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Potenza (CynoSure) – MicroNeedle RF machine for acne scars, stretch marks, skin tightening and facelifting

Potenza Cynosure - The world's first 4 RF Mode microneedling device

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A screenshot of Jamie Yeo's Instagram story featuring Dr Isaac Wong performing Potenza Treatment

Jamie Yeo was my first famous client to get a Potenza treatment – she is the first definitely in South East Asia as I am the first doctor in SEA to receive the Potenza machine direct from the USA!

A picture of Dr Isaac Wong with Jamie Yeo

Next famous client to get the Potenza treatment outside the USA is Lynn Poh! I’m sure she needs no introduction 😊

Potenza just helped this client avoid a painful tummy tuck surgery and a long horizontal scar. Look at the tightening of the loose skin, the loose lower skin folds are less obvious, the lower overhanging skin is tightened, and the waistline looks firmer and smaller.

KW Leong @kwleong had stubborn acne scars which got better with PicoSure. When Potenza came to me, I knew this was the machine that was made for him. And how right I was! His atrophic acne scars, tethered down cheek skin, open pores became resurfaced after just ONE SESSION! His jawline also looks more tightened up.

Potenza – the celebrity skin rejuvenation and skin tightening device

  • Approximately 30-45 minutes procedure
  • Loved by celebrities, great feedback even from them who can be more picky in terms of treatments
  • Unique Tiger Tip™ technology treats more tissue at multiple depths – saving time and energy for both patient and doctor
  • Patented Cushion-Plus technology delivers topical serums and predictably into the skin with the microneedle RF energy – bypassing the protective skin barrier effectively
  • 4 mode Microneedle RF system with 9 different tips of Multi-needle arrays for a totally customisable treatment according to the patient’s skin condition (deep tissue lifting and/or skin texture improvement, high energy and/or low energy can all be adjusted),expected results and expected recovery time.

Introducing the Potenza™ radiofrequency microneedling treatment

Yes Potenza. Get used to the name. It’s going to be on everybody’s lips soon. 

As an international trainer/speaker/KOL for CynoSure medical devices, I’m the first doctor in South East Asia to get this machine outside of the USA (you can’t get it anywhere else except with me at the moment)! 

I’m so excited to share this fantastic new treatment with you. 

The Potenza microneedling RF treatment is a customizable solution that’s designed for you. 

Conditions it can treat include: 

  1. acne scars 
  2. open pores
  3. wrinkled skin
  4. dull, oily skin
  5. stretch marks 
  6. loose saggy skin

How do RF (Radiofrequency) treatments work?

Radiofrequency heat is applied in a controlled manner to the skin. Collagen is remodelled and Elastin is improved through the wound healing response.

  1. Heat is applied to the epidermis creating an Inflammatory Phase (1-3 days)
    a. Early contraction of blood vessels (5-10 minutes)
    b. Vasodilation in order to increase blood supply (multiple hours to 1-3 days)
    c. Cells (macrophages, neutrophils, etc) infiltrate the damaged area to
    remove dead/damaged tissue and destroy bacteria.
  2. Proliferative Phase – 3 weeks
    Ongoing Process to repair tissue
    a. Day 2-3 – Fibroblast activity is induced in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts multiply,
    send mediators to stimulate repair, combining with damaged tissue
    b. Day 5-7 – Fibroblasts begin synthesis of collagen. (Day 7-21)
    c. Day 7-21 – Old collagen is removed by collagenase
  3. Maturation Phase – 3 weeks to 6 months and beyond
    a. New collagen is generated
    b. Elastin becomes more uniform and the quality is improved

End result – skin is tightened, pores smaller, skin rejuvenated, face lifted, acne scars less deep and stretch marks reduced.

What is Microneedle RF (Radiofrequency)?

Stages of Microneedle RF (Radiofrequency)

The Potenza microneedling treatment uses ultrafine needles to penetrate the top layer of the skin and then radiofrequency (RF) energy is released from the microneedles DIRECT INTO THE SKIN (where it’s needed) and trigger the body’s natural healing process to regenerate new collagen and elastin. Because the RF energy is delivered so deeply with precision to where it’s needed, it can produce faster, more dramatic results with much lesser downtime.

Unlike some other skin revitalization treatments, these treatments can be performed on all skin types, anywhere on the body and anytime of the year. This is because Potenza is NOT A LASER. Therefore it is safe even for darker-skin patients.

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How is Potenza different from other MicroNeedle RF devices?

differences between Potenza and earlier MicroNeedle RF devices
Table comparing the many differences between Potenza and earlier MicroNeedle RF devices


Potenza is a USA FDA-cleared 4 mode (Monopolar 1MHz, Monopolar 2MHz, Bipolar 1MHz, Bipolar 2MHz) MicroNeedle RF device.

This treatment system provides a host of extra new benefits!

  • 4 different RF modes. Monopolar, bipolar, 1 & 2 MHz capabilities allow you to perform both shallow and deep treatments in one system. (refer to the section on Monopolar RF vs Bipolar RF treatments below to understand more about this)
  • Unique Tiger Tip technology. Treat more tissue at multiple depths in a single treatment without sacrificing the epidermis. 
  • 9 different tips. The system offers multi-needle arrays in various densities and single-needle tips at various depths. This allows for a totally customisable setting for every patient. After all, every face has different skin thickness, different amounts of facial fat, different skin issues. How could we only use 1 or 2 settings? 
  • Patented Cushion-Plus technology. CP technology delivers topical serums and predictably into the skin during treatment. (explained more below)
  • With the Single needle hand piece, you can target and improve blemishes on the skin.
  • The microneedle can reach a maximum depth of 4mm for patients with thicker dermis. 

Delivering a diverse range of non-surgical treatments, Potenza RF Microneedling is paving a new way for aesthetic treatments.

“Tiger Tip Technology”

Potenza has a special patented “Tiger Tip” technology where the RF energy comes out at 2 different depths from the microneedles. This allows for 2 depths of treatment in just one pass, treating more tissue in a single treatment, thus saving time and reducing discomfort for the patient, and increasing the results AT THE SAME TIME. Being a results-oriented doctor, I love this part about Potenza a lot – it saves a lot of time, energy for both the patient and the doctor! I can treat at 2 depths at the same time, to get dual effects of skin tightening and skin rejuvenation.

A picture of CynoSure’s "Tiger Tip" Technology
CynoSure’s patented “Tiger Tip” technology which allows for RF energy to come out at 2 different depths with one single treatment.

“Patented Cushion Plus technology” drug delivery system

Potenza has a special patented “Cushion Plus” technology where topical serums and collagen stimulators will be pushed deep into the necessary parts of the skin at the same time when the MicroNeedle penetrates to the precise depth and releases RF energy to remodel the scars and stimulate collagen production. Talk about busy busy busy – so many things going on at the same time in a fraction of a second in synergy for the best results!

We know that our skin has protective layers of the epidermis to shield our deeper skin layers from dehydration, viruses, bacteria, fungus, UV damage, external pollutants. It shuts out almost everything in order to protect the integrity of our skin. Therefore, it is hard to applied topical products to penetrate our skin. An example are skinbooster machines (guns) where microneedles infuse the special skinboosters into the skin layer, to bypass the epidermis barrier. 

With this Cushion Plus technology, useful products like skin-rejuvenating serums and collagen stimulators can be “delivered” as shown in the above video, into the skin, via the direct “push” action of the CP tip. 

The serums/collagen stimulators turbocharge the Potenza energy and delivers even more wonderful skin resurfacing and skin tightening results! We know that atrophic acne scars are due to too much scar tissue and collagen loss of the skin. We also know that stretch marks are also due to loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. Therefore, it’s only logical to use collagen-stimulators to be delivered right to the scars and stretch marks to stimulate the collagen! 

For dry skin, we can even use Potenza to deliver in hyaluronic acid! 

For mature, aging skin with wrinkles, we can use Potenza to deliver in growth factor peptides to reverse skin aging!

For melasma, pigmented skin, we can use Potenza to deliver in ingredients like vitamin C, arbutin, tranexamic acid directly to the deep pigment cells.

I can go on and on about this technologically advanced microneedle RF machine Potenza all day! This, to me, is a game-changer.

“Monopolar and Bipolar Settings (Deep and Surface Treatments) Both in ONE TREATMENT”

A picture of Monopolar and Bipolar Settings (Deep and Surface Treatments) Both in one treatment

Bipolar devices – the RF comes out from one needle and is returned to another needle on the same tip. Treatment is more shallow and focused. This is great for skin texture issues like acne scars, open pores, stretch marks.

Monopolar devices – the RF comes out from a handpiece and goes deeper into the tissue before going into the return pad and going back into the machine. This can target deeper issues like retaining ligaments, deeper fat. It also gives a facelifting effect !

As mentioned, Potenza is taking microneedling RF to new levels, offering the best of both worlds with both monopolar and bipolar RF capabilities.

  • Monopolar RF allows clinicians to deliver energy across a larger area of tissue for deep heating, skin tightening and targeting blemishes on the skin. Monopolar RF heats much deeper and penetrates deeply to the fat and retaining ligaments layer, which results in a facelifting effect. This is much akin to facelift results like a properly-done threadlift, without the downtime, swelling, pain and discomfort of a threadlift.
  • Bipolar RF allows clinicians to deliver energy in concentrated, more superficial tissue, which is ideal for overall skin revitalisation. This is best for atrophic acne scars, stretch marks, loose skin, textural issues like open pores. 

Talk about getting value for money in such testing times. Currently, besides Potenza, there is no MicroNeedle RF machine available that can do both acne scar/stretch marks resurfacing and facelifting/skin tightening AT THE SAME TIME! This means that your getting a free Thermage / TempSure facelifting treatment together with your acne scar resurfacing treatment when you get Potenza !

Potenza not only treats acne scars and oily skin, they also can treat loose, dry, mature neck skin as well!

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Is this treatment right for me?

The Potenza microneedling treatment can treat a wide variety of skin concerns on the face and body. You can consult our friendly doctors or contact us via whatsapp 88797887 to see if this treatment is right for you.

What is the benefit of microneedling treatments that use RF energy?

Using RF energy will trigger your body’s natural response to create an increased level of collagen and elastin production, resulting in an enhanced skin revitalization treatment versus microneedling alone. This also allows for a more DIRECT treatment straight to the parts of the skin that needs it the most, without harming the other layers of the skin. 

Is Potenza painful?

Potenza treatment, after our Artisan’s strong premium numbing cream, has very mild discomfort. Our patients say that they don’t feel the RF energy at all! 

How long is the downtime of Potenza MicroNeedle RF treatment?

Potenza, as you have read, has a highly customisable 4 mode system, and highly tunable settings, and therefore, the treatment can be customised to your skin condition and expected recovery time. It can range from almost no downtime (for general skin rejuvenation and lifting) to a more aggressive treatment (for deep atrophic acne scars or stretch marks). 

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment times may vary, however most treatments can be performed in 45 minutes or less.

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