Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling What’s the Big Difference?

May 5, 2023 | Skincare

Both Microneedling and RF Microneedling use fine pins to penetrate the skin. The goal of these treatments is to generate inflammation. This inflammation signals various cells in the healing cascade to repair and regenerate. Some of these cells consist of collagen and elastin. These are the major components in the skin that we lose overtime. This loss causes the skin to sag, become dull and rough over time. By signaling these cells to stimulate collagen and elastin we can improve skin texture, tone, fine lines, laxity, pigmentation, and when used on the scalp stimulate hair growth. Can be used on the face, neck, chest, as well as the body.


Also called “collagen induction therapy” it uses a device that looks similar to a pen. This pen has fine pins at the end of it. We can control the depth at which we use these pins to penetrate the skin. Usually combined with a hyaluronic serum or platelet rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood commonly dubbed the vampire facial. A topical anesthetic may be used but is generally well tolerated even without it. The skin may have pinpoint bleeding. It will be red after treatment. Downtime is 5-7 days where the skin is red, as it heals it changes to light pink and then resolves. It may peel or itch while it heals. Continuing a good skin care regimen at home is paramount. We carry Alastin Skincare and can help you with your skin care routine.

RF Microneedling

Similar to its counterpart, RF microneedling uses fine pins to penetrate the skin. The difference here is that heat is also delivered via radio frequency waves. These RF waves also turn on the healing cascade signaling cellular repair by heat delivered to the deeper layers of the skin. Downtime is also about 5-7 days where the skin may be red or even look bronzed. It will fade as it heals. You may have small pinpoint scabbing that will fall off on its own during this time. Again, it is important to continue a skin care regimen at home that will maintain your newfound skin. Can also be combined with PRP.

Either treatment can be combined stacked with our other aesthetic treatments such as CO2 laser, VI chemical peel, wrinkle relaxers, and fillers. It really can be tailored to your skin care needs. Dr. Konkoly is happy to review these treatments with you. Knowledge is power; we want you to be comfortable in your aesthetic choices! Call us to schedule a free consultation or book online at themdskinclinic.com