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Durham aesthetician reveals the non-surgical treatment behind Judy Murray’s transformation

Dr Tracey of Invicta Aesthetics explains how radio frequency microneedling can give you a healthy, brighter and youthful glow.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 12.04.2023

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From sun-damaged and ageing skin to a brighter and youthful complexion, it goes without saying that Judy Murray looks amazing.

After years spent outside in the sun coaching tennis and watching her champion sons compete at Wimbledon, Judy Murray’s skin had signs of damage.

But thanks to a non-surgical facelift that uses radio frequency microneedling, now Judy is left feeling and looking ‘over ten years younger’. But where can we sign up for this revolutionary damage reversing treatment? Invicta Aesthetics, that’s where.

We know we’re in safe hands with clinical lead, Dr Tracey, who uses her expertise and wealth of experience in aesthetics (15 years to be exact) to offer a tailored plan for our individual skin concerns.

What makes Invicta Aesthetics stand out is that they offer the latest and highest quality treatments so it’s guaranteed we’ll finally get the results that we’ve always wanted. Talking of results… Dr Tracey shares everything we need to know about radio frequency microneedling and how we can get a brighter and more youthful complexion just like Judy Murray’s. 

HLN TOP TIP: Invicta Aesthetics is kindly offering HLN readers a 30% discount on radio frequency microneedling treatments purchased before the end of April 2023 by mentioning ‘High Life North’ at your consultation.

What is radio frequency microneedling?

Radio frequency microneedling is a highly sought-after procedure, being one of the most advanced non-surgical facelifts on the market. It effectively treats a wide range of skin concerns with minimal side effects. This treatment rose to fame after photos of Judy Murray appeared on the news and on social media. Judy had three radio frequency microneedling treatments by Dr Judy Todd using a Morpheus 8 machine. At Invicta Aesthetics we use a radio frequency microneedling device called PureDerma.

What type of skin concerns does this treatment target? 

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • The appearance of large pores
  • Acne scars
  • Scars from injury or surgery
  • Loose, sagging skin e.g. upper arms, abdomen, thighs or above the knees
  • Cellulite
  • Hyperhidrosis

How does it work?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that has been used for decades to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles or pins creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Radio frequency microneedling uses a gold-plated needle device which gently penetrates the skin to deliver radio frequency deep into the dermal layers of the skin. The radio frequency heats at depths that provide cumulative and ongoing benefits of collagen stimulation, skin tightening and resurfacing.

Who is this treatment for?

Radio frequency microneedling is considered safe, but it isn’t appropriate for everyone.

You may be an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are in good health
  • Have early signs of ageing
  • Have realistic expectations

You should avoid the treatment if you:

  • Currently or recently used Roaccutane
  • Have an active cold sore breakout
  • Have a skin infection
  • Have a moderate to severe skin disease (like psoriasis)
  • Are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Are pregnant
  • Are taking anticoagulants
  • Have a history of keloids, hypertrophic scarring or poor wound healing


  1. You will have a consultation with Dr Tracey and a discussion of your treatment goals.
  2. On the day of treatment, your appointment will start with the application of anaesthetic cream for up to half an hour, which is cleaned off before treatment begins.
  3. Your practitioner will work the device steadily across the areas to be treated, delivering needled shots of radio frequency energy as they go, until all areas of the skin have been covered which can take 30 to 40 minutes.

How many treatments do you need to see results?

Around three to four radio frequency microneedling treatments at regular intervals, every four to six weeks. This allows your skin to heal in between treatments. Most people report a noticeable improvement after the first two weeks and optimal results are usually seen after three to six months.


How long does it last?

The effects of radiofrequency microneedling treatment last usually up to a year. This will depend on the quality of your skin before treatment, how you look after your skin post-treatment and whether you drink/smoke/eat an unhealthy diet or sunbathe. We recommend that you continue to have maintenance treatments every six-12 months, to preserve the effects as long as possible.

What is the aftercare for this treatment?

Immediately after treatment, your skin will be pink and slightly swollen, but this will resolve steadily over the next few hours. There may be tiny pinprick dark red dots in the treated area. Sometimes it may take three or four days to return to normal colour.

Dos and don’ts:

  • Make-up can be worn the next day.
  • Use a hyaluronic acid, peptide or growth factor serum. At my clinic, I recommend Teoxane Post Procedure Cream to support healthy skin repair and boost results.
  • SPF of 30 or above should be worn daily during the treatment course and afterwards.
  • Avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise and extremes of heat or cold for 48 hours.
  • Don’t use any retinoids, tretinoins, alpha or beta hydroxy and vitamin C products and avoid scrubs exfoliators and have chemical peels for two weeks.

To book your consultation or for more information on other treatments available, visit Invicta Aesthetics’ website.


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