RF Microneedling

Who Needs RF Microneedling

Boost collagen, reduce fine lines and scarring

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is an innovative non-invasive treatment that stimulates collagen and elastin production and cell regrowth. Because RF microneedling initiates healing beneath the skin’s surface, it can revitalize and improve the texture of damaged skin.

RF microneedling requires a highly personalized approach, making it important to choose a trusted and experienced board-certified dermatologist who can recommend the best technique to achieve the results you desire. Dr. Ellen Gendler is consistently cited as one of New York City’s top dermatologists, and regularly consults for pharmaceutical companies bringing new products and treatments to the market.

Who can benefit from RF microneedling?

Safe and effective to use on all skin tones, RF microneedling is an appropriate option for almost anyone who wants to reduce fine lines, treat acne scarring, or create an overall even complexion. Best of all, the treatment can produce long-lasting results.

When combined with certain laser treatments, RF microneedling can be especially effective on rolling scars, the most difficult acne scar to treat.

What to expect from my RF microneedling treatment?

Your RF microneedling treatment plan will be unique to you and your skin condition. In certain cases, Dr. Gendler may optimize treatment by using complementary procedures, such as lasers, fillers, and neurotoxins such as Botox, which will be performed over several sessions. In addition, Dr. Gender will suggest a daily regimen with a curated selection of products to use at home.

An individual session typically takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. You may be asked to refrain from using certain medications, such as nonsteroidal or anti-inflammatory medication before your treatment, in order to minimize the risk of bruising. Dr. Gendler will inform you if there are any preparations you need to make prior to your treatment.

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What does RF microneedling treat?

Performed in the comfort of our NYC office, RF microneedling addresses a range of cosmetic and medical skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines
  • Surface or deeper-set wrinkles
  • Scarring from acne, chickenpox, or trauma
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Skin laxity

How does RF microneedling work?

Just like traditional microneedling, RF microneedling uses ultrafine needles which create harmless “micro-injuries” in the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. However, the needles also deliver highly targeted radiofrequency energy, which can penetrate deeper than the standard needles can alone. This extra boost generates faster, long-lasting results, without causing pain or trauma to the skin.

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Is RF microneedling the best treatment for acne scars?

There is no such thing as “the best” treatment for acne scars. Each patient is unique and the approach needs to be customized for him or her. In most cases, Dr. Gendler can diminish the appearance of acne scars, such as rolling scars, using fillers, lasers, or microneedling. For isolated ice-pick scars, Dr. Gendler can gently remove the scar and suture the skin.

Like RF Microneedling, lasers create micro-injuries to the skin which prompts the body to heal itself.

There are several types of lasers which are commonly used to treat scars:

  • Ablative Lasers (CO2): For deeper scarring, ablative laser treatment is typically considered the gold standard. After a treatment, patients can expect 5-7 days of downtime.
  • Non-ablative Lasers: Non-ablative lasers require less downtime and are suitable for less severe scars.
  • Vascular Lasers: These are used to improve redness in raised or flat scars.

However, unlike RF Microneedling, laser treatment is not always appropriate for every skin tone. Dr. Gendler’s expert understanding of all skin types ensures that your scar removal treatment will take advantage of the most sophisticated approaches. She will review the pros and cons of the different available treatments.

How to choose the best doctor for my RF microneedling treatment?

When choosing a dermatologist for a RF microneedling procedure, it is important to find an experienced doctor who understands the benefits and limitations of the technique, as well as offers a combination of treatments that will provide the best possible outcome.

In her years in practice, Dr. Gendler has developed a unique set of wrinkle and scar reduction protocols. Prior to starting your treatment, Dr. Gendler will meet with you to conduct a thorough analysis of your skin and discuss your cosmetic or medical goals. From there, she will devise a personalized treatment plan, including the treatment options available to you.

When will I see the result from my microneedling treatment?

You may see improvement after just one session, but multiple treatments, spaced approximately four weeks apart, are often recommended to ensure significant and long-lasting results.

What are the risks associated with a microneedling treatment?

Dr. Gendler takes the utmost care for patient safety, health, and wellbeing. RF microneedling is a safe and relatively painless procedure. People liken the sensation of the treatment to something similar to a scratching or mild heat sensation. To help make you comfortable, a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) is applied prior to treatment.

One benefit of RF microneedling is that it has very little downtime unless the treatment needs to be a very deep one. Many patients can resume normal activities and wear makeup the next day. After your treatment, your skin may appear slightly red for approximately 24 hours, and some patients may experience mild swelling.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gendler or Dr. Brauer, please contact us online or call (212) 288-8222.


What are the benefits of RF microneedling?

These treatments deliver numerous advanced skin benefits. It improves skin texture and tone, minimizes the size of pores, and enhances the skin’s overall firmness. When combined with other treatments and an effective at-home topical regimen, RF microneedling can significantly boost results for a healthier, beautiful complexion.

How long does it take to see results?

Most patients will see results within the first few weeks after their initial treatment and these improvements will increase over the next few months as the body continues to produce new collagen.

Is microneedling painful?

The pain associated with RF microneedling may be slightly more than with traditional microneedling, but it is very well-managed with simple pain management techniques. Topical anesthetics are usually applied around 30 minutes before your treatment begins, and this is generally enough to minimize discomfort.

*Photographs courtesy of Martine Baspeyras, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist, Bordeaux, France

Written By: Dr. Gendler, Board-certified Dermatologist, Upper East Side, Manhattan

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