No one likes to look in the mirror and see the early signs of aging. Fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, crepey, dull looking skin can make you look and feel less than your best. At Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we can’t stop the clock, but we can help your skin look younger than your years. One of the fastest and easiest methods for “turning back the clock” is Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system. This revolutionary non-surgical facial resurfacing treatment can improve skin tone and texture, address fine lines and acne scars, and even reduce the size of your pores.
Best of all, you can do all of this in as little as 30 minutes with little to no downtime. This makes it an ideal treatment for men and women who are on-the-go.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kouros Azar, is adamant about making his patients’ lives as easy as possible. These non-surgical modalities are perfect for the busy men and women of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Malibu, Agoura Hills, and Camarillo.
To find out more about Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling with Dr. Kouros Azar at Azar Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Thousand Oaks, contact us today to schedule a consultation (805) 373-7073.
- 1 What is Secret RF Micro-Needling?
- 2 Before & After Photos
- 3 Consult with Your Skin Care Experts
- 4 RF Micro-Needling Procedure
- 5 Benefits of Cutera’s Secret RF
- 6 Cost of Microneedling
- 7 FAQs
What is Secret RF Micro-Needling?
Touted in all of the health and beauty magazines, micro-needling is one of the latest “darlings” when it comes to improving skin tone and texture.
Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system is a revolutionary new technology that combines the revitalizing effects of micro-needling with the collagen-restoring power of radiofrequency (RF) energy. It works by inflicting a series of tiny pinpricks in the treatment area. RF energy, on the other hand, gently heats the deeper layers of the dermis in the treatment area.
Combining these two modalities in one simple procedure delivers anti-aging on steroids as it addresses both the deeper layers and surface layers of the skin. RF micro-needling allows him to effectively address the early signs of aging without the need for any kind of intensive recovery.
With every aesthetic procedure, it is vital that you be assessed in person.
The body responds to the “injuries” caused by the micro-needles and the RF by producing more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Since these are two of the cornerstones of youthful looking skin, the end result is a naturally younger looking you.
Before & After Photos
Consult with Your Skin Care Experts
Every patient is unique. What worked for your friend, sister or someone in a magazine may not be right for you. This is why it is so important to schedule an in-person consultation. It allows Dr. Azar and his medical staff to listen closely to what is bothering you about your face. They will ask you about any prior surgeries or treatments as well as your skincare regime. You will discuss in detail what it is you hope to achieve. Then, they will perform a physical examination to assess your skin’s:
Together, you will come up with the best treatment plan for achieving both your immediate and long term goals.
Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling is Customizable
One of the advantages of Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system versus other RF and/or micro-needling procedures is that it is completely customizable. With every procedure, we have the ability to:
- adjust needle depth
- choose needle type
- select how many needles on the handpiece
- control the depth of RF energy
This means that you can treat multiple issues in a single procedure.Treat aging issues such as:
- fine lines
- enlarged pores and skin texture
- acne scars or other scars
This flexibility allows Dr. Azar and team to literally tailor the procedure to each individual patient’s needs. Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system is one stop shopping. This is a great treatment alternative to laser resurfacing, which is also highly effective, but has more downtime involved.
RF Micro-Needling Procedure
The procedure itself is quite simple. It’s performed as an outpatient procedure in the office. There is no anesthesia although the staff will apply a numbing cream to the skin in the treatment area. This helps to decrease any discomfort.
The procedure only takes about 30 minutes, and patients describe it as a little uncomfortable rather than painful.
There are 24 needles in the handpiece which is applied over the skin in the treatment area. The RF energy travels through the needles so that it is able to target the deeper layers of the dermis. The depth of insertion of the micro-needles can be adjusted, ranging in from 0.5 to 3.5mm depending on what we are trying to achieve.
You can expect to be red and swollen after your procedure, but this typically resolves in 24-48 hours.
Bruising is always a possibility any time that the skin is broken although it is rare. There is really no downtime after your procedure so you can immediately return to your normal activities including exercise.
Benefits of Cutera’s Secret RF
The benefits of Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system are numerous. Its fast, single session only takes about 30 minutes. It’s performed in the office without any anesthesia or incisions. But best of all, this non-surgical facial resurfacing treatment is effective. It can:
- firm the dermis so the skin looks more taut and smooth
- lift loose skin
- improve acne scars
- treat stretch marks
- shrink pore size
- kick start collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production
It can also treat all skin types. You will see an improvement in your skin tone and texture within about two weeks although it may take a few months to notice the difference in your fine lines.
In general, Dr. Azar recommends 3 sessions performed 3-4 weeks apart for optimum results. Some patients may want to do additional treatments in the future. Possibly once or twice a year depending on desired results and combating the signs of aging. This is the perfect ongoing non-invasive treatment for anti-aging.
Ideal for Treating Peri-Orbital Region
Peri-oral lines can also be improved significantly with this treatment.
Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling procedure is also gentle enough to treat the peri-orbital region around the eyes. Many other procedures such as most peels cannot be done around the eyes for safety reasons. However, with the Secret RF, Dr. Azar can safely roll the micro-needles right up to your eyelashes without risking injury to the eye.
In general, more aggressive treatments like the Smartskin Co2 laser are required to eliminate all wrinkles, but the Secret-RF can make a huge improvement in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Since the eyes are one of the first areas on the face to show the signs of aging, being able to address these fine lines and wrinkles non-surgically is a game changer. In fact, Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling system can almost deliver a non-surgical lower blepharoplasty by tightening the skin in the lower eyelid while also addressing the dreaded crow’s feet.
Combining Cutera’s Secret RF Micro-Needling with Topicals
While the Secret RF procedure can be performed alone, Dr. Azar will often combine it with a topical treatment such as:
- hyaluronic acid gel
- growth serum
- platelet rich plasma (PRP)
- stem cell powders such as MatriStem.
By applying these topicals after the micro-needling, they are able to penetrate deeper into your tissues, acting almost like an injection and helping ramp up their effectiveness.
Cutera’s Secret RF Microneedling system is the newest technology in anti-aging that reproduces collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid with minimal downtime. This non-surgical facial resurfacing treatment subtly firms, lifts, and refines your skin texture and tone; minimizing pores, fine lines, stretch marks and scars.
Cost of Microneedling
You’ll receive a cost breakdown of your treatment at the end of your consultation. Each treatment is recommended based on a thorough in-person assessment from Dr. Azar to ensure the most appropriate treatment is matched to your goals and body.
Microneedling RF treatments combine the revitalizing effects of microneedling and collagen-restoring power of radiofrequency energy. The advanced, compact Secret RF treatment head features adjustable needle depths, customizable need types and dual treatment tips for maximum versatility and profound results.
So, if you are tired of feeling discouraged every time you look at your reflection, schedule an appointment to come in and discuss the Secret RF. It’ll put a smile on your face in no time.
Do the micro-needles hurt?
It’s hard to define pain because every patient has his or her own unique pain thresh hold. Most patients would describe this procedure as being more uncomfortable than painful. However, if you are anxious about discomfort, let us know during the consultation and we can discuss options for dealing with it. We want to do everything in our power to minimize our patients’ discomfort and anxiety.
Is this micro-needling roller the same thing as what I can buy on Amazon?
No. The needles that can be administered by a trained professional such as myself and licensed medical staff are longer than those that can be used at home or in a med-Spa. They are also Teflon coated gold which is much more reliable and rigid for a cleaner entry into the skin. This allows us to achieve stronger, more noticeable results. Especially with a procedure such as this one that combines the micro-needles with the RF energy. It packs a seriously powerful punch.
Are RF energy and laser energy the same thing?
No. Lasers use light to target the surface of the skin. While RF uses electrical energy which can penetrate deeper into the skin. Both can produce benefits. But with RF, especially when combined with the micro-needles, you’re going to see an improvement in skin tone, not just the surface texture. This is why RF is ideal for treating scars such as acne scars and stretch marks and can help tighten minimally loose skin.
Can the Secret RF really deliver a non-surgical blepharoplasty result?
Yes. But as with any aesthetic procedure, patient selection is key. If you have serious sagging skin and/or bags under your eyes, you will probably do best with a surgical blepharoplasty. But if you are just beginning to notice a bit of loose skin in the lower eyelids and/or the skin around the eyes is looking crepey and not as smooth as it used to, then the Secret RF could be an ideal solution. Our best advice would be for you to schedule a consultation to come in and be assessed in person. That’s really the only way to know for certain if this treatment may be right for you.