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Microneedling and RF Microneedling. What is the difference?

Microneedling has become an increasingly popular and in-demand treatment. Medical grade microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that can dramatically improve the skin with little pain and no downtime.

Now, it has been taken to a new level by combining microneedling with the addition of radiofrequency (RF) energy. This combination of treatments is designed to dramatically enhance the benefits of traditional microneedling!

Here’s a comparison of traditional microneedling and RF microneedling:


In traditional microneedling, a specialized pen-like device glides over the skin to create controlled micro injuries in the form of tiny microscopic punctures along the skin. These minor skin injuries stimulate the skin’s natural healing process resulting in the production of skin firming proteins like elastin and collagen. Newly developed growth factors work to thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and stretch marks. Punctures from microneedling can also act as channels for enhanced delivery of topical skin care treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or hyaluronic acid.


RF microneedling adds radio frequency (RF) energy to the traditional microneedling technique in order to further stimulate the creation of growth factors. RF microneedling uses specialized “energized” needles to create micro-punctures along the skin and deliver radiofrequency energy through these punctures simultaneously. The addition of radiofrequency energy deep into the dermis amplifies the production of skin improving proteins and enzymes like collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid than traditional microneedling alone. Added RF energy also heats under layers of the skin, which further enhances skin tightening.


The Venus Viva RF Microneedling treatment can be used just like traditional microneedling to treat acne scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, irregular skin texture, stretch marks, and skin laxity in the neck. The difference is that you can typically see results faster with RF Microneedling.

RF Microneedling Smooths Wrinkles Better

Boosting collagen levels is always beneficial for reducing wrinkles. While traditional microneedling provides a boost, RF Microneedling amplifies the process. Heat created by the added RF energy also works to constrict underlying skin layers, helping to further smooth out even the most severe lines and wrinkles.

RF Microneedling Addresses Deeper Skin Layers

Compared to regular microneedling, RF microneedling is able to address deeper layers of the skin without creating significant damage to the top layers of the skin. This is due to the RF energy being delivered to the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin.

RF Microneedling is Better for Acne Scars

All scars, including acne scars, are rough and tough patches of thick and damaged skin. RF Microneedling is more able than traditional microneedling in addressing scars as the added RF energy breaks up scar matter better than just needle punctures alone. We can also focus higher levels of RF energy on scarred skin to maximize results.

Take the Next Step

Interested in learning more about RF Microneedling treatments at Marigold Esthetique? We would love to speak with you. To request a complimentary consultation call our office today at 610-340-1555 or you can book your skincare consultation HERE!

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