RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling in Northern VA

Radiofrequency microneedling, or RF microneedling, is a popular skin treatment that combines the best of both worlds: microneedling and radiofrequency energy. Together, these two skin rejuvenating powerhouses stimulate collagen and elastin production to address a variety of skin concerns.

This non-surgical procedure is performed by using incredibly small needles to safely puncture your skin, creating microscopic wounds and causing pinpoint bleeding. Then, radiofrequency waves are delivered to your skin, carefully heating it up to further assist in stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

Although radiofrequency microneedling may sound counterproductive at first, the controlled damage results in optimal cell renewal, improved production of important proteins for your skin, and thicker, healthier, and smoother skin.

Why Choose RF Microneedling for Skin Rejuvenation?

RF microneedling is one of the most versatile and effective procedures available, producing impressive results without requiring surgery or invasive techniques, only small and minimally invasive pinpricks. You can use this powerful yet safe procedure to treat:

  • Acne, surgical, or injury scars
  • Cellulite
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hyperpigmentation, like dark spots
  • Large pores
  • Loose or sagging skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin texture or tone

Can RF Microneedling Be Used on All Skin Types / Skin Tones?

This do-it-all treatment is so popular for a reason: it’s suitable for virtually everyone! All skin types and tones can benefit from radiofrequency microneedling, and that includes dark skin tones. That being said, if you have an active acne flareup or skin infection, it may be best to skip it for now.

Additionally, patients with sensitive or reactive skin may experience more redness and other common side effects for longer or more intensely than other patients. If you have medium to dark skin, make sure you enlist the expertise of a specialist who is familiar with treating patients similar to you.

What Does RF Microneedling Feel Like?

It can be pretty offputting to have a device with a bunch of needles on it come toward your face or body, but don’t fret. Radiofrequency microneedling is best described as a warm and prickling sensation.

Most people don’t feel significant discomfort during their appointment. A topical anesthetic can be applied to your skin prior to treatment, ensuring that your session is pain-free.

When Will I See RF Microneedling Results?

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is perfect skin. You should notice an improvement in your complexion two to four weeks after your initial appointment, which continues with each session. Give your body time to produce the necessary collagen and elastin to see optimal results, which takes about six months.

How Long Do RF Microneedling Results Last?

Radiofrequency microneedling isn’t a permanent solution to your skin woes, though you can expect your results to last a minimum of one to two years. Depending on the intensity of treatment and how well you care for your skin, your results may last shorter or longer.

Make sure to take great care of your skin for the longest-lasting results possible, done easily by keeping it clean, moisturized, and protected from excessive UV exposure.

How Many Times Can You Do RF Microneedling, and How Many Treatments Are Needed for Sensational Results?

A minimum of three to four sessions spaced four to six weeks apart is recommended in order to get the best results possible. But, you might only need one, or you might need five. Your specialist will determine how many sessions you need based on your current aesthetic, as well as your skincare concerns and goals.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Your appointments shouldn’t take you long, especially once you become an established patient and undergo a session or two. A radiofrequency microneedling treatment is typically completed in 30 to 45 minutes.

How Long Is the Recovery After RF Microneedling?

Little to no downtime is required, so it won’t hinder your busy life. All side effects should resolve themselves in a week or less.

Aftercare is minimal. You should use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher during healing. Your skin will be more sensitive, but you should still be able to wear makeup.


Makeup and certain active ingredients, especially potent ones, may cause further irritation, so chat with your provider about the products you regularly use before continuing their use.

What Are the Side Effects of RF Microneedling?

Because RF microneedling causes damage to your skin, side effects are to be expected, although they are usually mild and temporary. Swelling, redness, pinpoint bleeding, and/or scabbing is normal and quickly subside on their own without any necessary intervention.

Am I a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?

Ideal candidates are generally healthy adults with realistic expectations about the outcome. Most people can receive and benefit from this treatment, however radiofrequency microneedling may not be suitable for you if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are taking anticoagulant medications
  • Are prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • Have an active cold sore breakout
  • Have a moderate to severe skin condition, such as eczema
  • Struggle with poor wound healing

Have a consultation with a board-certified, reputable RF microneedling specialist to make sure that this universal procedure is right for you.

Where Is the Best Place to Get RF Microneedling in Northern VA?

Our fantastic specialists here at Dontage, including our award-winning physician assistant Waseem Garbia, are here to help you revitalize your skin’s health and appearance with personalized RF microneedling treatments! Call us at 703-436-1157 to book an appointment and experience our fantastic skin-rejuvenating services!