Radiofrequency Micro-needling Maitland

Radiofrequency microneedling

Radiofrequency microneedling is an effective intervention for ‘Skin Rejuvenation’ that can be used repeatedly and safely in combination with other treatment modalities and in individuals with all skin phototypes.

Reduced production of skin collagen and gradual abatement of skin elasticity are some of the most common signs of skin ageing in both men and women. This is a very natural process but one that often leads to problems with regards to quality of life, especially self-esteem. You can rely on our state of the art micro-needling technology for all your skin tightening needs. The RF technology refines the wrinkles and firm the skin to reduce the sagging.

Radiofrequency microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that creates perforations in the top layer of the skin called ‘epidermis’ and delivers radiofrequency-generated thermal energy into the underlying base layer of the skin called ‘dermis’ to stimulate neocollagenesis.

The effects of RFMN induced dermal remodelling and neocollagenesis are slow and progressive but continue to improve for around 6 months after treatment.

Non insulated micro-needling machine

RF Technology – The science behind micro-needling

Basically, the needles are used to pass the head in between skin’s layers to facilitate the regeneration of elastic cells. In addition, the heat transmutes collage in addition to stimulating this protein for added structural support to the skin. As a result, the skin becomes smoother. The mechanical effects of microneedles on the skin also promote secretion of growth factors to stimulate migration and proliferation of adjacent keratinocytes and fibroblast for skin remodeling.

Collagen fibres in the skin consist of triple helix strands of protein with strong hydrogen bonds that deteriorate over the course of several years. The application of thermal energy over a period of time contracts, compresses, and thickens the collagen fibres.

Primarily, the heat disrupts hydrogen bonds, altering the molecular structure of the triple-helix collagen molecule, resulting in collagen contraction. Secondarily, a more gradual contraction due to wound healing is predicted to take place as collagen regenerates. This takes 2 to 6 months to develop and leads to a thicker remodelled dermis. By adjusting the depth of the needles in a few different passes, a 3-dimensional skin tightening can occur without damaging fat.

The depth of micro-needles can be adjusted from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm as per patient’s skin type, the treatment area and the severity of damage. There is hardly any downtime associated with this procedure which makes it one of the most viable skin tightening treatments available. Its hemostasis and tissue coagulation abilities are great when it comes to reducing acne scars or striae or simply firming the skin.

RF Technology


The various uses of RF microneedling are as:

  • Skin rejuvenation – Skin ageing is a complex biological process that results in an increase in the amount of skin laxity, fine wrinkles called rhytides, irregular pigmentation or dyschromia, and roughness. Radiofrequency microneedling stimulates growth of basic skin proteins (neocollagenesis and neo elastogenesis) resulting in improved skin tightening, reduced roughness, pore reduction, wrinkle reduction and more uniform pigmentation
  • Acne scars – Radiofrequency microneedling can be used as a therapeutic intervention for acne scars, especially in patients with atrophic acne scars.
  • Acne vulgaris – Radiofrequency microneedling is believed to destroy sebaceous glands to reduce its activity and stimulate remodelling of follicular epithelium and dermis, thus helping with acne.
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis – Axillary hyperhidrosis is a distressing disorder of excessive perspiration. Radiofrequency microneedling delivers RF to the reticular dermis to destroy eccrine sweat glands and reduce hyperhidrosis.
  • Striae or Stretch marks – Striae or Stretch marks are linear dermal scars caused by progressive stretching of the skin’s underlying connective tissue. They first present as erythematous linear patches (striae rubra), then atrophic white patches (striae alba) in later stages, with the latter being more resistant to treatment. Studies have shown that RF microneedling is effective and safe for treating striae.
  • Rosacea – Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands that presents as persistent facial erythema, flushing, and occasionally, papulopustular lesions. The improvements from RF microneedling in rosacea are believed to result from the anti-inflammatory, antiangiogenic, and antimicrobial effects of RF microneedling.

Benefits of RF Micro-needling

  • Because RF energy produces an electrical current instead of a light source, it does not damage epidermal melanin. Therefore, patients of all skin types can be treated with extensive RFs, allowing deeper penetration within tissue layers to allow for contraction and production of new collagen.
  • The micro-needles are evenly spaced out to ensure the RF energy is applied uniformly. This allows for even coagulation of the skin without the risk of overlapping spats of energy.
    The procedure is quite short and with minimal downtime due to its precision especially with regards to needle depth and energy transmission.
  • The procedure is minimally painful when done with the use of topical anaesthetic cream. The penetration mechanism utilised is effective and gentle on the skin, allowing the skin to heal fast.


  • What is Secret radiofrequency skin needling?
  • How does the radio-frequency skin needling work?
  • Which areas can be treated with Secret radio-frequency skin-needling?
  • Which skin concerns are addressed by Secret radio-frequency skin-needling?
  • How is the procedure performed?
  • Is the procedure painful?
  • When can I wear makeup after the procedure?
  • When will I see results?
  • How many treatments are needed to see results?
  • What are the side effects of microneedling?
What is Secret radiofrequency skin needling?

Secret NIMRF combines fractionated radio-frequency and micro-needling into one of the most advanced skin tightening and resurfacing devices. Selectively delivering radio-frequency energy via 24 insulated micro-needles, the device is able to achieve a deep remodeling of the skin.

NIMRF is used to tighten skin and contour the face. It works by heating the deeper layers of the skin stimulating collagen formation which tightens the skin. It is a relatively non-invasive treatment delivering heat to target tissues while the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) remains relatively intact. It stimulates collagen resulting in improvement in textural irregularities such as fine lines and mild to moderate scarring. This is the treatment of choice for mild to moderate skin laxity and preventing skin laxity or ‘sagging’.

This treatment is also recommended as an ongoing preventative treatment for skin wrinkling and sagging during the early stages of aging. This is the treatment of choice for early acne scarring (<3 months). Active acne can also be treated with impressive results. A course of 3-4 or more treatments is recommended for best results.

How does the radio-frequency skin needling work?

The machine delivers radio-frequency energy to the skin’s deeper layers via 24 insulated micro-needles. Using multiple depth settings, the Secret treats each layer of the skin, allowing a tightening of the deeper layers, while resurfacing upper skin layers.

This translates to amazing skin rejuvenation and tightening on any area of the face or body.

Which areas can be treated with Secret radio-frequency skin-needling?

The Secret can be used to treat skin on almost any part of the body. Common areas include:

  • Face, where it is the gold standard in lifting jowls, correcting fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing acne scarring.
  • Neck, to tighten sagging, tired neck skin.
  • Decolletage.
  • Abdomen, this is especially the case after pregnancy and weight loss.
  • Upper arms.
  • Above knees.
Which skin concerns are addressed by Secret radio-frequency skin-needling?

This is the an excellent technology for those wanting to minimise the appearance of:

  • Sagging facial or neck skin.
  • Loose body skin post pregnancy, weight loss, or general ageing.
  • Deep lines and creases.
  • Sun damage and poor skin texture.
  • Enlarged pores.
  • Stretch marks.
  • Acne or acne scars.
How is the procedure performed?

Upon arrival to your Secret radio-frequency skin-needling treatment you will have a topical numbing cream applied to the treatment area.

Your doctor will prepare the treatment area and answer any questions you have prior to the treatment commencing.

Once the skin is prepared, your doctor will commence the micro-needling process with the radiofrequency handpiece. The treatment takes about 15-30 minutes depending on the area treated.

Post-treatment our team will treat you to cooling skin products to reduce redness.

Is the procedure painful?

Most patients find the procedure easy to tolerate. Topical numbing cream applied pre-treatment significantly decreases any associated discomfort of the procedure.

When can I wear makeup after the procedure?

For regular makeup, we recommend waiting 2 days post-procedure.

When will I see results?

Full results with RF micro-needling are usually seen 3-6 months post-treatment. Skin tightening will continue for up to 12 months.

Like most collagen stimulating treatments, it takes 3 months for the collagen-stimulating process to occur.

How many treatments are needed to see results?

You will see impressive results in as little as one treatment. For best results, we recommend a treatment course of 3 sessions spaced 1 month apart.

What are the side effects of microneedling?

Side effects include redness, swelling and occasional bruising.

You may notice tiny points at the needle entry sites which crust and flake off in 1-2 days.

Mild tenderness and soreness may be expected for 1-3 days post-treatment.

Our expert team will discuss any possible side effects you may experience during your consultation.

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