Requests for nonsurgical skin tightening treatment of the face and neck is more popular today than ever. Most common areas of face and neck consulted for non-surgical skin tightening treatment in most cosmetic practices are; skin around the eyes, skin around the mouth, jowl and pre-jowls, and skin under the chin. Dr. Malik attends Cosmetic Dermatology and Antiaging Medicine conferences, seminars, webinars and meetings to familiarize herself with the latest advancements in non-surgical cosmetic medicine and is constantly searching for treatment options that can effectively help her patients achieve their goals without the downtime and pain associated with some of the treatments for a long time.
Unfortunately there are many widely advertised aesthetic procedures that promise big results but fail to deliver their promise. The Microneedle Fractional RF treatment seems promising because this procedure takes a well known treatment modality, the radiofrequency treatment, and considerably improves its delivery method. Radiofrequency has been around in medical use for years and it was FDA approved for skin tightening in 2012 as Thermage. Dr. Malik did not introduce Thermage to her practice because of the reviews of this treatment and unimpressive results. The mechanism of action of radiofrequency is well known in medicine. Radiofrequency waves, by their action on the collagen fibers can tighten skin in two ways: immediate tightening of the skin by contraction of the collagen fibers and delayed tightening of the skin by stimulating new collagen synthesis.
The reason for less than expected results with the older RF treatments was not due to a problem with the radiofrequency energy, instead it was due to poor delivery of the radio frequency energy through intact skin into the dermis which is where all the action is needed. The delivery of radiofrequency with microneedles solves this problem and delivers the RF energy exactly where it needs to be delivered; in the dermis. What’s better is that some of the systems allow have specialized needles which make the treatment a breeze; use of gold plated and insulated needles minimize injury to the skin surface which results in practically no downtime. In fact one the most common questions we have from our Microneedle RF patients is that “did you do my treatment strong enough?” they notice such minimal redness and swelling after the treatment that they wonder if they will see any results at all!
Of course, as with introduction of any new treatments, Dr. Malik had the same concern when she first introduced the Microneedle Fractional RF treatments in her Southlake and Dallas skincare clinics (some of the brand names are Infini and Intracel).
At the time of this article, it had been over eight months after treating her first patient and the results are better than expected. There are quite a few success stories to tell and the patients have been very pleased with the treatments as well!
Dr. Malik chose the Microneedle Fractional RF systems in her Dallas and Southlake offices based on several factors:
- Flexibility of Fractional RF energy: monoploar vs bipolar
- Precision of the microneedle depth
- Availability of gold plated, insulated microneedles to minimize skin surface damage and downtime
- Availability of wide range of fluence (power) and time of contact for RF energy which makes a difference in end results
- Availability of invasive (microneedle) and non-invasive (without microneedles) modes
- Ease of use for the operator
All of the above determine the effectiveness of the treatments, consistency of results and ability to treat different areas of the face, neck and body.
The patient photographed above is a wonderful young lady who was looking to improve the area around her mouth, lines above her upper lip and the texture of the skin on her pre-jowl and chin area. She had done other treatments including a resurfacing skin laser elsewhere which did improve the skin texture to some extent but did not meet her goals and left her skin more red than before. She opted for three microneedle RF treatments for the area around her mouth only. These treatments were done three weeks apart and her last treatment was approximately three months before the “after” photo. She was very pleased with the results of her microneedle fractional RF treatments and decided to do a maintenance program with treatments every few months.
Stay tuned for more success stories and patient photos with permission of our patients. Please call 888-210-9693 for any questions or to schedule this treatment in the Dallas or Southlake office