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Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling: The Ultimate Showdown for Younger, Firmer Skin

Over time, fine lines and wrinkles can develop due to facial muscles contracting and moving. But did you know that there are safe and effective cosmetic procedures, such as microneedling and RF microneedling, that can boost collagen production and diminish the appearance of these unwanted features?

Both skincare procedures offer similar benefits for most skin types without the need for surgical intervention. Below, we explore the benefits of microneedling and RF microneedling therapies.

Understanding Microneedling

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure used to induce the body’s natural healing process by causing tiny wounds in the underlayers of the skin. Medically referred to as Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI) or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), this non-invasive treatment boosts the production of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin cells. Depending on the patient’s desired outcome and the condition of their skin, the depth of the medical-grade needles can be adjusted.

Microneedling has been proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, scarring, and large pores. It tightens the skin surface while evening out the skin tone and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Microneedling can be used on the abdomen, back, arms, legs, face, neck, and décolleté.

Exploring RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a skincare rejuvenation procedure that uses heat energy and microneedles to treat multiple skin conditions. The thermal energy of the radiofrequency waves allows the needles to penetrate the skin deep into the subcutaneous layer at a depth of 0.5 mm to 4.0 mm. This stimulates the skin and accelerates cell regrowth as collagen production is enhanced.   

Some of the benefits of RF microneedling include treatment for acne, scarring, stretch marks, sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation. Immediate results may be seen in the hours following the treatment with optimal results seen within the first three to six sessions. Designed to be a painless therapy with no downtime for recovery, patients can continue normal daily activities the same day.

The Ultimate Showdown: Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling






Microneedles PLUS heat


Improvement for acne scarring, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Improvement for scars, acne scars, skin texture, wrinkles, fines lines  and skin tone.


Most skin types

Most skin types

Treatment Depth

0.25 mm to 0.5 mm

0.5 mm to 4.0 mm

Collagen Stimulation

Superficial layer/ Epidermis  

In all layers of skin : Epidermis +  dermis

At the bottom layer


Results seen after multiple sessions.

Visible results after one session with optimal results after three sessions.

Downtime and Recovery

three days to one week

0 to 24 hours

Treatment Duration

Every 4 to 6 weeks

Every 4 to 6 weeks

Number of Sessions

Four to six treatments

Two  to four  treatments


$175 to $375/session

$500 to $ 750/session

Who Is a Good Candidate for Each Treatment?

As each person’s skin is different, what works for one may not be the best solution for someone else. That said, both non-surgical facelift treatments are designed to take into consideration the the unique facial features and needs of each person.

A certified medical aesthetician will provide an initial consultation to determine if regular microneedling or RF microneedling is suitable for your skin condition. It should be noted that neither treatment is recommended for those with eczema, keloid scarring, immunosuppressive disorders, scleroderma, or existing infections.

Microneedling is used on most skin types, tones, and colours to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help to even out skin tone and tighten sagging skin. The ideal candidate for RF microneedling should be in good health and have visual signs of aging skin.

Get a Personalized Assessment and Unlock Your Path to Younger, Firmer Skin!

For microneedling and RF microneedling treatment in Brampton, see the skincare specialists at Heart Lake Aesthetics. We offer safe and effective cosmetic enhancements in a modern environment using only state-of-the-art equipment.

We have been providing medical cosmetic procedures for more than 10 years to enhance the beauty and health of your unique skin.

Our team of medical aestheticians uses non-surgical treatments to give you a healthier, more radiant glow! Call us at (647) 324-9255 to book a free consultation.

Heart Lake Aesthetics

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