Doctor's Guide to Potenza Downtime Symptoms, Course of Events, and How to Spend the Downtime.

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I'd love to get the Potenza, but I'm wondering how much downtime I'll have."
When can I start wearing makeup and washing my face after potenza?"
I was wondering, "How is the downtime for Potenza? Will I be able to go about my day as usual?"
What if the downtime is prolonged?"

Hello, I am a doctor at Smart Skin Clinic, a cosmetic dermatology clinic.

Do you have these questions about Potenza downtime?

In this article, doctors will discuss in detail the symptoms, process, and how to spend the downtime of Potenza, also known as microneedle RF treatment.


Downtime Symptoms

Potenza is a treatment that combines microneedling (ultrafine needles) and RF (radiofrequency, a type of radiofrequency) radiation. The needles puncture the skin and transmit heat energy, which causes downtime.

Downtime symptoms of Potenza include burning, soreness, and redness for 1-2 days and small scabs for 5 days. Both symptoms will gradually diminish over time. If internal bleeding appears in the needle hole, it will turn from purple to yellow and disappear in 1-2 weeks. If it is noticeable, it can be covered with concealer or foundation starting the next day.

In fact, the following article shows that microneedle RF wave (≈Potenza) treatment of acne scar craters caused mild to minimal erythema and edema in the treated area, lasting 2 to 5 hours, with a pain rating of 1.5 on a scale of 10, suggesting that Potenza's downtime is very mild This suggests that the downtime of Potenza is very mild.

Anwar Elawar, Serge Dahan "Non-insulated Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency Treatment with Smooth Motor Insertion for Reduction of Depressed Acne Scars, Pore Size, and Skin Texture Improvement: a Preliminary Study. "The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. 2018 Aug;11(8);41-44.

Is the downtime for Potenza short?

Downtime for Potenza is shorter in duration than other microneedling treatments.
For example, in the Dermapen, a type of microneedling treatment, bleeding occurs after the ultrafine needle is inserted. Generally, when a wound forms and bleeding occurs, inflammatory reactions such as swelling, redness, heat, and pain, as well as hemostasis reactions occur.

However,Potenza can reduce bleeding with its hemostatic effect of high-frequency thermal energy,Inflammatory reactions such as pain and redness are less likely to appear, and wounds take less time to repair.

In fact, in a paper on a study of 19 patients treated with RF microneedling, the following is noted

The RF microneedle treatment offers a minimally invasive treatment option with little downtime for the treatment of acne scars, improvement in skin The RF microneedle treatment offers a minimally invasive treatment option with little downtime for the treatment of acne scars, improvement in skin texture, and reduced size of skin pores.

(Japanese translation) RF microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment option with little downtime for treating acne scars, improving skin texture, and shrinking pores.

Anwar Elawar, Serge Dahan "Non-insulated Fractional Microneedle Radiofrequency Treatment with Smooth Motor Insertion for Reduction of Depressed Acne Scars, Pore Size, and Skin Texture Improvement: a Preliminary Study. "The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. 2018 Aug;11(8);41-44.

Table: Comparison of downtime between Dermapen and Potenza

structuremicroneedleMicroneedling + RF
Needle hole bleedingpuncture a hole with a needleRF irradiation after needle puncture
(Hemostatic effect)
Downtime periodApprox. 2 weeksApprox. 5 days
Downtime SymptomsPain: several days
Swelling: several days to about 2 weeks
Redness: next day to 3 days
Scab: about 1 week
Pain: about 1-2 days
Swelling: several days
Redness: about 1-2 days
Scab: about 5 days

Progress of Potenza downtime

The downtime for Potenza is approximately 5 days, but there are differences due to (1) the depth of the needles, (2) the heat of the RF waves, and individual differences, and it may actually go away much sooner. Symptoms are relatively light and inconspicuous and will have little impact on daily life.

The downtime is shown below, following the progress of the procedure, including the day of the procedure, days 1-3, and days 4-1 week later.

Day of treatment

When the anesthesia wears off, you will experience burning, redness, and pain similar to the burning sensation of sunburn. Makeup cannot be applied on the same day. Since there will be no bleeding, you will be able to spend the day without covering your face. However, symptoms may vary from person to person.

Photo of a case immediately after treatment

Days 1-3

Redness and pain will gradually subside in a few days. The skin will feel coarse and the needle hole wound will scab over. If redness or internal bleeding appears, it can be covered with makeup from the second day after surgery.
Moisturize and apply sunscreen.

Photo of case after 24 hours
2 days later
3 days later

4th day - 1 week

There is little redness, pain, or burning.
The scab will begin to peel off in about 5 days. Internal bleeding will settle down in about 1 to 2 weeks.

How to spend your downtime

Downtime symptoms of Potenza are mild and there are no major restrictions on daily activities. However, deep within the skin, tissue damaged by the needles and RF thermal energy is being repaired. To ensure the full effect of the treatment, please keep your skin clean and avoid any activities that may interfere with recovery.

For example, note the following

  • Face wash: can be used on the same day, avoid irritation such as scrubbing, scrubbing, or peeling.
  • Showering: Permitted on the same day
  • Bathing: Possible from the next day
  • Sunscreen and make-up: Available from the next day, do not rub the treated area strongly.
  • Strenuous exercise: refrain from until swelling and redness subside.
  • Scab: do not peel off, wait for natural shedding
  • Thorough moisturizing and UV protection
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including adequate sleep, a nutritionally balanced diet, and no smoking.

Postoperative skin is drier and more sensitive than expected.
Dry skin has a reduced barrier function, making it vulnerable to damage and prone to new skin problems. When caring for skin, avoid irritating the skin as much as possible, and moisturize thoroughly with lotions and serums containing moisturizing ingredients. In particular, UV rays have a high risk of damaging the skin, such as denaturing collagen, so please take thorough measures against UV rays, such as using sunscreen.

Wound healing requires increased blood flow to the treated area.
Smoking constricts peripheral blood vessels and decreases blood flow. To avoid reducing the effectiveness of treatment, please try to quit smoking. Also, refrain from excessive dieting and actively consume protein and vitamin C, which are necessary for skin repair. Hormones involved in skin metabolism are secreted during sleep. To avoid wasting the effects of the treatment, adjust your lifestyle.

Dealing with prolonged downtime

The appearance of downtime symptoms after POTENZA is a normal reaction and will gradually diminish over time.

However, if redness, swelling, burning, or other symptoms intensify or persist, please contact the clinic. There may be a possibility of infection or burns. If infection is found, treatment with antibiotics is necessary.

Skin growth injection systems, dermapen, and fractional laser are also options for skin texture improvement treatment.

Potenza is a good treatment for "skin texture improvement" with relatively mild downtime. On the other hand, one disadvantage is the high cost. The market price is about 50,000-100,000. (as of April 2024)

Other skin texture improvement treatment options include

Various skin growth injectable treatments
Fractional Laser
IPL (e.g., photofacial)

These treatments are less expensive than potenza and may be an easy first step to start.

Smart Skin Clinic offers various skin growth injection-based treatments, dermapen, and IPL (photofacial).

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Profilo case photo

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For skin texture improvement treatment, go to Smart Skin Clinic.

We are committed to the following "perspectives" regarding "skin growth injections" as part of our skin quality improvement treatment.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to improve your skin texture.

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