RF Microneedling

What is RF Microneedling?

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure to address wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, lax skin, and more. RF microneedling adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the already stimulating traditional microneedling procedure.

During treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. Then, the RF microneedling device, equipped with ultrafine needles, will create tiny wounds in the skin while simultaneously emitting radiofrequency energy. As these controlled injuries heal, they will trigger new collagen and elastin production deep in the skin to combat signs of skin aging and skin laxity for tighter skin. Compared to classic microneedling procedures, RF microneedling produces more dramatic results, quicker.

Why Choose UnionDerm for RF Microneedling?

The board-certified dermatologists at UnionDerm have collectively performed over 2,000 radiofrequency microneedling treatments since 2016. Unlike other facilities that may only offer one type of RF microneedling treatment, our physicians choose from one of five different devices to most effectively treat each individual patient based on their specific concerns.

Additionally, several of our physicians have participated in clinical studies evaluating new treatment indications for RF microneedling including a trial that evaluated the use of the Secret RF device to improve acne scarring and a Morpheus8 study that determined its usage to effectively treat mild-to-moderate cellulite.

Who is a Candidate for RF Microneedling?

An ideal candidate for this treatment is someone who is in good health and is seeking the treatment of early signs of aging. Those who are pregnant or nursing, have a history of cold sores, hypertrophic scarring, or poor wound healing, or who have a severe skin disease may not be good candidates. To learn more about if this treatment is right for you, please schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

What Can I Expect with RF Microneedling?

At UnionDerm, we offer five cutting-edge RF microneedling devices for each patient’s unique aesthetic goals. These include:

Secret RF

Secret RF is a novel fractional radiofrequency (RF) microneedling treatment designed to stimulate and remodel collagen. The treatment uses microneedles to deliver radiofrequency waves into varying levels of the skin, including the deeper layers of the dermis. The intensity of the device can be tailored to treat the skin at various depths or to suit different patients’ needs, including diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, scars, and stretch marks.

This minimally invasive treatment typically requires little to no downtime, so you can return to your normal activities quickly. Most patients can see results weeks after a single treatment, but to achieve optimal results, a series of treatments is often recommended. As with other microneedling procedures, patients may experience redness, dryness, or swelling after Secret RF.


Morephus8 is a minimally invasive, deep fractional skin treatment that combines microneedling with radiofrequency. This combination stimulates collagen production by penetrating deeply into and heating layers of the dermis, triggering collagen production for tighter, smoother skin on both the face and body. The device’s modular tips allow the treatment to target areas large and small with minimal risk of hyperpigmentation. The device targets the deflation of soft tissue, including the jowls, as well as fine lines, cellulite, stretch marks, and acne scars.

During the treatment, the applicator passes over the skin of the affected area and penetrates the subdermal tissue, targeting areas of laxity or soft tissue. The device coagulates fat and contracts connective tissue to tighten and correct lines, marks, and wrinkles on the treated area.

EndyMed Intensif RF

The EndyMed Intensif RF Microneedle system combines microneedling and radiofrequency technology to reach deeper layers of skin and improve overall skin texture. The highly precise treatment transmits heat into the skin to trigger a healing response, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scarring for all skin types.

EndyMed Intensif RF is minimally invasive and requires little downtime. The treatment differs from traditional microneedling in a few ways: EndyMed Intensif’s gold-plated tapered microneedles require fewer passes over the skin’s surface, meaning a shorter session time, and the microneedles are much smaller, resulting in minimal discomfort.


Potenza is a versatile radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device safe for all skin types. RF energy heats the underlying layers, stimulating the tightening of skin through the stimulation of elastin and collagen. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply into the tissues, it can create quicker, more dramatic results. Potenza can also perform RF microneedling with an infusion tip designed to drive topicals into the skin for even more dramatic results.


The Profound treatment is a non-surgical option for treating facial wrinkles and the appearance of cellulite. It combines radiofrequency (RF) energy with microneedles to transform your skin from within, triggering collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production.

What Areas Does RF Microneedling Treat?

    • Face
    • Neck
    • Full Body


Schedule a Radiofrequency Microneedling Consultation

We offer RF microneedling in both New York City at our Union Square and Central Park offices and in the Hamptons at our Water Mill, NY office. If you are interested in learning more about RF microneedling and how it can help you achieve your desired results, please contact UnionDerm today. A consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists is the first step toward combating signs of aging.


What is EMFACE?

EMFACE is a highly innovative procedure used to refine and sculpt the face. This non-invasive treatment reduces the need for needles or downtime. EMFACE combines synchronized radiofrequency with HIFES™ (high-intensity facial electrical stimulation). The synchronized radiofrequency heats the skin’s dermis to boost collagen and elastin production while the HIFES™ technology contracts specific facial muscles. The results of the EMFACE treatment are a sculpted, tightened, and toned face.

Why Choose UnionDerm for EMFACE?

In preparation of an EMFACE treatment, the precise placement of the EMFACE applicators is critical to ensuring proper and effective treatment.  At UnionDerm, our board-certified dermatologists are highly trained in the anatomy of the face, thus ensuring a safe, effective treatment. Additionally, as a leading practice in clinical research and development, EMFACE has partnered with UnionDerm to conduct research on new uses for the EMFACE device, enabling our physicians to have first-hand experience with the EMFACE technology. We are also one of the first practices in NYC to offer the new EMFACE submentum treatment for the chin area.

Who is a Candidate for EMFACE?

Candidates for EMFACE include individuals wanting to address signs of aging, such as loss of facial muscle tone and loss of collagen. Candidates must be in good health and have no active skin infections during treatment. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for EMFACE is through a private consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists at UnionDerm.

What Can I Expect from EMFACE Treatments?

During your EMFACE treatment, you can expect the HIFES technology to contract your muscles with an electric current. This will help strengthen and sculpt your facial tissue while the radiofrequency heat prompts wound healing, increasing collagen and elastin production. Both proteins allow the skin to appear firm, strong, and tight.

Your EMFACE treatment will take around 25 minutes in total. First, your skin will be cleansed, and then the treatment applicators will be placed on your treatment areas, allowing the treatment to begin. To see the best results, it is recommended that you complete four sessions, each scheduled a week apart.

What Areas Can EMFACE Treat?

EMFACE is well known for addressing the appearance of facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of facial volume. This non-invasive skin procedure can lift, volumize, and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. EMFACE can treat multiple areas of the face, including:

    • Submentum/Chin
    • Cheeks
    • Forehead


Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about EMFACE and are located in the New York area, do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation.



What is SkinVive?

SkinVive, a new product from Allergan Aesthetics, is the first and only hyaluronic acid microdroplet injectable for improving cheek skin smoothness. It contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which assists the skin in retaining its natural moisture levels. This boost in your skin’s internal hydration results in an improvement in the skin smoothness of the cheeks and a youthful glow.

Why Choose UnionDerm for SkinVive?

UnionDerm is one of the first practices in NYC to offer this new microdroplet treatment. SkinVive is precisely injected into multiple areas of the cheek and UnionDerm board-certified dermatologists are all highly trained in this method of injecting.  UnionDerm physicians have been at the forefront of Botox and dermal fillers for the past decade and are now leaders in the treatment of SkinVive.

Who is a Candidate for SkinVive?

Healthy adults 21 years and older who wish to improve the skin smoothness of their cheeks can benefit from SkinVive. However, individuals who are pregnant or nursing should wait to undergo this treatment. To determine candidacy, please contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.

What Can I Expect from a SkinVive Treatment?

SkinVive is injected beneath the skin at various very small injection points. To begin your SkinVive treatment, your skin will be cleansed. Your dermatologist will then skillfully inject SkinVive into the predetermined areas. Treatment is quick and easy.

There is no downtime required following SkinVive treatments. Mild redness, swelling, bruising, or tenderness may temporarily occur following treatment. It is advised that patients minimize strenuous exercise, alcoholic beverages, and exposure to extensive heat within the first 24 hours for optimal results. Results can last up to six months with optimal treatment.

What Areas Does SkinVive Treat?

  • Cheeks

Schedule a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about SkinVive for improved skin smoothness, please contact our office today. A consultation appointment with one of our skilled providers is your first step toward treatment.


What is Daxxify?: 

Daxxify is an FDA-approved, peptide-powered neurotoxin used to treat and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  It has been clinically-proven to last longer than other toxins with an average duration of six months—up to nine months in some patients.

What can I expect with Daxxify?:

The placement and dosage of cosmetic injectables are both an art and a science. Our physicians are internationally-acclaimed experts in the use and application of botulinum toxins including Daxxify. Like other neurotoxins, Daxxify is injected into the skin or muscles using tiny needles. Treatments are safe, quick and typically without any downtime.

With injectable treatments like Daxxify, you are relying not only on the physician’s intimate knowledge of the physiology of the skin and underlying muscle structure, but also on his or her aesthetic sense and ability to deliver an appropriate and natural result. Results from Daxxify treatments are typically seen quickly, within 1-3 days for most patients.

What areas does Daxxify treat?:

Frown Lines
Crow’s Feet


What is Ellacor?

Ellacor is an FDA-cleared, first-of-its-kind device that significantly tightens and smooths moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging skin on the cheeks, jaw, and jowls through innovative micro-coring technology. This cutting-edge technology removes micro-portions of lax, excess skin, improving the appearance of common signs of aging for tighter, more youthful skin.

Why Choose UnionDerm for Ellacor?

As a premier cosmetic dermatology group and skin rejuvenation center, UnionDerm was one of the very first practices in NYC (and across the country) to offer Ellacor.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Chopra completed his cosmetic fellowship under Dr. Rox Anderson, inventor of the Ellacor device, at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. Training with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Chopra was one of the first physicians in the world to use the Ellacor device and has already performed over 100 procedures. Along with Dr. Chapas, he continues to work with Cytrellis, the parent company of Ellacor, optimizing future generations of the device.

Who is a Candidate for Ellacor?

Healthy individuals with moderate to severe wrinkles and loose skin on the mid to lower face can often benefit from Ellacor treatments. It is also a great option for those who would like to rejuvenate their facial appearance without surgery, with fewer associated risks and less recovery time. To learn if Ellacor is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.

What Can I Expect from Ellacor Treatments?

Ellacor uses hollow needles to remove micro-cores of skin, resulting in an improved appearance of moderate and severe wrinkles in the mid and lower face with minimal risk of scarring. The device moves the tiny hollow needles across the treatment area, removing micro-cores of skin as it goes. Patients can expect significantly smoother skin weeks after treatment.
Ellacor requires minimal downtime for the skin to begin the healing process – typically a week or less. Optimal results can be seen just weeks to months after your initial treatment.

What Areas can Ellacor treat?

Ellacor can address a number of different body areas, including:

  • Mid and lower face (cheeks, jaw, and jowls)
  • Lower face/ submental region
  • Abdomen
  • Inner arms


Frequently Asked Questions about Ellacor

How does Ellacor Work?

Ellacor works by using hollow needles to remove cores of skin. After the skin is removed, it sets off the body’s natural healing abilities to close the cores, stimulating collagen production and giving you smoother and tighter skin.

What areas can Ellacor treat?

Ellacor can tighten and smooth the skin on the lower face, the chin and neck area, the abdomen, and the inner arms.

How many Ellacor treatments will I need?

How many treatments you’ll need will depend on the results you’re looking for, but we typically recommend 2-3 treatment sessions.

How long is Ellacor treatment?

Ellacor treatment typically takes 30-45 minutes.

Is Ellacor treatment painful?

Since a numbing agent is applied before treatment, you are unlikely to feel any pain at all.


Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering Ellacor for a rejuvenated appearance, please contact UnionDerm today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified, nationally recognized dermatologists.



What is AviClear?

Acne affects nearly all people at some point in their lives, can be difficult to treat, and can leave permanent scarring and psychological effects. Topical prescriptions and oral pills can be difficult to maintain and can have unwanted side effects.  AviClear is the first FDA-cleared energy device designed to specifically treat mild, moderate, and severe inflamed and cystic acne lesions at the source- the oil gland. The treatment emits wavelengths of laser light that target the sebaceous (oil) glands to reduce sebum production. By decreasing your skin’s sebum production, you’re less likely to experience acne following treatment. This treatment is safe for all skin types and ages and can be used to treat acne on the face and the body.

Why Choose UnionDerm for AviClear Treatments?

UnionDerm was one of the first practices in New York City to offer AviClear when it launched in 2022.  All our UnionDerm board-certified dermatologists are highly trained in the treatment of acne and are thrilled to offer AviClear to treat this very common skin condition.  Additionally, Dr. Ugonabo has extensively pursued research involving the mental health of acne patients; and Dr. Chapas has spoken as an AviClear expert at the annual conference for the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

What Can I Expect with AviClear?

The AviClear device contains a cooling tip that helps make the treatment more comfortable for patients. It typically doesn’t require anesthetic, and it’s generally well tolerated. The skin will first be cleansed and then the laser will be applied directly to the acne-affected areas. A slight warming sensation may be felt.

Most patients require three treatments spaced one month apart, with treatments usually lasting about 30 minutes. The treatment has minimal downtime and aftercare consists of diligent sunscreen application. You may experience some skin purging a week or two weeks after treatment.

What Areas Does AviClear Treat?

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Back

Schedule a Consultation

If you are tired of living with mild to severe acne and are seeking a solution, AviClear may be able to help. Contact UnionDerm today to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists to get started.



What is DermaV?: 

DermaV is a laser treatment that utilizes two wavelengths to target brown and red skin discoloration simultaneously. The device delivers laser energy that’s converted into heat in your blood vessels. That heat contracts your blood vessels, fading their appearance. It’s effective for reducing vascular skin concerns like redness, rosacea, flushing, and spider veins. DermaV also fades age spots, birthmarks, and freckles. The laser has controlled heating to target those spots without damaging the top layers of your skin.

What can I expect with DermaV?: 

Each treatment can range from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on what you’re targeting. The pain level varies patient-to-patient and also depends on the treatment area. You might feel a little discomfort during a treatment—like a rubber band softly snapping against your skin, but the cooling element helps reduce any pain. Some patients will see results after one treatment and others may require multiple sessions.

What areas does DermaV treat?: 

Neck + Chest


What is DermaSweep?: 

DermaSweep is a next-level micro-resurfacing treatment that uses a gentle bristle tip to exfoliate the top layer of skin and target a multitude of skin concerns, including acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. According to data collected from clinical trials, DermaSweep is safe for sensitive or reactive skin and delivers noticeable results in as little as a single treatment. 

DermaSweep improves skin texture and increases radiance by stimulating the renewal of collagen production and encouraging lymphatic drainage. The combination treatment doesn’t just exfoliate, but also allows physicians to infuse the skin with useful nutrients like hyaluronic acid or vitamin C to fit patients’ unique needs. There are many infusion formulas available, including the “Red Carpet” infusion, which evens tone and boosts the skin’s overall glow.

What can I expect with DermaSweep?:

DermaSweep is a painless, 30-minute treatment without downtime. It can be done in a three-part series, though results are often visible after a single visit. Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, DermaSweep does not use crystals, therefore eliminating the irritation or inflammation that comes with embedded debris. The treatment allows the physician to adjust the aggression of the suction-like exfoliating bristle to fit the patient’s level of sensitivity. 

DermaSweep is approved for use on the face, including the eye area, as well as the neck and décolletage, both of which are often subject to sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and signs of age. The treatment is also approved for use on the hands and arms—DermaSweep can diminish the appearance of Keratosis pilaris in this area in particular. Consult with your physician when deciding which areas to try DermaSweep.

The physician may also suggest infusing the device with nutrients based on the patient’s needs—these nutrients include hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, humectants, and more. 

Afterward, the patient may experience mild tightness or tingling, as with any exfoliation, but the skin will likely feel smoother and feel more refreshed.

What areas does DermaSweep treat?:

Neck + Chest
Hands + Arms


What is Clear + Brilliant®?

The Clear + Brilliant® laser is FDA-approved and optimized for preventing and addressing early signs of aging including skin texture, firmness, elasticity, and pore-size appearance. It has been one of our favorite energy devices as it provides less invasive and affordable treatments with minimal downtime that can be preventative as well as restorative. Several patients notice improved skin appearance and a “glow” almost immediately, and it is a great introductory laser for patients who do not need more intensive treatments or want to avoid downtime.

This treatment works by creating micro-thermal zones in the skin, stimulating new collagen production for overall skin rejuvenation. Clear + Brilliant is a great option to address skin concerns such as early signs of aging, uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage, large pores, and more.

The Permea treatment combines the Clear and Brilliant laser with a topical antioxidant treatment. The special Permea handpiece is optimized for brighter, more even skin tone and enhanced skin permeability.

Why Choose UnionDerm for Clear + Brilliant® Treatments?

All of our physicians have been using Clear + Brilliant since their cosmetic fellowships and trainings, and are long-time experts in the use of the device. We are currently participating in two clinical trials that are examining the safety and effectiveness of Clear + Brilliant to treat the neck and chest area and another that’s looking at the Permea portion of the Clear + Brilliant System to treat melasma. We are pioneers in combining Clear + Brilliant with other treatments such as photodynamic therapy. Our combination treatment on the chest was shown to improve the skin appearance on the chest more than photodynamic therapy alone.

What Can I Expect with Clear + Brilliant®?

This non-invasive and gentle treatment is ideal for individuals of all skin types. A topical numbing cream may be applied to ensure your comfort. Our medical professional will then gently guide the Clear + Brilliant® handpiece across the target area and actively treat your skin, creating microscopic treatment zones, for approximately 15-20 minutes. Patients may experience a well-tolerated heating sensation.

Following treatment, minor redness and swelling may occur, which usually resolves within an hour. It is important that patients follow the instructions provided to them by our team following their laser energy treatment to ensure optimal results. This may involve avoiding sun damage due to sun exposure with the use of sunscreen and protective clothing. Makeup can be applied following treatment to cover redness if desired.

Most patients can begin to notice a visible improvement in their skin within a few days of treatment and greater improvement with a series of treatments. Results will continue to improve over the next couple of months as collagen continues to generate, resulting in a healthy glow and younger-looking skin.

What Areas Does Clear + Brilliant® Treat?

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Hands


Schedule a Consultation

Please contact UnionDerm today to learn more about Clear + Brilliant treatments and how they can help you achieve a radiant glow, or to schedule a consultation appointment. We will be happy to assist you in your journey toward gorgeous skin!