Want better-looking skin? The solution is Cutera Secret RF!

The secret is out in Newport Beach … we now have THE year-round solution for improving your skin’s appearance with minimal downtime. Cutera Secret RF combines micro-needling with the advanced benefits of radio-frequency technology, for skin remodeling from the inside out. Secret RF revitalizes skin and delivers consistent results, improving your skin quality by reducing signs of photo aging and photo damage, fine lines and wrinkles, stretchmarks and scars/acne scars. Following a series of treatments, skin begins to look younger, smoother and more even.

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Cutera’s Secret RF micro-needles gently penetrate the skin, delivering energy at various depths in the epidermis and dermis, while sparing the skin’s surface. Along with fractional radio frequency (RF), this micro-needling system stimulates collagen production and addresses the common signs of aging. By adjusting the micro-needles, Secret RF can deliver energy at various depths enabling treatments to be customized to address a variety of skin concerns.

Benefits of Cutera Secret RF

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Treats fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and laxity
  • Minimal downtime for patients who are on the go


Frequently Asked Questions

Is anesthesia or pre-medication required?

Anesthesia is not necessary with this treatment, so you are free to drive yourself to and from your appointment. If you have a history of cold sores, we may ask you take a round of anti-viral medication during the days before and after treatment. On the day of your treatment, we will have you prepare your skin in-office with Alumier Purifying Gel Cleanser and a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. 

Is the treatment uncomfortable?

Most patients report feeling some light pressure and heat during the treatment.

Who will be performing the procedure?

All Cutera Secret RF Microneedling treatments are performed by Taylor Zvokel, R.N. (please allow two hours in your schedule for numbing, pre-procedure photos, and treatment time).

How long is the recovery time?

Minimally invasive micro-needles offer little to no downtime. Patient’s generally note light flushing immediately post-treatment. You may experience some mild inflammation, which generally resolves within 24 hours. 

How many treatments will I need?

Following your initial consultation, Dr. Lavinia Chong will review your goals and set a treatment plan. While you may see results with only one treatment, optimal results are seen following the end of a series of 3-4 treatments (scheduled 3-6 weeks apart). To maintain results, additional treatments may be recommended every 12-18 months.

What skincare do you recommend during my series of treatment?

Alumier HydraCalm moisturizer is a rich and restorative hydrator specifically formulated for redness-prone and sensitive skin. With ingredients such as sea whip, boswellia, aloe and honey designed to soothe skin, patients may use HydraCalm to maximize procedure results. But most importantly, we ask patients to refrain from using the following skincare for (2) two weeks prior to treatment, throughout course of the treatment series, and for (2) two weeks following your last treatment in the series:

• Benzoyl peroxide (may use sparingly to affected blemish)
• Oils and oil-based products (if you are acneic)
• Retinol (includes NeoStrata & SkinMedica)
• Retin-A or Tretinoin
• Glycolic or Salicylic Acid
• Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
• Aquabeautine (RestorseaPRO)
• Hydroquinone
• Astringents

Is there any type of post-treatment care?

Following your treatment, we ask that you wait 4 hours before applying moisturizers, or makeup to the treatment area. You will also need to wait at least 4 hours before washing your face. When you do wash your face, please avoid scrubs and aggressive cleansing. Please avoid the use of oils if you are acneic (if you are prone to acne breakouts with appearance of pustules, blackheads, whiteheads, or red bumps on the face, neck, chest, or body). For the first day or two following treatment, please avoid heat (hot tubs, saunas, etc.). 

Can I be out in the sun during my series of treatments?

When out during the day, always be sure to use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent further sun damage. Please do not lay out in the sun (especially while at a pool, on a beach, or on a boat). In general, it is best if you refrain from sun exposure (and tanning beds) during your series of treatments. You will also need to avoid the use of self-tanners (spray tans, tanning lotions, etc.) during your series of treatments.

How soon after treatment can I have Botox and fillers?

We advise you to space your Cutera Secret RF microneedling treatment and your injectables appointments three (3) weeks apart from each other.

Visit our YouTube Channel to learn more about this year-round procedure and hear what are other treatment providers think about the newest solution in skincare. Find out if you are a candidate! Schedule your complimentary consultation by calling (949) 644-1400 today!