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RF Microneedling

What Is Radiofrequency Microneedling For?

Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling, otherwise known as RF Microneedling, is a device that utilizes tiny needles to penetrate the stratum corneum and administer heat with bipolar radiofrequency energy. Microneedling RF benefits may vary depending on your skin concerns and your desired results, but Radio Frequency Microneedling for the face can:

  • Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles

  • Reduce the appearance of acne scars

  • Tighten skin 

  • Improve crepey skin

  • Remodel and shrink fat pads

  • Enhance overall skin quality and texture

When tailored appropriately, the radiofrequency energy can remodel and induce collagen and elastin production and therefore can be utilized as an anti-aging treatment. RF (radiofrequency) Microneedling is fantastic for treating acne scars, skin texture, improving the appearance of pores and remodeling fat tissue to contour the face. Unlike Morpheus 8 aftercare, there is more precise control over your desired results when utilizing the Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling device.

Full Face and Neck RF Microneedling + Exosomes + Red LED Therapy 

$1500 | Per Treatment 

Package of 3 Sessions | $4200 | 6 months to redeem all sessions

Our Approach

If you’re wondering how Pixel-8 microneedling with RF works, it utilizes tiny needles that deliver radiofrequency energy to contour and define a patient’s face by remodeling fat tissue strategically and helping to tighten skin. When addressing profile contouring and facial balancing optimization, Pixel-8 RF Microneedling is best utilized in conjunction with dermal fillers. Pixel-8 RF Microneedling also is one of the gold standards for treating acne scars, skin texture, improving the appearance of pores, and helping the appearance of cellulite. The results of the RF Microneedling procedure help to significantly improve skin texture. When targeting acne scars and skin texture, it’s best to initially combine Pixel-8 RF Microneedling with our signature laser facial to optimize skin rejuvenation. We utilize exosomes with every RF microneedling treatment. Exosomes are responsible for cell to cell communication and for facilitating the exchange of RNA and other important proteins between cells (e.g. fibroblasts, keratinocytes, immune cells, etc.), in addition to transferring numerous growth factors and cytokines that can optimize tissue repair and improve skin cells.

Pre-Care | Post-Care
  • Do not wear makeup to your appointment for Radiofrequency Microneedling. 

  • It’s recommended to discontinue retinol and active ingredients a week prior to your laser treatment, but it’s not a contraindication. 

  • No active sun tans or heavy direct sun exposure prior to receiving laser treatments.


Is this Morpheus8?

No, although the Pixel-8 RF Microneedling device is similar to Morpheus8 and utilizes the same radiofrequency microneedling technology, this RF Microneedling procedure is far superior to Morpheus, from the recovery of Morpheus 8 before and after to the Morpheus 8 results, Pixel-8 offers more versatility and control when it comes to the clients desired results. 

Why is Pixel-8 better than Morpheus8?

Both Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling and Morpheus8 utilize heat transmitted through tiny needles to treat acne scars, tighten skin, remodel fat tissue and improve skin texture, but the Pixel-8 treatment has more features to control the energy delivered and these RF Microneedling side effects are less painful. This allows for more precise treatments and because the treatment itself is far more comfortable, it means the patient will receive a more thorough treatment.

Why is RF Microneedling better than traditional Microneedling?

RF Microneedling utilizes bi-polar radiofrequency energy transmitted through tiny needles on a microneedling tip. This allows for far superior collagen induction and remodeling, making RF Microneedling have benefits for acne scars, skin tightening, fat remodeling, skin texture improvement, and more! Unlike other treatment methods, such as the Morpheus 8 treatment, Pixel-8 RF Microneedling offers more precision and less pain.

Does RF Microneedling help with scars?

Yes, RF Microneedling is one of the gold standard treatments for treating acne scars. The penetration of the needles and the amount of energy delivered is fully customized with the Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling device to yield optimal results. When using the Microneedling RF treatment for acne scars, it’s best to combine Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling with laser resurfacing.

Does RF Microneedling resurface skin?

No, contrary to popular belief, RF microneedling is NOT a laser. It has no “resurfacing” properties. Patients looking to resurface their skin should consider laser skin rejuvenation. 

Does RF Microneedling tighten skin?

Yes, to a degree the RF microneedling procedure can tighten skin. RF Microneedling utilizes energy delivered through tiny needles to stimulate collagen and elastin induction that helps skin to appear tighter and less crepey. That being said, it is NOT a replacement for a facelift in patients with significant skin laxity. Patients who can best benefit from RF Microneedling’s “tightening” capabilities are typically in their late 20’s to early 40’s. 

Does RF Microneedling remodel fat?

Yes, it can. When utilizing enough energy and the appropriate depth of penetration, Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling can shrink fat pads to give patients a more sculpted and contoured appearance. That being said, not all patients would benefit from fat remodeling and that’s why the Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling device is fully customizable to adjust the energy levels and depth of penetration to focus on the patient's precise goals, a feature other treatments, such as the Morpheus 8 results, doesn’t have the same level of predictability and precision.

Is RF Microneedling better than Fraxel?

Fraxel and Pixel-8 Radiofrequency Microneedling are completely different types of treatments. The Fraxel Restore Dual laser utilizes two wavelengths, the 1550 nanometers (nm) and 1927 nm. This is meant to resurface the skin, while Microneedling RF treatment works to remodel and induce collagen and elastin production to address acne scars, skin texture, remodel fat pads, and promote skin tightening. If a patient is looking to explore a Fraxel treatment then they should consider a laser resurfacing treatment with the Alma Hybrid instead, as the technology is far superior to Fraxel. 

Is RF Microneedling better than Botox?

RF microneeding is a treatment that is targeting different concerns than Botox. Botox is targeting muscles so they can relax, thus limiting muscle mobility which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. While Microneedling RF benefits focuses on skin texture, fat remodeling, and skin tightening. These two modalities are quite amazing when utilized together because you’re treating different aspects of aging.

Is RF Microneedling better than laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can target similar concerns as RF Microneedling such as skin texture and skin tightness, but lasers work through very different mechanisms. It’s best to combine laser resurfacing and RF Microneedling together in order to achieve optimal results.

Is RF Microneedling better than HALO laser?

HALO laser utilizes 1470 nm wavelength for coagulation (column of heat) and a 2940 nm wavelength for ablation (to vaporize). This is a completely different type of treatment than RF Microneedling, but can be utilized in conjunction with a RF Microneedling procedure for optimal results. However, the results from the Alma Hybrid are far superior to the HALO laser due to its unique 1550 nm wavelength and combined CO2 properties.

Is RF Microneedling better than IPL or BBL?

BBL, which stands for Broadband Light Therapy, is essentially the newest version of IPL, which stands for Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. These treatments are quite imprecise and are NOT laser treatments. They can treat small concerns such as sun spots over many treatments. This is completely different from RF Microneedling, as these light therapies do not induce collagen or elastin production and don’t address skin texture or skin tightening. When considering addressing skin concerns such as broken capillaries, skin tightening, sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, then patients should receive a Laser Facial treatment with the Alma Hybrid and Alma Veil. 

Can RF Microneedling be done in the Summer?

Yes. Because RF Microneedling isn’t a laser it doesn’t leave the skin as sensitive to the sun. Therefore just daily SPF usage is enough to protect your skin post-treatment. Whereas with laser treatments, sun must be avoided typically anywhere from 3 days to 2+ weeks.

Are RF Microneedling side effects painful?

Prior to being treated the patient is numbed with prescription numbing cream and is also provided laughing gas during the treatment to ease anxiety and feel relaxed. Compared to the Morpheus 8 treatment and recovery, Pixel-8 RF Microneedling is a more comfortable recovery.  Between the topical numbing and the laughing gas, patients are very comfortable during their treatment. 

How many treatments of RF Microneedling do I need?

This varies entirely on why the patient is seeking treatment with RF Microneedling. For treating active concerns such as acne scars, skin tightening, and fat remodeling patients should expect 3+ treatments. When patients are receiving RF Microneedling just to induce collagen and elastin as a preventative treatment, it should be done ideally 4 times per year. At our NYC medspa for men, we tailor RF Microneedling plans to each client's needs, whether for active treatment or preventative care.

Do I need to discontinue retinol or other active topical ingredients prior to perceiving RF Microneedling? 

We recommend discontinuing retinol and other active skincare products a week prior to your Microneedling RF treatment, but it’s not a necessity. Many patients will utilize retinol right up to their treatment and this helps with further collagen induction. It just may cause some more additional skin sensitivity, but that is easily managed with proper post-care.

Is RF Microneedling safe on darker skin tones? 

Yes! Because RF Microneedling is not an ablative laser treatment it is safe on all skin tones and types, and the results of RF Microneedling equally as beneficial on darker skin tones. Including deeper skin tones that are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Why do you utilize exosomes instead of PRP or PRF for RF Microneedling procedure after care? 

Exosomes yield higher amounts of growth factors and peptides than found in PRP or PRF. Because PRP and PRF are derived from your own blood, you’re limited based on what your body is able to produce. With BENEV Exosomes powered by ExoSCRT™, we see these exosomes promoting skin cell proliferation by up to 80% in a dose-dependent manner. This far exceeds the capability of PRP or PRF in regards to regenerative properties and yielding better results from RF microneedling.