Radiofrequency Microneedling/ Fractora
What is Fractora Radiofrequency Microneedling?
It has been known for a number of years that radiofrequency when passed though the dermis can tighten the skin. Examples of early radiofrequency systems included Thermage, Titan and Pelleve. One advantage of the earlier radiofrequency methods is that they did not break the skin and there is therefore no change in the appearance of the surface of the skin and no recovery time. However the results of these earlier radiofrequency devices could be variable and disappointing.
The difference with radiofrequency microneedling is that tiny pinpoint needles are inserted into the skin and then the radiofrequency moves between the tiny needles below the skin surface, which means that the tightening heat is delivered deeper under the skin than with the earlier radiofrequency methods. The advantage of inserting the needles is that it enables the radiofrequency to be delivered deeper under the skin so the tightening can occur in deep layers of the skin not just the top layers. The tiny localised needles are inserted in a “fractionated” way which scatters the heat evenly and allows the skin to heal with minimum downtime.
What system is used at Dermatology Consulting?
At Dermatology Consulting, having tested a few different systems, we chose Fractora Radiofrequency because the needles are very tiny and the powerful radiofrequency can leads to tightening under the skin.
What are the benefits of Fractora Radiofrequency?
The radiofrequency under the skin tightens all layers of the dermis and improves fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used on all parts of the body for tightening and improving wrinkles and is particularly good for tightening the skin of the neck.
It is also effective in treating scars, particularly acne scars.
The radiofrequency is also good for shrinking oil glands and can be beneficial in treating overactive sebaceous glands in oily and acne-prone skin.
How is the Fractora Microneedling Performed?
Numbing cream is applied to the skin for 30-60 minutes before the treatment. Then a sterile disposable tip is pressed against the skin so that the tiny needles enter the skin. The radiofrequency is then applied which passes through the needles once they are in the skin.
What does the skin look like afterwards?
Afterwards the skin looks pink and there are tiny pin-point marks from the needle entry points. The pin point marks take 5-7 days to fade. Anti-septic or anti-bacterial creams can be applied to the area 2-4 times per day for a couple of days.
Can it be used on all skin types?
As it is not a laser and does not heat the surface of the skin it can be used on all skin types including very dark skin colours.