Manu Aggarwal M.D., Phlebologist

Published: Friday, August 24, 2018
Manu Aggarwal M.D., Phlebologist
Vein Care Center

Why Microneedling Is Getting Major Face Time

Beauty trends come and go, but there’s good reason to believe Microneedling is in it for the long run. As more and more people seek out minimally invasive treatments to repair their skin, we expect Microneedling to remain a staple in aesthetics. The main reason for this is pretty simple — it works. It works for a number of common skin concerns, and it does so with minimal or no downtime.

True, some people may have trepidations when they first hear about Microneedling. The idea of tiny needles puncturing the skin at the same time does sound somewhat alarming. However, once people go a little deeper (no pun intended) into the process, they not only understand the benefits, but they’re also eager to experience the benefits for themselves.

Microneedling: A Safe, Easy Treatment without Downtime

The principle behind Microneedling is relatively simple. The tiny needles penetrate the skin, which creates micro-wounds underneath the skin. These wounds are so small, though, they’re not even noticeable after the procedure. In addition, a numbing cream is applied before the procedure so people don’t even notice the little punctures as they happen. The body, though, immediately springs into action, remodeling and building up collagen and elastin as it heals the wounds -- replicating the stronger, more resilient skin we enjoyed when we were younger.

Once people’s concerns are alleviated, they can expect to see and feel a dramatic difference in their skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are filled in, unwanted pigment can be diminished, and stretch marks and acne scars are reduced or eliminated. In addition, people report a renewed healthy glow as pore size is reduced and the skin’s overall tone and texture is improved.

Secret RF: A New Wrinkle on Microneedling

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.

Secret RF microneedling

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.

Optimal results are generally seen after three treatment sessions, and maintenance treatments are recommended every 12 to 18 months. Because the Secret RF treatment can be customized to each patient’s specific skin concerns, it is safe and effective for all skin types. In addition, unlike conventional Microneedling, Secret RF treatments are FDA cleared for use in dermatologic and general surgical procedures for electro-coagulation and hemostasis.
Secret RF Before and After

As we have continued to integrate aesthetic treatments into the range of services we offer at the Vein Care Center, we have found patients to more eager than ever to explore their options.

Secret RF has delivered the kind of dramatic results patients find extremely compelling, making it a valuable addition to our practice.

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