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Microneedling has become one of the mainstays of minimally invasive scar treatment. It involves using fine needles to create numerous controlled, invisible puncture wounds called “micro-injuries” in the skin. These micro-injuries break up scar tissue and stimulate the body’s natural wound healing response to rebuild the tissue in a more organized (i.e. less scarred) fashion. Now, the power of microneedling has been amplified with the addition of radiofrequency, revolutionizing how we treat acne scarring. Radiofrequency is a type of energy that heats tissue and stimulates production of new collagen and elastin. When combined with microneedling, RF is directly delivered to the scarred, problem areas below the skin.
Cutera’s Secret RF is an FDA cleared RF microneedling device that utilizes 25 or 64 gold tip needles to create controlled micro-injuries and precisely deliver radiofrequency. This device was designed to be totally customizable meaning: Your dermatologist determines the depth of needle penetration and the intensity of RF delivered based on your skin type, the treatment area, and the severity of scarring. Since it is so customizable, it is safe in all skin types.
WHAT IS SECRET?
Secret RF is a novel approach to deliver fractional radio frequency (RF) energy to all layers of the skin with minimal damage to the skin’s surface. The multi-layered treatment is tailored to each individual and addresses their unique skin concern duringeach customized treatment.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT?
The Secret RF treatment is ideal for improving aging skin, photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, scars, acnes scars, skin quality and striae. The treatment is safe and effective, and suitable for all skin types and patients seeking skin revitalization.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Secret RF uses microneedles to deliver radio frequency energy into varying levels of the skin including the deeper layers where treatment is most beneficial. Unlike other devices which only deposit energy in upper layer of theskin, Secret RF de-livers RF energy below thesurface where it’s neededmost to help revitalize and regenerate the tissue. This uniquedelivery of energy allows us to achieve optimal results with little to no downtime on allskin types.
WHAT IS THE SECRET RF PROCEDURE LIKE?
Secret RF is a easy, safe and effective procedure that can be performed in a quick, 15-minute treatment session. During the treatment, you will feel a slight heating and some pressure on the treatment area. For most patients, the treatment is tolerable but your physician will work with you to maximize your comfort level. Prior to the procedure, your provider will apply a numb-ing cream to the treatment area to increase comfort during the treatment.
HOW MANY SECRET RF TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Patients typically need 3-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. Most patients report seeing improve-ment after the second treatment however results are optimized 3 months after the last treatment.
HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT LAST?
Results vary based on the individual. To maintain results, maintenance treatments are recommended every 12-18 months.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
After the treatment, an ointment will be applied to the skin and you will be asked to refrain from wearing make up for several hours. Any minor redness or swelling resulting from treatment will subside within 12-24 hours. After the treatment, you can expect to return to normal activities.
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Acne Scarring, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone, Large Pores, Scars, Stretch Marks, Uneven Skin Texture, Wrinkles|
How long does a single treatment take?
The topical anesthetic cream requires 20 to 30 minutes to take effect prior to treatment, and then the treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes, including aftercare. So, each session requires approx. 1 hour.
Is the treatment painful?
With the correct application of topical anesthesia, it is virtually painless. It is also possible to treat to a 1mm depth without topical anesthesia.
How long does it take to recover after treatment?
You may experience transient erythema on the treated areas for 3-4 hours initially. Occasionally, a fine scab will be formed You the skin - do not be concerned, this promotes the healing process.
What is the recommended treatment interval, and total number of sessions required?
The typical interval between sessions is once every 3 weeks. Most patients see excellent results following 4-5 treatments. This may vary according to your skin condition and your physician will be better able to assess and advise you of this.
Are there any precautions after treatment?
Avoid cleansing until after the erythema has resolved itself.. Cleanse your skin with cool water and dab or pat lightly with a towel. Avoid hot water. A suncream should be applied every day to protect your skin and you should limit sun exposure during the treatment course.