The Secret Micro-Needling Fractional RF system is a unique technology that is ideal for facial rejuvenation, improving scars and plumping and tightening loose skin by applying precisely controlled radio frequency energy directly into various depths of skin with minimally invasive microneedles.
Secret is a very safe treatment that, unlike lasers and IPL, can be performed on all skin types, on the face and the body. Because of its safety profile, the incidence of side effects and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is very uncommon.
On the face, Secret RF is beneficial for:
- non-surgical face lifting
- wrinkle reduction
- skin tightening
- skin rejuvenation
- pore reduction
- acne scars
- other scars
On the body, Secret RF is beneficial for:
How does Secret RF work?
The combination of radio frequency and percutaneous needling induces collagen production and tightens elastin fibres.
What happens during a treatment?
To minimise discomfort, local anaesthetic numbing cream is applied for 30-60 minutes prior to the treatment. At the same time, Panadeine, or other oral pain relieving tablets, can be taken.
During the treatment, the tip of the Secret moves over the treatment area while the micro-needles penetrate the skin and deliver the radio frequency directly into the target areas. The depth of delivery can be adjusted from 0.5 to 3.5mm depending on the condition of the skin and the indication for the procedure.
How long does a single treatment take?
The topical anaesthetic cream requires 30 to 60 minutes to take effect prior to treatment. The actual treatment takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes, including aftercare.
Is the treatment painful?
As with any procedure, there is individual variation as to the level of discomfort experienced. This is also affected by the depth of the micro-needling selected.
However, with topical local anaesthetic numbing cream and mild oral pain killers (Panadeine), the treatment is very well tolerated.
How long does it take to recover after treatment?
- Redness and swelling of the treated areas may be experienced for several hours.
- In most cases normal activity can be resumed on the day of the procedure or the following day.
- Uncommonly, there may be mild swelling and redness for up to 3 days.
- It is not uncommon to have a fine brown crusting in a grid-like pattern on the treated areas for up to around 8 days but this covers very well with makeup and does not usually affect social activities.
- It is important to avoid picking or rubbing the crusting to avoid damaging the skin.
What is the recommended treatment interval, and total number of sessions required?
The typical interval between sessions is 3 to 4 weeks. Because the Secret is ‘fractional technology’, the areas treated by the needling and radio frequency are surrounded by intact normal skin. This ensures minimal downtime and rapid recovery and healing. Because of this, and the fact that collagen stimulation is a gradual process, maximum benefit is seen following 4 to 5 treatments, with results from each treatment taking 4 to 6 weeks to begin to be seen.
Are there any precautions after treatment?
After the treatment, an ENRICH nurse will spend time with you going over the post-skin care regime. Avoid cleansing until after the skin redness and irritation has resolved. Then, cleanse skin with cool water, and dab or pat lightly with a towel. Avoid hot water. A sun block should be applied every day and sun exposure should be limited during the treatment course.
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