Shirley* 75

Procedure: Intracel Fractional Microneedle R.F. and platelet–rich plasma (PRP) treatment

Performed by: Dr. Jimmy Poon

*Patient name has been changed

Elevate: Why did you decide to have this procedure?
Shirley:"Honestly, I felt my neck looked aged and tired, and the skin was loose and wrinkly. I had procedures done to rejuvenate my face, so the skin on my neck looked really out of place."

Elevate: How did you decide on your doctor?
Shirley:"I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Poon. He's done a number of procedures on me since 1997."

Elevate: Why did you and your doctor decide that these procedures were right for you?
Shirley:"Well, I didn't want to have surgery, and I had had laser resurfacing done before, but that caused permanent pigmentation. These treatments are non–surgical, don't cause pigmentation complications and have low downtime."

Elevate: How would you describe the treatment and recovery?
Shirley:"The procedures were done with local numbing. I was able to drive home, and I did not take time off from my regular activities. There was slight redness for two to three days, but I was able to wear makeup the next day."

Elevate: Have you seen results?
Shirley:"I started to see results about a week after the procedure. The area continued to improve for the next two to three months. I now have a more youthful neck that complements my face, and I am no longer conscious of the saggy and wrinkly skin under my chin."

Ask the Doctor

Dr. Jimmy Poon, MD, FCFP
Beautiful One Cosmetic & Anti–aging Clinics, Toronto

What is an Intracel Fractional Microneedle Radio Frequency treatment?
Dr. Poon: "Intracel Fractional Microneedle Radio Frequency works by delivering thermal damage through microneedles directly into the dermis, bypassing the epidermis completely. It is able to cause collagen shrinkage and new collagen formation without damaging the epidermis, so we are able to treat the face, neck, décolleté and other parts of the body without worrying about scarring or pigment changes. All skin types from white to Asian to black can be treated, and there is no wound to take care of after the procedure. It takes less than one hour to perform and is done with local or topical numbing."

What is a platelet–rich plasma treatment?
Dr. Poon: "Platelet–rich plasma treatment is a procedure whereby blood is taken from the vein, put in a special mac–hine to extract and concentrate the platelet portion of the blood and then applied back to the skin either by injection or microneedling. The platelet has many significant growth factors, which will rejuvenate the skin, stimulating new collagen to form and even make the epidermis thicker."

Can these procedures be done separately?
Dr. Poon: "They can be done at the same time or separately. For Intracel, I generally recommend one to two treatments for most patients, waiting six weeks between treatments. The effects of PRP for skin rejuvenation will last 10 months, so it can be done every 10 months."

Are there any risks involved?
Dr. Poon: "The risks for the average person are very minimal. For those who tend to develop hypertrophic scarring or hyperpigmentation, then obviously there is a risk of scarring and pigment changes."

Is there downtime?
Dr. Poon: "Since this isn't a surgical procedure there is no real downtime. There is a slight redness after treatment that will go away within five days. There may also be some bruising in certain areas from the needles. But the only restriction is that the treated area must be protected from UV exposure, which should be done anyway."

What is the average cost?
Dr. Poon: "The average cost for Intracel is $2,000 to $3,000, depending on the extent of the area covered. The average cost for PRP treatment is $1,500. Combining the two together will cost approximately $3,000 to $4,000."