Intracel is a device that combines radiofrequency energy, which heats skin tissue and has a ‘shrink-wrapping’ effect on the skin, with microneedling.  Both of these technologies stimulate the growth of new collagen in the skin.

If you’re thinking that it doesn’t sound very comfortable, you’re right, but your face will be covered in numbing cream for half an hour beforehand so it will be perfectly manageable.

Tweakment Details

Needles: Yes
Pain level: Medium
Cost from: £700
Recovery time: 1 Day

What is Intracel?

The Intracel machine has a treatment head which incorporates heated needles as well as electrodes that dispense radiofrequency. The needles can be adjusted between 0.5mm and 2.5mm, depending on which bit of the face is being treated. This treatment head has a squarish end, which is carefully stamped across the face and forehead, with each ‘pulse’ or ‘zap’ delivering radiofrequency and needling together.

This is the sort of treatment that needs 30 minutes of numbing cream beforehand. It is quite intensive enough to generate good results, both in boosting collagen in the lower layers of the skin and in smoothing and resurfacing on the surface, thanks to the microneedling. And it is one of the few treatments that can be used on active acne.

What is Intracel treatment like?

Not as bad as I had feared. Radiofrequency treatments can feel as biting as laser; but this treatment, which I tried with  Dr Sarah Tonks, was manageable, which was good, because it took around 40 minutes. My face went quite red afterwards and took a day to calm down.

Comfort Level

I needed the anaesthetic cream. With it, each blast from the device tingled a bit, but wasn’t actively painful.


My face looked a little tighter immediately and would have improved further if I had gone back for the recommended follow-up treatments. All the needling helped reduce the look of the pores on my nose and chin, too.

Related Concerns:

Intracel can help you with these concerns: