INTRAcel Skin Resurfacing Washington DC
The latest in resurfacing without a laser is being offered now at SomenekMD-Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery. The INTRAcel Fractional Radiofrequency (RF) Micro- Needling device was invented to offer a solution for a variety of cosmetic indications that include the improvement of acne scarring, wrinkles, skin texture and aging concerns, as well as the tightening of the neck and jowls. The system is comprised of a Fractional RF Microneedle™ (FRM) array that assists in skin rejuvenation and also treats acne, provides a non-surgical face lift, reduces large pores and acne scarring through a variable radiofrequency power treatment and different skin depths.
INTRAcel uses technology known as fractional radiofrequency or RF micro-needling. The device makes use of specially designed micro-needles that are insulated except for 0.3 mm at the end of the tips where it emits the RF energy. The insulation means that surrounding skin in not damaged by RF energy, up the length of the needle, and the energy is delivered and targeted only at the tip, thus protecting the epidermal layers of the skin. The needles are thin – thinner than a normal 32 Gauge needle that is popularly used with cosmetic injectables. They are arranged in an array of 49.
How does it work?
INTRAcel uses fractional micro-needles to deliver radiofrequency heat energy into the middle layer of your skin known as the dermis. The energy that is produced causes controlled damage in the area of application, eventually triggering a repair response from the body. The proteins that make your skin firm and strong, (collagen and elastin), are stimulated to produce more to rebuild and renew the area. With INTRAcel, it means you can achieve thicker, firmer, tighter and rejuvenated skin.
Treatment takes around 30 – 60 minutes.
A topical anesthetic will be applied first for added comfort during treatment.
What does the treatment entail?
Firstly, the hand-piece is placed over your skin. Secondly, the micro-needles project from the hand-piece and penetrate into the top layer of your skin. Radiofrequency is then transmitted through the insulated needles. The needles withdraw from your skin after the emission of radiofrequency and the handpiece is moved along to repeat the process, (see the illustration). You will feel a prickling sensation as well as a feeling of heat during treatment. Dr. Somenek typically recommends a series of 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart to achieve optimal results
What is it used to treat?
The INTRAcel RF micro-needling device can be used to rejuvenate your skin in almost all areas of your body including:
1. Face and neck
- Loose jowls including an undefined jawline
- Sagging skin under one’s chin
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and forehead
- Acne Scarring as well as active acne on the face
- Open pores
- Skin Texture
- Stretch marks
- Excess skin found on the upper part of the eyelid
- Wrinkles around the eyes
Are the results permanent?
Although the results will vary according to your skin type and the area of application, results last up to 2 years for most people, according to the manufacturers. Skin aging will of course still continue in all individuals with other factors such as environmental and genetics playing a role.
Side effects & risks
INTRAcel is considered safe as long as you are healthy. Anesthetic cream is used to minimize any discomfort, and sometimes cooling systems are also available if you are particularly sensitive. The treatment levels of the device can also be adjusted to suit comfort during treatment. Generally, treatment is considered to be tolerable.
Immediately after treatment there will be pinpoint bleeding which will go away quickly. You will feel like you have a mild sunburn for a few hours and the skin will stay red for up to a day. During this time the skin is starting to heal. There may be swelling, particularly if you are treated in and around the eye area; this may take up to 3 days to disappear. Small bruises are also possible. Your skin will feel dry and flaky for a few days as the area heals. Improvement in skin tone and texture will happen after about 2 weeks.
You will be advised to wear an SPF 30+ sunscreen product after treatment, as well as to use any serums and moisturizers that Dr. Somenek recommends to aid comfort, assist healing, protect your skin and avoid complications while it heals. Make-up should be avoided for at least 24 hours after treatment.