Introducing the latest development in radiofrequency microneedling
Radiofrequency microneedling is increasingly gaining momentum in aesthetic medicine. A recent 2020 review paper by two board-certified dermatologists concluded that they believe practitioners should consider adding this technology into their treatment offering for a variety of indications such as acne scars, hyperhidrosis, cellulite, rosacea, skin laxity, striae and skin rejuvenation.1
Representing the continued popularity and advancements, the Potenza device is the world’s first radiofrequency microneedling (RFM) system that combines monopolar and bipolar RF at 1 or 2MHz frequencies in a single device, taking the technology to a new level. With four RF modes, nine different needle configurations and customisable energy settings you can fine tune treatments based on your patients’ specific needs – all skin types, almost anywhere on the body, any time of year. The device’s four modes offer more customised treatments for patients and allows practitioners to deliver both shallow and deep treatments on a single system. The device’s monopolar RF mode delivers energy across a large area of tissue for deep heating and skin tightening through soft tissue coagulation. The bipolar RF mode offers more concentrated delivery of energy to treat superficial tissue and provide ideal skin revitalisation results.
Mr Benji Dhillon, cosmetic surgeon and co-founder of Define Clinic, explains, “An example of the device’s versatility includes being able to change the intensity and distribution of energy we can use to tighten skin and modify the depth for different treatment areas. In my experience, the best area for treatment is the neck and jawline, where it can make substantial improvements to loose skin in this area. However, it can also improve acne scarring and spots, dull facial skin or skin around the eyes, or on the body such as above the knees and stomach. With Potenza, we now have a device which can also target stubborn acne cystic spots to reduce the risk of them scarring the skin.”
Mr Dhillon explains that like lasers, RFM is a minimally-invasive procedure, meaning there is no serious pain or downtime for your patients. He notes, “Minor bleeding is expected during the treatment and the patient will experience a sunburn sensation with some moderate swelling and tingling. However, this typically resolves in 24-48 hours.” Patients can then resume their everyday activities.
The Potenza device is now offering a brand-new tip designed to enhance topical penetration by 67%.2 The Fusion Tip operates in monopolar at 1MHz for deep and wide RF delivery and enhanced tissue engagement and topical penetration, with 21 insulated needle arrays and an adjustable depth of 0.5-2.5mm. When the Fusion Tip is used, air is trapped through enhanced tissue engagement and the needles create channels to deliver RF energy to the skin. Air is then released towards the skin, driving topicals deeper into the dermis.
While three to five treatments at roughly four to six weeks apart are recommended, patients may notice improvements in their skin after the first or second treatment and will continue to see improvements six to 12 months post-treatment.
Mr Dhillon notes that Potenza treatments can be performed on all skin types, in the majority of places on the body and any time of year. Unlike a lot of other RF microneedling devices currently on the market, with Potenza you are able to adjust a number of settings to customise the treatments to different faces or different body parts. “The beauty of RF microneedling is that it is ‘colour blind’ meaning it is suitable for all skin colours and tones – it’s a true innovation,” he adds.