microneedling also depends on your skin type, age, how you have been looking after your skin and aftercare.


RF microneedling is a great non-surgical cosmetic procedure for skin rejuvenation. It combines the benefits of microneedling-induced collagen stimulation with the added advantages of radiofrequency energy. While results can be impressive, consulting with Setsuko is crucial to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on individual needs and skin conditions.

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Setsuko Takeuchi

Setsuko is a Beauty Therapist with more than 15 years experience. After obtaining an NVQ level 3 from Exeter college, she obtained further level 4 qualifications in Laser & Light Therapy Treatments CIBTAC and Skin Needling VTCT. She has also had advanced training in Intimate Waxing from Kim Lawless.