Cutera has taken this popular aesthetic treatment option and added a secret weapon: radiofrequency (RF) energy. With the Secret™ RF system, clinicians are able to deliver heat deep into the dermis, optimizing the body’s wound-healing response and providing results that go far beyond the capacities of standard Microneedling. Secret™ RF’s 25 tiny gold needles create the mini-injuries common to Microneedling, which provoke a wound-healing response that leads to younger-looking skin. At the same time, the radiofrequency energy generates heat, which further stimulates the production of collagen and tightens the skin. In the end, Secret™ RF gives you the power to offer patients more dramatic results than conventional Microneedling with a treatment that’s both faster and safer.
In addition to combining Secret™ RF with laser treatments, I’ve added Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to my practice. Research has shown the utility and results in adding PRP to treatments for skin revitalization and we are seeing a shift in medicine to using less synthetic more natural additives to enhance ourselves. The literature and results support this and it is exciting!
Depending on the condition being treated, clinicians have the power to adjust the depth of penetration, the length of time energy is being delivered, and the energy levels — ensuring the ideal treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, age spots, stretch marks or acne scars. Practitioners can select the right handpiece to treat large areas or small, making it possible to offer treatment sessions that last just 20 minutes. And with minimal discomfort and virtually no downtime, patients are able to return to their normal activities right away.
How Does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Contribute to Firmer, Younger Looking Skin?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) uses the platelets found within your blood to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin resulting in diminished lines and wrinkles and the appearance of firmer, younger-looking skin. The procedure begins with a small sample of blood that is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma. The plasma is applied topically to your skin following the microneedling procedure. The small injuries created by the microneedling process allow the platelets to be absorbed into the deepest layers of the skin for optimal results.
How Long Does it Take to See Results from Microneedling & PRP?
Most of our patients experience a visible improvement in the appearance of their skin within 2 to 6 weeks with continued improvements over the next six months. In most cases, a series of 3 to 6 treatments every 4 to 6 weeks is necessary to achieve the best possible results. Some skin conditions such as extreme acne scaring and deep wrinkles may need between 6 to 8 treatments. The two skin therapies work together by destroying cells (micro-needling) and repairing cells (PRP) to produce accelerated results for smoother, firmer, more youthful-looking skin. Microneedling can be safely used on many parts of the body including face, neck, chest, and hands.
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 Type||Microneedling, PRP Procedures|
|Treatment Problem or Condition||Acne Scarring, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone, Large Pores, Scars, Stretch Marks, Uneven Skin Texture, Wrinkles|
|Skin Type||Acneic Skin, Aging Skin, All Skin Types, Normal Skin, Oily Skin, Sensitive Skin|
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.