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Image of needles pointed on a ball  representing RF microneedling

RF microneedling – the devices and procedure explained

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Sherif Mattar from Dr. Sherif Mattar Medical Center

Radiofrequency or RF microneedling is an enhanced form of traditional microneedling that targets acne scars, blemishes, fine lines, and loose skin. The treatment is designed to leave you with fresher, clearer skin.

Plenty of social media hype surrounds the procedure – especially as an alternative to laser treatments. But how do you know if it’s right for you?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    3 to 4 treatments

  • Duration of results

    6 months plus

  • Back to work

    1 day

  • Full recovery time

    5 days

  • Price range

    720 SAR to 1,530 SAR

  • Treatment duration

    20 minutes to 1 hour

  • Comfort

    Topical anaesthetic

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What is RF microneedling?

RF microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that helps rejuvenate your skin.

With traditional microneedling, needles create microdamage to the skin and trigger a wound healing response which kickstarts the collagen production and leads to fresh new skin coming through. Microneedling with RF uses radiofrequency to enhance the microdamage, and the healing response, without the need for lasers.

It’s considered less harsh for your skin than traditional laser treatments as it works at a much lower temperature. This means less chance of any temporary darkening or bruising of the skin which can sometimes happen with laser.

How does the RF microneedling procedure work?

The science behind it

During the RF microneedling procedure, a clinician uses a fine needle device (ranging from 0.5 to 2.5mm) to penetrate your skin in the designated area, creating microchannels.

Waves of radiofrequency are then released into the microchannels, heating up underlying tissue and breaking down scar tissue or loose skin. The skin constricts, tightens, and is forced into producing more collagen and elastin – creating a healthier appearance.

Before the treatment

At a consultation you can discuss the procedure in more detail, including the recovery time, potential side-effects and whether it’s right for your skin.

During the treatment

  • Your clinician will cleanse your skin and apply a topical anaesthetic.
  • RF microneedles are then applied to your skin. This part can be uncomfortable – especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • The procedure can take between 20 minutes and one hour.

Aftercare

Once your treatment has been applied, your skin may be red and tender for a while – sometimes up to five days. There shouldn’t be any downtime though. Your clinician will likely recommend a skin care regimen, including moisturisers and sunscreen, to help your recovery.

What are the results of a RF microneedling procedure? Plus, everything else you need to know

What different devices are available?

There are a range of different RF microneedling devices that may be used, which vary in their intensity.

  • If you have severe lines or scarring clinicians usually recommend that procedures are carried out by devices such as Morpheus 8, Profound and Venus Viva. These powerful devices provide long-lasting results but may have a longer recovery time.
  • Lighter versions include Vivace, EndyMed and Secret. These are known for being gentle on the skin but may require more sessions to see the desired results.

What are the results of RF microneedling?

Within a month of your procedure, you should notice you can apply lotions and makeup more smoothly than before. However, it can take longer to see tighter, firmer skin – often up to several months. You may need three to four treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, to get the best results.

What are the side-effects of RF microneedling?

You may experience blistering, swelling, infection and unwanted changes to your skin’s colouring. The therapy can also exacerbate existing skin infections such as cold sores.

How much does RF microneedling cost?

RF microneedling costs can vary depending on the nature of the skin problem, but generally cost between SR720 and SR1,530.

How can I find RF microneedling procedures near me?

You will find approved practices with strong reviews and the right credentials on our local listings pages.

Alternative treatments

If you’re unsure about RF microneedling, there are a few possible alternatives you could try:

  • VelaShape – This laser and vacuum therapy can be used to tone, tighten, and smooth out areas of loose skin. It’s a non-invasive and painless procedure but can take several sessions to get results. Prices can start at around SR510 per session.
  • Mesotherapy – Mesotherapy injects nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants to tighten the skin and alleviate skin conditions like acne. You’ll probably need at least four sessions, and prices can start at SR510.
  • Botox – Botox is another common method used to fight signs of ageing, as it is used to tighten up facial wrinkles. A Botox unit can start at up at around SR56, but you may need up to 20 units for your target area. It’s a non-permanent solution, so you’ll need repeat treatments.
  • CO2 laser skin resurfacing – CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a surgical procedure that renews and tightens the skin. A laser removes the outer layers of skin, while stimulating the underlying skin to create collagen. Prices start at around SR1,020.

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