What is INTRAcel?
INTRAcel is a state of the art treatment for stimulating skin without the downtime of total resurfacing using traditional invasive treatments. The treatment works by fractional radio frequency and dermal needling, heating the deep dermis causing stimulation of the tissue to produce the important deep elements of healthy skin such as collagen and elastin. Uniquely highly effective doses of radio frequency can be used as the tiny insulated needles heat only the dermis leaving the superficial skin smooth and undamaged, with short acting redness.
How does it work?
Tiny insulated needles penetrate deep into the dermis and heat the tissues for micro-seconds. The surrounding tissue is left unaffected so the healing time is much faster than if the entire area is treated at once. The natural healing process of the body produces new, healthy and tighter skin structure in the treated area and the surrounding skin.
What conditions can be treated?
A detailed consultation with your doctor will outline which areas of skin are appropriate for treatment. Because the INTRAcel treatment spares healthy tissue, it is appropriate for use on even delicate skin such as around the eye, face, chest and hands. It can be used to improve the quality and texture of wrinkled skin, around the eyes, chin, top lip neck and décolleté area and even lax skin around the umbilical area. Acne and acne scarring can also be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Clinical studies suggest that an effective treatment regime is three to four sessions, spaced about 1 month apart. Treatment plans can be very flexible, even when spaced weeks or months apart, results are outstanding. Each treatment session targets 15 to 20% of the skins surface, outlining the need for successive treatments
Is it safe?
INTRAcel treatment can be performed in your doctor’s office. It is a powerful device and treatment must be carried out by a trained and experienced practitioner to ensure that the correct area is treated at the correct levels.
Does it hurt?
A topical anaesthetic is applied for an hour before treatment. During the treatment you will experience a mild prickling sensation across the skin as the treatment head is passed over the area. This increases with the number of passes, but as the skin is cooled during treatment it is completely tolerable. The levels of treatment can be adjusted to suit patient comfort. Occasionally a full anaesthetic, regional block will be performed to improve your comfort.
How is the treatment carried out?
The head will be passed over the treatment area in one area at a time. You will experience a prickling sensation followed by a sensation of heat. It is likely several passes to the planned treatment area will be required during each session.
Possible side effects
Initially there will be tiny pinpoint bleeding which will settle in a few minutes. You will experience a mild sunburnt sensation for about an hour after treatment, then virtually no discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish tone for about 2-3 days, this is a normal sign that the skin is healing deeply. Swelling is minimal and resolves in two to three days. New skin develops immediately as the healing process occurs.
Care following treatment
The use of sunscreen following treatment is very important to protect the skin during the healing phase and several weeks following treatment. Makeup can be applied after 24 hours once the initial epidermal healing has occurred. Aloe Vera gel and cold compresses can be applied following treatment.
When will I see results?
The results from this treatment are variable, depending on the original quality of the skin and degree of damage top be treated. The skin will begin to feel smoother and tighter even after the first treatment, but the best results from the treatment will continue to improve for up to six months.