Secret™ RF Microneedling Offers Smoother Skin for People With Severe Acne Scars

By Christopher Hankins, MD

Surgical scars, stretch marks and severe acne scarring are unsightly and embarrassing for many people. These facial concerns are challenging to treat with topical ointments and cosmetic treatments, but Secret™ RF (microneedling with radiofrequency energy) offers hope and smoother skin for people with scarring, aging skin and large pores. Secret™ RF combines the rejuvenating benefits of radiofrequency (RF) energy and microneedling for powerful results, especially for people with severe acne scars.

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Premier Plastic Surgery in Pearland and Houston, Texas, offers Secret™ RF for surgical scars, lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Our medical spa provides non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments for common aesthetic problems, and our plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Hankins, has a special interest in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine.

How Secret™ RF Improves Microneedling Treatments

Radiofrequency microneedling with Secret™ RF is different from traditional microneedling with a handheld pen. The conventional method relies on the operator’s hand motion and position to form a series of punctures in the skin tissues. However, this application doesn’t provide precise and repeatable results because it relies on a steady hand to penetrate the deeper skin tissues.

Secret™ RF uses a treatment head with 24 or 64 tines (needle points) that penetrate the skin and trigger your body’s natural wound-healing response. The machine regulates the penetration depth of the tines to 1/10 of a millimeter, a level of precision just not possible with a handheld microneedling pen.

Radiofrequency energy with Secret™ RF improves microneedling results. The tines of the device emit RF energy into the deep skin tissues as they puncture the skin, triggering inflammation and collagen remodeling. Scars and other skin imperfections are remarkably improved for most patients after Secret™ RF treatments.

What to Expect During Secret™ RF Treatments

Our medical staff and plastic surgeon at Premier Plastic Surgery have found Secret™ RF most effective for severe acne scarring, including icepick scars, which are often the most challenging type of scar to treat. Secret™ RF treatments take less than 30 minutes and begin with a topical anesthetic to the treatment area to minimize discomfort.

The Secret™ RF handpiece creates micro-injuries in the skin and delivers RF energy into the tiny wounds and surrounding tissues. Patients report feeling a warming sensation during treatments. A restorative ointment is applied afterward, and patients may return to work and other activities immediately. However, makeup should be avoided until the next day, and minor swelling and redness are expected for the first day after treatment.

Secret™ RF treatments are recommended in a series of three or four sessions performed one month apart. Results start to settle in about a month after the first treatment, but the best outcomes are seen three months after the final treatment. Premier Plastic Surgery recommends annual Secret™ RF treatment sessions to maintain results.

If you struggle with severe acne scars or other facial concerns, contact our medical spa in Houston or Pearland, Texas. Schedule your initial consultation at Premier Plastic Surgery by calling (713) 370-4433 or filling out our online contact form.

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