Understanding the Differences Between Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling

Understanding the Differences Between Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling

Maple & Magnolia offers a range of advanced skincare treatments designed to rejuvenate and enhance your natural beauty. Two of our most popular treatments are microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling (RF microneedling). While both procedures aim to improve skin texture and appearance, they use different techniques and technologies to achieve their results. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling to help you determine which treatment might be right for you.

          What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, a form of collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny needles to create fine punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process, leading to the production of collagen and elastin. The result is smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. This treatment is performed in a series of 3 sessions, each 4-6 weeks apart. Results can be seen about 1 month after treatment and collagen generation continues for up to 12 weeks after each session. 

    Benefits of Microneedling:

- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

- Improves skin texture and tone.

- Minimizes the appearance of scars, including acne scars and surgical scars.

- Reduces the size of pores.

- Enhances the absorption of topical skincare products.

          What is Radiofrequency Microneedling?

Radiofrequency microneedling combines the benefits of traditional microneedling with the added advantage of radiofrequency energy. This treatment also uses fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, just like standard microneedling. However, the needles also deliver radiofrequency energy deep into the dermis. This heat energy further stimulates collagen and elastin production, increasing the overall effects. This treatment is also performed in a series of 3 sessions, each 4-6 weeks apart. Results can be seen about 1 month after treatment and collagen generation continues for up to 12 weeks after each session. Maintenance is 1 session per year, or another set of 3 sessions every 2-3 years. 

    Benefits of Radiofrequency Microneedling:

- All the benefits of traditional microneedling, PLUS

- Enhanced collagen and elastin production due to the added radiofrequency energy.

- Greater skin tightening effects.

- Improved reduction of deeper wrinkles and scars.

- Better results for skin laxity and sagging.

          Key Differences Between Microneedling and Radiofrequency Microneedling

1. Technology:

- Microneedling: Uses fine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, promoting natural healing and collagen production.

- Radiofrequency Microneedling: Combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy, delivering heat to deeper layers of the skin to enhance collagen and elastin production.

2. Results:

- Microneedling: Effective for improving skin texture, reducing fine lines, and minimizing scars and pores.

- Radiofrequency Microneedling: Provides more significant skin tightening and is more effective for treating deeper wrinkles and skin laxity.

3. Treatment Areas:

- Microneedling: Suitable for most areas of the face and body.

- Radiofrequency Microneedling: Ideal for areas requiring more intensive rejuvenation. Can be used anywhere on the body, including face, neck, chest, arms, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. 

4. Downtime:

- Microneedling: Typically involves minimal downtime, with some redness and possible mild swelling for a few days.

- Radiofrequency Microneedling: May involve slightly more downtime due to the additional heat energy, with redness and swelling lasting a few days. Occasionally there may be some dry areas that can have some flaking, and there may be "grid marks" or little puncture spots visible for a few days when looking very closely, depending on the level of energy used. Aftercare for both treatments are about the same- use your SPF, avoid the sun for 3 days, and keep the skin hydrated, using our Lipid Recovery Cream, and a gentle cleanser for about 3-5 days after treatment. 

5. Comfort:

- Microneedling: Generally well-tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream. Takes about 30 minutes - an hour to complete a treatment.

- Radiofrequency Microneedling: Also well-tolerated, though the heat energy may cause slightly more discomfort. A topical numbing cream and cooling device are usually used to enhance comfort. Treatment usually takes about 1 hour to complete. 

          Which Treatment is Right for You?

The choice between microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling depends on your specific skin concerns and desired outcomes. If you’re looking to improve overall skin texture and address minor imperfections, traditional microneedling might be sufficient. However, if you’re seeking more intensive skin tightening and have deeper wrinkles or more significant skin laxity, radiofrequency microneedling could be the better option.

Our experienced skincare professionals can help you determine the best treatment for your needs through a personalized consultation. We are committed to helping you achieve your skincare goals with the most effective and advanced treatments available.


For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit our website or contact us directly. Discover the transformative benefits of microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling with us today!