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    Energy-Based Technology Development Gains Momentum

     

    Additionally, microneedling devices are designed to address more concerns than just hair transplantation. One such product, the INTRAcel fractional RF microneedle (FRM™) manufactured by Jeisys Medical (Seoul, Korea) and available in the U.S. via Perigee Medical (Tracy, Calif.), applies monopolar and bipolar RF-based energy via 49 insulated microneedles to treat acne scarring, wrinkles, various skin irregularities, large pores, general rejuvenation, reduction of stretch marks and collagen stimulation. Offering proprietary real time impedance feedback, INTRAcel allows precise and independent control of RF energy delivery, depths and thermal zones in any layer of the skin. Physicians can fine tune treatments by selecting and combining the ideal energy needed to achieve the best results with the most patient comfort.

    The Dermapen3 MD from DermapenWorld (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) provides vertical microneedling via proprietary Automatic Oscillating Vertical Needling (AOVN™) fractional rejuvenation technology. The device creates up to 1,300 micro channels per second at precise treatment depths from 0.01 mm to 2.5 mm without compromising tissue integrity, while ensuring reduced epidermal damage. DP Dermaceuticals Skincare Protocols complement Dermapen treatments to eliminate downtime and ensure patient comfort for all skin types. In addition, DermapenWorld offers a host of training protocols to successfully treat numerous indications, including facial rejuvenation, antiaging, hair restoration, stretch marks, pigmentation and more.

    “We continue to see therapies where providers are meshing biologics with energy-based treatments,” stated Dr. Pozner. “That’s the future direction. Microneedling devices that deliver substances to the skin, such as PRP, have a good place in the practice. They are great for treating acne scars and for skin tightening.”

    Gradually, practitioners have been adopting combination therapies to address facial anti-aging, as well, Dr. Sadick added. “This approach employs delivery of serums, growth factors and various biologics using energy-based systems.”

    For instance, systems that pneumatically introduce substances to the skin can be used for face-lifting, repairing scars and regenerating skin. “Multiple modality treatments are important when considering the combination approaches to structural rejuvenation,” said Dr. Sadick. “The concept of age prevention is being pioneered as we speak. It includes the concept of using external topicals with internal antioxidants to prevent free radical damage.”

    In modern medical aesthetics, there is a big shift towards approaches that emphasize prevention and prophylaxis. Adjunctive products have appeared that also support multiple modality procedures.

    For instance, for facial rejuvenation Allumera® from Bellus Medical (Addison, Texas) is a light-activated, professional-grade photodynamic cosmetic cream that can be used as a standalone procedure or in combination with other modalities, in order to minimize the appearance of pores; revitalize skin for a younger looking, clearer complexion; help reduce the appearance of fine lines; and improve skin firmness and overall texture.

    For fat reduction and body sculpting procedures, Z Wave Pro from Zimmer MedizinSystems (Irvine, Calif. and Neu-Ulm, Germany) can be used as an adjunct to enable easier, faster recovery and produce quicker, visible results. This no downtime treatment is comfortable and non-invasive and can enhance body contouring results by transmitting powerful sound waves onto and through the skin. Septae and fat cells are positively impacted, significantly enhancing outcomes and recovery when used following body contouring devices. Z Wave Pro treats the abdomen, upper arms, legs and buttocks following the entire range of energy-based technologies, including Cryolipolysis®, lasers, RF and ultrasound.

    “This product represents a textbook example of how physicians can develop multiple modality treatments that make sense and work well together,” said Dr. Pozner. “For instance, you can combine CoolSculpting with the Zimmer device to help break up fat more effectively.”

    As energy-based systems evolve there are more protocols being used effectively and safely, along with improved ease of use, less downtime and better outcomes, which will continue to bolster both patient expectations and the overall market’s meteoric rise.

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