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RF Microneedling New York City


Introduction to RF Microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) treatments have been around for many years and have become increasingly popular in the cosmetic industry, specifically tightening skin. When combined with microneedling, this skin care treatment creates firmer skin, a smoother feel, and a glowing complexion for our patients in New York City. If you feel like your skin’s look and feel has been corrupted by aging or environmental issues, or even if you’re looking to maintain your glowing skin, RF Microneedling in NYC from William Lao, MD Plastic Surgery could be a great option for you. To learn more about the treatment and decide if this treatment is right for you, please keep reading the information below.

What is RF Microneedling?

RF Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes heat to promote the production of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin to reveal a firmer, smoother surface. At William Lao, MD Plastic Surgery, we use the Cutera Secret Pro, a device that uses a handheld device that features four unique treatment options that can be used for skin resurfacing and deep dermal remodeling, designed specifically to address your individual needs. It can be used to address scars, sun damage, stretch marks, enlarged pores, general signs of aging, and skin quality, texture, and brightness.

The Secret PRO handheld device uses needles that slide smoothly in and out of the skin, delivering a radiofrequency at 2MHz for a surprisingly comfortable and effective treatment. The CO2 laser energy on Secret PRO revolutionizes CO2 laser treatment by making it very customizable, easy to deliver, and safe. The treatment options can be adjusted for skin resurfacing and deep dermal remodeling. There are four variations of CO2 laser energy that can be specifically tailored to each patient’s skin concern, downtime needs, and overall goals.

Who are the Best Candidates for RF Microneedling?

The best candidates for RF Microneedling in NYC are those who:

  • Have texture irregularities, loose skin, or uneven skin tone
  • Keeps a positive attitude throughout their treatment
  • Maintains realistic expectations for the results
  • Want to address fine lines and moderate wrinkles on their forehead or around their eyes

What are the Benefits of RF Microneedling?

Some of the many benefits that our NYC RF Microneedling patients have seen from their treatment include:

  • Alleviates wrinkles and fine lines
  • Minimizes pore size
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Immediate results
  • No downtime
  • Pain-free
  • Tightens skin

*If you currently have acne, infections, or wound-healing issues, this treatment may not be right for you at this time.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting dermal fillers in New York with Dr. Lao or Dr. Nao is to book a consultation. During your one-on-one appointment, one of our doctors will provide a full assessment of your face, listen to your questions, and provide our expert recommendations.

If you and Dr. Lao both feel that dermal fillers are the best solution for your needs, we’ll then decide on which filler is most appropriate. The treatment can be done right then and there, or at a later date when you’re more comfortable.

What to Expect on the Day of RF Microneedling

When you come into our office for your RF Microneedling, you will first be numbed with a cream or a numbing agent before the treatment. It is applied everywhere to the skin to make you as comfortable as possible because needles are used to create controlled trauma on your skin. The technician then uses a warm towel to open up the pores which properly prepares them to receive the trauma and keep your skin as clean as possible.

Next, the provider uses the Cutera Secret Pro’s handheld device to “stamp” the skin, followed by an overlapping technique to make sure that every area of the skin has been affected. A topical serum is then applied to help promote collagen regrowth and DNA repair.

The whole treatment takes about an hour.

Introducing Secret RF Cutera

RF Microneedling Recovery

After your RF Microneedling, there is practically zero downtime for recovery, and you will be able to return to your everyday routine. To make sure that your healthy new cells are not destroyed, we give you a quality SPF to wear when you leave. You can expect only minor side effects, including a minimal degree of discomfort, redness, scabbing, or irritation. These are natural occurrences and shouldn’t last more than 24 to 72 hours after the treatment. Every patient, however, can have variable reactions to the treatment and can take up to one week in certain individuals.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

At William Lao, MD Plastic Surgery, science, and art blend to create an atmosphere where aesthetic possibilities are endless. We passionately believe in aesthetics and helping our patients achieve their best, both in how they see and feel about themselves. We are led by Dr. William Lao, a surgeon who prides himself on his detailed education, leading to an unparalleled skillset and expertise. With over a decade of experience and the help of our specially selected team members, Dr. Lao has made his esteemed office one of the most popular aesthetic practices in New York.

How Much Does RF Microneedling Cost in New York City?

The cost of RF Microneedling in New York City will vary on numerous factors, including the surface area being treated and how many sessions you will require. After coming in and meeting with your provider, your treatment plan will be made and our Patient Coordinator will be able to use that to give you a complete pricing breakdown.


Is RF Microneedling painful?

We can offer a cold compress or numbing cream to help make your experience better, but most patients find the treatment to be very soothing, especially after getting used to the initial sensation of the microneedling process.

How many appointments will I need?

We recommend at least three sessions to see the best results. Depending on what you are trying to treat and how your body reacts to the treatment, you may require more sessions to achieve optimal results. When you come in for your consultation and your skin is evaluated, your provider will be able to give you a better idea of how many sessions you will need.

How long until I see results?

You can see improvement in your skin almost immediately after your treatment, although your skin will be reddened and possibly swollen. After multiple sessions over the course of a few months, you will see your best results that will last you for

Can I combine RF Microneedling with other procedures?

Absolutely! Combining treatments are very popular because they save time and enhance your results. Our New York City RF Microneedling patients will often combine their treatment with other MedSpa services, such as an IPL Photofacial or Dermal filler to get the most out of their results. Any questions or concerns about combining treatments can be discussed in the consultation where your technician will be able to offer their recommendations and help you achieve the best possible results.

What are the risks associated with RF Microneedling?

As with most any cosmetic treatment, there is a slight chance of risk with RF Microneedling, which can include:

  • Allergic reaction to needles
  • Bruising
  • Cold sore breakout
  • Dryness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Mild acne flare-up
  • Persisting swelling or redness
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Redness
  • Scaling
  • Signs of infection
  • Swelling

While most of these side effects will heal on their own over a few days, if you experience any long-lasting or concerning reactions, please call us immediately.

Schedule Your Consultation

If your skin needs a boost to regain a more youthful appearance, you should schedule your consultation with us! We are here to help you every step of the way and have numerous patient resources available to make your experience as comfortable as possible. You can schedule your consultation by calling us at (929) 505-2060 or requesting an appointment through our website.

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We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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