As I was reviewing the daily dermatology updates, I came across a publication that was released by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology stating that microneedling radiofrequency technology is both “safe and effective” for the treatment of atrophic acne facial scars. Great news is the fact that this affirms what we have seen in the Dermatology Office for the past two years since acquiring this amazing technology. Microneedling radiofrequency employs the use of finely-tipped microneedles which are introduced or injected into the skin, and as they reach the depth of penetration which can be customized to the patient depending on condition treated. At the depth of deepest penetration, there is an immediate burst of radiofrequency energy which produces heat and stimulates tissue to regenerate, specifically collagen.

As with any new technology, there are different manufacturers of the product and so it best to test as many of a potential new addition to the office so that we can determine best device and best results. Our discovery of The Secret was a game changer. Not only did this particular microneedling radiofrequency device work smoothly and elegantly for the operator, but provided maximum patient comfort with best outcomes. Additionally, it was the only radiofrequency microneedling device in the market that allowed for use of either insulated or non-insulated needles which create the channels of destruction.

Why is insulation vs non-insulation important to me? As a dermatology, depending on the condition I am treating, I can opt for use of the insulated channeling technique which then allows me to topically place other active products on the skin topically which can flow down the channels and achieve better penetration and action of that particular product. Some examples of topicals which can be used with the insulated tips are a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (contains and abundance of healing growth factors for better results and better outcomes), or we can use products such as Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid that reproduces human collagen. If we are treating a raised or keloid scar, introduction through the insulated channels of Kenalog can be effective in reducing the raised nature of the lesion.

The Secret microneedling RF device additionally has multiple tip sizes. These tips are disposable—they are only used once on a single patient for sterility reasons. Smaller tips designed for the face or smaller treatment areas are available in both insulated and non-insulated tips, and larger tips are designed for body areas. 

In addition to atrophic, or pitted, acne scarring, Dr. Ellen Turner has utilized the microneedling radiofrequency procedure for surgical scarring, raised or hypertrophic scarring, crepiness and skin laxity often seen in the aging arm or knee region (think elephant-skin appearance), as well as pore minimization and anti-aging rejuvenation.

If you are or someone you know may be interested in learning more about radiofrequency microneedling, please call the Dermatology Office at 214-373-7546 and ask for a complimentary consultation with one of our two consultants.