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Radiofrequency Microneedling vs. Skin Needling

24th February 2022

Microneedling is a popular treatment for targeting skin concerns, but radiofrequency microneedling could be more comfortable and effective for you. We explore the differences and which is better.

While the thought of using needles on your skin might seem counterintuitive for improving concerns like scars, open pores and elasticity, microneedling is now one of the most recognised and effective non-surgical treatments for skin concerns.

In addition to skin needling, the radiofrequency microneedling we offer at Bristol Skin Clinic enhances the process and could be a better option for you. We take a look at the difference between regular skin needling and radiofrequency microneedling.

What Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Do?

Radiofrequency microneedling is the ultimate treatment when looking at improving a variety of different skin conditions, such as open pores, scars, wrinkles and skin laxity.

It helps to smooth out uneven skin tone caused by acne and also helps to even out acne scarring and bumps. Boosting the production of collagen, it can also help to improve texture, tighten skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles. This is a treatment that can aid a wide range of skin concerns, regardless of age or skin type.

How Does Radiofrequency Microneedling Work?

Ultrafine needles penetrate the skin to different depths whilst simultaneously releasing radiofrequency energy to heat the skin in a controlled manner. This stimulates a wound healing response leading to the production of new collagen and elastin.


RF Microneedling

How Does Skin Needling Work?

Skin needling works in a similar way, usually administered by a Therapist or Practitioner using a hand-held device for microneedling purposes solely. An anaesthetic cream is used prior to treatment, as it can be uncomfortable to proceed with treatment without it.

This is in complete contrast to radiofrequency microneedling, which doesn’t require an anaesthetic cream prior to treatment, and the treatment itself is relatively pain-free, albeit minimally uncomfortable on certain areas of the face.

If a patient required skin needling and the radiofrequency element too, it would have to be delivered with separate hand pieces in two standalone treatments; therefore, Radiofrequency Microneedling is quicker to administer, and patients will receive two therapies in one session for optimum results.

Post-treatment Expectations for Microneedling

Although Radiofrequency Microneedling can make the skin look slightly red or pink after treatment, this subsides very quickly, and the radiofrequency element of the treatment coagulates any minor bleeding caused by the treatment.

On the other hand, Dermarolling can make the skin look very red and sore afterwards. The redness can feel similar to sunburn, and this can last for several hours to a couple of days, depending on the depth of the needle and the sensitivity of the area being treated.

Tools Used For Microneedling vs Radiofrequency Microneedling

Both treatments give a natural result, and the results get better and better over time. However, Radiofrequency Microneedling is the very best option for delivering this type of treatment from a safety aspect and also in the controlled manner in which the treatment is delivered.

A hand-held device can sometimes deliver an uneven treatment as the face is not a flat surface area as parts of the face have more volume than other parts; for example, the cheeks have more volume than a forehead.

In contrast, the technology contained within the radiofrequency microneedling gives two fantastic treatments in one. This includes vacuum suction which allows the even distribution of the needles. Therefore, your Practitioner can safely deliver skin needling at different depths and customise the settings, as there are different needle depths and intensity settings for the Radiofrequency, to treat a host of skin concerns.

Comparisons Between Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling at a Glance

Radiofrequency Microneedling

  • Excellent results can be seen in as little as 2-3 weeks.
  • Can treat a host of skin concerns.
  • No downtime.
  • Quicker and superior results through the use of both technologies combined.
  • Results can be seen in half the time compared to standalone technologies.
  • No anaesthetic cream required.
  • Even distribution of insulated needles.
  • No need for separate Radiofrequency treatments.
  • The use of mineral makeup is allowed a few hours after treatment, and skincare routine can be restored soon after treatment as directed by the Practitioner.

Skin Needling (as standalone)

  • An anaesthetic cream is needed to numb the area being treated prior to treatment.
  • Potential uneven depth distribution of skin needles when using a hand-held device, such as a roller.
  • Derma rolling can cause damage to the skin if not administered correctly.
  • Most clients will require some downtime as the skin looks red and irritated for longer after treatment.
  • The use of cosmetic makeup and products are not advised whilst the skin is in recovery.

We recommend Radiofrequency Microneedling, for safe, effective treatment with excellent results. If you’re seeking microneedling treatments in Bristol, please get in touch with our skilled Practitioners to discuss your treatment needs and book your first session.

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