genius rf acne scars

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.

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Genius RF Microneedle Device

What is the Genius Acne Scars Treatment?

The Genius system represents a groundbreaking innovation in the treatment of acne scars, utilizing advanced microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) technology to deliver exceptional results. This state-of-the-art treatment combines the precision of microneedling with the rejuvenating power of RF energy, providing a non-surgical solution that effectively improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of acne scars.


Genius 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 performing over 3000 fractional acne scar resurfacing procedures, 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?

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Precise delivery of energy to dermis without damage to epidermis for fractional RF Microneedle device

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 Genius acne scars treatment, each treatment is customized to your acne scar type to achieve optimal results.

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Fractional RF (insulated) microneedling at various dermal depths

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:

  1. Insulated needle. This translates to more precise heat delivery while reducing side effects.
  2. Variable needle depth. We are able to penetrate up to 3.5mm within the skin for various indications.
  3. Motorised needle delivery. This allows more consistent and correct placement of the needle during treatment.
  4. 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?

Types of acne scars for acne scar removal
A individualised approach to acne scarring is the first step to improving your acne scars.

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.
genius versus fractional laser

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. 

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Genius acne scars interface
energy delivery vs tissue resistance
The integrated AI system within the Genius allows more accurate energy delivery by measuring tissue resistance, which differs in individuals.

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?

women of different skin phototype

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.


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.

Frequently Asked Question About Genius Acne Scars

Genius treatment works by creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin with the microneedles while simultaneously delivering RF energy to the deeper layers of the skin. This process stimulates the skin’s natural healing response, triggering collagen production and remodeling, which helps improve the appearance of acne scars over time.

Good candidates for Genius treatment for acne scars are individuals who have acne scars or other types of facial scarring and are looking to improve the texture and appearance of their skin. Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results of the treatment.

Genius treatment can effectively target various types of acne scars, including rolling scars, boxcar scars, but not so much ice pick scars. It can also be beneficial for improving overall skin texture and tone.

The number of Genius treatment sessions needed for acne scars varies depending on factors such as the severity of the scarring, the individual’s skin type, and treatment goals. Most patients typically require multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Results from Genius treatment for acne scars are not immediate and may take several weeks to months to become noticeable as the skin’s natural healing process takes effect. Continued improvement may be seen over time with each subsequent treatment session.

Yes, Genius treatment can be combined with other acne scar treatments such as chemical peels, laser therapy, or dermal fillers to achieve more comprehensive results. Combining treatments may enhance the overall effectiveness of acne scar improvement.

Genius treatment for acne scars should be performed by a qualified and experienced doctor who has expertise in using radiofrequency microneedling devices. Dr. Ng has performed more than 3000 fractional microneedling treatments for mainly acne scar resurfacing across all skin types. It’s essential to choose a reputable provider and discuss treatment options and expectations during a consultation.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

Genius Acne Scars

Genius acne scar treatment is a cutting-edge solution that offers significant improvements in skin appearance and texture. Its unique combination of microneedling and RF technology provides a powerful yet gentle approach to acne scar reduction, suitable for a diverse patient population. As a user of the pioneer models such as intracel and Infini from over a decade, I'm excited that Genius has evolved into what it is today, offering precise, effective and safe treatments for all my patients.

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.

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