May 19, 2015
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Radiofrequency microneedling offers minimally invasive method for skin-tightening

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MONTREAL — Radiofrequency microneedling offers facial rejuvenation for fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring correction and is an excellent choice for patients who do not want more invasive procedures, like a facelift, according to a presenter at The Aesthetic Meeting 2015, here.

Created in Europe, the first microneedling tool was a roller device that was used in spas in Europe but never caught on in the U.S., according to Daniel Del Vecchio, MD.

For modern-day microneedling, the Dermapen, which contains 15 to 20 solid needles, is now considered the flagship device, he said. The Dermapen is not FDA-registered for use in conjunction with drug delivery; however, a lower-tech version, Aqua Gold (Aquavit Pharmaceuticals), offers the advantage of being only FDA-registered device for such purposes, according to Del Vecchio.

The AquaGold device contains a 3-cc reservoir that can be used with the physician’s product of choice to penetrate the dermis. Del Vecchio conducted a pilot study among patients with tattoos in which India ink was used in the reservoir. Results of the study demonstrated that the ink did, in fact, infiltrate the reticular dermis, he said.

Radiofrequency (RF) needling offers skin-tightening results. As such, facial rejuvenation treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity of the neck and acne scarring can all be addressed using RF needling, Del Vecchio said.

The technology offers a large growth opportunity for plastic surgeons, according to Del Vecchio.

“There are a lot of people who could benefit from facial rejuvenation but will not allow a scalpel to touch their face,” he said. “This is a large population, which is perfect for RF needling.” – by Abigail Sutton


Del Vecchio D. Panel discussion: Microneedling. Presented at: The Aesthetic Meeting 2015. May 14-19, 2015; Montreal.

Disclosure: Del Vecchio reported no relevant financial disclosures.