The appearance of a person’s skin can have a major impact on confidence. In 2023, 92% of young adults surveyed by Skin Health Alliance stated that their skin’s health and quality significantly impacted their well-being. Our skin evolves as we age, sometimes bringing poor texture and appearance.

Several noninvasive cosmetic procedures are available to improve your skin. Microneedling treatments are among the best ways to boost your skin and confidence. You may be wondering what treatment is best for you — microneedling vs. RF microneedling.

Below, we discuss the basics of each procedure so you can decide your preferred option. Working with an experienced med spa technician is essential for picking the right treatment option, here at Curve Appeal you will get personalized treatment with me every time you visit. 

What is Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling? 

Microneedling uses tiny needles to puncture your skin’s top layer. Radiofrequency microneedling, or RF microneedling, uses radiofrequency waves and needles to rejuvenate your skin. Radiofrequency is designed to penetrate deeper into the dermis, or your skin.

The disruption caused by both procedures stimulates the skin’s healing process, helping it produce more elastin and collagen, which makes your skin tighten and tone. 

Most people get RF microneedling and microneedling done on their faces, but you can have it done on other parts of your body, too, including your:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Tummy

A clinician can treat anywhere you see aging or damaged skin.

Both treatments are perfect for targeting various problems and skin concerns. Common concerns RF microneedling and traditional microneedling can assist with include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars
  • Large pores
  • Cellulite
  • Surgery or injury scars
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Sagging and loose skin

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Effectiveness

You’re likely curious about the microneedling vs. RF microneedling results.

Traditional microneedling produces results over several treatments. Adding radiofrequency to the mix ensures you’ll see your results much faster. You’ll see better results after one treatment of RF microneedling than you would after a single treatment. This is why we offer package discounts so you can get the results you want at a much more affordable price. 

Most people require at least four sessions to achieve the best results. How quickly you see the treatment’s effectiveness depends on which area of the body or issue you’re treating. More prominent scars or areas of particular concern may need more treatment sessions.

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Procedure

Scheduling a consultation at Curve Appeal is the best way to start seeking RF microneedling or regular microneedling treatment. I will ask you multiple questions during your initial appointment.

Other things that we will go through include:

  • Instructions on how to get ready for the procedure
  • Answering any questions you have about the procedure
  • Make sure you are comfortable
  • Photos of your face and other targeted areas

The procedure is the same for both treatments. The main difference is the type of tool that’s used.

You can expect the following things to happen during your appointment:

  • Cleansing your skin with alcohol 
  • Application of topical numbing cream 
  • Use of growth solution and soothing serum

Once the numbing cream takes effect, the procedure usually takes 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the area we are treating. After the treatment, you can return to your normal activities.

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Cost

The cost of each type of treatment can vary. RF microneedling tends to be more expensive than traditional microneedling. This is due to the addition of radio frequency to the treatment. 

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Side Effects

Most of my clients handle RF microneedling and traditional microneedling well. Some common yet minor side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Cold sore or acne breakout

These side effects might last a few hours to a few days. As long as you follow my aftercare instructions, that will help decrease these symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns that come up after your treatment, as always you can call me or text me and I will help talk you through the next best steps.

Some people may experience side effects that require medical attention, including:

  • Signs of infection
  • Allergic reaction to the needles
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Persistent redness or swelling
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising

If you have any of these happen after your session, contact me as soon as possible so I can talk you through the next best steps. 

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Aftercare

Before you leave, we will go through how to care for your skin after your procedure. Typical aftercare includes:

  • Wearing SPF for a few weeks following the procedure
  • Applying ice packs to decrease discomfort and swelling
  • Not wearing makeup for around 24 hours after a procedure
  • Using a gentle cleanser
  • Applying only the products I recommend 

The downtime you experience with the treatments depends on how big of a needle was used during the procedure. The smaller the needle, the shorter the recovery time will be. We will use a variety of sizes based on your goals, and needs, and I will tell you what to expect for your specific treatment before we begin the procedure. 

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling Pain

Due to the use of radio frequency technology, RF microneedling may cause more discomfort. I will apply a numbing cream — no matter which treatment we use. 

Let me know if you continue to experience pain after I’ve applied the anesthetic. I want to make sure that you are comfortable during the treatment, and if at any moment it’s too much we will apply more numbing cream. 

Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling: Which Is Better?

As I mentioned, both treatment options are ideal for targeting the same areas and type of concerns. RF microneedling is more effective overall than traditional microneedling, as it penetrates deeper into the skin. 

Which treatment option is better for you depends on how severe your skin concerns are. If your skin quality issues are mild, you may prefer to try traditional microneedling first. If you have deep scarring, you may want to consider investing in RF microneedling.

Combining Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling

Using RF microneedling and microneedling treatments simultaneously can be an excellent solution for some patients. For example, this might mean booking a few sessions of RF microneedling and a few of the traditional kind.

Since both treatments produce different results, doing a handful of sessions of each may be a good option if your skin concerns are mild or you have a strict budget.

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Microneedling and RF Microneedling Today

Whether you choose microneedling vs. RF microneedling depends on your goals and budget. Either treatment can improve your skin’s quality and appearance. Treat yourself to something that will make you feel good about yourself from the inside out.

Curve Appeal’s goal is to empower our clients to love their bodies. We tailor our services and treatments to help them build confidence because they look and feel their best. 

Contact me today to schedule an appointment at our med spa in Kennewick