Secret RF combines the latest RF technology with minimally invasive skin needling in an advanced new treatment for skin lifting, tightening and brightening.

Secret Micro-Needle Fractional RF System is a new technology for skin rejuvenation by applying highly controlled fractional radiofrequency (RF) energy directly to precise depths in the dermis with minimally invasive micro-needles. The Secret RF triggers the production of new collagen from the dermis, enabling practitioners to perform treatment without causing additional damage to the skin.

Fractional dermal heating while sparing the epidermis delivers deeper dermal penetration and more homogenous tissue heating for superior dermal remodelling, as well as much higher safety in darker skin types.

The depth of penetration of the micro-needles ranges from 0.5mm to 3.5mm, which allows practitioners to apply a wide range of treatments. In addition, the adjustable intensity of RF energy enables treatment to different areas of the body.

Secret RF, distributed by Cryomed, can be used for wrinkles, skin laxity, pore tightening, scars and stretch mark treatments. Histological evidence shows the production of new collagen through the wound-healing process just two weeks after the initial treatment.

The RF energy is precisely delivered through the targeted tip of the microneedles into the dermis, leading to far less trauma to the surrounding epidermis and greatly reducing the chance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Indeed, Secret RF has had outstanding success for all skin types with very low risk of side effects – a key difference compared with optical-based treatments such as IPL and laser.

Advanced anti-ageing

“The need for the maintenance of natural, firm and tight skin has always been a goal for patients,” says Berlin-based dermatologist Dr Juri Kirsten. “Furthermore, treatments should not cause side effects and involve pain. Many patients often are unable to afford to take days away from work or personal circumstances, which makes it difficult for them to seek surgical treatment. To cope with such difficulties, Ilooda [the maker of the Secret RF] has succeeded in developing an appropriate alternative to surgery.”

Treatment deep in the dermis—without leaving any damage to the skin— to stimulate and activate new collagen and fibroblasts now becomes possible with the Secret RF. It allows practitioners to not only apply micro-needle fractional RF but also deliver mono-polar RF treatment for the maintenance of firm and supple skin.

The precisely arranged micro-needles (25/10 per head) emit RF energy in finite areas without overlap, so that the coagulated thermal zones are uniform within the treatment area. High energy can therefore be applied to the target tissue without any risk of energy interference caused by overlapping of RF energy in the close distance.

How Secret RF works

The needles are designed to be punched into the skin and pulled out immediately at a rate of 1:1000 seconds.

“RF stimulation is made for an interval of a few thousandths of a second to prevent thermal damage after they are administered to the affected area,” explains Dr Kirsten. “The needles are kept in a cold state while in the skin and are adjustable within a range of 0.5-3.5mm, which allows the practitioner to perform treatment depending on a variety of skin conditions.”

In wound healing, transforming growth factor beta-3 (TGF-β3), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and fibroblast growth factor 7 (FGF7) activate the fibroblasts and secrete tropoelastin, as well as stimulate heat shock proteins (hsp) 27 and 72. They control proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis processes in the cell stressed by heat.

“The coagulation in the dermis caused by heat stimulates the secretion of new collagenases, which will, in turn, activate collagen and fibroblasts for a long period of time,” says Dr Kirsten.

Total treatment time, including topical numbing cream preparation, takes around one hour.

The face may become reddish after treatment, but any erythema will usually disappear within a few hours. Downtime is significantly reduced as the deeper layers of the skin are targeted while sparing injury to the epidermis. The typical interval between sessions is once every 3-4 weeks. Most patients see excellent results following 2-4 treatments.

Make the Secret RF your not-so-secret weapon to address photoageing, acne scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity, and overall skin rejuvenation, with excellent patient satisfaction in terms of ease of treatment and efficacy of results. AMP

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