New Juliet™ laser and Secret RF® microneedling devices offer alternatives for treating tissue and skin conditions
In early January, Cutera announced its North American launch of an Er:YAG laser device for women’s vaginal health and aesthetics, the Juliet, and a fractional radiofrequency microneedling device, Secret RF.
The Juliet is a minimally invasive device designed to stimulate vaginal area collagen remodeling, as well as treat localized burning, itching, dryness and pain during intercourse. The in-office treatment takes about 10 minutes, with optimal results reported after three treatments, according to a Cutera press release.
Juliet™ treats burning, itching, dryness and painful intercourse in the vaginal wall typically associated with diminished estrogen production and post-partum changes. It is the ideal treatment option for women experiencing menopause who have signs and symptoms associated with genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Additionally, women who have undergone breast cancer treatments or are interested in vaginal cosmetic improvements including tone and flexibility can benefit greatly from Juliet treatment.
“The difference in Juliet from other treatments on the market today, is that this laser has a dual pass mode. The first pass causes ablation and collagen remodeling, and the second is a thermal pass that stimulates collagen reproduction. While the collagen remodeling will assist with overall vaginal tone, the combination of energy modes revitalizes the tissue improving lubrication, itching and pain during intercourse,” says James Mirabile, M.D., a gynecologist in Overland Park, Kansas.
The aim of the company’s Secret RF microneedling device is to nonsurgically revitalize skin on the face and body, remodel collagen, improve mild wrinkling and diminish scars.
The microneedling device can be used on all skin types, and features customizable microneedle tips and two specialized handpieces for treating the face and body. Treatments take about 15 minutes and patients tend to see optimal results after three treatments, according to the company.
Radiofrequency technology devices are showing limited but positive results in small studies. A similar technology, Endymed’s Intensif fractional microneedling radiofrequency device was shown in a recent study of 12 subjects to result in “overall improvement in décolletage appearance in regard to skin tightening, wrinkles, and skin texture suggested by overall patient satisfaction (80%) and physician-rated [Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale] GAIS improvement (67%).”
The authors of the study looking at the Intensif suggest fractional microneedling radiofrequency devices are safe and effective approaches for improving overall décolletage appearance with little downtime.