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Millicent Odunze, M.D.

INTRAcel - A New Skin Therapy

By December 23, 2012

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A new device to improve wrinkles and improve skin tone or tighten the skin without surgery is available...just not in the United States. This device is known as the INTRAcel. It uses a combination of radiofrequency (heat energy) and microneedling (tiny needle pricks in the skin). The results of the INTRAcel look quite promising.

Both microneedling and radiofrequency have been around for a while. What's new about this technology is that they are being used simultaneously. The device makes small openings in the skin with needles that deliver the radiofrequency energy into the deep layer of the skin. The result is the rejuvenation of skin by causing it to make new collagen. It has been said to also be good for treating acne scars. And unlike lasers, it can be used in people with darker skin tones (Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, etc.) because it does not damage the top layers of skin to cause pigmentation issues.

So, while the INTRAcel has not been approved for sale in the U.S. (the FDA considers it an "investigational" device), perhaps it will only be a matter of time before it is. I have a feeling it will be very popular.

For an INTRAcel patient's perspective: Ouch! I've had a facelift with 69,000 needles

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