With increasing age, you accumulate more wisdom. You also increase your propensity for fine lines and wrinkles, sags, age spots, hollows, and a whole host of other cosmetic issues that may make you look older than you feel.
Fortunately, Dr. Robert Topham and our aesthetics team at Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics has a secret weapon with which to combat your blemishes -— the Secret™ PRO skin-rejuvenating platform, which combines fractional CO2 resurfacing and radio frequency (RF) microneedling to safely and effectively rejuvenate all layers of your skin.
What is CO2 resurfacing?
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that ablates (removes) the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin cells, to reveal healthy skin below. The process is also fractional, meaning it works in columns, so it doesn’t damage surrounding tissue.
The handheld device directs short, concentrated pulses of laser light at the treatment area. The light and the heat it generates precisely remove the outer skin layers to target the blemishes housed in the dermal layer just beneath.
The heat also breaks up areas of hyperpigmentation (e.g., age spots, sun spots) and destroys worn-out collagen, one of the proteins that give skin its taut texture but which decline over time. At the same time, the light energy sparks an increase in new collagen production.
As new collagen builds up in the dermis, and as the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated areas become smoother and tighter. The old pigment and collagen are flushed out of the body by the lymphatic system over the next few months.
What is RF microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that’s also known as collagen induction therapy. It uses rows of tiny needles to create “micro injuries'' in the skin. Your body responds by sending healing factors to the wound sites and producing new stores of collagen to fill in furrows and replace damaged skin layers.
RF microneedling goes one step further. The device delivers RF energy through the needles into the micro channels, depositing most of the energy in the dermal layer to trigger new collagen production and restructure elastin, another structural protein. The result is smoother, blemish-free skin, with results more effective than either microneedling or radiofrequency treatments alone.
Rejuvenating your skin with Secret PRO
Secret PRO combines the best aspects of CO2 resurfacing and RF microneedling and offers three treatments in one: Refine, Ultra-light, and Ultra.
1. Secret™ PRO Refine
Secret PRO Refine uses RF microneedling to safely and effectively treat multiple skin problems on the face and body for patients with all different skin tones and at any time of year.
Secret PRO Refine reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, large pores, and many other skin concerns. It’s ideal for revitalizing the face, neck, décolletage, knees, and other body areas.
2. Secret™ PRO Ultra-light
Secret PRO Ultra-light is a fractional CO2 laser micro peel treatment that improves skin tone and texture by gently resurfacing the thin outer layer of your skin. It provides effective results for uneven skin tone and texture, as well as overall complexion quality.
3. Secret™ PRO Ultra
Secret PRO Ultra also uses CO2 laser energy, in this case to revitalize severely sun-damaged skin. It delivers safe, effective, fractional skin resurfacing by treating multiple layers of skin at the same time with both precision and control. It reduces sun damage, improves skin texture, and promotes collagen production to reduce the appearance of scars and crepey skin. It can be customized to your needs, and it provides long-lasting results.
What about results?
For the Refine, patients generally need three or four treatments spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results. Most see improvement after the second treatment, but optimal results appear three months after the last treatment. Maintenance treatments can be done every 12-18 months after the initial series.
For the Ultra-light, patients generally need three treatments spaced four weeks apart. You should see immediate changes in skin tone and texture that progressively improve after each treatment.
For the Ultra, patients generally see significant results after a single treatment, which progressively improve over the following three to six months as new collagen is produced.
If you’re bothered by the visible signs of aging or other skin blemishes, come to Holladay Dermatology & Aesthetics for an evaluation to find out if the Secret PRO platform is right for you. Call our friendly staff at 801-272-4408 to schedule an appointment today.