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Microneedling with Radiofrequency

What is Microneedling with Radio Frequency (RF)?

Microneedling with RF is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that combines traditional microneedling with the application of radio frequency energy. It is a versatile and effective cosmetic procedure for improving skin texture, reducing signs of ageing, and rejuvenating the skin. It offers the benefits of skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and scar improvement with minimal downtime, making it a popular choice among those seeking non-surgical facial rejuvenation options.

How does it work?

Microneedling: The procedure begins with microneedling, which involves the use of a handheld device equipped with fine, sterile needles. These needles create micro-injuries in the skin's surface, stimulating the body's natural healing response.

Radio Frequency: After the microneedling process, radio frequency energy is delivered through the same device. This energy is emitted through the needles and penetrates deeper layers of the skin, targeting specific areas for collagen remodelling and skin tightening.

So, what are the benefits?
  • Skin Tightening: RF energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, leading to improved skin elasticity and a more youthful appearance.

  • Wrinkle Reduction: The procedure can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially in areas like the face, neck, and décolletage.

  • Acne Scarring: RF microneedling is effective in minimising the appearance of acne scars and other types of facial scarring.

  • Texture Improvement: It can enhance skin texture, making it smoother and more even in tone.

  • Minimally Invasive: RF microneedling offers significant results with minimal downtime and discomfort compared to more invasive surgical procedures.

How long till I see results?

Results are typically noticeable within a few weeks as collagen production increases. Multiple sessions may be recommended for optimal results, and the longevity of the effects can vary depending on the individual and their skin condition.

Is it right for me?

This procedure is suitable for individuals who want to improve their skin's appearance and are looking for a non-surgical solution. Ideal candidates may include those with:

  • Mild to moderate skin laxity

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Acne scars or other facial scarring

  • Uneven skin texture and tone

The Procedure:

  1. Consultation: A consultation with our qualified cosmetics nurse is essential to determine if RF microneedling is the right treatment for you.

  2. Preparation: Before the procedure, the skin is cleansed and a topical anaesthetic is applied to minimise discomfort.

  3. Treatment: The microneedling with RF procedure is performed by gently moving the handheld device over the targeted areas.

  4. Recovery: There may be some redness, swelling, and grid like patterns on the skin following the treatment, but this typically subsides within 3-7 days. Most patients can resume their daily activities shortly after the procedure.


Microneedling with radio frequency is generally considered safe and effective for a wide range of individuals; however, there are certain contraindications and conditions that may make this procedure unsuitable or riskier for some patients. Contraindications are factors or conditions that can increase the risk of complications or negatively impact the results of the treatment. It's essential for both the patient and the treating medical professional to be aware of these contraindications. Here are some common contraindications for microneedling with RF:

Pregnancy: Microneedling with RF is generally not recommended for pregnant women due to the potential risks involved. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect skin sensitivity, and the effects of the procedure on a developing fetus are not well-studied.

Breastfeeding: If you are breastfeeding, it is advisable to postpone microneedling with RF until after you have finished breastfeeding to avoid any potential harm to the baby.

Active Skin Infections or Lesions: Patients with active skin infections, such as herpes simplex (cold sores) or impetigo, or those with open wounds, should not undergo microneedling with RF. The procedure can spread infections and cause complications.

Roaccutane or Recent Retinoid Use: Patients who have taken isotretinoin (commonly known as Roaccutane) within the past six to twelve months or those using strong topical retinoids should avoid microneedling with RF due to the increased risk of adverse skin reactions.

Sunburn or Tanned Skin: Patients with recent sunburn or significant skin tanning should postpone treatment until the skin has returned to its normal state. Tanned skin is more prone to post-procedure complications, including hyperpigmentation.

Uncontrolled Diabetes: Individuals with uncontrolled diabetes may have impaired wound healing and are at a higher risk of complications. It's

important to have good control of your blood sugar levels before undergoing the procedure.

Active Skin Conditions: Active skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, or rosacea may be exacerbated by microneedling with RF. The procedure can further irritate and inflame the skin, potentially worsening these conditions.

Hypertrophic Scarring or Keloid Formation: Patients with a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation may be at increased risk of developing excessive scar tissue following the procedure.

Autoimmune Disorders: People with autoimmune disorders or conditions that affect the immune system may be at a higher risk of complications and should consult with their healthcare provider before considering microneedling with RF.

Recent Facial Fillers: If you have had dermal fillers or injectables in the treatment area, it's advisable to wait a certain period before undergoing microneedling with RF to avoid potential issues with filler displacement or migration.

Previous Skin Cancer: Patients with a history of skin cancer may need to avoid microneedling with RF, especially in the area where the cancer was treated. Consultation with a dermatologist is essential in such cases.

Blood Disorders or Medications: Blood-thinning medications or certain blood disorders may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising during the procedure.

Please let us know if any of the above apply to you during your consultation.

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