I love me some microneedling, so when Dr. Richard Burgmeier, of Perfect Skin Laser Center, offered to do an Infini™ RF Microneedling treatment on my neck, I was ALL IN.
If you keep up with the latest and greatest skincare treatments, then you know that micro needling is an excellent way to promote the growth of collagen in your skin.
Not only does it create the micro-lesions necessary to begin the collagen production process, but it also allows you to deliver yummy products deep into the skin to ramp up the results.
RF (Radiofrequency) microneedling, is like microneedling on steroids.
What is RF Microneedling ?
RF Microneedling employs the use of microneedles to deliver focused heat (radiofrequency) to the under layers of the skin. So, in addition to the micro-lesions caused by the microneedling, we are also causing micro-damage in the form of heat.
So, basically we’re stabbing and burning our skin to get our body in protection mode, starting what we call neocollagenisis, to produce collagen to fix the damage.
Sounds counterproductive, but the happy part is that our body makes more than we need (so very American).
The extra collagen fills in the gaps and valleys that are scars, wrinkles and general loss of volume that makes our skin look saggy and aged.
The RF Microneedling unit that we’ll be talking about today is the Infini™ by Lutronic®. So let’s get started!
About the Infini™ RF
- Skin Laxity
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Acne Scars
- Active Acne
- Stretch Marks
- Trauma Scars
I did the Infini on my neck to make it as youthful as the skin on my face (yeah, I was a dumbass in my younger years, and didn’t extend all my beautifying treatments to my neck. I’m trying to make up for it now:( ).
The Benefits of Infini™
There are a lot of RF Microneedling treatments out there so let’s talk about the benefits of the Infini RF from the others.
1. The Price
The treatment ranges from $700 to $1000 per treatment which is substantially less expensive than others out there (ex. the Profound = $3,500 +).
Although your practitioner will recommend 3 to 5, you will definitely see a noticeable difference in your skin after just one.
The downtime is low for a couple of reasons:
One, it’s fractional. This means that only a fraction of the skin is treated to get the same results as a more invasive treatment.
It’s been scientifically proven that by damaging a small area of the skin, you can promote the healing process in the affected area as well as the area around it, causing less total damage to the skin with maximum results.
Two, the microneedles are different than your average RF microneedle in that they’re made of gold-coated surgical grade stainless steel and are insulated, to focus the RF Energy heat only to the tip of the needle.
This helps keep your skin from looking all jacked up after the treatment, making the downtime days instead of DAYS AND DAYS AND DAYS.
Take a look at my face after the MatrixRF (now called the eMatrix™), another RF treatment that I got several years back, VS the Infini™.
These are shots taken directly after each treatment:
3. Patented ComfortFlow® Technology
First, let me say that there is nothing comfortable about this treatment and, in my opinion, the only reference to ‘comfort’ when discussing this treatment should have a giant ‘DIS’ in front of it…
However, I can see how the ComfortFlow® can make it less uncomfortable than it is. Since it doesn’t apply heat to the same exact point more than once, it’s actually bearable to get three passes during one 45 minute treatment.
This also means there’s less risk of damaging the outer layer of skin caused by user error. (I mean, these people are only human after all, right?)
The Infini™ has interchangeable tips of either 16 or 49 microneedles, giving the practitioner the ability to treat the small areas around our eyes and the larger areas like your neck in one 45 minute treatment.
AND, it can also treat darker skin tones.
Need I say more?
Risks of Infini™ RF Microneedling
Hyperpigmentation (darkening of areas of the skin)
There are, as with any laser, a risk of hyperpigmentation in the areas of treatment. I am super prone to hyperpigmentation, as you can read about on my IPL and CO2 articles, but the Infini didn’t affect my skin tone at all.
Another risk, as with any RF microneedling procedure, is with the texture of your skin. Some people have experienced long term grid patterns where the needles punctured the skin (me being ‘some people’).
I have never had this issue with micro needling however, I did with the RF microneedling with the Infini™ RF, but we’ll talk more about that in a sec.
How it Goes Down
Here’s a cute little video of my experience, but don’t worry, I’ll go into it more a bit below.
I’ll break it down by pre-treatment, during and post treatment:
- Start taking arnica montana the day before through about 10 days after your treatment for a faster recovery.
- Though Lutronic® says that you can have tanned skin, I still make it a rule to stay out of the sun for a week or two before. And no airbrush tans either!
- Avoid taking any blood thinners like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen or Alka-Seltzer® (there’s a whole list here) for the week before treatment. This includes alcoholic beverages. 😮
First, the technician will apply a topical anaesthetic to the skin.
It’s good to let that penetrate the skin for at least 20 minutes. You do NOT want to get the Infini™ without being numbed first. Trust me on that.
We let the anaesthetic soak on my neck during lunch, but honeys, I felt this treatment!
And then the fun begins…
My laser tech Alyssa, set the depth of the needles to 2.5mm for the first pass, the second pass at 2mm and the third at 1.5mm, treating one side of the neck at a time.
TIP: I should have requested to keep the numbing cream on the other side in the interim. I will in the future.
Immediately after the Infini™ RF treatment:
20 Minutes after the Infini™ RF Treatment:
2 Days after Infini™ Treatment
By Day 2 you will notice little grid patterns where the needles went in. Leave it alone! Don’t go taking your Clarisonic® to it or anything (duh)!
Check out the little gizzard. (You can see why I’m getting the Infini™ to begin with right?)
5 Days After Infini™ Treatment
By about day 4 or 5 you will notice a dry tightness to the skin. DON’T exfoliate. Just apply some sensitive skin lotion like the Neova Cu3 Post-Laser lotion. Whatever you use make sure that it’s low in alcohol content.
If you’re adventeruous and decide to leave the house, use something light like the PCA Skin Weightless Protections Broad Spectrum SPF45 or the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF70.
Results of Infini RF Microneedling
I noticed tightening in the neck area almost immediately. A month after I was ecstatic! Check it out:
But then I started noticing that there were remnants of grid pattern left on my neck that can be noticed at certain angles.
Two Months After Infini™ RF Treatment:
I am 3 months out of my procedure and although I can see a tightening in my neck, I still have faint grid marks that it’s hard for me to ignore. It’s only noticeable in certain light, but it freaks me out nonetheless.
I’m happy to say that Dr. B has my back and has offered me an SC® Halo™ treatment gratis, to disappear those annoying grids. However, as a rule, I don’t consider a treatment that improves one issue, yet causes another, to be a success.
I will keep you closely informed of the situation! xoxo
Update 8/23/16: The SC® Halo™ smoothed out the grid a bit but you can still see it. It’s super noticeable when I get a spray tan. (Tara, I hope you see this! My email keeps coming back to me! Maybe there’s an incompatibility with your Cox server??)