Genius RF Microneedling: An Intelligent, Effective Treatment for Stretch Marks
Genius is an energy-based device that combines the benefits of radiofrequency energy and microneedling. It works by delivering thermal energy through micro-needles into the dermis, creating controlled micro-puncture wounds on the skin’s surface. These micro-puncture wounds act as delivery channels for fractional RF heat to deliver into the skin using 49 gold-plated ultrafine needles.
The dual action of creating micro-puncture wounds and delivering of precise RF energy into the dermis stimulate the skin’s collagen and elastin production, plumping up areas of skin indentation to make depressed acne scars less visible.
Treating stretch marks with Genius
Stretch marks, also known as Striae or Striae distensae, are permanent scarring on the skin. These marks may fade over time but will not completely disappear. Stretch marks are caused by tearing of the dermis during periods of rapid growth of the body, resulting in over-stretching of the skin.
The dual action of Genius RF system creates controlled damage to the skin, producing a series of tiny punctures on the skin’s surface. Fractional radiofrequency heat is simultaneously delivered into the dermis to kickstart the skin’s collagen and elastin fiber production.
Genius RF system can be administered on the arms, thighs and tummy using various handpieces that are specially designed for body treatments.
How is Genius different from INFINI?
In December 2018, Genius obtained FDA clearance for treating facial wrinkles. Other than treating wrinkles, Genius is also capable of reducing the appearance of stretch marks. It does so by using ultrafine needles to induce controlled damage to the skin, which induces less superficial damage to the skin, thus reducing the discomfort and downtime often associated with microneedling treatments.
Lutronic made improvements to Genius compared to its predecessor, the INFINI. Genius uses an intelligent handpiece which analyses the skin before it delivers the shot, allowing for real-time adaptation of needle penetration depth to account for varying skin thickness and texture. By delivering each shot with customized precision, you can expect the result to be more impressive and long-lasting as compared to INFINI.
Can Genius be combined with other stretch mark removal treatments?
Absolutely. Genius can be combined with different treatments such as collagen-stimulating dermal filler and CO2 skin resurfacing laser to further improve your skin texture.
Although you may see some results in a few days, it may take 3 to 4 weeks to see the optimal result from the treatment as collagen and elastin take time to develop.
Do stretch marks go away?
Stretch marks are permanent scarring of the skin. In other words, they won’t disappear completely. However, the appearance of stretch marks will improve over a long period of time from red (striae rubra) to white (straie alba).
In general, striae rubra are easier to treat because blood vessels are still present under the skin. The presence of these functioning blood vessels makes the stretch marks more responsive to treatments. On the other hand, straie alba are stretch marks that are older and are more difficult to treat.
What are the side effects and downtime?
Side effects of the treatment are usually mild in nature. You may experience pinpoint bleeding with some bruising. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience some swelling for a few days. Most people should notice the side effects to subside within 3 to 4 days.
- Visible improvement of white and red stretch marks
- Improve skin laxity due to stimulation of collagen production
- Convenient, comfortable treatment with minimal downtime
People who wish to get rid of unsightly stretch marks and loose skin around the arms, tummy, hips and thighs.