Microneedling with Radiofrequency
INTRAcel Total Facial RF

Microneedling is hot science in our industry right now and has demonstrated a true collagen induction therapy.  The tool is an automated medical grade device that "aerates" the tissue to stimulate new collagen.  The result is healthier, new skin.  Over time, with a series of treatments, you will see a decrease in fine lines and crepey tissue.  Stretch marks and scars are also visibly reduced with this great tech for proactive aging.

For over 30 years, Radio Frequency (RF) has also been proven to be a home run for tissue tightening and improved elasticity when directed at the correct level of skin thickness.  INTRAcel combines the technology of microneedling with Radio Frequency but adds the benefit of advanced improvements to be able to treat any skin color with only 2-3 days of minimal down time.
What Is It and How Does It Work?
INTRAcel is a non-ablative microneedling Radio Frequency (RF) device that finally offers an effective alternative to more agressive treatments in our industry.  CO2 has been the gold standard in aesthetics but requires weeks of raw face and social down time.  Thermage was an amazing first generation RF device but the treatment spread heat unreliably and wasn't targeted to address varying tissue thicknesses.  We welcome the new science which combines the best of the tech advancements in our industry but offers a more versatile solution with INTRAcel!

INTRAcel makes use of fractional microneedles and non-invasive electrodes to deliver RF heat energy into the middle layer of your skin known as the dermis.  In essence, the heat energy causes controlled damage in the area of application, eventually triggering a repair response from the body.  Simply put, the proteins that make your skin firm and strong (Collagen and Elastin), are stimulated to produce more to rebuild and renew the area.  With INTRAcel, it means you can achieve thicker, firmer, tighter and rejuvenated skin.   Combined with treatments like PDO Threads , we can really maximize the results!

Hallelujah!  We can now treat all skin types, color and thickness for fabulous, predictable results!

We Treat:
  • Face and Neck
  • Loose Jowls and Undefined Jawline
  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • Aging, Sagging and Crepey Skin
  • Loss of Firmness
  • Scars & Acne Scars
  • Skin Texture
  • Flabby Tummy Skin
  • Stretch Marks & Scars
  • Sagging Skin on Arms, Buttocks, Knees and Abdomen
  • Skin Texture
What Can I Expect During My Treatment?
TOTAL FACIAL RF incorporates six proven modalities for the most advanced
skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatment available today!

  1. Emily will consult with you to understand your areas of concern and answer all of your questions.  Together, you will determine an aesthetic treatment plan so you can get the best bang for your buck.  
  2. If you can arrive with a clean face (free of lotions, serums and makeup), it is best or your face will be cleansed pre-treatment.
  3. Medication for pain will be prescribed prior to your appointment and you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office on the day of treatment.  You will arrive one hour prior to treatment for numbing cream to be applied and your medication to take effect.
  4. Application of Surface RF firms and prepares the skin with gentle bulk heating to the top layer of skin.  This is excellent for fine lines and wrinkle reduction.
  5. Then a Stem Cytokine based, Immuno-Stimulative hyaluronic acid serum is applied generously that amplifies your body’s natural response to Total Facial RF.
  6. Microneedles stimulate Stem Cell Gene Expression while delivering the serum to the vital tissues.  Thermal coagulation of deep tissue for rapid collagen deposition, collagen remodeling and skin tightening.
  7. A variety of applications of RF clear out the old and prompt new collagen production.
  8. You will leave the office with a home kit to continue microneedling on your own to preserve and enhance the great in-office treatment you received. At home application of the advanced Livra MD Cellular Renewal Serum & Healing Accelerator containing an array of peptides, growth factors and cytokines proven to improve both the appearance and health of your skin.
  9. Recovery involves possible minor bruising and pinpoint healing with a few days of minor redness and swelling.
  10. Moisturizers and/or makeup may be applied the next day.

How Long Do The Results Last?

A series of 1-3 treatments, each spaced 3-6 months apart will create results that last up to 2 years for most people.  Skin aging will, of course, continue in all individuals so annual booster treatments may be advised for maintenance. 
Preparing For Your Appointment

  • Water consumption is very important since the INTRAcel reacts best to hydrated skin.  We recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces daily for 5 days prior to treatment. 
  • Treatment can be painful but will depend on the individual and area treated.  Usually a pain killer and sedative are prescribed in addition to numbing cream which are all used to minimize discomfort during treatment.  Thus, we require that you arrange a ride to and from our office on the day of treatment.
  • Immediately after treatment there will be pinpoint bleeding which will go away quickly. You will feel like you have a mild sunburn for a few hours and the skin will stay red for up to 3 days. During this time the skin is starting to heal. There may be swelling and bruising, particularly if you are treated in and around the eye area; this may take up to 2 weeks to disappear. Tiny scabs will form (where the pinpoint bleeding was) at the entry points of the micro-needles. This will make your skin dry and flaky for a few days as the area heals.  Improvement in skin tone and texture will happen after about 2-6 weeks.
  • After treatment, you will need to plan to avoid sweating, steam showers, hot tubs and swimming pools for 48 hours.  There is a risk of infection or sweat blisters that must be avoided. 
  • Do not shave the area for 72 hours post treatment. 
  • Retinols should be discontinued at least 5 days prior to treatment and should not be applied over treated areas for 10 days.

Cost

Cost varies based on areas treated and type of skin condition.  As a Physician Assistant (PA) with over a decade of experience in ablative and nonablative treatments, Emily knows all of the technology and detailed settings to customize your treatment.  She will help you get the best result for your specific needs.  The average patient needs 1-3 treatments.  Then, annual or bi-annual maintenance is recommended.

Face & Neck (does not includes in-treatment Cytokine Stem Cell Serum and post treatment serums) = $1350
Per Area = $750
At Home Microneedling Kit = $89 and $49 per replacement tip
Cytokine Serum = $110 for a 30ml bottle


Side Effects & Risks
As with any needling, there is risk of redness, swelling, pain at the site of treatment, and, in very rare cases, infection and/or burn with blistering. The treatments may involve risks that have been well documented and INTRAcel is not recommended for everyone.  If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call to discuss.

To minimize the chance of the above side effects and risks, do not rub or massage the treated area unless instructed by Emily.  You should also avoid laying on your face at night or during a massage for 72 hours.  In addition, vigorous exercise that could cause sweating should be avoided for 24 hours post treatment.