Traditional Microneedling and RF Microneedling: What’s the Difference?

microneedling and RF microneedling

Traditional Microneedling and RF Microneedling: What’s the Difference?

What Traditional Microneedling and RF Microneedling Have in Common


It is easier to understand how traditional and radiofrequency (RF) microneedling differ if you first understand how they are alike. First, both treatments are non-invasive. A device with tiny fine needles is employed to prick the skin and create tiny injuries. The skin then sends out a signal to increase the production of collagen and elastin. This improves the skin by:

  • Tightening and reducing the signs of aging.
  • Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Evening skin tone.
  • Reducing sun damage and discoloration.
  • Improving the texture of scars (including acne scars)
  • Minimizing stretch marks.


How Traditional and RF Microneedling Differ

As much as they sound alike, these procedures differ greatly. The difference lies in those two letters, “RF,” the radiofrequency energy used in the tiny needles. Traditional microneedling uses the body’s natural processes. The pin pricks alone generate the production of new, firm, youthful collagen. With RF microneedling, in addition to pricking the skin, the needles gently deliver heat to the deeper layers of skin using the raiofrequency current.


1) RF Microneedling Treats Deeper Skin Layers

First of all, RF microneedling is able to reach deeper layers of the skin without causing harm to the top layers. The needles release the RF energy only when they are in the skin. As a result, that RF energy tightens the skin and reduces scar tissue more effectively.

2) RF Microneedling Smooths Wrinkles Better

Next, the heat created by the RF energy constricts those underlying skin layers. This smoothes out even the most severe lines and wrinkles faster than traditional microneedling.


3) RF Microneedling Is Better at Treating Scars

All scars, including acne scars, are patches of thick, damaged skin. Therefore, the RF energy breaks up those patches better than the needle punctures alone. In addition, that energy can be focused directly into the scar. This results in a more targeted and effective result.


4) RF Microneedling Is More Customizable

With RF microneedling, both the depth of the needle and the amount of energy can be customized according to your needs. Because of this, RF microneedling ranges from a mild treatment to a major face-changing procedure. It is important that clients are aware of the many options available with customizable RF microneedling.


For a knowledgeable consultation and a pleasant, safe microneedling experience, call 301-678-5772. Also, you can book an appointment online. Dr. Ife Rodney  is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She is an expert in skin care, anti-aging and skin rejuvenation for all skin types. Eternal Dermatology is conveniently located in Fulton, MD, and serves Clarksville, Columbia, Ellicott City, Laurel, Bowie, Silver Spring,  and Howard County, Maryland.



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