FDA-approved, non-invasive micro-needling and radio frequency (RF) treatment
The Ensoul Intensif Scar Reduction Treatment is a minimally invasive medical aesthetic procedure that uses microneedle fractional radiofrequency (MFRF) to treat acne scars, improve skin texture, reduce pore size and firm the skin via dermal collagen remodelling.
How Does It Work?
The Intensif RF Microneedling treatment is the first FDA cleared non-insulated motorized miconeedle RF technology that uses tiny sterile needles to prick through the top layer of the skin to deliver radiofrequency (RF) energy. This creates micro-zones of coagulation in the papillary and reticular dermis with minimal damage to the epidermis. The micropuncture and RF energy stimulate fibroblasts to produce more new collagen and elastin fibers.
RF energy is delivered to both layers of the skin simultaneously, resulting in epidermal resurfacing and dermal stimulation for deeper remodelling. The RF technology device maintains a dermis temperature of 52°C while the temperature at the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, remains below 40°C. This controlled energy is delivered through a precise hand-piece. The RF energy can be adjusted for different applications and treatment areas.
The delivery of radiofrequency energy to ablate the epidermis immediately around the electrodes of the device, with the simultaneous dermal treatment under the conductive pins produces superior effects when compared to fractional CO2 laser.
The Intensif’s high precision needle depth, adjustable and ranging from 0.5mm to 5mm, provides the most effective treatment strength suitable to the particular treatment area. The perfect solution for treating acne, acne scars, stretchmarks, deep wrinkles and improving skin texture, Intensif treatments provide significant initial visible results, with continual skin improvement, well after the completion of treatments.
Understanding the Types of Acne Scars
There are two main types of acne scars – Atrophic Scars (caused by loss of tissue) and Hypertrophic Scars (caused by an excess of tissue). Within these categories, there are four subtypes of acne scars;
- Ice Pick Scars – deep, narrow scars that extend into the dermis which is caused by after an infection from a cyst or deep inflamed blemish that destroyed the skin tissue.
- Boxcar Scars – round and oval depression with steep vertical sides, leaving the skin uneven and pitted. When an inflammatory breakout destroys collagen, the tissue is lost. The skin over this area is left without support, creating a depressed area.
- Rolling Scars – a wave-like depression across normal looking skin making the skin look uneven and craggy. It is developed when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and subcutaneous tissue below. These bands pull the epidermis, binding it to deeper structures of the skin. It is this pulling of the epidermis from within that creates the rolling appearance of the skin.
- Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars Hypertrophic Scars are raised firm scars that grow above the surface of the skin. It more often happens after a deep wound or trauma. While Keloid Scars is a more severe type of raised scar which is raised farther than the wound itself and can continue to grow long after the original wound has healed. Unlike ice pick and boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. Rather, they develop because of an overproduction of collagen. In the case of keloids, it’s like the skin doesn’t know that the wound has healed, and continues to produce collagen.
Doctor’s Advice & Recommendation
Before undergoing any treatment, Our doctors will first assess the condition of the patients’ skin and identify the type of acne scars. As different skin types and acne scars require different treatments, a tailored approach, such as choosing the suitable treatment modalities and customizing the power settings for the individual is required.
Once the treatment procedure has been established, he will run through with the patient on what to expect during and after the treatment. The patient will then be brought to the treatment room for the cleansing of the face, followed by applying topical numbing cream for approximately 45 minutes to help relieve any potential discomfort.
After the numbing cream has been removed, the doctors will then start the treatment, constantly adjusting the device parameters to treat the different problem areas of the skin to ensure optimal skin remodelling.
There is minimal discomfort during the treatment process. The procedure is very safe as the skin temperature will be constantly monitored around 38°C to 40°C during the treatment. The treatment takes about 60 minutes depending on the size of the treated area.
After the Intensif Scar Reduction Treatment has been completed, the therapist will begin to calm the skin with Dr. KT’s Skin Revitalise Ion Infusion Therapy. It is a safe and effective procedure that facilitates transdermal delivery of molecules that would otherwise be difficult to transport thorough the skin at optimum concentration that result in significant improvement in scar reduction.
Most patients would see a reduction of acne scars and acne blemishes after the first session. Microneedling RF acne scar treatment also provides additional benefits – making the skin firmer and brighter.
To see optimal results for acne scarring, it is recommended to complete a series of treatments. This program will be planned and adjusted according to the patients’ progress following each session.
We usually add a no downtime Pico laser fractional treatment in between the Intensif Scar Reduction Treatment sessions to harness the synergistic effect of the Pico Laser’s Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB) to further reduce the depth of the acne scars.