Dr. Brooke R. Seckel
SecretRF™ Radiofrequency Microneedling is an exciting new non-surgical method for skin rejuvenation including wrinkle removal, skin firming, pigment removal and acne scar improvement.
All non-surgical skin rejuvenation methods rely on stimulating the formation of new skin collagen to firm, plump, and tighten the skin and remove wrinkles. Examples are lasers, IPL Photofacial, Surface Radiofrequency devices and other types of heat producing energy machines. These devices are designed to heat the deep skin collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen to rejuvenate the skin. Only deep new skin collagen produces effective skin rejuvenation.
To get heat energy deep enough to stimulate new collagen with lasers and other skin surface devices the skin surface must be cooled so the heat can get deep into the skin without burning the skin surface. Cooling the skin and the risk of burning the skin limits the effectiveness of laser, IPL, surface RF(Radiofrequency) and other devices applied to the surface of the skin.
SecretRF uses minimally invasive gold-plated microneedles to deliver RF energy directly into the deeper layers of the skin dermis avoiding injury or burn to the skin surface. This produces a controlled thermal injury to deep dermal tissue causing new collagen production which plumps and tightens the skin more effectively than surface treatments. Unlike lasers and RF applied to the skin surface, there is less risk of burning the surface of the skin which results in a safer treatment with less down time. The clinician can control the depth that the needles penetrate (from 0.5mm to 3.5mm) and the amount of the energy, thus, treatments can be customized for the individual patient and treatment goals.
There is a big difference in the way that RF energy is delivered into the dermis between traditional RF and SecretRF microneedling.
Traditional RF therapy transmits RF energy through a handpiece sitting on the skin surface. This method delivers RF at a lower energy level (to avoid a burn) producing less collagen stimulation and the risk of thermal injury to the skin.
SecretRF microneedling uses the microneedles to deliver the RF energy directly into the deep dermis where maximum stimulation of new collagen can be produced for effective skin rejuvenation without burning the skin surface.
Collagen production and remodeling takes time. The beneficial effects of SecretRF microneedling can be seen after 4-6 weeks and continue to develop for up to 4 months after each treatment.
At least 3 treatments are recommended, each spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Most patients will see significant improvement after 4-6 treatments. The more treatments you have the more improvement you will see.