Pixel8 before and after rochester NY Health Expressions

Love Your Skin For Life

I tested the new “essential” Pixel8-RF facial – a minimally invasive, wave enhanced micro-needle procedure at Health Expressions NY. Ads I had seen on Facebook offered a free appointment to facilitate effective, non-surgical, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction with no downtime or discomfort. With my naturally darker complexion, I was most excited about trying this out on my decade old acne scars. The PiXel8-RF, unlike laser treatments, can be used on all skin types. It only uses radio frequency energy. Thus, there is no risk of thermal damage to the epidermis and it almost eliminates the risk of spotting for darker skin types like mine.

I came wary, but moisturized, and makeup-free for my first treatment. (A week before, I had also stopped using acne treatment products.) I was taken to a room where a practitioner drew a single vial of plasma from my arm, then skillfully brushed a numbing cream onto my face before leaving me to watch TV for 20 minutes.

I was lowered to a reclining position and told to stay put as the Pixel8-RF was stamped all over my face and my plasma, which had turned a gleaming gold, was applied like a serum. Each stamp of the needle felt like a pinch at first. I didn’t notice them after about a minute. It’s a lot less uncomfortable than Botox, for instance.

“The prickly feeling is from the microneedling and the heat is from the radio frequency, which travels down the needle into your dermis to keep your blood from coming up to the surface. It’s the radio frequency that accelerates the healing” explained Dr Tara.

My facial procedure only took about 20 minutes in total – perfect for my lunch break.

The most noticeable difference was in the tone and texture of my skin. Do you remember how your face appears right after a sheet mask? That glistening appearance we try so hard to keep throughout the evening? That’s how I appeared for two weeks after my first treatment, and then for a month following my second. 

My overall impression? My husband has been adding extra kisses to these cheeks daily- No pun intended!

The New Facial In Rochester

The New Facial In Rochester

At Health Expressions NY, we’re continually on the lookout for new aesthetic technologies and systems that we think would be a great fit for our clientele. Pixel8-RF, the future of aesthetic facials, is now available to our clients in the Rochester area. It uses a combination of microneedling and radiofrequency energy to improve skin texture and tone, as well as erase or diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

We’re excited to add Pixel8-RF to our treatment menu.


The Pixel8-RF technology combines bi-polar RF energy with minimally invasive microneedles to provide excellent skin tightening and rejuvenation with minimal downtime. The benefit of microneedling combined with radiofrequency energy delivery is the secret to Pixel8-RF.

Other treatments employ radiofrequency radiation to tighten the skin, but the energy must pass through the epidermis to reach the dermis, the skin’s second layer. The RF energy must be decreased to avoid harming the epidermis. The microneedles in Pixel8-RF penetrate the skin at superficial depths to maximize long lasting efficacy and minimize discomfort. The RF energy is released to activate the cells within the dermis at a precise depth. Higher levels of RF energy can be safely delivered to thicker skin and scar tissue.

As we age, our collagen production declines every year; this is why our skin begins to sag and develop more lines and wrinkles. What is the significance of this? When radio frequency energy passes through the dermis, it is converted to heat. The body assumes there has been a wound when it detects heat in the dermis layer. It responds by redesigning the area’s existing collagen and then initiating new collagen and elastin production to heal the perceived wound, even though there isn’t one. Collagen helps to smooth, firm, and improve the texture and tone of the skin. This is due to the fact that collagen is the protein in our bodies that provides the structural structure beneath our skin. 

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What Services Does Health Expressions NY Perform Using Pixel8-RF?

The Pixel8-RF hand tool sets this technology apart from the competition. The distance between the micro-needles, in particular, allows the dermatologist to transmit more homogeneous radiofrequency waves across the treatment area and into the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in greater results than previous technologies. The Pixel8-RF is useful for a variety of dermatologic activities thanks to its precise application and unique blend of technology, including:

  • Firming skin on the face or body
  • Diminishing the aberrancy of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reducing the appearance of acne scars 
  • Improving the overall texture of the skin
  • Tightening sagging skin on the face and neck
  • Minimizing the size of pores
  • Lifting droopy skin around the eyes 
  • Restoring healthy elastic skin on the hands

Want to know more about how RF Microneedling works? Check out Health Expressions NY