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ABSTRACT Full title Clinical applications of the INTRAcel device combining bipolar and monopolar fractional radiofrequency microneedling and superficial radiofrequency resurfacing


Recent trends in aesthetic treatments are for a natural and healthy look, less invasive procedures, combined treatments, repetitive treatments, and regular care. The optimal aesthetic treatment should be effective, safe, suitable for different areas of the body, easy to perform, and with minimal recovery time. As ageing is a continuous process, the treatment should also be suitable for repetitive treatments, while reinforcing the natural and healthy look of the skin. Much is being discussed with regard to—if one starts early enough—whether it would be possible to postpone major surgical procedures. However, despite surgery, one still has to treat and maintain the quality of the skin. This article discusses the possibilities of using the INTRAcel platform in skin rejuvenation, acne, enlarged pores, acne scars, scars, and stretch marks.


wrinkles, photodamage and sagging of the tissues. For a long time, ablative and fractional ablative laser


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treatments have been widely used for skin resurfacing and tightening. The well-known side-effects of these procedures are pain, prolonged downtime, erythema, permanent scarring, and pigmentation disorders. In rejuvenation, ablative laser treatments have a limited suitability for regular maintenance procedures and have a minor lifting effect. Therefore, there remains a need for a comprehensive approach to rejuvenation and safer, more effective aesthetic treatments.


Microneedling Microneedling (sometimes called collagen induction therapy) is often used for rejuvenation and the treatment of scars. This treatment method uses a stamp or a roller, pressing 0.5–2 mm needles into the skin. The small wounds are closed immediately, but the mechanical injury initiates the wound healing process and stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts and production of collagen and elastin1


. The formation of new


capillaries improves the blood supply to the skin. Microneedling is also used to increase the transdermal delivery of active skincare substances2


.


NE OF THE MAIN GOALS OF aesthetic treatments is to alleviate and slow down the appearance of the signs of ageing. Skin ageing begins with a little looseness of the skin and fine lines, and continues with flaccidity,


MARGE UIBU, MD, is Dermatologist, Clinic of Aesthetic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Ihoakatemia, Helsinki, Finland


email: marge.uibu@ihoakatemia.fi


The advantage of


Radiofrequency Radiofrequency (RF) energy generates heat depending on the resistance of the specific tissue. RF has been used to provide a controlled and moderate level of tissue heating in different areas of medicine for many years. RF is widely used in surgery, oncology, cardiology and other fields of medicine, and for many different indications. The advantage of RF is the relatively low-level heat


radiofrequency is the relatively low-level heat developed by the devices, which diminishes the tissue burns and allows for a safer treatment profile.


KEYWORDS fractional radiofrequency, microneedling, skin rejuvenation, acne scars


prime-journal.com | November/December 2012 ❚ 51


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