RF Microneedling for Dark Skin | Microneedling with RF Risks & Results

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RF Microneedling for dark skin

Microneedling with Radiofrequency for Dark Skin Tones

If you have a dark skin tone, you likely already know that certain nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments are off the table. Specifically, treatments, such as ablative laser, IPL Photofacial and many Chemical Peels, run the risk of causing Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH. Enter an exciting option for people of color — Microneedling with Radiofrequency. It effectively reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation, such as brown spots or dark marks, for African, Asian and Latin ethnicities. Here’s why RF Microneedling for dark skin tones might be right for you:

What is Microneedling with RF?

Before we talk about the specific benefits of RF Microneedling for dark skin tones, let’s discuss the treatment in general. Microneedling with Radiofrequency is a combination of two modalities to repair and rejuvenate the skin:


A Microneedling device holds a network of super fine needles. During the procedure, it makes controlled injury at customizable depths. This sparks the body’s healing response. As a result, collagen and elastin are boosted and cellular turnover is prompted. This works to rejuvenate the skin gradually over the next 3-6 months.


Radiofrequency typically uses bipolar RF energy at a specific wavelength, which works to gently heat the deeper layers of the skin. During the procedure, the microneedling channels create thermal zones, in order to target the energy under the skin precisely to the treatment area. As a result, this process causes collagen and elastin fibers to contract and regroup over time.

What is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH?

PIH is a condition, in which the skin produces too much pigment or color. As a result, dark marks or brown spots occur on the skin.

Why are Dark Skin Tones Susceptible to PIH?

Melanocytes are the skin cells that are responsible for producing pigment or color in our skin. In people with dark skin tones, melanocytes are more prone to producing excessive color. In addition, the melanocytes are particularly sensitive to any trauma to the skin and/or exposure to light. As a result, people of color are more susceptible to PIH.

Why Do Some Treatments have PIH as a Side Effect?

It’s hard to control the depth of many traditional treatments, including ablative laser treatments. Because of this lack of precision, they can cause damage to the uppermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis. Unfortunately, the epidermis is exactly where the melanocytes lie. As a result, people with Fitzpatrick Type IV-VI run a greater risk of developing PIH following treatments like ablative lasers and photofacials.

Learn More about the Color of Your Skin: The Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification System

Why is RF Microneedling for Dark Skin a Safer Alternative?

Three important advances make Microneedling with Radiofrequency safer for dark skin tones:

  1. Adjustable Needle Depth: The practitioner has greater ability to create uniform mini-punctures at controlled depths. As a result, it’s a more precise treatment that causes less damage to the epidermis. 
  2. Specific Thermal Zones: The channels created by the Microneedling tool create a direct path for the RF energy to the deeper layers of the skin. Thus, the amount of energy dispersed in the epidermis is minimized.
  3. Insulated Needles: This allows the epidermis to remain cool, meaning less risk to the melanocytes near the surface of the skin.

What Microneedling with Radiofrequency Results Can I Expect?

For people with dark skin tones, microneedling with radiofrequency offers the best of both worlds: maximum collagen and elastin renewal in the treatment area with minimal injury to the surface of the skin. Results can include:

  • Diminishing many forms of hyperpigmentation to restore an even skin tone
  • Minimizing textural changes to the skin, such as stretch marks, cystic acne, burns and/or scarring
  • Skin tightening, firming and lifting on the face, jowls eyebrow, under eyes, chin and/or neck
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Restoring mild to moderate skin laxity on the face and body

Where to get RF Microneedling for Dark Skin Near Me? Why Choose Smooth Synergy Medical Spa in NYC?

Smooth Synergy Med Spa in New York has been in business since 2002 in New York City. This experience gives us a distinct advantages in figuring out how to care for your skin. For more information about whether RF Microneedling for dark skin might be right for you, come in for a complimentary consultation with an Expert in Beauty. She’s here to evaluate your skin, answer all your questions and review our comprehensive menu of choices for ethnic skin. Call us at 212-397-0111 to learn more.

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