Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure with little to no downtime
Radiofrequency microneedling (RF microneedling) is a noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment that enhances the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling with the heat of radiofrequency energy. It improves skin texture and tone, pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and acne scars, as well as stretch marks.
RF microneedling works by creating controlled microdamage that provokes a natural wound-healing response, which kick-starts the biological processes that create new collagen and elastin. Aging and environmental damage (particularly sun damage) break down these structural proteins, while the rate of replacement slows over time. RF microneedling slows and even temporarily reverses this process, helping skin look and act younger.
Following a series of treatments—usually three or four—you’ll see a smoother, firmer, brighter complexion.
The Pixel8-RF Benefits
- Less pain and fast recovery
Technicians can precisely target a surface area by adjusting the amount of energy from 0.5mm to 3.5mm and prompting dermal coagulation using the advanced penetration mechanism.
- Precise and safe treatment
Rohrer Aesthetics designed the PiXel8-RF system with an Enhanced Delay function that helps eliminate post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) by safely delivering the precise amount of heat necessary to stimulate the growth of collagen in the tissue.
- Optimal and uniform thermolysis
The PiXel8-RF system has an optimal amount of space between the microneedles. As a result, the RF energy will be uniformly distributed throughout the target area and will evenly coagulate without the risk of interference caused by nearby, overlapping RF energy.
- Fast and convenient operation
The PiXel8-RF is easy to operate and user-friendly, with a 15-inch touch interface in full color. The system has various inspection and cleaning modes. Plus, the guided-user interface provides an avatar system to apply a precise energy level and penetration depth to the patient’s tissue for proven results.
Why the Pixel8-RF?
The PiXel8-RF system facilitates non-surgical skin tightening using bi-polar RF energy and minimally invasive microneedles to drive heat deep within the patient’s skin layers. The heat stimulates and remodels collagen and prompts the elastin cells to regenerate. The treatment requires little to no downtime and results in a skin surface that is firmer, smoother, and more even.
The PiXel8-RF Radio Microneedling System & Arctic Chill Cold Air System combat signs of aging for patients with various skin types. After just one treatment, patients have reported their skin surface to be softer and smoother.
The Arctic Chiller Cold Air System cools the skin with with 1,300L of cold air per minute, leading to little to no patient discomfort during the microneedling procedure. This compact device is conveniently located in the base of the Pixel8-RF.
Who's a good candidate for RF microneedling?
If you have medium to dark skin, seeking a provider who has experience treating skin tones like yours can decrease your risk of adverse effects and boost your results. They should be able to adjust the amount of heat and use insulated needles that only emit heat from their very tips, to reduce your chance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Is RF microneedling better than microneedling?
Yes, RF microneedling produces more dramatic results than traditional microneedling or radiofrequency treatments alone, as the combination of the two technologies boosts their effectiveness.
Microneedles allow precise delivery of radiofrequency energy into the dermal layer of skin, where collagen-producing cells reside, while the radiofrequency energy increases the level of controlled damage the microneedles inflict.
What happens during an RF microneedling treatment?
A RF microneedling treatment session typically takes 30–45 minutes.
At each treatment session, your provider will first cleanse your skin and apply a topical numbing cream, to help mitigate pain. Once you’re sufficiently numb, they’ll begin pressing the handheld device into your skin, stamping it across the entire face or other targeted treatment area.
When the microneedles puncture your skin, they emit the RF energy as heat, delivering it directly into the dermis. You may feel a warm, prickling sensation, but it shouldn’t be painful because your skin will be numb.
After the treatment is complete, your provider may apply a calming mask or balm to your skin before sending you on your way.
How long does RF microneedling recovery take?
Most patients have little to no downtime. Immediately after your treatment, you might have a little pinpoint bleeding, flushing, and swelling—all part of the expected inflammatory response to the micro-injuries inflicted on your skin. These side effects should resolve in 24–48 hours.
As you recover, you can encourage healthy healing with gentle skincare. “You want to take care of your skin with mild cleansing, good moisturization, and a mineral-based sunblock,” says Dr. Tanghetti.
A physical sunscreen (featuring titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) with an SPF of at least 30 will help protect your skin, with less potential for irritation than with a chemical sunscreen that may enter the micro channels left by the needles.
While you can wear makeup the day after treatment, keep those little puncture marks in mind. Your skin may be more sensitive, and skincare products will penetrate more deeply than usual. Talk with your provider about whether you’ll need to lay off skin-care products with potent active ingredients (e.g., retinoids, vitamin C serums, exfoliating acids) for a few days, or if there may be some advantage to using certain ingredients while they can be more easily absorbed.
How long does it take for RF microneedling to work?
You may notice your complexion looking brighter and smoother within the first two weeks of treatment.
However, it’ll be up to six months before you see all the structural benefits, including firmer skin. It takes time for your body to produce the new collagen and elastin.
Your results will continue to improve with each treatment, reaching maximum improvement a few months after your final treatment session.
Is RF microneedling safe?
RF microneedling is widely considered to be a safe treatment, with mild, temporary side effects. Bleeding, scabbing, swelling, or flushing usually subside within a few days, if they occur at all. Possible pinprick marks from the needles should fade on their own within two weeks.
When done right, this treatment should cause only controlled microdamage—not real, lasting damage—to your skin.
However, RealSelf members who say it’s “Not Worth It” frequently report long-term textural issues, visible pinpricks, or grid marks following their treatment.
An experienced provider should know precisely how much of an injury to create, without inducing those adverse effects.
**Results may vary. |We are reputable for complete customer satisfaction for completed treatments. Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, althought individual results may vary. No treatment is promised to provide permanent results. A guarantee is neither provided nor implied. Statements estimating treatment duration and the number of treatments required are based on the typical experience or our patients, however individual experiences may vary.