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Pulsed Radiofrequency - An Alternative Treatment for Melasma

The Pulsed Radiofrequency therapy ushers new hope for the treatment of extremely stubborn and stubborn-to-treat melasma. Not just an issue of melanin overproduction, melasma is also a contributing factor to a host of other skin conditions such as abnormal blood vessels, inflammation, and weakened basement membrane. The pulsed radiofrequency treatment works on several fronts  – breaking down melanin or pigment deposits from the superficial level to deep under the dermis, reshaping abnormal blood vessels. and regeneration of the skin’s foundation layers, to prevent the further formation of melanin. Interestingly, all of these conditions are now known to be at the  root of melasma.

Benefits of Pulsed Radiofrequency treatment;

How Does It Function? 

  • The device deploys a 2MHz bipolar radio frequency delivered in a minimally invasive mode, through non-insulated micro needle electrodes. The technology that has been developed in Silicon Valley USA, uses SR3 (Selective Regional Regeneration Radio) Repeated Pulse (RP).
  • When operated, the device converts electrical power to heat energy, thus producing an electro-thermal reaction within the target tissues. The strength of the electro-thermal reaction is determined by the resistance levels of the specific tissues. Since the dermal vessels are specifically targeted on account of the relatively high conductivity of the dermis as compared to the epidermis, melanocytes or the superficial pigment-containing-cells are saved from damage. This in effect, minimizes the possibility of post-inflammatory pigmentation.
  • This treatment modality then goes on to eliminate the abnormal blood vessels, located in the dermis, on the strength of its thermocoagulation effect. It also helps in normalizing Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) overproduction. It also remodels and strengthens the skin basement membrane or the wall separating the epidermis and dermis, effectively stopping the movement of melanin pigment, from the epidermis to the dermis.
  • Since it is non-invasive, the procedure is practically pain-free and also has no downtime. Although the frequency used and treatment session numbers, may vary in line with each individual’s ’s skin conditions and expectations, at least 3 treatment sessions are required for tangible improvements to appear.
  • The procedures can be repeated at intervals of 3-4 weeks, with follow up sessions done at longer intervals after that, to maintain the effect of the treatment. For optimal impact, we recommend synergetic pairing this procedure with our signature QUAD laser.


The biggest advantage of the pulsed radiofrequency therapy, is its ability to simultaneously resolve multiple skin conditions, thus improving the overall appearance of skin, in one go!  Sylfirm treatment is result-oriented because it addresses the primary problems of over-proliferated vessels, and minimizes the possibility of recurrence. From fine lines, different types of acne, dull skin, to acne scars, and enlarged pores, this treatment can easily tackle them all.

Post-Treatment Condition

This treatment is absolutely painless, comfortable and involves no downtime. Common redness, if any, will subside within a span of few hours.

Who can benefit from this treatment?

The Pulsed Radiofrequency treatment is appropriate for people afflicted with melasma, extreme blushing, and rosacea. By strengthening the basement membrane which separates the dermis from the epidermis, the procedure also helps blocks the movement of melanin between the two sections. People concerned about fine lines on facial skin, dull skin, acne scars, and enlarged pores, can also benefit from this treatment. 

What is the prescribed recommended number of treatments for Pulsed Radiofrequency? 

Since the frequency used, and number of treatment sessions will vary according to the individual’s skin conditions, and concerns, a detailed assessment by a doctor, is necessary before undergoing the treatment. Tangible results such as cleaner and healthier-looking skin, can be expected after two to three sessions. However, regular maintenance sessions are advised to better control skin ageing or flushing.

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