This article will answer the 10 BEST RF MICRONEEDLING FAQS [2022] you will want answers to before deciding on the pluses and minuses of RF Microneedling and whom you want to be your trusted provider.

Knowledge brings confidence to our decision-making, especially regarding outward-facing topics such as our appearance. We want you to be confident when using any Sandia Skin + Face Service or Product. Please keep reading to build your knowledge base and make an informed decision on your next steps.

Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling devices use specially insulated needles that deliver high-intensity radiofrequency energy into the targeted tissue once the needles have broken through the skin.

At Sandia Skin + Face, we use the best – Secret RF by Cutera. Secret RF is a Radio Frequency (RF) fractional microneedling system that helps us deliver tailored energy to improve fine lines, wrinkles, and scars from the inside out.

RF Microneedling adds a radio frequency (RF) component to the traditional microneedling techniques to further stimulate the creation of growth factors. RF Microneedling uses RF Energized needles to create micro-punctures in the facial skin and deliver radiofrequency energy through these punctures. The addition of RF energy deep into the dermal skin layers amplifies the production of skin proteins and enzymes like collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid more than traditional microneedling alone. Adding RF energy also heats the underlayers of the skin, which further enhances skin tightening.

In traditional Microneedling, a specialized device is rolled over the skin to create micro-injuries in the form of tiny microscopic punctures along the facial skin. These microscopic facial skin injuries stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, resulting in skin-firming proteins like elastin and collagen. These growth factors work to thicken the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, and stretch marks. Punctures from microneedling can also provide channels for enhanced delivery of topical skincare treatments like hyaluronic acid.

RF heated microneedling (Secret RF Microneedling) delivers two trauma mechanisms to the underlying tissue instead of one. One is the physical trauma of the needle. Two is the heat trauma from the RF device. The two dermal traumas result in a better skin-smoothing effect.

Regular microneedling limitations: (1) Only 1 form of trauma is physical trauma. This means that 100 sessions of regular microneedling will never give the same results that one session of heated microneedling (Secret RF Microneedling) accomplishes.

Regular microneedling is bloody. RF heated microneedling (Secret RF Microneedling) is nearly bloodless, as the heat congeals the blood instantaneously.

Regular microneedling only has a few superficial depths. Secret RF Microneedling devices offer depths up to 3mm beneath the skin’s surface that results in a better reaction from your skin to create skin smoothing effects.

At Sandia Skin + Face, we have determined that RF Microneedling provides superior results for our patients, so this is the only procedure of the two discussed that we provide.

RF Microneedling Better Addresses Deeper Skin Layers

RF microneedling can address deeper layers of the skin without creating significant damage to the top layers of the skin that traditional microneedling might. The RF energy is delivered past the tip of each needle to deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin.

RF Microneedling Is Better At Smoothing Wrinkles

The ability to boost collagen levels is always beneficial for reducing wrinkles. Traditional Microneedling provides a boost, while RF Microneedling amplifies the process. The heat created by the added RF Microneedling energy works to constrict underlying skin layers, further smoothing out even the most severe lines and wrinkles.

RF Microneedling is Better for Acne Scars

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

RF Microneedling Customization Is Superior

RF Microneedling treatments using the Secret RF device are highly customizable as both needle depth and RF energy intensity can be manipulated to meet each patient’s unique needs. Secret RF Microneedling can run from a minor skin-enhancing treatment to a dramatic (and profound) skin-changing procedure.

Microneedling combined with RF technology is a new non-surgical way to achieve a more youthful, tighter, smoother complexion. The fractional RF technology is delivered deep into the skin tissue with insulated micro-needles without creating damage to the surface of your skin.

RF Microneedling uses radiofrequency (RF) waves to improve your skin looks.

In a 2013 study, “Skin Rejuvenation by Microneedle Fractional Radiofrequency,” the procedure reduced wrinkles around the eyes. The reduced wrinkle effects were shown to last longer than Botox injections.

A 2020 study, “Microneedling for the Treatment of Scars,” concluded that RF Microneedling is a well-tolerated, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of scars with a high level of patient satisfaction.

A 2021 study, “Radiofrequency Microneedling: A Comprehensive and Critical Review,” concluded that Radiofrequency microneedling is an effective intervention that can be used repeatedly and safely in combination with other treatment modalities and individuals with darker skin phototypes. Radiofrequency microneedling-induced dermal remodeling and neocollagenesis are slow and progressive but improve even six months after treatment.

The Secret RF machine is FDA approved as a subdermal adipose remodeling device. FDA approval means that Secret RF can treat more than just the skin as it directs energy into the tissue beneath the skin. RF Microneedling is especially great for patients with jowls or chin fat.

RF microneedling creates physical and thermal stress in the facial dermis, resulting in the proliferation of growth factors, which power new vital collagen to lift, firm, and tighten.

While RF Microneedling can create more discomfort than traditional microneedling because the Secret RF delivery system creates heat, the pain is modest.

We treat patients before the treatment using a combination numbing cream of Lidocaine and Tetracaine to help with any discomfort.

For most of our patients, the perfect treatment frequency for RF Microneedling is once every four to six weeks. Your treatment frequency will be customized and will depend on factors such as your age and your exact aesthetic concerns.

Most patients will want an initial series of three to four RF Microneedling treatments to see the desired results. You may require more RF Microneedling treatments if you have moderate-to-severe skin concerns, such as deep acne scarring or dynamic wrinkles.

After your initial round of RF Microneedling, you will need to maintain your results by scheduling annual or bi-annual treatment appointments to encourage further production of collagen.

Yes, RF Microneedling is ideal for all skin types and skin tones.

Sometimes, energy-based treatments are incompatible with medium-to-dark skin tones due to an elevated risk of pigmentation. However, because RF Microneedling primarily uses thermal energy, there is no heightened risk of adverse pigmentation reactions for even the very darkest of skin tones.

Some aesthetic techniques for exfoliation can be incompatible with certain skin types, such as oily or sensitive skin. RF Microneedling does NOT pose a risk to delicate or combination skin types.

RF Microneedling is universally compatible with all skin types, including acne-prone skin that produces too much oil. RF Microneedling by itself can help level out sebum production in the skin’s pores.

RF Microneedling is capable of treating both superficial and sub-dermal skin concerns. Superficial skin treatment includes:

  • Sun Damage
  • Dark Spots
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Pigment Issues
  • Uneven Skin Texture
  • Skin Dryness
  • Skin Laxity
  • Fine Lines
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Scarring
  • Minor Wrinkles

Sub-dermal skin treatments are those caused by aging, such as:

  • Wrinkles
  • Loose Skin
  • Uneven Skin Tone

RF Microneedling is ideal for patients of all genders, ages, skin types, and skin tones. RF Microneedling can address anti-aging concerns, restore skin health to control acne breakouts, and reduce the amount of visible scarring. RF microneedling is the optimal choice for your aesthetic goals.

RF microneedling provides comparable results of deep, aggressive lasers with minimal downtime (half-day of redness) and full protection of skin pigment. This pigment protection is achieved by using coated needles; only the tips of the needles get hot.

We know melanocytes (the cells responsible for the pigment in our skin) are stimulated by heat and light. We know melanocytes live roughly 0.7 mm beneath the surface of the skin.

We fire the heat only after the tip passes 1.2mm beneath the skin’s surface, thereby protecting the melanocyte.

As an unwanted byproduct, Lasers must pass heat and light through the melanocyte to reach the target tissue beneath. Lasers are not ideal for darker skin types.

Secret RF microneedling is FDA approved for all Fitzpatrick skin types.



Before any procedure at Sandia Skin + Face, our Master Injector and Nurse Practitioner Tonya C. Tuggle provides a full consultation where you can feel free to express all your aesthetic concerns, and she can learn about your expectations. Tonya will then discuss potential treatment options for you, including non-invasive alternatives.

If we jointly conclude RF MICRONEEDLING is the proper treatment for you, we’ll likely ask you to make all kinds of facial expressions so that Tonya can assess the size and movement of the muscles in your face and where how deep the wrinkles form. From there, she can accurately create a treatment plan for you that is unique and customized to your face.

The Final Decision is 100% Yours!

If you’re looking to reduce the creation of new wrinkles and restore fullness to your face, reach out to Sandia Skin + Face in Albuquerque, NM, to learn about your injectable options today!

If you have any questions, you can also call our office at +1.505.291.9600 or DM us on any of our social media accounts (@sandiaskinface). You can also fill out our easy online booking tool to schedule a consultation! Let us know if you found your questions answered in this article.


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