Radiofrequency Microneedling vs Microneedling – Which is Better?


There are several options available when it comes to skin rejuvenation. But microneedling is arguably one of the most popular choices. This procedure offers a number of benefits like reduction of visible signs of aging (e.g., fine lines and wrinkles). It also stimulates collagen production.

However, there is a variant of microneedling that combines it with another popular aesthetic procedure such as radiofrequency (RF). This post aims to compare RF microneedling and regular microneedling so an informed decision can be made.

We will tackle the following:

  • Process involved
  • Potential side effects (if any)
  • Downtime

What is RF Microneedling and is It the Same as Microneedling?

RF microneedling is a relatively advanced method of aesthetic treatment that has quickly gained popularity. RF uses radiofrequency energy while microneedling uses tiny needles embedded in a device. Combine the two – you get two forms of treatment in one.

This procedure is the same as microneedling with the addition of radiofrequency (RF). One method is physical stimulation of collagen production, while the other is heat stimulation. A study we reviewed showed that RF microneedling yielded rejuvenated, tightened skin in 100% of participants.

What Are the Two Main Types of Microneedling?

There are two main types of microneedling:

1. Microneedling with dermal application – it still typically involves microneedles but instead of RF it applies products like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

2. Microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) – it involves microneedling but with delivery of radiofrequency to deeper layers of the skin. It is actually popular today for skin tightening purposes and reducing visible signs of aging.

Both types of microneedling are safe and effective, and can provide amazing results.

Which Type of Microneedling is Best for the Face?

Based on the studies reviewed, microneedling with radiofrequency may be the most effective technique for facial rejuvenation. Its ability to improve fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, it’s no wonder people are eager to try it.

When it comes to microneedling, choosing the right method is crucial to achieve the best results. Consider fractional microneedling to achieve a youthful and refreshed look.

Is Microneedling With RF Better Than Microneedling With PRP?

It may be difficult to compare microneedling with RF and microneedling with PRP. They have different mechanisms, which means to say that they do not work the same way. However, there are research results that may be used to compare the two:

Microneedling with RF (particularly fractional bipolar RF) has been found to be effective in skin tightening and volume increase. In another study, intramuscular application of RF microneedling device achieves more satisfactory results than dermal application alone.

PRP added on microneedling appears to augment the aesthetic outcomes without any risk for side effects.

Both procedures have been shown to be effective for facial rejuvenation. Apart from the fact that they have different approaches, they also have different purposes. Microneedling with RF may be more effective against saggy skin. On the other hand, microneedling with PRP may be more effective against visible signs of aging.

In the end, the ultimate decision depends on your specific concern or recommendations from expert providers.

Is Fractional RF Better Than Microneedling alone?

When it comes to improving the appearance of your skin, two popular treatments are fractional RF and microneedling. But which one is better? Based on available evidence, it seems that fractional RF may be better than microneedling alone.

Microneedling aloneFractional RF
Utilizes a microneedling device to create tiny punctures in the skinUtilizes a microneedling device that delivers bipolar RF energy directly to the reticular dermis, which has been shown to achieve skin tightening, lifting, and volumization
Safe and effective, minimally invasive treatment for the treatment of various skin conditionsCan be used for facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, and body contouring
Can be used for full face rejuvenation, transdermal drug delivery, and the treatment of different dermatologic issuesMay offer an effective alternative to surgical correction of skin sagging

Ultimately, the decision of which treatment to choose depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Your skin type
  • Age
  • Specific skin concern

So before making a decision, it’s important to consult with a qualified and trained aesthetician who can help guide you towards the best treatment plan for your individual needs.

How Many Microneedling Sessions Are Needed for Collagen Production?

The number of microneedling sessions needed for collagen production may vary. It depends on the individual’s skin condition and the treatment goals or expectations. There is no specific recommendation as to the number of microneedling sessions. However, there are articles that state it is recommended to have three or four sessions within a six weeks interval.

What Depth of Microneedling is Recommended for Collagen Stimulation?

The recommended depth of microneedling for collagen stimulation may vary depending on your skin condition and the treatment expectations. However, a study suggests that there are three types of depth – mild (0.5 mm), moderate (1.0-1.5 mm), and deep (2.0-2.5 mm). In another study, microneedling is effective in conjunction with topical application of growth factors at 0.2 mm depth.

By selecting the appropriate depth, microneedling can help to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines, and even out skin tone. Always consult with a trained professional to ensure the optimal depth for your skin.

Is RF Microneedling More Painful Than Traditional Microneedling?

There may be more pain associated with RF microneedling compared to traditional microneedling. This could be attributed to the use of radiofrequency. However, the level of pain may depend on factors like – your pain tolerance or depth of microneedling.

What Alternative Treatments Are There That Are Better Than Microneedling?

There are several alternative treatments to microneedling. However, it still depends on your skin condition and treatment goals. Some of the alternatives are summarized in the following table:

Glycolic acid chemical peelAcne vulgarisMicroneedling is actually better than glycolic acid peels when it comes to patients with acne scars.
Laser treatmentTissue tighteningNeither laser nor microneedling is better than the other. They often augment each other’s effects.
Microneedling penWrinkles on the faceA study we reviewed showed that the device is effective against facial wrinkles
Topical growth factorsFacial skin rejuvenationA study has shown to increase dermal collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone.

There is really no best alternative treatment for you. It will depend on your skin concerns and preferences. It’s always important to do your research and consult with a trusted skincare professional before making any decisions.


In conclusion, RF microneedling and microneedling are two effective treatments to help boost collagen production and reduce the signs of aging. Although RF microneedling has been found to be more effective than traditional microneedling when it comes to more dramatic results, there are still great benefits to be had from just using microneedling alone.

The number of sessions required can vary depending on the individual’s skin condition, but generally between 3-6 sessions are needed. It is recommended that the depth of the needles used in each session be no more than 1mm for best results and effectiveness. Also, it should be noted that both types of microneedling do cause some discomfort during the procedure, but generally the RF type is found to cause less pain than regular microneedling.

Alternative treatments such as laser resurfacing or fillers can also provide similar beneficial results. It’s best advised to speak with a medical professional about what treatments are best suited for your specific needs.

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