Radiofrequency microneedling is a technology which can be used to treat common concerns such as acne scars and wrinkles. It uses microscopic needles to deliver tiny pulses of electrical energy into the skin in order to stimulate change. 

How Does RF Microneedling Work?

If used correctly, it can be safely and effectively applied to all skin types. I’ve been using this technology for the past 10 years. At our Coal Harbour Rejuvenation clinic, I’m pleased to offer RFM treatments using the most technologically advanced platform currently available called Potenza. This device has an unparalleled ability to fine-tune individual treatment settings which allows me to really customize every treatment for every individual. Check out some of the results below using RFM to treat acne scars!

Microneedling Acne Scar Treatment Results

This young man came to me because he had been diagnosed with a mood disorder and placed on a course of an oral medication called lithium. Unfortunately, one of the known potential side effects of lithium is that it can cause severe acne outbreaks. After the lithium was discontinued, my patient’s acne eventually subsided. However, the angry red scars that were left behind were a constant source of misery. He came to me at the end of his wits and asked if there was anything that could be done. I could tell that he had already steeled himself for bad news – and in truth, the treatment of acne scarring is very challenging and requires the precisely correct treatment done in precisely the right way and at precisely the right time. During his dermatologist appointment, I offered him Potenza radiofrequency microneedling treatment! It took a bit of doing, but in the end, the brilliant smile that lit his face when his scars finally disappeared is an enduring memory that has always stayed with me.

This individual had an even more complex case. He presented not just with severe acne scarring but also with continual active acne as well as a curious blue-grey discoloration to some of his scars. Digging back into my dusty residency knowledge, I realized that he was suffering from a rare side effect of one of the antibiotic medications he was currently taking for his acne! Fortunately, I was able to combine a variety of laser technologies including PicoWay®, Fraxel, and V Beam to help treat his condition. But one of the main treatments for his acne scars specifically was the Potenza! As you can see, the blue-grey discoloration is now gone (thank you PicoWay®!) and his scars are 90% eliminated. Sometimes it’s not possible to truly get rid of a scar 100% but with time, patience and the right treatment, huge improvements in almost all acne scars can be achieved.

I hope those little vignettes from my files were of interest to you and maybe you learned a little something from them as well. If you have any questions or are looking for a board-licensed dermatologist in Vancouver, please do not hesitate to stop by Coal Harbour for a cosmetic consultation.

Until next time!

Douglas C. Wu MD PhD FRCPC FAAD
Director of Cosmetic Dermatology
Rejuvenation Dermatology Group