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RF Micro Needling for Acne Scars2019-04-19T01:17:33-08:00

RF Micro Needling for Acne Scars


Intensif – the acne scarring breakthrough for ethnic skins

Acne Scars are a difficult problem. Patients with ethnic skins face an even more complicated process in the attempt to get rid of acne scars since laser (and most heat-based procedures) carry a high risk of post-treatment pigmentation. Intensif opens up the capabilities of both micro needling and the safer energy of Radio Frequency.

How is Intensif used for acne scarring?

Intensif’s Micro Needling with Radio Frequency boosts scar-smoothing collagen production while delivering RF energy “below” the pigment producing cells. This reduces the risk of pigmentation following treatment while simultaneously helping address the primary problem of acne scars – the indented scars from tissue destruction.

Benefits of Micro Needling

Micro Needling as a treatment, with or without Radio Frequency energy has become very popular with patients and doctors because

  • Know you will get results
  • Experience quick, well-tolerated treatments
  • Dramatically reduce post treatment pigmentation
  • Easily treat sensitive areas

Intensif for Acne Scars Before and After

Photos from EndyMed / Masaki Sato, M.D.

What is the downtime?

We follow a patient-tolerability plan. Acne scars are hard to treat effectively without some level of downtime. If you can allow for some defined downtime, you can elect more aggressive treatment which results in a higher level of improvement. Downtime is something you can discuss with Dr. Pilest.

You may find that you can time off for a single aggressive treatment with several days of downtime followed by lighter treatments that only leave you red for the day. Because the treatment system is individually customizable, you have a lot of control over how you want to progress through the treatment plan.

Combination treatment video: Intensif and Bellafill by Jason Emer, M.D.

Combining Intensif with Bellafill

It’s impossible to return skin to pre-scar smoothness via any currently available treatment. Although disheartening to accept the limitations of science, the Intensif treatment’s induction of new collagen, along with scar-specific filler, increases the visual and tactile improvements you can see with your skin.

Bellafill is a permanent component filler that does not break down. And because it integrates with new and existing collagen fibers, it stays in place and provides continuing correction for years. Learn more about Bellafill for acne scars.

When to treat scars

When you treat acne scars does have a lot to do with how well the procedures will work for you and how quickly your skin will recover. Read this article on When Should I Treat My Acne Scars?

Additional Resources

Micro Needling has some serious respect from doctors all over the country and even celebrities.

If you would like to learn more about RF Micro Needling for Acne Scars, please call our office at 949-727-3800 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.

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