What is the Elan Lift?

RFMN (RadioFrequency Microneedle) is a new dimension in radiofrequency (RF) technology used to address sagging skin, wrinkles, skin textural changes, acne scarring, and more! It uses a 3-dimensional approach of delivering RF energy to create tissue remodeling and repair. 

How does RFMN work?

RFMN combines fractional radiofrequency technology with microneedling. As opposed to other radiofrequency platforms that treat the skin from the outside in, Elan’s RFMN uses needle technology to deliver RF where it needs to be – the dermis. The dermis, our second layer of the skin, contains collagen – the supporting structure of our skin. Targeting the RF to the dermis encourages collagen growth and tissue tightening precisely at the structural depth in the skin. The result is a little to no downtime, nearly painless procedure that can greatly improve wrinkling, scars, and skin laxity.

What is Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedle (MN) technology?

Radiofrequency (RF) energy is sometimes compared to radio waves because they both occur at the same frequency. However, RF is essentially electrical energy. RF technologies used in the skin deliver this electrical energy into the skin, heating the targeted area. The intended target is collagen. Collagen must be heated to approximately 60 degrees Celsius to produce new collagen and subsequent tissue tightening and remodeling. Combining this with Microneedling multiplies the results you’d get with either device alone! Microneedling is the process of using sterilized, very small needles on the skin for collagen induction. Traditional micro needling utilizes a stamp or roller and is not associated with a light or energy device. Elan’s RFMN handpiece contains up to 81 microscopic needles that are deployed through the skin’s surface. Once deployed, the microneedle tips then conduct radio frequency energy into predetermined depths of the dermis, a huge advantage over traditional micro needling devices. By using fractionated treatments; downtime is less and results are more!

What skin conditions can be treated with Elan’s radiofrequency microneedling?

Skin laxity and wrinkles are commonly treated to achieve tissue tightening, collagen formation, revolumization of tissues, and improvement of skin texture. Based on its use in thousands of patients in Europe, Asia, and South America, Elan’s RF technology is a helpful treatment not only for improving wrinkles and skin tightening, but also for scar remodeling, stretch marks, and cellulite reduction. Traumatic scars and acne scars respond well to a series of Elan’s RFMN treatments.

What areas can be treated with Elan's radiofrequency microneedling?

Many areas of the skin are amenable to treatment. The face is the most common area of treatment, in order to correct wrinkles, scars, or textural changes. However, neck aging and skin crepiness of the neck respond well to treatment. Vertical wrinkles of the decolletage area may be treated for chest rejuvenation. Scarring and stretch marks anywhere on the body can be treated as well.

Can RFMN be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Elan’s radiofrequency treatment is often used as a complement to other laser devices or injectable procedures. In facial treatments for wrinkling, Botox or Dysport may be administered 2-4 weeks prior to relax overactive muscles. RFMN can be combined with fillers such as Voluma or Restylane Lyft for global facial rejuvenation. Wrinkles around the eyes can be treated with RFMN. For rejuvenation around the mouth for vertical lip lines, Elan’s RF treatment can be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm.

Is Elan’s RFMN safe in darker skin types or tanned skin?

Yes. Because of Elan’s RFMN unique smooth needling technology, RF energy from the device bypasses the skin’s surface and is delivered directly to the collagen-producing dermis. By avoiding treatment through the top layer of the skin, post-treatment pigmentation is greatly reduced. Unlike many laser and light technologies, RFMN is a much safer technology to use on tanned skin and is approved for treatment in all skin types, and it is ideal for Hispanic, Asian, and African American patients that are not good candidates for other RF devices or laser procedures due to the risk of pigmentary problems.

How many treatments are typical with Elan’s radiofrequency microneedling?

Typically two to four treatments are recommended. Treatments are typically spaced approximately 4 weeks apart.

Does Elan's RFMN hurt?

No. A topical numbing ointment is applied prior to the procedure. According to a large study of almost 500 patients on three continents, patients reported discomfort as mild in nature and similar to a mild sting or snap.

Are there any side effects from radiofrequency micro needling? Is there downtime?

Side effects following treatment are mild in nature, making this a minimal downtime treatment. For patients with very vascular skin, there may be mild pinpoint bleeding and a very small chance of bruise. More typically, the skin is mildly red for approximately 24 hours. The skin may feel slightly rough like sandpaper for 2-3 days. Many patients can resume their normal routine within a day.

If you are looking for a non-surgical way for getting rid of wrinkles and volumizing your face in the Billings area, call Kacie Robertus FNP-BC at 406-855-4002 to schedule your appointment today!

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