Benefits of RF Microneedling for Acne Treatment

At our acne treatment Toronto clinic, the Potenza RF Microneedling device can effectively kill acne-causing bacteria and build collagen and elastin to diminish the look of acne scars.

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What causes acne?


Hormones primarily cause acne when hormonal levels are out of whack, such as during puberty, pregnancy, and premenstrual syndrome.  Other causes of acne include sun exposure (UV radiation), stress, and pollution.  

At our Acne Treatment Toronto Clinic, we treat all types of acne using laser and radiofrequency devices to effectively kill active acne bacteria and remodel the skin texture to diminish the look of acne scars.

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What are the Benefits of going to your Acne Treatment Toronto Clinic?

Is RF Microneedling an Effective Acne Treatment?

RF Microneedling is an effective treatment for active acne and acne scars as it encourages the formation of new skin cells through a higher creation of collagen and elastin. 

Additionally, Potenza treatments can prevent acne from occurring by lowering sebum production, which is the main contributor to oily skin. Consequently, this reduction in sebum production can lead to a decrease in whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne.

A clinical trial was conducted with 25 individuals who all suffer from moderate to severe facial acne. The purpose of the trial was to investigate the efficacy of treating acne through the use of RF or radiofrequency microneedling. The results of the study demonstrate that RF microneedling is a successful treatment for acne vulgaris. 

Through objective measurements, the safety and efficacy of the treatment were gauged, and it was concluded that fractional RF microneedling is safe and effective in treating acne vulgaris, with the mean percentage of inflammatory acne lesions decreasing by 47.18%, 65.13% and 84.91% after the first, second and third treatments, respectively.

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Microneedling acne scars before and after

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Clinical Indications and Efficacy of RF Microneedling on Acne

Over the years, the cosmetic industry has seen an increase in the use of energy-based technologies to improve the look of the skin. CO2 is an effective laser for skin rejuvenation. However, it comes with an extended downtime and a high risk of complications.  

Fractionated laser resurfacing improved with faster recovery time, but it could not provide the same skin rejuvenation results as fully ablative lasers.

Radiofrequency started appearing for skin rejuvenation. This technology is not a laser. Instead of light energy, it uses RF energy to transform into thermal energy by tissue resistance within the layers of the skin.  

The main advantage of RF energy is the ability to treat all skin types because it doesn’t use light to stimulate melanin directly.  There have been monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency devices.  Cynosure’s Potenza is the world’s first RF device to have both monopolar and bipolar RF in one device.

RF Microneedling uses tiny needles in combination with radiofrequency energy to treat your active acne and acne scars.  Microneedling penetrates the upper skin layer, releasing the radiofrequency energy at the exact depth. 

With just microneedling alone, no thermal damage is delivered to the mid and deep dermis, which is needed for significant skin tightening

With the combination of microneedling, RF energy, plus monopolar and bipolar frequencies, you now have the ideal device to effectively treat skin tightening, facelifting, stretch marks, active acne, and acne scars.

Our acne treatment Toronto clinic uses the Gold Standard of RF microneedling, the Cynosure Potenza.    

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Bipolar treatment – the RF energy comes from one needle and is returned to another on the same tip. Treatment is more shallow and focused. This is an excellent treatment for skin texture issues like acne scars, open pores, and stretch marks.

Monopolar treatment – the RF energy comes from a handpiece and goes deeper into the tissue before going into the return pad and back into the machine. This is an excellent treatment to target deeper issues like retaining ligaments and deeper fat. It can also have a tremendous facelifting effect.

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Fractional Lasers vs RF Microneedling

Fractional lasers and RF microneedling are both used to treat acne scars. Before the use of RF microneedling, lasers were the leading technology used for treating acne scars. However, with the newer technologies today, RF microneedling has advantages over lasers.  

One limitation of using a laser for acne scarring is the risk of hyperpigmentation, especially in darker Fitzpatrick skin types.  RF microneedling does not target melanin-like lasers; thus, the risk of hyperpigmentation is significantly reduced even for darker skin.  The RF microneedling needles and RF energy can be placed in the exact depths of the skin layers for better efficacy.   

Both devices can stimulate collagen production to improve the skin’s appearance. RF microneedling can also increase elastin density which improves skin tightening.   Whereas ablative lasers were performed mainly on the face, RF microneedling can be done on the front and other body parts.  This is because RF microneedling can adjust needle depth and energy levels.  

This includes the neck for wrinkles and the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, and legs to treat stretch marks and cellulite. These areas are difficult to do with lasers as they have a high risk of scarring in non-facial tissue.  In conclusion, RF microneedling is an established technology that has been proven to effectively treat acne and scarring, fine lines and wrinkles without the risks associated with the laser.

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Cynosure’s Potenza is a cut above other RF microneedling devices today.

With its design, Tiger Tip™ technology, with the world’s first semi-insulated needles, translates to quicker patient sessions as it can address more tissue per treatment.

Fusion Tip technology uses a dual-air design, capturing and releasing air toward the skin with each pulse. The result is a 67% increase in topical penetration for better results.

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Q & A

How does RF microneedling help with acne treatment?

Radiofrequency microneedling is an effective strategy for treating acne by sending radiofrequency energy to the deeper layers of the skin, encouraging collagen growth and improving the skin’s texture. Additionally, this treatment helps to reduce the swelling and bacteria associated with acne, leading to a clearer and smoother complexion.

Is RF microneedling a safe treatment for acne?

RF microneedling is a secure treatment for acne that is not invasive. It takes advantage of small needles that penetrate the skin to promote collagen production while leaving the surface of the skin untouched.

How long does it take to see results from RF microneedling for acne treatment?

Patients with acne can expect to observe positive changes within a few weeks of RF microneedling treatment, with further improvement over time. Depending on the severity of the acne, a variable number of treatments may be needed, though most customers will perceive considerable improvement after 3-5 sessions.

Are there any side effects to RF microneedling for acne treatment?

RF microneedling is usually looked at as a safe and appropriate procedure for acne treatment, though some people may experience minor side effects like redness, puffiness, and mild discomfort that should go away in a few days.

Who is a good candidate for RF microneedling for acne treatment?

Those with mild to moderate acne who desire improved skin texture and appearance could be suitable candidates for RF microneedling treatment. It is necessary to consult a competent healthcare provider to decide if RF microneedling is the best approach for addressing your acne issues.

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