What Can RF Microneedling Treat?

RF Microneedling Newport Beach

With so many skin rejuvenating treatments available, it’s difficult to know which one will work for your skin concerns. Are laser-based treatments better for improving your skin’s condition, or would something like RadioFrequency (RF) microneedling be more effective? 

Dr. Zenovia Gabriel at ZENA Medical has made a name for herself by improving her patients’ skin and providing them with resources to keep their skin healthy, glowing, and youthful.

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

Microneedling on its own works by stimulating the body’s healing response to improve skin and jumpstart collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production. Add radiofrequency to the mix, and you’ve got RF microneedling, a powerful treatment that can significantly reduce the signs of aging, tighten skin, minimize wrinkles and acne scars, and give you an overall youthful glow.

Having Genus RF microneedling at ZENA Medical by our licensed dermatologist you can be treated deeper into the dermis. This is because licensed aestheticians are only allowed at shallow depths for treatments. 

This is important because the deeper the treatment, the better the results. Genius RF’s precision tip uses tiny, incredibly sharp needles to create controlled micro injuries into the dermal layer at a depth Dr. Zena can control down to the millimeter. Once there, the RF energy is delivered, bypassing the top layers of skin to heat the tissues and stimulate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.

This treatment, which can be performed nearly anywhere on the body, can improve:

  • Skin laxity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne or post-traumatic scarring
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Enlarged pores
  • Crepey skin
  • Overall skin texture and tone

Am I a Good Candidate for RF Microneedling?

Ideal candidates for RF microneedling are men and women who have concerns about the signs of aging advancing in their skin. Because RF microneedling doesn’t deliver the radiofrequency energy until the needles are at the correct depth, pigmentation cells are not affected by the treatment. This means patients with darker skin tones can safely and effectively undergo RF microneedling without pigmentation worries. Schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Zena and ZENA Medical’s expert staff to get started.

What Can RF Microneedling Do that Other Treatments Cannot?

The secret to RF microneedling’s effectiveness is coagulation. Tiny needles penetrate into the dermis, and RF energy heats the skin, creating controlled coagulation injuries. These are designed to prompt neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen), neoelastinogenesis (the production of new elastin), and hyaluronic acid. Collagen and elastin fibers are the skin’s greatest support system, and they are what give skin its youthful firmness. Hyaluronic acid provides nutrients and hydration to the skin, which is what makes youthful skin look so supple and soft.


While lasers and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) can create coagulation zones, RF microneedling is safer, more comfortable, and requires less downtime. This is because of the method of heat delivery. 

Lasers push the thermal reaction through the upper layers of the skin (the epidermis), which can cause problems with cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are responsible for melanin production, which gives skin its pigmentation. If a laser treatment over-stimulates the melanocytes, they can produce too much pigmentation as a result of stress or injury. This condition is called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, or PIH. While PIH is treatable, it can be difficult to reverse. On the flip side, the melanocytes can become so injured that they stop producing pigment altogether, a condition called hypopigmentation.

Heating the skin of the epidermis takes more time to heal than the deeper, controlled injuries created by the Genius RF microneedling system. Dr. Zena can control not only the depth but the quantity of RF energy delivered to the tissues for more precise treatment and a better outcome.

What Results Can I Expect?

The results with Microneedling with Genius RF can be seen within a few days. Many ZENA Medical patients notice an immediate radiance to their skin despite the initial mild redness. Because of the microchannels, your skincare products will achieve better absorption, and you’ll see markedly improved skin within days. As collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production increase in the next several weeks, your skin will become tighter and smoother, with fewer wrinkles and diminished imperfections. 

With a recommended treatment series of 2-3 sessions, your skin will become more youthful-looking with a more even tone and texture. Take years off your skin’s appearance with Genius RF microneedling at ZENA Medical.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about RF microneedling, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!


*Individual Results May Vary

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