Sylfirm X: Effective Acne Scarring Treatment

Skin Resurfacing with Low Downtime

These days, it seems that a new “game-changing” energy device or treatment modality is released every other month. Each new launch is often lauded with claims of being able to treat a multitude of conditions with the ability to tighten/lift/tone/erase pigments or scars with fantastic results. Naturally, patients can often be caught up with the hype and have difficulty differentiating between the trending treatment of the month against treatments with actual effective results.

As aesthetic physicians – we at Mizu pride ourselves on doing the due diligence for you to ensure that the patients under our care receive safe, effective and tangible results.

Sylfirm X: Ultimate Edition

 What is Sylfirm X?

Sylfirm X is a radio frequency micro-needling energy device that uniquely combines and improves upon the traditional benefits of both radio frequency therapy and micro-needling into one treatment.

RF devices operate via the use of radio-frequency energy to heat the skin at specific depths. The heat allows for immediate collagen contraction to produce a tightening effect whilst simultaneously engaging the skin’s natural repair process to ensure more collagen production is stimulated. The radio frequency energy is usually unfocused in these devices and this means that a large bulk of the skin is heated each time in a process known as “bulk heating”.

Instead of using heat, micro-needling relies on the mechanical act of micro-injuries to the skin (via the use of tiny needles injected into the skin) to break down existing scar tissue and to engage the skin’s natural repair process.

Diagram of Radiofrequency + Microneedling

As a combination treatment – Sylfirm X consists of the release of radiofrequency energy via tiny needles delivered into the skin. This improves on the existing standalone radiofrequency and microneedling technologies by:

  1. Enabling radiofrequency energy to be delivered in a localized manner instead of a widespread area and
  2. Allowing controlled injuries to the skin via the mechanical act of microneedles to stimulate rejuvenation via the skin’s natural healing process.
This results in a safe and effective treatment modality that can treat a variety of conditions from acne scarring and large pores, to the tightening and lifting of skin for rejuvenation, and even pigmentation.

Benefits of Sylfirm X

What can Sylfirm be used to treat?

  • Facial and Body Rejuvenation
    • Reducing the size of pores
    • Reducing the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles
    • Tightening skin laxity over the face/neck/chin/décolletage regions
    • Reduction of stretch marks
  • Reduction of acne scars
  • Treatment of active acne
  • Pigmentation disorders
    • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
    • Melasma
  • Vascular disorders
    • Rosacea
    • Telangiectasia

Understanding Acne Scarring

How is acne scarring formed?

In order to understand why Sylfirm X would be effective in treating acne scars, we need to understand how acne scars are formed.

Acne scars are formed due to 3 main reasons:
Fibrotic Scarring, Volume Loss, & Uneven Skin Texture

types of acne scarring

  1. Fibrotic scarring – inflammation and infection under the skin cause fibrous-like bands to form under the skin. These bands are called fibrotic scars which tether and pull the skin inwards, resulting in scarring and an uneven skin texture.
  2. Volume loss – inflammation under the skin also causes tissue and collagen destruction, resulting in volume loss within the skin structure. This creates a ‘hole’ under the skin and causes the skin to sink inwards.
  3. Uneven skin texture – infection from acne also causes the surface of the skin to become uneven due to the damage of the superficial skin layer. This damage creates superficial potholes on the skin, and at the same time causes pores to become bigger.

Traditionally, these reasons for acne scarring are treated individually by different treatments. Sylfirm X can effectively treat all 3 reasons with just a single session, thus reducing the number of treatments needed with increased effects.

How does Sylfirm X treat acne scarring?

1. Fibrotic Scarring

Fibrotic scarring is usually treated with subcision. Subcision is a process where a specialised needle is used to physically breakdown the scar tissue by ‘cutting’ these fibrous bands to release the tethered skin.

traditional subcision vs sylfirm

Sylfirm X achieves subcision with microneedles that can be calibrated to specific depths where different scars are situated. Microneedles (25 needles in each handpiece) are slowly ‘injected’ into the skin, reaching up to 4mm depth (deeper than any laser can reach). These microneedles are able to break down the fibrous bands more effectively and quickly as they cover a larger surface area than just 1 needle used during subcision, and ensure that no areas are being missed out because of the close arrangement of the microneedles. Due to the very small diameter of the microneedles, it also is very much more tolerable and less painful than traditional subcision.

2. Volume Loss

Volume loss resulting from tissue destruction under the skin is usually treated by injectables such as hyaluronic acid fillers or Rejuran S. These injectables can mostly be replaced by Sylfirm X. Sylfirm X delivers controlled and adjustable radiofrequency energy into the skin layers through the microneedles. This radiofrequency remodels the skin to produce collagen and increases volume from within, thus ‘pushing’ the scars upwards without the need of injectables. Best of all, this volume stimulated by Sylfirm X is permanent and does not disappear like fillers after a period of time.

3. Uneven Skin Texture

The uneven texture on the skin due to acne scarring is usually treated by fractional lasers such as the fractional CO2 laser, fractional pico laser, etc. These fractional lasers damage the surface of the skin, promoting repair and resurface the skin to make it smoother. Sylfirm X, because of the adjustable depths of the microneedles, can be adjusted to different depths on the surface to target more precisely on all the superficial layers of the skin. On the surface, Sylfirm X is adjusted to different depths to cause damage and resurfacing, and at the same time delivers radiofrequency energy as well to repair the skin and minimise pores.

Why choose Sylfirm X for acne scarring treatment?

  1. Faster and effective results – Sylfirm X can treat all causes of acne scarring with 1 procedure, thus resulting in faster and more effective results.
  2. Less pain – because of the smaller microneedles, Sylfirm X is very much less painful than traditional subcision.It is also less painful than most fractional lasers such as the fractional pico laser as it does not cause as much ‘explosive’ damage to the skin as the radiofrequency energy can be adjustable and controlled to match different depths of the skin and different scar types.
  3. Cost effectiveness – due to the effectiveness and reduced number of treatments, Sylfirm X can be more cost effective at treating scars compared to traditional tr
  4. Reduced downtime – surprisingly, one of the BIGGEST advantages of Sylfirm X is the reduced downtime. Traditional procedures such as subcision and fractional CO2 lasers require about 1-2 weeks of downtime such as redness and scabbing. Sylfirm X, because of its controlled energy and very small needles, has a much reduced downtime of 1-3 days.
  5. Other benefits – Sylfirm X not only treats acne scarring, but at the same time minimises pores, reduces fine lines, and leaves the skin glowy and softer. 

What happens during the procedure?

First, your skin will be gently cleansed before you are taken for a skin analysis. A thorough consultation with a registered medical professional will be done prior to any treatment.

Once your treatment has been discussed and agreed upon,  a topical anaesthetic will be applied to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Reapplication of the numbing cream may be reapplied depending on treatment and pain tolerance. The topical anaesthetic is then removed after an adequate time has passed before the procedure is carried out.

Our doctor will then ensure that your skin is clean before carrying out the treatment. The Sylfirm tip will be firmly rested upon your skin firmly before every shot. Each shot sends radiofrequency energy via the microneedles that will be pushed into your skin.  Treatments typically last for 20 – 30 minutes depending on the size and complexity of the area treated..

After the treatment is over, a cold gel and light therapy may be introduced to help reduce redness and aid healing.

Sylfirm X Microneedling Tip transfers radiofrequency energy

How many sessions will I need?

As each person’s skin type and scarring is different, the number of sessions needed and the improvements seen in each session do depend on how your skin reacts to Sylfirm X.

The depth, power settings and the frequency between treatments would generally determine how quick or visible the improvements are.

On average, the number of treatments are 2 or 3 times lesser than what other traditional procedures will require.

Side effects & aftercare for the Sylfirm X

In general, side effects are minimal and are usually limited to:

  • Erythema (Redness)
  • Very mild swelling at higher energy settings
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (uncommon)

Most patients typically experience 1 – 3 days of downtime. One may experience mild erythema or swelling. Longer downtime can be observed for those treating acne scarring, which typically requires treatment at deeper depths.

Improvements to the scars tend to be observed around a month after the treatment as time is needed for new collagen formation and remodelling to occur. 

A topical cream is usually prescribed to patients to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation and infection. This should be applied diligently for the first few days. Adequate sun protection and moisturization are also key for faster recovery and to reduce the chance of side effects.

It is also the best time to apply skincare with healing benefits such as stem cell serums, or hydrating sheet masks!

Can the Sylfirm X be combined with other treatments?

Most definitely! However, not all treatments can be done together on the same day.

The Sylfirm X can be combined with other energy based devices or injectables for better or enhanced results, such as: