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RF Microneedling and traditional Microneedling

A women with brown hair and brown eyes holding her left cheek and feeling her smooth skin after radiofrequency RF microneedling treatment.

Let’s compare RF Microneedling and traditional Microneedling, two popular skin rejuvenation treatments that you frequently hear about. While both treatments may seem alike, RF microneedling involves a more intricate device and comes with a higher price tag. You might wonder if the treatment is truly worthwhile.


Microneedling and RF Microneedling share a common goal of enhancing collagen and elastin production in the skin while diminishing scar tissue. The effect is a smoother, more radiant complexion.

Both procedures involve creating micro-channels to the skin using tiny, sterile needles. This process triggers a healing response and the release of growth factors. It stimulates cell repair and promotes the formation of new blood vessels, along with the regeneration of collagen fibers. As a result, both treatment target fine lines and textural imperfections, leading to a healthier, glowing skin.

Let’s delve deeper into these two very popular options for skin rejuvenation.


Microneedling induces controlled microdamage to the skin through various methods, stimulating the skin’s natural healing process and triggering the production of collagen and elastin.


  • Helps repair sun damage by promoting the skin’s wound healing process and facilitating the replacement of damaged skin cells.
  • Reduces fine lines, improves texture, and minimizes pores by boosting collagen and elastin production and enhancing tissue formation.
  • Enhances product absorption by creating microchannels in the skin, allowing skincare products to penetrate more effectively.
RF Microneedling:

RF microneedling integrates radiofrequency (RF) energy with the conventional microneedling technique to further stimulate the production of collagen & elastin. By employing specialized needles to create micro-channels and simultaneously delivering radiofrequency energy, this method enhances the generation of skin-improving proteins and enzymes. RF microneedling can effectively treat deeper scarring, certain skin sagging issues, and stubborn textural concerns, like crepey skin, by safely penetrating deeper skin layers.


  • Combines microneedling’s controlled skin trauma with the thermal stimulation of radiofrequency, resulting in a potent combination that boosts collagen production and skin tightening (reaching deeper skin layer).
  • Highly customizable treatment that allows adjustment in needle depth and RF energy intensity to meet individual needs, catering even to darker skin types.
  • Effectively treats scars by utilizing RF energy to break up scar tissue and focuses higher energy levels on specific areas for optimal results.

Traditional microneedling primarily focuses on collagen enhancement and is generally considered as a milder treatment in compared to RF microneedling.

RF microneedling, on the other hand, utilizes both needle penetration and heat emission, allowing for customizable treatment depths and temperatures. Basically, needles my deliver radiofrequency energy into the deeper layers of the skin.

Extra energy delivered precisely to deeper skin layer makes the treatment more powerful and effective in addressing scarring and tightening the skin across various skin tones and types.


While both methods stimulate collagen production through creation of micro-channel in the skin, RF microneedling stands out as a superior option for addressing specific concerns like scarring and skin laxity. It may deliver more noticeable results in fewer sessions. Combining microneedling with radiofrequency energy delivery, enhances effectiveness and efficiency in treating the skin.

To enhance post-treatment results, RF microneedling may be combined with fractional laser resurfacing, like C02 resurfacing.

Ready to rejuvenate your skin? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Nuha, our medical aesthetician with over 20 years of experience. She will create for you a customized skin rejuvenation plan for a refreshed, glowing look.

Dr. Domanski
Curve Accent


Focusing on natural results, Dr. Domanski believes in helping patients regain control over their bodies.

Dr. Mark Domanski is a Double-Board certified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Domanski is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

He has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine and DC Modern Luxury magazine. However, Dr. Domanski’s favorite accolade is his Most Compassionate Doctor award by Patient’s Choice.

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