Fractional Resurfacing has come a long way and is still considered one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate skin. Capable of treating anything from deep wrinkles, skin laxity, melasma to scarring, different fractional resurfacing devices use a variety of lasers and energies to address skin concerns. However, one of the main setbacks with fractional resurfacing has been patients with darker skin risked de-pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation after treatment. Now, a new technology has emerged, the EndyMed Pro, which uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and has shown to be safe and effective in all skin types.
Actual EndyMed Pro Before & After Results of Dr. Fiona Wright
"The unique thing about Endymed Pro fractional technology is that it uses radiofrequency for fractional rejuvenation so it's not color sensitive," describes leading dermatologist Dr. Neil Sadick, "It can be used in any skin phenotype. You can use it in light skin or very dark type 5 or type 6 Fitzpatrick individuals."
FDA cleared for skin resurfacing, the EndyMed Pro relies on radiofrequency energy to heat the dermis. Andwhile there are existing fractional devices that employ radiofrequency, the EndyMed Pro uses 3DEEP technology, which penetrates deep within the dermis to promote collagen growth while simultaneously ablating the dermis. Dr. Sadick says, "Compared to other fractional radio frequency technologies, this technology has six different radio frequency sensors that actually push the heat down deeper into the skin, to deeper layers than other technologies that use similar technology."
Actual EndyMed Pro Results of Dr. Flor Mayoral
"There is very little discomfort and pain associated with this procedure, compared to other fractional technologies," says Dr. Sadick, in reference to the EndyMed Pro, "There is very little discomfort, just some topical anesthetic is needed for about 20 minutes and the patient comfort is actually quite remarkable."
Treatment time is approximately 15-20 minutes and Dr. Sadick says, "There is some immediate contraction that you can note immediately after the procedure is performed. Then there is continued significant dermal remodeling that occurs over a period of 3-6 months after."
The ideal patient for the EndyMed Pro fractional resurfacing is anyone who has darker skin who is seeking skin tightening, wrinkle-reduction or has acne scarring - however, the technology works on all skin colors. According to Dr. Sadick, "I think this is an excellent technology for someone who has a darker skin phenotype, has acne scarring, wants significant heating for deeper wrinkles or is a more significantly wrinkled individual that only wants two days of downtime compared to other ablative fractional technologies."
Actual EndyMed Pro Before & After Treatment Photos of Dr. Masaki Sato
Fractional resurfacing work by purposefully wounding minute columns in skin while leaving some surrounding tissue intact. The controlled injuries generate renewed skin with new collagen growth. Immediately after the treatment, patients who have undergone fractional resurfacing may experience redness, swelling, and potentially peeling for several days. While patients are not bed-bound, most prefer to keep a low profile until they can apply makeup.
The EndyMed Pro differs from many other fractional resurfacing devices in it's wound healing ability. Similar to the Portrait Plasma PSR, EndyMed Pro uses the top layer of the dermis as a natural protective barrier against infection during healing. The skin that is being rejuvenated is beneath that top layer, after which, will peel off after the skin below has healed itself.
According to Dr. Sadick, "The results should last indefinitely. If you don't go out and have significant sun exposure again, you protect your skin using a broad spectrum sun blocker, and if your acne is inactive and there is no new inflammation, you should see significant long term if not permanent results with this technology."