Radiofrequency (RF) Micro-needling
Benefits of RF Micro-Needling
Micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment that has been used for decades to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles or pins creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, which triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Results can include improved texture and firmness, as well as skin resurfacing. RF micro-needling adds the element of radiofrequency energy to the traditional micro-needling procedure. The RF energy is delivered via small needles into the dermis. In addition to the benefits seen with the micro-injury provided by the traditional microneedles, RF micro-needling also delivers RF energy deep into the dermis further enhancing skin tightening and scar reduction.
How Does (RF) Micro-Needling Work?
The RF micro-needling energy heats the underlying layers of skin, causing constriction and tightening of the skin, as well as the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply, it can produce faster results that are more dramatic.
Unlike the rest of the market, VoluDerm™ does not use needles to puncture the skin and deliver RF energy into the dermis after the needles are fully inserted. Instead, VoluDerm™ uses an array of ultrathin electrodes that thermally ablate the outer surface of the skin to reach the deep dermis.
The ultra-thin electrodes create micro-channels to induce controlled micro-wounds and thermal damage, which activate the body’s natural healing process and stimulate the generation of new and healthy skin. Using the thinnest electrodes in the market (ø 0.15 mm), this smooth RF-assisted ablation means reduced pain and downtime. While there is no bleeding, and minimal to no pain with VoluDerm, patients obtain visible results from its proprietary technology that delivers RF energy from the skin surface through to the deep dermis. The unique smart tip design enables even distribution of RF energy between the electrodes and the tip surface. This design reduces the risk of arcing and undesired side effects while at the same time creating areas of ablative and thermal damage. Several disposable tip configurations are available, differing in length and density, to ensure flexibility for creating the desired clinical effect. Treatment is suitable for all skin types in dermatological procedures requiring ablation and skin resurfacing.
Available with the Hybrid Energy™ applicator, the TriFractional™ is using RF electrodes pins for superficial skin resurfacing, via pinpoint ablation with controlled volumetric heating. Unlike the Hybrid Energy™, this treatment is more superficial for texture and is associated with some downtime and higher sensation than the Hybrid Energy™. The treatment achieves skin resurfacing and regeneration of tissue via wound healing process, resulting in skin texture improvement and refinement.
A combination protocol: Legend M²™
VoluDerm™ is ideally combined with TriPollar® RF macro-volumetric tissue heating through Legend M2™ combination therapy. The two technologies target different skin layers individually and synergistically in a single treatment.