Genius Acne Scars Treatment
Delivering safe and effective treatments to restore acne scarring.
Genius is a FDA-approved skin resurfacing treatment to stimulate collagen to improve scars, pores and skin texture.
What is the Genius Acne Scars Treatment?
The Genius acne scars treatment is the latest fractional microneedling radio-frequency device that is able to deliver precise energy within the skin. Being a FDA cleared device, the Genius microneedling radiofrequency system is intended for use in dermatological procedures where electrocoagulation and haemostasis is paramount. The Genius treatment differentiates itself from other microneedling RF device by the use of insulated needle and proprietary tissue impedance feedback and control.
HOW DR.NG TREATS ACNE SCARS
Every single case of acne scar is unique and everyone is treated individually based on your acne scar morphology, scar type and your treatment goals. With a carefully planned patient-tailored combination approach, this will lead to more significant improvements in your acne scar appearance. Drawing upon the latest acne scar techniques coupled with his wealth of experience, Dr. Ng will help craft a personalised treatment plan for you to help repair your acne scars and restore your skin.
reduced downtime compared to ablative lasers
safer delivery of energy for darker skin types
targets deeper acne scars more than 1.5mm in depth
Facts on Genius RF Microneedling
How does Genius Acne Scars Work?
The Genius radio-freuquency systems delivers energy with pinpoint precision within the dermis at predetermined depths. Radio-frequency energy is heat energy that is delivered in a fractionated fashion to create multiple micro-coagulation zones. Natural wound healing is induced resulting in collagen stimulation (neocollagenesis), dermal remodelling and acne scar resurfacing over time. Fractional treatments have the advantage of a speedier recovery and lesser risk of complications because more normal skin is able to repair around the treated areas. With the Lutronic Genius acne scars treatment, each treatment is customized to your acne scar type to achieve optimal results.
Benefits of Genius RF Microneedling
The Genius FR Microneedling treatment has been in use since 2019 and we regularly carry out treatments for mainly acne scars resurfacing. The main advanatges of the Genius include:
- Insulated needle. This translates to more precise heat delivery while reducing side effects.
- Variable needle depth. We are able to penetrate up to 3.5mm within the skin for various indications.
- Motorised needle delivery. This allows more consistent and correct placement of the needle during treatment.
- Artifical Intelligence. More accurate and safer treatments are carried out by the built in AI that measures tissue resistance according to skin type.
What Acne Scars Are Most Suited for Genius Treatment?
The approach to acne scars must take into account various factors such your acne scar type, skin type, response to treatment and expected downtime.
Not all acne scars would benefit from Genius RF microneedling. Deep ice pick scars would benefit from treatments such as TCA CROSS, while deeper rolling scars are better served by subcision and /or fillers. On the other hand, Genius is able to treat acne scars beyond 1.5mm, far beyond most ablative lasers (e.g. CO2 and Erbium) at present.
From experience, the most suitable acne scar types that would respond best to the Genius RF treatment include:
- Polymorphic atrophic acne scars
- Rolling acne scars
- Mixed acne scarring.
How is Genius better than fractional lasers?
One of the biggest advantages of the Genius treatment is the ability to treat at greater depths within the skin while sparring the upper layers of the skin (epidermis). Acne scars lies in the deeper dermal layer of the skin. Therefore, a treatment that spares the upper layers while only targeting scars at the deep layer would be ideal. The specialized insulated needle of the Genius makes treatment not only safer but also more precise.
On the other hand, fractional ablative lasers treat the upper layers as well as the deep layers of the skin. This is associated with increased redness, downtime and potentially more side effects. In addition, fractional ablative lasers do not extend beyond 1mm from the skin surface, limiting treatment to deeper areas.
How is the Genius Acne Scars Treatment Carried Out?
On the day of the procedure, your skin is cleansed and a numbing cream applied. Precise energy is delivered within the skin via gold-plated insulated microneedles. The resultant wound healing process triggers more collagen and elastin to form thereby improving the appearance of your scars over time. As the microneedles are insulated, this means that the upper aspect of the skin is protected, and energy is only delivered to where is matters most: the dermis!
The treatment is well tolerated by most individuals with minimal to moderate discomfort levels being experienced.
Why real time impedance monitoring is important?
What is the ideal temperature for collagen remodelling to occur? We know that treatments with suboptimal heating (<65 degrees celcius) will lead to minimal collagen remodelling. On the other hand, excessive heat (>80 degrees celcius) will lead to tissue dessication and damage. The narrow range of temperature (65-80 degress celcius) is optimal for tissue coagulation and tissue remodelling. The Genius is able to provide real-time feedback on whether too little or too much heat energy is being delivered.
To ensure that only dermal coagulation is taking place, the Genius measures tissue impedance. Basically, impedance is a measure of resistance of electrical flow within the tissue. The Genius is able to constantly monitor the impedance every millisecond, stopping the pulse if the temperature breaches 80 degrees celcius. Without measurement of impedance, less energy is delivered as tissue resistance increases. With real time impedance monitoring, energy delivered is consistent. This feedback mechanism enhances safety during your procedure and reduces the risks of side effects.
Is Genius treatment safe in darker skin types?
The Genius acne scars treatment is a versatile treatment across all ethnicities and skin types. The precise distribution of energy with minimal disruption of the epidermal surface is safer in Fitzpatrick phototype IV to VI. Unlike the fractional CO2 lasers where the incidence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is higher, the risk is minimal for Genius acne scars treatment.
WHAT ELSE CAN GENIUS TREAT?
Skin ageing is due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors; leading to skin wrinkles, pigmentration, skin laxity and rough skin texture. Radiofrequency microneedling stimulates collagen and elastin, resulting in improved skin tightening, reduced roughness, and more uniform pigmentation. Results are more lasting when compared to botulinum toxin injections. When compared to lasers, microneedle radiofrequency showed better improvement to the nasolabial folds, perioral, jawline and neck wrinkles.
Radiofrequency microneedling is believed to destroy sebaceous glands to reduce its activity and stimulate remodeling of follicular epithelium and dermis. Several studies have shown that it reduces acne severity and prevents longer term acne recurrence. When compared to laser, microneedle RF treatments have lesser risk of pigmentation, reduced downtime and pain scores.
Axillary hyperhidrosis is a distressing disorder of excessive perspiration. Radiofrequency microneedling delivers RF to the dermis to destroy eccrine sweat glands and reduce hyperhidrosis.
Stretch marks are linear dermal scars caused by progressive stretching of the skin’s underlying connective tissue. They first present as red linear patches (striae rubra), then atrophic white patches (striae alba) in later stages, with the latter being more resistant to treatment. Radiofrequency microneedling is safe and effective at treating stretch marks, with lower down time and pain scores.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands that presents as persistent facial erythema, flushing, and occasionally, papulopustular lesions. Improvements in rosacea from radiofrequency microneedling may be due to a reduction in inflammation, blood vessels and dermal remodelling.
schedule a consultation for Genius acne scar treatment in singapore
We treat a range of acne and acne scars at both our clinics in Woodlands and Kovan. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, so Dr. Ng can develop a personalized treatment approach for resolving your skin concerns and helping you to achieve long-term improvements in the health and appearance of your skin.
Genius Acne Scars
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