Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling – An Advanced Treatment Technology for Skin Problems

What is Fractional Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling?

Fractional RF Microneedling is a unique technique to treat target areas of the skin through the fast penetration of specially designed compound of tiny microneedles without damaging the epidermis. On contact with the skin, the device works to heal while simultaneously emitting a high tensioned radio frequency pulse on the target tissue inside the skin. It is an extraordinary device which naturally increases the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin.

What skin problems can it treat?

The Fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling in an advanced technology device effectively used to treat many skin problems such as the following:

Large skin pores
Fine lines and wrinkles
Stretch marks
Reduction of formation of pimples and acne
Acne Scars
Burn, surgical, traumatic or infectious scars
Age spots; and also
Skin rejuvenation

How does it work?

Each needle in the array is made up of Titanium where RG emits. The system is different from laser therapy in that the electrical energy is transposed into thermal energy and where the RF energy exits on the needle it transfers from its point circle to the adjoining areas causing denaturalization and coagulation.

The micro holes that are created are not exposed to thermal damage during the RF emission which in turn minimizes the side effects of pigmentation.

How does it differ from other radio frequency treatments?

The Microcell delivery system is unique by pushing electrical currents into the skin rather than through it, allowing for deeper penetration without damaging the epidermis.
In addition, the Radio Frequency energy from the machine produces enough thermal energy to denaturalize cell and destroy the causes of acne, acne bacteria and sebaceous glands.

How long does it take to perform the treatment?
It takes 30 minutes for anesthesia to take effect before treatment and a treatment takes 15 – 20 minutes depending on the treatment area.
For aftercare it takes 10 minutes, approximately 1 hour will be consumed for the whole procedure.

Is the procedure painful?

It is not painful up to level 2 using 0.5 mm needle but if it is over the level it could be better to apply anesthetic on a patient. A pain depends on a person but it is less painful than the pain caused by CO2 Laser.

Can it be used to any part of the body?
It can be used on almost any part of the body. Such as the arms, hands, legs, thighs, body, abdomen, neck, face, cheeks, ever around the eye area – such as crow’s feet and frown lines.

Can this be used with botox or filler?
Yes and definitely!  Botox and RF are complementary, but should be done 3 weeks after botox and fillers.

What are the possible side effects?
Patient may experience some mild discomfort during the treatment. The skin might grow a little redness, swelling and bruising after treatment but these typically disappear within 2 to 24 hours.

How many sessions do it require?
You will see 40% improvement on the treated area but it takes about 4 – 6 sessions to see the best results. Some patients need more sessions for the problem area.




How frequent can the treatment be?
The Fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling can be done twice a month for a scar and other procedures but monthly or every 2 months for alopecia treatment.

How much is the treatment's cost?
The cost of the treatment may depend on your dermatologist’s service charge. So ask your dermatologist about this and discuss more about it before engaging to this treatment.

Note: Dermatological Clinic should be registered and accredited by Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), and must be supervised by a registered dermatologist, who is a member also of Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). Beware of bogus dermatological clinics! Treatment should be done by a registered dermatologist alone. Ask for registration proof and membership from PDS if doubtful about the clinic’s or doctor’s identity.