Secret® RF Radiofrequency Therapy

“Combining the benefits of advanced RF therapy and skin needling for better skin tone and tightness.”

Elysium Skin Centre is excited to be the first practice in Brisbane to offer Secret® RF Needling.

RF (Radiofrequency) therapy is the newest treatment for improving skin tone by producing skin lifting, tightening and rejuvenation. Elysium Skin Centre offers the very latest RF therapy combining state of the art RF technology with minimally invasive skin needling in an advanced new treatment – Secret® RF Needling.

This treatment reduces wrinkles and is ideally suited for tightening the skin of the face, cheeks, jowls, neck and hands. It is also an excellent treatment for acne scars. It is well tolerated and has minimal down time, meaning you can get on with life quickly!


How does Sectret RF needling work?

Secret RF uses minimally invasive gold plated micro-needles to deliver precisely controlled RF energy directly into the deeper layers of the dermis avoiding damage to the skin surface.

This produces a fractionated denaturing of dermal tissue (similar to fractionated laser) inducing new collagen production, tightening elastin fibres and increasing lymphatic flow. Unlike fractionated laser, however, there is minimal damage to the skin surface resulting in a safer treatment with minimal down time.

The clinician has complete control over the depth that the needles penetrate (from 0.5mm to 3.5mm) and over the strength of the radiofrequency energy allowing infinitely tailored treatments to all areas of the face and body.

Elysium Skin Centre Radiofrequency Diagram

What are the benefits of Secret RF skin needling?

  1. Tightens skin, minimises pores, reduces scarring and lightens pigmentation.
  2. Ideal for treating loose skin and wrinkles on the face, around the eyes, the cheek, jowls, neck, decolletage, arms and hands. It is also used for local areas of scarring and is excellent for acne scars.
  3. Safe on all skin types (unlike many lasers that can’t be used on certain types of skin)
  4. Very low risk of side effects and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation a key difference when compared to IPL & Laser
  5. Well tolerated and requires only topical numbing cream
  6. Short down time after the treatment (generally 6 to 24 hrs of redness similar to sunburn and 24-72 hours of very mild swelling). Most patients will return to work the next day without any obvious effects.

Why is RF needling better than just RF therapy or skin needling alone?

Secret RF needling combines both skin needling and RF therapy, producing a synergistic effect greater than the sum of each treatment individually.

There is a big difference in the way that RF energy is delivered into the dermis between traditional RF and Secret RF Needling.

Traditional RF therapy transmits RF energy through a handpiece sitting on the skin surface. The RF energy needs to penetrate through the surface layers of the skin before diffusing into the dermis where it produces its effect. This traditional method delivers RF at a lower energy level producing less collagen stimulation. Traditional RF is an entry level form of rejuvenation.

Secret RF Needling on the other hand uses the micro-needles to deliver the fractionated RF energy directly and precisely into the dermis. The RF energy administered this way has a greater heating and denaturing effect on the dermal collagen resulting in greater stimulation of new collagen and more effective re-modelling producing better and more consistent results. Its effect is closer to fractionated laser than traditional RF.

In addition to this, the micro-injuries induced by the physical needling produce additional collagen stimulation and also can help in reducing skin pigmentation which traditional RF cannot do.

This is a technologically more advanced level of rejuvenation therapy than RF or skin needling alone.

What to expect during the treatment?

At Elysium Skin Centre, Dr Csilla will consult with you to determine your skin goals and how best to achieve them. This will involve a thorough examination and assessment of your skin and facial features, developing a treatment plan specifically tailored to you.

Numbing cream is applied to the skin 45 minutes prior to the procedure.

During the procedure the handpiece is progressively moved over the treatment area, stamping the skin with the fine microneedles and delivering the RF energy. Each time the skin is stamped you might feel a prickling sensation and warmth lasting a fraction of a second. This indicates that the treatment is working effectively. The higher the energy setting and the deeper the needles penetrate the more intense this feeling is (and the greater the potential collagen remodelling and benefit). This can be altered during the procedure to produce a more comfortable or a more intense treatment, however, the sensation is far less intense than fractionated laser therapy. Any discomfort is minimised with anaesthetic cream. Some areas (around the jawline, mouth and eyes) may be a little more sensitive, but even here the discomfort is brief and usually easily tolerated.

The treatment takes 20-60 minutes depending on the area.

What to expect after the treatment?

Your skin will be red, warm and tingling immediately after the treatment (similar to sunburn) and sensitive to extreme temperatures and sunlight, but there will be no significant pain. Redness will settle over 6-24 hours.

RF Needling does break the skin surface, so minor pin point bleeding is common. Significant bruising is very rare.

Mild swelling might be noticeable immediately after the procedure but settles within 24-72 hours.

Most patients will return to work the next day without any obvious effects.

Very occasionally a fine crust or scab may develop in some areas. This is not of concern but if this does occur, please do not pick or rub the area.

What result will I get and how long will it take?

Collagen production and remodelling takes time. The beneficial effects of Secret RF Needling are seen after 4-6 weeks but continue to develop for up to 4 months after each treatment.

Each patients treatment protocol will vary depending on individual factors such as the degree of wrinkling, loss of skin tone, skin colour and the area to be treated.

We recommend at least three treatments, each spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Most patients will see significant improvement after 4-6 treatments. The more treatments you have and the greater the intensity of the treatment, the more improvement you will see.

Are there any side effects?

This is a very safe cosmetic procedure with few side effects and little down time.

Side effects are very rare but can include:

  • Prolonged redness lasting 1-2 days
  • Minor swelling lasting up to 3 days
  • Minor bruising
  • Skin colour changes (most common in dark skin patients)
  • Patterning of treated skin (temporary and reversible)
  • Infection

How much does Secret RF needling cost?

RF skin needling is more expensive than traditional RF, but is less expensive than fractionated laser therapy. Costs per treatment vary depending on the area to be treated and start at $440. Packages of three or more treatments can be pre-purchased and significantly reduce the cost.

The final word on Secret® RF needling by Dr Csilla

Radiofrequency therapy is the most recent addition to skin rejuvenation and is receiving a lot of attention in the media. Secret RF Needling is at the very peak of RF technologies, combining both skin needling and precise transmission of RF energy into the dermis producing an effect on collagen more akin to fractionated laser, but without the discomfort and down time. I am excited to add Secret RF Needling to the range of therapies that I offer for skin rejuvenation. As with all treatments that I prescribe, the strategy is tailored to the individual to achieve the best results.

Dr Novak, Brisbane Cosmetic Skin Specialist