A Comparative Analysis of Electric and Radiofrequency Microneedling Devices on the Market

September 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 9 | Features | 1010 | Copyright © September 2018

Tudor Puiu BS,a Tasneem F. Mohammad MD,b David M. Ozog MD,b Pranita V. Rambhatla MDb

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI Henry Ford Hospital Department of Dermatology, Detroit, MI

Table1cont2of 7 needles at a target depth range of 2.9-5.8 mm, with needle replacement cost at $2,700 for a set of 6. The device delivers energy at a frequency of 460 KHz +/- 5 KHz. The INTRAcel™ device (Perigree™), retailing for $75,000, utilizes 49 insulated needles that can function as either a unipolar or bipolar device. Cost of needle replacement is variable based on the contract. The INTRAcel functions at a frequency of 1 MHz and utilizes a unique impedance monitoring system to optimize energy delivery. The Vivace™ (Aesthetics Biomedical, Inc.), retailing for $95,500, a cost that includes 10 needle kits, utilizes a 36 needle at a depth range of 0.5-3.5 mm. The needles can be purchased as insulated or non-insulated and replacement cost is $75 per needle. Other devices, such as the Fractora™ (InMode Aesthetic Solutions), are also currently available on the market, though limited information is available with regards to device specification and cost without scheduling an in-person representative visit. Information regarding warranty, return policy, and demonstration are also important when making a decision on which device to purchase (Table 1).


Evidence for the effectiveness of microneedling in treating various dermatologic conditions is rapidly expanding and its use is increasing. Technological advances in the form of automated and combined RF pens have allowed for devices that are safer and more effective.


None of the authors have any financial disclosures.


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