Large pores, unsightly acne scars, uneven skin tone and sagging skin? Secret RF utilizes cutting edge RF energy to help restore radiant skin!

Intense collagen stimulation by radiofrequency signal leads to skin lifting, tightening and elimination of wrinkles and large pores

No downtime, no bruising

FDA approved

What is Secret RF microneedling?

Secret RF microneedling is the latest technology that involves the application of ultrasound energy to treat the skin through microneedling combined with radiofrequency energy. Secret RF is a treatment that uses microneedling along with radiofrequency waves under the skin to stimulate collagen in the and elastin production, reducing lines and wrinkles on your skin.

So, what is secret RF microneedling? It is a medical RF device that utilizes tiny needles to penetrate the skin and deliver ultrasound energy to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and reduce the size of pores on the skin. What this essentially means is that because the device is employing heat and small needles, it is delivering a better result than typical micro needling that makes use of the needles alone. This treatment utilizes a different method and delivery system through which the skin is targeted by ultrasound waves.

The Secret RF fractional microneedling treatment is well known as being very effective for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, studies have shown that these types of products are more effective in reversing the process that leads to aging such as sagging of the skin, slowing of the production of new collagen, and loss of skin elasticity. Secret RF before and after clinical results have demonstrated that secret RF microneedling delivers consistent and reproducible results. As you get older, your body becomes less resistant to damages from free radicals. All this happens because the body cannot produce enough collagen and elastin due to aging.

Another thing is that the skin becomes less efficient at regenerating itself.There are various types of procedures used for these purposes but the benefits offered by Secret RF are often superior, depending on your particular case. After the procedure, you will see that the deep layers of the skin are targeted, due to the depth of the procedure. You may not experience amazing results after just one session, meaning that it may take multiple sessions for optimal results. It is normal for the results to take some time as this procedure targets the collagen that is present in the deepest layers of the skin, namely, the SMAS layer. This is why it is important to only go to a board certified doctor who can explain to you what you are doing and how the secret RF fractional microneedling procedure works.In order to avoid unnecessary risks, make sure that you know everything there is to know about this treatment before going for it. This includes the types of needles that will be used for the treatment as well as the pain relieving agents that will be used. You should also be aware that this particular type of procedure is considered a cosmetic treatment and therefore requires all the necessary precautions.

Does Secret RF really work?

Secret RF is an advanced microneedling procedure that involves fractionated radiofrequency waves delivered directly to the deeper layers of the skin. There are various treatments out there that promise the effects that Secret RF microneedling achieves, and there are a ton of treatments that are similar, that do not work the same way that Secret RF does. Yes, fractional microneedling with radiofrequency works, depending on the results that you are trying to achieve as well as the baseline condition of your skin. This has been demonstrated in multiple clinical trials, which showed that fractional microneedling was superior to other similar treatments. RF microneedling can be used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the size of your pores, hydrate your skin, and even treat acne scars. Radiofrequency microneedling is not ideal for patients who have active acne, as radiofrequency heat is involved in the procedure. The heat can cause active acne to spread, rather than help it.
Secret RF typically requires 2 – 3 sessions for optimal results, though you should be able to see some results after only one session.

Does Secret RF tighten skin?

Fractional radiofrequency microneedling is an anti-aging microneedling treatment. It gives your skin a radiant, younger appearance. It is a great way to tighten your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and cheeks. Additionally it reduces pore size, stretch marks and acne scars. Through utilizations of ultrafine needles that emit radio-frequency waves deeper layers of skin are targeted. This procedure promotes collagen and elastin regeneration, which provides lasting results. Secret RF is painless and quick, taking only 30 minutes. There is little to no recovery. Your skin will heal from the wounds and your collagen production will increase, leading to tighter skin and fewer wrinkles. As the fine needles puncture the skin during the treatment, they cause micro damage to the skin. This causes your body to produce extra collagen and elastin, which essentially is scar tissue that is formed within the deeper layers of your skin. This causes a tightening effect. You can compare the tightening from collagen to the tightening that you can observe in scar tissue from a healing scratch as your skin gets tighter with the scar. This is what occurs in the deeper layers of your skin following the fractional radiofrequency treatment, and shows on the outer layers of your skin, making the overall treatment area appear tighter and firmer after each session.

Is Secret RF better than traditional microneedling?

For traditional microneedling, a mechanical hand held microneedling machine with several tiny needles is used. To create precise punctures, the needle is moved evenly over your skin. These punctures are so small that you may not even notice them. These small punctures stimulate collagen production in the skin as it tries to repair itself from the minimal damage caused by the needles puncturing through the skin. This damage causes the skin to naturally heal and produce collagen and elastin. This results in a firmer, smoother skin.Microneedling can be done in a safe and minimally invasive manner. To stimulate collagen and elastin production, the damage can be controlled. This treatment is effective for most common skin issues. Microneedling can also be used to reduce or remove stretch marks.

Radiofrequency microneedling adds radio frequency energy to traditional microneedling, which means that it delivers even better results than traditional microneedling. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy that is gentle and does not cause any severe damage to the skin or surrounding tissue. A specialized RF machine uses radiofrequency energy to reach deeper layers of the skin. The microneedling device can also be fitted with tiny needles and can be adjusted in needle depth using a microneedling depth chart, depending on the area being treated and the unique skin type of each patient.

Before treating his patients with Secret RF, Dr. Schwarzburg carries out a detailed one on one consultation with each and every one of his clients to establish their skin type, goals, medical history, and to confirm that they are a candidate for the procedure. Radio frequency microneedling energy produces heat that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This results in a more effective and improved tightening. Secret RF microneedling works better than traditional microneedling in a sense that it accomplishes more in one session than general microneedling. Secret RF reviews are evidence that this RF facial device is superior to all other microneedle facials. Both fractional radiofrequency and traditional microneedling have the advantage of a quick recovery. After a few hours, you can return to your normal activities or work. It is possible to experience some redness and swelling after the procedure, which will subside within 24 to 48 hours.

How many sessions of RF microneedling do you need?

Depending on the quality of your skin before your first Secret RF treatment, as well as your results and how you respond to the treatment, you may need anywhere from 1 to 4 sessions of Secret RF. Typically, most patients can observe results after just one session of the treatment, though this depends on the quality of the skin prior to the treatment. While it is possible to see results after only one treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg typically recommends three treatments within a three month time period for optimal results.

In some cases, patients may need Secret RF in combination with other treatments, such as Fraxel dual laser treatment. Fraxel Dual, which is a non-ablative fractional laser system, will target more superficial layers of skin resulting in increased cell turnover and partial removal of the epithelial skin layer to reveal healthy new skin which will be tighter and smoother. Fractional radiofrequency can also be combined with other more mild skin care treatments, like the carbon laser facial or mesotherapy. Mesotherapy, which combines non-cross linked hyaluronic acid, vitamins and peptides is delivered to the skin through hollow needles and provides intense rejuvenation through hydration and collagen stimulation. Carbon laser facial works by binding organic impurities in the skin through targeted application of a custom made carbon paste and then blasting off the carbon and all the residues through the powerful yet gentle laser energy. If your goal is to eliminate deep acne scarring, one session of Secret RF will likely not suffice, as it requires multiple treatments to treat such deep scar tissue.

Even if you have generally good skin, the best results will be accomplished with 2 – 3 sessions of Secret RF spaced one month apart from each other. Before your treatment, you will be able to have a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg to discuss your overall goals with the treatment, to establish the optimal treatment plan that will suit your particular needs.

At what age should you start microneedling?

Microneedling can be used by patients of all ages. There are many benefits to microneedling and ultimately, we all share the same skin components. Teenagers may need permission from their parents depending on their age, but are absolutely able to get microneedling treatments should Dr. Schwarzburg find that they would benefit from it. Dr. Schwarzburg will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions, if you have any questions about microneedling.

Microneedling is best to begin in your 20s or 30s, so the increase in collagen production will be more noticeable. This will train your skin to produce collagen more often and help you look younger for longer. Even if you’re older, you can still get great benefits from this treatment and get a wonderful boost of collagen.

Are RF microneedling results permanent?

t is better to observe Secret RF results in terms of efficacy, rather than in terms of longevity. While yes, the results are technically permanent, Secret RF does not stop you from aging, or protect you from outside sources that contribute to damage done on the skin. Sun damage, photo aging, gravity, wrinkle formation, and more, can still occur even after your Secret RF treatment, which has provided you with amazing results. This is why Dr. Schwarzburg recommends beginning your treatment with two to three initial sessions in the first three months, followed by maintenance sessions two to four times a year. Not only will this leave you with stunning results, smoother skin, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, smaller pores, and various other benefits offered by Secret RF microneedling, but will give you the longevity that you are looking for in a skin care treatment.

If you are getting your Secret RF treatment specifically to eliminate scars, such as acne scars, then yes, the results are permanent. Once the acne scars are gone, they will not be coming back, unless new acne breakouts leave behind new acne scars.

How long do Secret RF results last?

With regular microneedling, the results can last for three to five months. Many patients have follow-up appointments twice a year to keep their results. Your results can be preserved by taking good care of your skin with a meticulous at-home beauty regimen. Protective clothing or sunscreen can help you avoid excessive sun exposure.

With Secret RF, most patients can expect the treatment results to last 9 to 12 months. Secret RF is a facial treatment that can last for up to 12 months. Some results might last longer depending on the skin condition you are treating. Some scars, such as atrophic acne scars, can be treated permanently. This treatment is so effective because it uses a combination of techniques. The Secret RF system works from the inside to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen production. It also exfoliates the top layers of the skin that might be affected by age-related issues. The two-pronged treatment system, which addresses both the top and the sub-dermal skin issues simultaneously, will result in long-lasting results. You may find another reason that the results last longer than expected. This system can be used to treat certain scar tissue types and produce collagen to improve the skin’s texture. Secret RF can sometimes last for months despite your age. If you are young enough to produce more collagen, your results may last longer.

Does Secret RF hurt?

Before your treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg will sanitize the treatment area and apply a topical lidocaine rich numbing cream to minimize pain levels. Do keep in mind that Secret RF is a microneedling treatment that targets deep layers of the skin, including the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, also called the SMAS layer of the skin. Because it penetrates quite deep and involves added heat from the radiofrequency energy delivered to the skin, many patients report relatively unpleasant sensations despite significant numbing.

How does the Secret RF process work?

Before your physical appointment, you will have the opportunity to get a one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which you can discuss your medical history, skin, and treatment goals. This will be the time to talk about any questions or concerns you may have and go over your treatment plan with Dr. Schwarzburg. Once you and Dr. Schwarzburg have established a treatment plan and you are ready for your appointment, you can either get your Secret RF treatment on that same day, or schedule your appointment for another day and time that will suit both your and Dr. Schwarzburg’s schedule.

On the day of your appointment you should arrive without any makeup on, or your makeup will be removed and your face will be cleaned thoroughly. After that, it will be sanitized and a topical lidocaine rich numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. This will prevent any excessive pain that you may experience during the treatment. Once the numbing cream has settled, which is typically left on for 15 – 30 minutes, it will be removed and the area will be sanitized one more time before the treatment. During the treatment, you will feel some discomfort and pricking sensations. The treatment itself typically lasts about 30 minutes.

Once the treatment is complete, the treatment area will be sanitized one more time and you will be provided with an ice pack as well as a cream that should be applied several times a day to avoid drying of the skin. The ice pack will help with potential swelling that sometimes occurs after a Secret RF treatment. After your treatment you can expect some discomfort, redness, swelling, and sometimes bruising. Be sure to avoid exercise, direct sunlight, and heat for two days after your procedure. Depending on the treatment plan you have established with Dr. Schwarzburg, we may be seeing you again one month after your initial treatment.

What should you not do before Secret RF?

Retin A, Retinoids and Vitamin A creams should be discontinued for at least 3-5 days prior to your Secret RF appointment. You must use sunscreen every day and the right home care products, such as Urban Skin Rx Even Tone cream or Retinol Pads.

Secret RF Microneedling can be performed without any downtime and is non-invasive. However, there are some preparations and aftercare. Accutane and heat-based cosmetic treatments are some of the things that you should avoid prior to treatment. You should also avoid alcohol, tobacco, as well as NSAIDs, after treatment.

Can I wear makeup after Secret RF?

Yes, you may wear makeup after your Secret RF treatment, however, you should wait at least 24 hours. Because Secret RF leaves you with very tiny punctures in your skin, the last thing you want is to put makeup right over them and allow your skin to absorb the chemicals within the makeup. If you can, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends keeping the makeup off for two days following your treatment as a precaution, though this will not necessarily make or break your results.

Which is better, Fraxel or microneedling?

If you are comparing Fraxel to regular microneedling, then Fraxel will be the superior option most of the time. However, Secret RF is not your average microneedling and can offer a ton of amazing benefits. There is no one treatment that is better than the other when comparing Secret RF and Fraxel. The optimal treatment is based not on the procedure, but the patient’s needs. During your consultation, Dr. Schwarzburg will examine your skin and your goals, and will decide based on various personal factors unique to you whether Fraxel or Secret RF is a better option for you. Depending on your skin and what you would like to address, this may be Secret RF, Fraxel, or a combination of the two.

Can Secret RF be combined with other treatments?

Secret RF is a treatment that can be used on its own or combined with various other treatments. Because it is a skin tightening treatment, many patients combine it with other rejuvenating treatments such as Botox injections to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. It is also common to combine this treatment with facial dermal fillers, especially in the under eye filler area to create a more youthful and ‘awake’ appearance. There are also various Juvederm fillers that can be applied to several areas of the face to create a more youthful appearance.

Finally, many patients also combine Secret RF with other skin treatments to help maintain their results. These treatments include the carbon laser facial and other lighter facials. Depending on the patient’s overall goal, Secret RF is also sometimes combined with Fraxel for optimal results.

What are Secret RF side effects?

Secret RF comes with minimal side effects as it is a minimally invasive treatment. After your treatment you can expect redness, swelling, and some discomfort. In some cases, patients may experience mild bruising. After your treatment Dr. Schwarzburg will provide you with an ice pack to help relieve any discomfort and swelling. He will also send you home with a cream that will help keep your skin moisturized, as another common side effect of Secret RF is dryness.

How can I get started with Secret RF?

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to get your Secret RF treatment, you can schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg by calling the office at (212) 774-4264 or by emailing us at During your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss your skin goals and treatment options with Dr. Schwarzburg to determine the best possible plan that will suit your individual needs. Once you and Dr. Schwarzburg have established a good treatment plan, you can schedule your first appointment!

How much does Secret RF microneedling cost?

The Secret RF cost varies depending on the condition of your skin prior to the treatment, the size of the treatment area, the qualifications of your physician, and the location of your secret laser clinic. Your fractional radiofrequency facial treatment will likely cost anywhere from $800 to $1400 based on this criteria. RF microneedling can also have various depths of penetration, depending on the RF system used for your treatment.