Potenza™ RF Microneedling from Cynosure

The Potenza™ RF microneedling system adds the element of radio frequency energy to the traditional microneedling procedure. The RF energy is delivered via small needles. In addition to the benefits seen with the micro-injury provided by the microneedles, RF microneedling also delivers RF energy deep into the dermis, further enhancing skin tightening through soft-tissue coagulation. The RF energy heats the underlying layers, causing constriction and tightening of the skin through soft tissue coagulation, as well as causing the stimulation of collagen and elastin production. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply, it can produce faster, more dramatic results.

What is Radio Frequency Therapy and How it Works?

RF therapy uses low energy radiation to heat the deep layer of your skin called the dermis.

  1. Heat is applied to the epidermis creating an Inflammatory Phase (1-3 days)
    a. Early contraction of blood vessels (5-10 minutes)
    b. Vasodilation in order to increase blood supply (multiple hours to 1-3 days)
    c. Cells (macrophages, neutrophils, etc) infiltrate the damaged area to remove dead/damaged tissue and destroy bacteria.
  2. Proliferative Phase – 3 weeks
    Ongoing Process to repair tissue
    a. Day 2-3 – Fibroblast activity is induced in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts multiply,
    send mediators to stimulate repair, combining with damaged tissue
    b. Day 5-7 – Fibroblasts begin synthesis of collagen. (Day 7-21)
    c. Day 7-21 – Old collagen is removed by collagenase
  3. Maturation Phase – 3 weeks to 6 months and beyond
    a. New collagen is generated
    b. Elastin becomes more uniform and the quality is improved

FAQ about Microneedling Treatment

What Types of Conditions Does Micro Needling Treat?

Micro Needling yields amazing results when treating those with mild to moderate skin laxity and/or acne scarring. Those with dark spots and sun damage respond very well to Micro Needling. Every skin type can benefit from the Micro Needling treatment, however those who have a history of Keloid issues should refrain. Micro Needling is perfect for those want great results, but do not wish to experience the downtime which is frequently associated with deeper laser resurfacing treatments\

What Types of Conditions That Cannot be treated by Micro Needling?

Though most people can be treated very successfully with Micro Needling, there are those who have pre-existing conditions which keep them from being candidates for this service. The following issues are contraindicated for the Micro Needling Procedure: Hemophilia Skin diseases Eczema Allergies Autoimmune diseases History of cold sores History of any Cancer Tendency to keloid.

Is Micro Needling Painful?

Typically, micro needling is a little uncomfortable with depths needed for scar revision, but this is managed easily with a topical numbing gel placed on the skin prior to treatment. Lighter treatments are compared to brushing sandpaper across the skin.

How Does Micro Needling Improve Skin?

Because micro needling is not a particularly aggressive treatment, you’ll require several treatments over a 3 to 6 month period. Treatment results are cumulative, so you will need to commit to more than one treatment to get obvious results.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of a single microneedling treatment session performed by a dermatologist or aesthetician, using a device like the Potenza from Cynosure, can range from $350 to $600. Find out all the factors that affect the price you’ll pay.

Does insurance pay for microneedling?

Insurance typically doesn’t cover microneedling because it’s an elective cosmetic procedure.

Can you finance a microneedling procedure?

Many providers offer payment plans, and financing can make paying for your procedure more manageable. During your initial consultation, ask your provider for a detailed cost estimate and find out which financing options they accept.

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