Aspen, Colo. – At the summer edition of The Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Chytra V. Anand, M.D., addressed the value of radiofrequency microneedling (RFMN) for patients who prefer minimally invasive treatments. She is a celebrity cosmetic dermatologist at Bangalore and Chennai-based Kosmoderma Clinics in India.
“Radiofrequency microneedling is very versatile. When we first got it, we were told it was just for acne scars and superficial tightening.” It works well for open pores and icepick scars (typically 4 sessions, 6 weeks apart), she said, and it’s safe for skin of color.
For active acne in teenagers, said Dr. Anand, physicians in India can prescribe isotretinoin rather easily. “But India is also the land of Ayurveda. Many people want nonmedical therapy with natural, herbal treatments. Often, patients with acne resist taking any type of oral medication.” For such patients, an unpublished study she completed showed that 2 RFMN sessions 2 weeks apart (with topical moisturizers and sunscreens between) worked very well against acne-related erythema.
Her adult patients often say, “I have an event in 3 weeks. I don’t have a lot of downtime. What can you do for me that’s cost efficacious?”
For patients with considerable skin laxity, she said, “I would think about injectables. But in India, many patients are still resistant to injectables.” For such patients, she said, one RFMN session can provide satisfactory, inexpensive results that last around 6 weeks.
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