Use of a TriPollar radio-frequency device for the treatment of acne vulgaris

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Apr;13(2):50-3. doi: 10.3109/14764172.2011.564626.


Introduction: Acne vulgaris is a common disease affecting mainly teenagers and young adults. Current treatment modalities include local or systemic medications, which often require a long intake. Light and radio-frequency (RF) devices have recently been used to treat acne in selected patients.

Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of TriPollar RF technology for non-invasive treatment of acne vulgaris lesions.

Methods: Twenty patients with active acne lesions underwent TriPollar RF treatments once a week for 6 weeks. Results were evaluated using photographs and active lesion counts at baseline, before subsequent treatment sessions and at follow-up visits. Patients also rated their satisfaction on a 5-score rating scale.

Results: An average reduction of 42% in active acne lesions was found after six TriPollar sessions, which was sustained at the 4-week follow-up visit. The average improvement rated by patients at the 4-week follow-up visit was 2.5, indicating good to very good satisfaction with the clinical results. No significant adverse events were recorded during the study and follow-up period.

Conclusion: The findings confirm the safety and efficacy of TriPollar RF for the treatment of acne vulgaris.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects
  • Radiofrequency Therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult