SECRET RF |RADIOFREQUENCY MICRONEEDLING IN BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS, UK

MULTI AWARD WINNING LUXURY AESTHETIC CLINIC

PROCEDURE TIME

30-60 Minutes

TREATS

General Anti-Ageing, Scars, Skin quality, laxity, texture and appearance Stretch Marks

DOWNTIME

Variable depending on intensity (None-few days)

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Swelling, redness, peeling

TREATMENT AREA

Face & Body

PRICE

£600 per session
£1500 for course of 3

DONE BY

Advanced Skin Therapist

BONUS

Free Complimentary Mailbox Parking Additional privacy facility available upon request 24/7 access to Royal College of Emergency Medicine doctor for all post care emergencies

About:

Secret RF by Cutera is considered the Rolls-Royce of radiofrequency microneedling devices. If you don’t believe us, independently have a look at its reviews from all over the world compared to other radiofrequency microneedling device companies like Morpheus, Scarlet RF, Profound RF and Genius RF.  With so many radiofrequency microneedling treatments being offered in Birmingham with such vast and varied price points, it is really important to understand why they’re not all the same.

Cutera has invested in the best technology rather than marketing and it is their results that have given them their position as the leading provider for results-driven devices. At Secret Aesthetics we choose to invest in the best technology rather than just a name.

 

The best way to appreciate this is by comparing these devices to cars. All cars aim to do the same thing, but they’re not all built the same way, with the same horse power, speed or comfort. 1 session of Secret RF can replenish collagen lost in an entire year! We usually recommend commencing with a course of 3 to really pack a punch and replenish many years of collagen loss, then maintain it at least once to three times a year (depending on baseline skin quality, age, other lifestyle factors that may degrade collagen loss faster). It is our skin doctor’s view, Dr Zoya, that every single person should integrate this as a preventative strategy from their 20s rather than wait for years of sun damage or premature collagen loss.

 

Radiofrequency microneedling works by combining two evidence-based collagen stimulating and hence subsequent skin tightening and scar-improving technologies in to one powerhouse: radiofrequency and microneedling. Both aim to stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen. Collagen is the key building block of your dermis. Irregular collagen formation is also the key player in scarring. We lose this at a rate of 1% a year after the age of 25 which is why scars, texture, lines, wrinkles and general skin quality can all look worse with natural ageing. Collagen is like the pillar of support underneath your skin so losing it is fundamental to many signs of ageing: loose/lax skin, loss of firmness and plumpness, fine lines, folds and wrinkles. Microneedling stimulates production of new, type 1 collagen by causing micro, controlled trauma which fibroblasts wake up to and radiofrequency does this through controlled heat. The simultaneous tissue coagulation and haemostasis allows for collagen remodelling and new collagen production. Combining the two together has shown more efficacious results in fewer sessions than either modality being used alone. Secret RF allows both the energy of the radiofrequency and depth of the needles to be controlled and tweaked to the individual’s treatment goal and skin quality for a truly bespoke protocol. There are different needle types depending on what needs to be targeted.

 

Unfortunately some people sell this treatment as a non-surgical facelift. It is not. However it is the best device on the market in our opinion, for overall collagen stimulation, skin tightening and we believe it has a powerful role in general anti-ageing alongside good skincare and lifestyle practices. Unlike injectable collagen stimulators or skin boosters such as Sculptra, Profhilo, Restylane Vital, Ellanse, HarmonyCA or Radiesse, radiofrequency microneedling can be used everywhere – all over the face, including around the eyes and forehead which the other forms are restricted to.

Procedure:

You will begin with a consultation, facial analysis and evaluation of your medical history and personal expectations by our doctor or skin therapist. A treatment plan will be created for you in advance. Baseline photos and sometimes videos are taken to monitor changes.

On the day of the treatment, it is important you arrive at least 30 minutes in advance for topical numbing cream to be applied. The area will be cleansed with antiseptic and the targeted areas marked out. The procedure itself usually takes no more than 30 minutes but depends on number of areas being treated. Once the treatment is finished, it is then cleaned again with an antiseptic and any appropriate creams and balms are applied.

Results:

The underlying treatment aim is to allow your body to remodel its own collagen and stimulate new collagen formation. As this is based on your body’s response, it is highly variable. Good skincare and lifestyle practices are imperative to optimise and maintain results

Multiple sessions may be required depending on what the aim of treatment is ie) scar improvement.

Anti-ageing – to replenish collagen loss and boost its production, remember the body is constantly losing collagen each year so the treatment is seen as a way to fight against this natural part of the ageing process hence after an initial course, it is advised to keep up with maintenance sessions as part of your long-term skin plan. If you smoke, have a lot of sun exposure for instance

Scars & stretch marks – the aim is to improve their appearance but there is no guarantee that there will be a 100% improvement, infact it is important to manage this expectation as the majority of scars will never 100% improve regardless of treatment modality used. Whatever improvement is seen is considered permanent.

Pre-Care:

No alcohol 48hrs prior or ibuprofen, aspirin or steroids. If you are on any long-term necessary blood thinning medications please ensure your physician knows in advance.

Please stop any topical actives, acids or medicated creams at least 48hrs prior to the procedure.

No tan from the sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within 2 weeks of treatment in area being treated

Clients must ensure the area being treated is hair-free/shaved prior to the treatment day.

Contraindication's:

  • Pregnancy
  • Patients with cardiac pacemaker
  • Patients with active implantable metal device (ICD) in treatment area
  • Roaccutane within previous 6 months
    Melasma in treatment area
  • Active skin conditions in treatment area ie) acne, psoriasis, sores, eczema, rashes, open wounds
  • Allergies or adverse reactions to local anaesthesia – procedure can be attempted without anaesthesia in some cases
  • Tattoos or permanent makeup in treatment area

Pre-Care:

  • No alcohol, ibuprofen or aspirin at least 48hrs prior. These thin the blood, increasing the risk of bruising and prolonged swelling
  • You must come at least 45 minutes earlier for deep numbing cream to be applied. Paracetamol can be taken 500mg x2 at this time (optional). If BBL is being done at the same time, numbing will be applied after the BBL treatment so is included in the treatment time.
  • You must not have tanned for at least 2 weeks before or have any active tan on the day of the treatment in the area being treated
  • Stop all topical steroids, actives, acids, retinoids, AHAS, BHAS 5 days before
  • If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that this treatment could contribute to a recurrence.
  • If you are acne-prone, you will require 5 days of doxycycline post-procedure to reduce the risk of a temporary breakout
  • If a more intense treatment is being conducted, antivirals and antibiotics may be prescribed
  • Skin care or treatment programs may be used before and after laser skin treatments in order to enhance the results or minimise the risk of side effects – if required, the clinician will discuss this with you at your initial consultation.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you disclose all medications, prescription and over the counter, herbal or recreational drugs in advance in our pre-treatment medical questionnaire.

Contraindications

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Skin cancer in area being treated
  • Open wounds
  • Active acne
  • Patients who are intolerant or allergic to anaesthetic based agents
  • Patients with active excoriations, open wounds or active inflammatory skin conditions in the area being treated
  • Patients with connective tissue disease
  • Patients who are immunocompromised or compromised healing
  • Patients who have used isotretinoin (e.g. Accutane, Sotret, Claravis, Amnesteem) within the past year

Cautions:

  • Blood thinning medications
  • Breastfeeding
  • History of abnormal wound healing, hypertrophic or keloid scars as well as very dry,fragile skin -if you are prone to this, it is possible the holes may heal poorly – the procedure can be done but with this additional risk taken in to consideration 
  • Face lift or eyelid surgery in treatment area within 1yr of treatment
  • Tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within 2 weeks of treatment
  • Treatment with other radiofrequency or light device within 1 month in treatment area
  • Facial dermabrasion, facial resurfacing or deep chemical peeling within the last 3 months
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you disclose all medications, prescription and over the counter, herbal or recreational drugs in advance in our pre-treatment medical questionnaire.
  • Patients with known sensitivities or allergies to metals (including gold, chromium and nickel)

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS & RISKS

The procedure may result in the following adverse experiences or risks:

 

  • DISCOMFORT / PAIN – Some discomfort and/or pain may be experienced during treatment. A topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin before treatment. Other forms of anaesthesia, or pain management, may also be used.
  • SWELLING – Swelling (oedema) of the treated area is common and may occur. This usually resolves in a few days.
  • REDNESS – Redness (erythema) of the treatment area is common and may occur. Make-up can usually be applied after 5 to 7 days and the erythema normally resolves in about two weeks.
  • SKIN COLOR CHANGES – During the healing process, there is a possibility that the treated area may become either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) in colour compared to the surrounding skin. This is usually temporary, but, on a rare occasion, it may be permanent.
  • MILIA / ACNE – Ointments that occlude hair follicles, sweat ducts, or sebaceous ducts may lead to milia/acne formation. This is more common in patients with a history of cystic acne or oily skin.
  • WOUNDS – Treatment can result in burning, blistering, or bleeding of the treated areas. The bleeding can rarely cause a large bruise called a haematoma
  • STAMPING/IMPRINTING MARKS- it is occasionally possible with any energy and heat based stamping device to have marks imprinted on the skin surface. This usually resolves on its own with time but extremely rarely it can be permanent
  • SCARRING- it is rarely possible for the skin to heal as a scar. If a burn occurs this can also rarely result in a permanent scar
  • INFECTION – Infection is a possibility whenever the skin surface is disrupted which can lead to scarring.
  • CONTACT / ALLERGIC DERMATITIS OR SKIN SENSITIVITY – Potential increased sensitivity, irritation/itching or allergic reaction of the skin due to skin surface disruption
  • PETECHIAE – May appear for several weeks after healing and clear without treatment
  • DILATED PORES – Collagen contraction that occurs as part of the resurfacing process may also contract the skin between the pores, which widens the existing pores. This occurrence, though rare, is permanent.
  • ANY SUN EXPOSURE / TANNING BEDS / ARTIFICIAL TANNING -Especially within the first 2 weeks of treatment may increase risk of side effects and adverse events
  • ALLERGY – There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the numbing cream
  • EYE EXPOSURE – Protective eyewear (shields) will be provided to you during the treatment. Failure to wear eye shields during the entire treatment may cause severe and permanent eye damage
  • UNSATISFACTORY RESULTS AND/OR FAILURE OF TREATMENT – as with any procedure, we cannot guarantee any outcomes. There is always a risk that there is no visible change or improvement at all
  • IRREVERSIBLE FAT MELTING – although not an intended aim for the treatment, it is possible rarely with higher settings to effect subcutaneous fat which may melt permanently.

Aftercare

  • Immediately post-treatment, appropriate creams/balms and/or soaks will be applied
  • Wait at least 4 hours before touching the area treated, washing face or applying soap, cream or makeup to the treatment area
  • Only use a gentle cleanser, gentle moisturiser and sun screen for at least 5 days post-treatment
  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen  to prevent further sun damage – this should be done ideally for the whole healing period but for at least the first 48 hours
  • Avoid heat – hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis and hot showers etc. for 1-2 days 
  • Stop skin irritants (examples below) 5 days before and after treatment
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, vitamin C/ascorbic acid, astringents, etc. 
  • It is important that you not pick or scratch the sites whilst it is healing as this may lead to permanent scars or promote an infection.
  • No alcohol, ibuprofen or aspirin or any blood thinning medication for 48hrs as this increases the risk of prolonged bruising and swelling– please ensure you disclose all medications prescription and over the counter, herbal or recreational in advance
  • Notify clinic of any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling and/or persistent gridmarks on the face lasting more than 1 week and on the body lasting more than 1 month)

BEFORE & AFTER

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Based on 243 reviews
Alex M
Alex M
21/05/2024
I’ve been using Secret Aesthetics for about 3 years now and in the last couple of months alone i’ve seen Dr’s Zoya, Haroon and Taran for various treatments. All are incredibly professional, as well as kind and welcoming and always explain procedures fully. It’s important to me to see practitioners that want to do the right thing for me, rather than just take my money, and that’s what you get here. It’s also a lovely experience going to such a beautiful clinic. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you Secret Aesthetics.
Melissa Jones
Melissa Jones
10/05/2024
I have been seeing Dr Haroon for a few years now for my usual botox treatments, however today I decided to take the plunge and have my nose straightened with filler. My nose is something I have been self conscious about for a number of years and I was very anxious to have this done. The results have blown me away & I wish id of had this done many years ago! Dr Haroon is an amazing, highly skilled person who has an extremely calming aura about him that instantly makes you feel at ease! I would highly recommend him! I will continue to see him for many years to come. Dr Haroon thank you so much for giving me a fresh boost of confidence X
Ella Dooley
Ella Dooley
05/05/2024
I had lip fillers done with Dr Humaira and I am beyond happy with the results. She took time to talk through exactly what I wanted, made me feel so comfortable and relxaed through out the whole procedure. The results are amazing! All the staff were welcoming with amazing customer service. Will be back soon
Hennah A
Hennah A
03/05/2024
I am never disappointed with my visits to the clinic. I was unable to attend my original appointment due to childcare and Dr Zoya was very accommodating. I managed to get another appointment in the same week. This time I met Dr Haroon. He was a pleasure to work with & listened to all of my concerns. I left the clinic satisfied. I cant wait for my next appointment.
Lps Wild dreams
Lps Wild dreams
02/05/2024
I am 48 years old and I’ve never had any aesthetic treatments done before. I have been keen to but too anxious to take the plunge mostly because of the fear of looking like someone else in the mirror! There’s a lot of horror stories out there!! However, after 2 years of colour correction under my eyes, buying endless products and nothing working, I felt quite defeated!! I booked myself in at Secret Aesthetics to have tear trough filler and mid face filler done. Dr Naqvi was exceptional and definitely lives up to his name as ‘the’ Industry expert. I was provided with not just all the essential information I needed to make my decision but I was given the respect, understanding and time to decide on what was best suited to me. After deciding on what I wanted, Dr Naqvi did a mid face filler and Botox on my forhead. I am blown away by the results!!! I looked at myself this morning and could not believe how much of an impact such a little tweek has made. I look rested and fresher faced overnight and I am the younger me. Thank you Dr Naqvi and all at Secret Aesthetics
Georgia Mae
Georgia Mae
29/04/2024
Met with Dr Haroon and he is absolutely fantastic. He takes his time to explain everything first, which I really appreciated. It's clear he loves what he does as it shines through. I will definitely be back and will only ever see Dr Haroon from now on. :)
Paul Davies
Paul Davies
18/04/2024
Highly recommended. I never write reviews but felt compelled to add to the positive comments that led me to Secret Aesthetics. The follow up service provided was excellent. Thanks to Haroon Ashraf and his team for their professionalism and friendly service.
S B
S B
06/04/2024
Thank you Humaira for listening to my concerns and planning my aesthetics accordingly. Can’t wait for my next session !!
Amy Hewitt
Amy Hewitt
02/04/2024
Dr Humaira was amazing. She really went above and beyond in the consultation and you could tell she really skilled at what she does. I would definitely come back to see her again!
Claire Bull
Claire Bull
29/03/2024
WOW.. An excellent experience from day one. An excellent experience from day one of visiting Secret Aesthetics. A beautiful relaxing and calming environment with the relaxation room and comfy chairs. Dr Zoya is the best in the Aesthetics business with a wide range of knowledge and expertise. There are a wide range of treatments available all tailored to suit your expectations. A tailor made plan especially for you with a skin care package to suit you. Nothing is too much trouble from the reception staff right through to the Dr's. I cant express just how nervous I was, but the calming environment with a warm welcome from everyone, has made me feel at ease on my visits. I can't thank everyone who as been with me on my journey enough, for all the information, reassurence and questions answered before during and after treatment. Dr Zoya, you and your team are all amazing and I would NEVER put my trust in anyone else. A***
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