RF Microneedling Before and After – Things You Need to Know


Being one of the popular methods of skin rejuvenation, it is only fitting to know its before and after effects. This blog aims to provide information about this treatment. We will discuss things that you need to know including the following:

  • What RF microneedling is
  • How it works
  • What happens during the treatment
  • Course of results
  • Before and after treatments

Read on to find out more

What is Radiofrequency Technology and How Does It Work?

Radiofrequency (RF) technology is one of the non-invasive aesthetic procedures. It aims to effectively improve skin sagging and get rid of subcutaneous fat in different areas of the body like:

  • Face
  • Neck

The technology works by delivering radiofrequency to the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, it stimulates collagen regeneration hence producing a more tightened and smoother skin. According to a study, it can also induce thermal lipolysis, which is important in facial contouring.

There are different usage of this technology and in varying combinations. But more than that, it is also delivered in different modes.

Can You See Results From Microneedling After One Session?

It is highly unlikely for you to see significant results after one session of microneedling. According to a study, microneedling fractional RF is safe and effective in treating acne scars. But, the treatment regimen involves four sequential treatments for a period of six months with a 6-week interval.

Nonetheless, the answer varies depending on the individual and their specific skin concerns. After one session, you may notice subtle differences from your baseline skin.

What Should I Do Before and After RF Microneedling?

To get the most out of this procedure, it is recommended that you take some important steps both before and after the procedure. 

Before RF MicroneedlingAfter RF Microneedling
Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning bedsSame
Don’t use harsh skincare productsSame
Refrain from drinking blood thinners like AspirinSame
Arrive on time without makeup for your appointmentApply gentle moisturizer and wear sunscreen
Refrain from touching the treated area
Avoid strenuous exercise or excessive sweating for at least 24 hours

By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your skin will heal properly. Remember to consult with your aesthetic provider to create a tailored plan that best suits your unique needs and goals.

What Happens During the RF Microneedling Treatment?

To have clearer view on what happens during RF microneedling treatment, you can expect the following:

  • A device with tiny needles is used to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin.
  • The needles penetrate the skin at a specific depth, depending on the desired outcome.
  • Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the deeper layers of the skin through the micro-injuries.
  • The specific details of the treatment may vary depending on the individual needs and skin type of the patient.

During the treatment, you may experience a mild prickling sensation, but with the application of a numbing cream, this discomfort can be minimized. The best part is that the treatment requires no downtime. This means you can resume your daily activities immediately after the session.

How Many RF Microneedling Treatments Are Needed to See Results?

The number of RF microneedling treatments needed depends on a variety of factors:

  • Expected goals
  • Severity of the condition treated
  • Area of treatment

Therefore, there is no fixed number as to how many treatments needed to get significant results. For example, in a study of 31 participants, about 80.64% received four sequential RF microneedling treatments for a period of six months with 6 weeks interval between each session showing significant improvements. In another study of 48 subjects, they all had four sessions, 30-day apart. Significant improvements were observed after 150 days.

It is also important to remember that the results could vary from one person to another. So, the result of another client may differ greatly from yours.

Your medical aesthetician will assess your skin and recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs.

H2: Other Pertinent Questions

As we delve deeper into the discussion, it’s important to address other pertinent questions that may arise.

Can I Wash My Face After RF Microneedling?

There is no clear evidence whether you can wash your face after RF microneedling. However, in one study, participants did not apply sunscreen, moisturizer, or other skin care products for 48 hours but were allowed to wash their faces on a daily basis. But you still need to exercise caution as this could lead to infection since the skin on the treated area has been breached by micro-injuries.

In addition, use lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser to avoid any discomfort. Following these guidelines will ensure that your skin stays healthy and radiant after RF Microneedling.

Why Am I Not Seeing Results From RF Microneedling?

There could be several reasons why you are not seeing results from RF microneedling. Some of these reasons are the following:

  • Inappropriate depth (which is usually determined during the assessment)
  • Poor aftercare habits (which leads to suboptimal results)
  • Underlying medical conditions (for instance, autoimmune diseases, which hampers the collage production)

Nevertheless, it is important to consult a qualified professional to better guide you based on your expectations, needs, and skin type.

What is the Best Aftercare Routine for RF Microneedling?

To ensure optimal results, aftercare routine must be observed after RF microneedling. Here is an exemplary example of what you can do after the procedure:

Immediately after the procedureDays following the procedureWeeks following the procedure
Refrain from washing your face for at least 24-48 hours after treatmentAvoid direct sun exposure or tanning bedsContinue avoiding direct sun exposure or tanning beds
Use gentle moisturizer and sunscreenRefrain from harsh skin care products (particularly those that contain retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids, and exfoliantUse a mild cleanser and moisturizer on the treated area.
Refrain from touching or picking at the treatment siteAvoid blood thinners – i.e., aspirin at least one weekUse a mild cleanser and moisturizer on the treated area.
Avoid excessive sweating and exercise at least 24 to 48 hours.Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or betterWear sunscreen every day
Refrain from touching or picking the treated areaAvoid touching or picking the treated area

A good aftercare routine can help you enjoy maximum benefits from your RF microneedling treatment and prolong the results.


In conclusion, RF microneedling is a unique and effective method of stimulating collagen production to attain soft, smoother, younger-looking skin with minimal downtime. While RF microneedling has few risks and benefits clients at any age, it’s important to understand the procedure so you can make an informed decision for your skin care requirements.

If you have any additional questions about RF microneedling or would like to learn more, consult a skincare professional. Moreover, ReplenishMD Training offers a comprehensive toolbox of best practices and protocols for medical professionals who are looking to deliver premier cosmetic treatments in their practices. Enroll to learn more!

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