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RF Microneedling vs Microneedling

RF Microneedling vs Microneedling

Both Microneedling and RF Microneedling are offering in clinic


As we now offer microneedling and RF microneedling in our Norwich clinic. A question we are often asked at The Doctors Laser Clinic is ‘what is the difference?’  We thought it would be useful to explain the differences in an article.


What is Microneedling?


During a microneedling appointment, tiny skin punctures are made using a device with extremely thin needles. These microscopic holes, often referred to as micro-injuries, are intended to start the skin’s normal healing process. This will result in the growth of new collagen and elastin fibres. The structure of the skin is made up of the protein collagen, while the protein elastin provides the skin its elasticity.

The pierced skin sends chemical signals to the body which trigger the healing process. Fibroblasts, which are cells that produce collagen and elastin, become active as a result of these signals. As a result, the fibroblasts produce fresh collagen and elastin fibres that help the micro-injuries heal.

The process of neocollagenesis, which is the production of new collagen and elastin, reduces the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other skin issues. The microneedling procedure also promotes the growth of new blood vessels, improving the tone, texture, and general rejuvenation of the skin.

It is also worth mentioning that Microneedling can also be combined with different topical products such as growth factors, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which can enhance the therapeutic effects and target specific concerns. As with all aesthetic treatments, it’s vital that the patient is treated by a fully trained professional, using sterile protocols. An experienced practitioner will know the adjustments they need to make in the depth of the needles and the speed of treatment based on individual needs and skin type.


RF Microneedling in Norwich


Radiofrequency microneedling is a more recent and sophisticated procedure that combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy. RF energy is delivered at the same time as the conventional microneedling. The needles used in RF microneedling are sometimes a tiny bit thicker than those used in conventional microneedling. By heating the needles and transferring the heat to the deeper skin layers, the energy helps to tighten and firm the skin and stimulates the creation of collagen.

The radiofrequency heats the skin and surrounding tissues, stimulating the synthesis of elastin and collagen as well as the remodelling and contraction of the collagen itself. RF microneedling is designed to target wrinkles and scars while tightening the skin and enhancing its texture and tone.

Microneedling alone is still effective in treating fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, while radiofrequency microneedling is suited for treating more severe wrinkles and sagging skin.  RF microneedling is the choice for patients looking for a more effective collagen remodelling and skin tightening outcome.

It’s also important to keep in mind that RF microneedling may be more uncomfortable and take longer to recover from, partly because it can feel hotter. The results are usually more noticeable with RF microneedling. If you are considering either microneedling or RF microneedling, always ask a professional for guidance so they can evaluate your needs and suggest the best course of action in light of your skin type, medical history, and desired aesthetic goals.


If you have any further questions surrounding microneedling or RF Microneedling please feel free to get in touch and we will always be happy to give impartial advice. You can use our contact form here.



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