My First Non-Surgical Facelift Experience in Korea: Micro-needling RF Treatment, Aqua Peel and Laser Toning

Ever since I've joined Eunogo as the Content Director and seeing many customers and contents creators receiving treatments, I've become more and more interested in getting beauty treatments myself. I noticed that I needed to put more effort into my skin before it is too late, as I am aging. Since I have never been to a dermatologist in my entire life, I had no idea what to get for my skin. I asked my colleague Jun, Eunogo’s Concierge Manager, for a recommendation. In the end, we decided that I should try one of the popular facelift treatments, which is Micro-needling RF Treatment aka Ballerina Lift in Korea. 

Check out the video above to see what the treatment was like! While the video allows you to see the process, I'll dive into the details of each step and how I felt below. 

What is Micro-needling RF Treatment?

It’s a non-surgical facelift! The Micro-needling RF treatment is also known as Ballerina Lift in Korea. It uses Invasive-Needle Radio Frequency to tighten the skin, improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines, as well as diminish acne scars and large pores. It’s an upgraded version of the Scarlet S RF treatment

The downtime is shorter than with other treatments and it is also less painful than with other devices.

What’s the difference between laser lifting treatment and high radio frequency then?


During the consultation with the dermatologist, he recommended me to get Aqua Peel and Laser Toning together with Micro-needling RF to maximise the lifting results. 


Here’s what the entire process was like in an overview:

  1. Deep cleansing 
  2. Aqua Peel 
  3. Applying numb cream
  4. Laser Toning 
  5. Micro-needling RF
  6. Skin relaxation

Let's look into each of the steps in detail!

1. Deep cleansing

We began with a deep cleansing of my skin to prepare it for the treatments that are about to follow. It's important to work on clean skin!

2. Aqua Peel

    What is Aqua Peel?

    Aqua Peel is one of the most popular and non-invasive facial treatments in dermatology clinics in Korea. It helps to cleanse pores with an exfoliating water-based gel and a suction device that pulls out gunk from the skin and removes blackheads and whiteheads. It is also a hydrating, moisturizing and nourishing procedure that brightens the skin tone.

    The treatment itself only took 10 minutes. You can hear some interesting sounds when whiteheads are being sucked from your pores during the treatment. It made me feel like all the dirt, excess sebum and waste were removed from my pores. The treatment is recommended weekly as sebum and blackheads are easily generated.  

    3. Applying numb cream

        Here, my esthetician applied enough numb cream on my face until it was completely numb. It was left on for 20 minutes. The numb cream is needed because both the Laser Toning and Micro-needling RF treatments can be painful!

        4. Laser Toning 

          What is Laser Toning?

          Laser Toning is a quick way to combat all your pigmentation issues, brighten your skin tone and improve the skin texture. 

          The treatment took only 10 to 15 minutes. There may be some pain where there is soft hair on the face, or in the more pigmented areas. I didn’t feel any pain at all, but it felt a little warm for me. In my case, I had a lot of soft hair on my forehead, so there was a noticeable smell of burning smoke.

          5. Micro-needling RF Treatment (Ballerina Lift)

            Finally, I got the micro-needling RF treatment. 

            I was quite afraid and worried about the pain as it was my very first facelift treatment. However, the procedure went very smoothly and the pain was bearable as enough numb cream was applied before the treatment.

            There were some moments where I felt a sharper pain. It was a different type of pain compared to the other treatments I experienced. The areas around the forehead and jawline were a bit more painful while the remaining areas were quite comfortable and it was mostly bearable. 

            6. Skin relaxation 

              The overall process took about 1.5 hours from deep cleansing to skin relaxation. I was assured that there was no downtime, and the redness and swelling almost vanished completely after the skin relaxation. I was advised to avoid using makeup for at least 4 hours after the treatment and recommended not to use toners with alcohol for 3 to 4 days.

              The Results

              After 1 day 

              Even though I didn’t feel anything on the day of the procedure, on the morning of the following day, I felt a bit of stinging and noticed some redness. I could also see some needle marks which could be covered by makeup.

              After 2 days 

              My skin complexion was back to normal without any swelling or redness. 

              A week after 

              From the third day after the procedure, I could feel that my skin feels different when I put on makeup. After one week, my skin was noticeably smoother, tighter, and more radiant. I was getting compliments that my skin looked firmer and brighter than before and is even glowing. 

              If done regularly (my dermatologist recommends 3 sessions a year), the micro-needling RF treatment will indeed turn back the clock on your skin, and make it thicker, more radiant, and noticeably tighter. However, visible results can be seen with just 1 session. 

              Who needs it?

              This treatment is ideal for those who want to improve firmness and decrease sagging and the appearance of aging. Makeup also applies more smoothly onto the skin after this treatment, so it is perfect for those who put on makeup often and want a smoother and brighter skin texture. It will help to restore essential components of your skin, so that your skin health is enhanced. If you would like to try out Micro-needling RF for yourself, you can book here and redeem your slot anytime. 

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