More and more anti-aging treatments are promising to do away with the need for the knife and replace it with microneedles. The theory is that making strategic wounds within the skin will promote collagen production as the skin heals, revealing plumper, more youthful skin. The latest treatment to hit the market is Evolastin from Syneron, which also makes eTwo and VelaShape II.
In addition to the tiny wounds, Evolastin also delivers bi-polar radio-frequency energy deep into the dermis, which the company says will stimulate the natural production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, resulting in fuller, tighter skin with fewer wrinkles. The company says that delivering the energy deeply through the insulated microneedles may be more effective than procedures that deliver energy to the skin’s surface. This technology, called ePrime, has FDA clearance for use in treating wrinkles.
A single hour-long treatment is required, which is performed under local anesthesia and costs about $3,000. After a few days of bruising, redness and swelling, results show within eight weeks and continue to improve for up to six months, Syneron says.
So does it work? In a recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology, researchers said, “We’ve seen continual textual, tone or elasticity in addition to volumetric improvements for up to 18 months post procedure.” The study also found that Evolastin delivered a third of the improvements of a traditional facelift.
How do you feel about radio-frequency energy treatments through microneedles? Would you try it?
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