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Radio Frequency Microneedling (INFINI™)

San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Ransom is extremely excited to offer INFINI™ for the face and neck. He is one of a very small number of providers in Northern California with this groundbreaking device. The INFINI™ technology pairs two of the latest non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatments – radiofrequency energy (RF) and microneedling – to stimulate collagen growth and tighten the skin. INFINI™ is performed in the office and does not require general anesthesia, making it a great alternative for those who are not able undergo or are uninterested in cosmetic surgery.

INFINI™ is the only RF technology that is designed to deliver energy inside the dermis using tiny, insulated microneedles. The depth of penetration is precisely calibrated to the skin being treated and your individual needs. This targeted treatment means that the skin surface is spared and deeper structures, like nerves, are kept safe. In addition, greater focus of the energy in the area where collagen is produced means greater effect per treatment – and overall less work for the patient. INFINI™ is safe and effective for ALL SKIN TYPES while minimizing risk of pigment change. This includes thicker skin and patients with acne scarring.

Who is a candidate?
Anyone who is seeking improvements in the tone and texture of the facial skin, or non-surgical approaches to address moderate facial and neck aging may be a candidate. INFINI™ is used to lift and tighten the cheeks, brow, eyelids, and neck. In addition, INFINI™ is a fantastic solution for acne scarring in patients with all skin types and colors. This device can be used in patients who are not candidates for laser treatment due to inflammatory hyperpigmentation concerns. Patients with significant excess skin or fatty deposits may be better served with different techniques (e.g., browlift, face or neck lift, or neck liposuction). Dr. Ransom can help you decide if INFINI™ is right for you during your comprehensive consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What areas can be treated?
A: Many areas can be treated with INFINI™ using different settings for the energy and depth of penetration, including the forehead, brow, eyelids, cheeks, jowls, upper lip, chin, neck, and décolletage.

Q: How long does the treatment take?
A: Each session takes about one hour. This involves application of the topical numbing cream, preparing the skin surface, and delivering the treatment. The specific time required for the INFINI™ energy delivery depends on the number of areas being treated, but typically is about 20 minutes.

Q: How many treatments are there?
A: The total number of treatment sessions depends on your unique skin characteristics and the desired endpoint. Most patients will undergo three to five treatments, typically one to two months apart.

Q: Does it hurt?
A: Dr. Ransom uses a topical numbing cream that dramatically reduces the sensation of the skin during the treatment. Most patients are fine with just this application. For some areas, a small nerve block can be performed using an injectable local anesthetic. Finally, for patients with anxiety, we offer oral sedation in the office. Please note that you cannot drive home if you have had sedation; you will need a driver to accompany you.

Q: What is the downtime? Can I go back to work afterward?
A: There is minimal downtime from INFINI™ treatments. The treated area will be swollen and inflamed or irritated in appearance for about 48 hours. No specific post-treatment medication, measures, or restrictions are required. The application of moisturizer and sunscreen is recommended. Tylenol is sufficient for discomfort in almost all cases. Many patients will go back to work the day after their treatment session, though this varies according to personal preference.

Q: When do I see results?
A: Most patients will see some improvement even after their first session of INFINI™. The full results of the treatment, however, are typically seen between 4 and 6 months. This is because the body takes time to create new collagen in the skin and to contract and remodel the connective tissue fibers. Benefits of the INFINI™ technology are permanent and can be enhanced by a comprehensive skin care program.