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Featuring three unique handpieces – SmartRF, DeepRF and ExactRF – along with highly adjustable pulse configurations, needle depths and energy levels, the VirtualRF radiofrequency microneedling (RFMN) device from SHEnB (Seoul, South Korea) is now available in the U.S. through an exclusive distribution partnership with Cartessa Aesthetics. Users appreciate how this single-platform solution safely addresses patient concerns from head to toe – including skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, scarring and textural concerns.
Nazanin Saedi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting (Plymouth Meeting, Penn.) has been using this second-generation device for three years. “I like that it has so many different ways to tailor the treatment, and the fact that treatments are not painful. It provides effective tightening, especially along the jawline, and I have found that it is safe for acne scars in all skin types,” she expressed.
Acne scars on the cheeks reflect deep damage, Dr. Saedi continued. “And with VirtueRF, you are able to deliver RF energy 3.5 mm into the skin to stimulate collagen.”
Dr. Saedi also likes layering treatments, performing three passes over the same area with decreasing depth and energy levels. “This creates multiple layers of dermal injury, stimulating a cascade of neocollagenesis.”
Delivering the total amount of energy evenly is the key to exceptional results, said Sung Bin Cho, MD, PhD, owner of Yonsei Seran Dermatology and Laser Clinic (Seoul, South Korea). “Since I started using VirtueRF I have achieved a higher level of perfection in treatment and patient satisfaction, which has resulted in an increase of profits by more than 20%.
“Patients like it very much because they feel comfortable during treatment,” he continued. “In some cases, no numbing cream is needed. I can adjust treatment parameters according to specific skin concerns and pain sensitivity.” For patients with low pain sensitivity, he uses a single 0.5 MHz pulse – available on the DeepRF handpiece – to treat wrinkles, scars, skin quality, and laxity, instead of dividing the RF energy into seven or eight sub-pulses for more sensitive patients. This sub-pulse technology is unique to the VirtueRF system and makes it possible to maintain therapeutic energy levels while decreasing discomfort. This feature makes VirtueRF more customizable in terms of treatments and experience.
For pigmentation on the face, he chooses the precise yet gentle SmartRF handpiece. Robotic Precision delivery minimizes trauma to the skin, thus, adding other modalities after a VirtueRF RFMN treatment to further target pigment is common and effective. “This can include CO2 resurfacing, picosecond Nd:YAG treatment, and SHEnB’s PlaDuo nitrogen-derived plasma device,” Dr. Cho added.
Another efficacious application is combining RFMN with topical agents, enabling more effective penetration of products In Dr. Cho’s experience, applying SMPF Biocellulose Rejuvenating Mask from BNV Biolab (Seoul, South Korea) before or after RFMN can boost results.