Searching for a new way to possibly reduce wrinkles, boost collagen production, and address other signs of aging?
Established in 2007, EndyMed Medical develops “energy based aesthetic treatment systems” that promise to painlessly deliver targeted heat to different areas of the body, including the face. We’re told that this unique approach, along with tissue sensors and feedback mechanisms, allows EndyMed’s FDA cleared devices to provide personalized treatments for each patient.
At the heart of many of EndyMed’s devices is their proprietary 3DEEP radio frequency (RF) technology, which they claim will tighten skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite, and stimulate natural collagen production. In combination with their different handpieces (more about this shortly), this 3DEEP technology can also provide body contouring and tightening, as well as fractional skin resurfacing and scar treatments.
EndyMed tells us their 3DEEP technology provides “superior efficacy,” with little-to-no discomfort or downtime; immediate improvement, long-lasting results, and quick procedure times.
There’s no doubt that nearly all of us want smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, and firmer body contours. After all, that’s why you’re here, right? But can EndyMed’s devices really help you get there? Are they inexpensive? Are they really painless? By the end of this review, you should have all the key information you need to make a more informed decision.
To get the ball rolling, let’s take a look at how EndyMed’s products work.
What Is EndyMed’s 3DEEP Technology?
We’ll talk more about the company’s individual devices and handsets in a second. First though, let’s talk about the 3DEEP technology at the root of each one.
In a nutshell, 3DEEP uses something called radio frequency (RF) to deliver gentle heat to the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), which in turn heats the collagen (the most prevalent protein that acts as an underlying support structure for skin). This heat causes the collagen to contract and provides an immediate lift, while new collagen production is triggered to result in an even more significant long-term change in your appearance.
Now, using RF for skincare purposes isn’t anything new. However, compared to existing options, EndyMed claims their 3DEEP technology provides several distinct advantages:
- It uses “sophisticated software” to control the power and depth of the energy flowing between each electrode, which eliminates potential side effects or the need for skin cooling
- It penetrates deeper into the skin, while preserving the epidermis
- Delivers both immediate and long-term results
- Little-to-no pain or downtime
- It works effectively, regardless of skin color
For a quick overview how EndyMed’s 3DEEP technology works, this 2-minute video is worth a watch:
Already, so this is the proprietary technology featured in EndyMed’s devices. Now, let’s talk about the devices themselves.
What’s the Difference Between Each EndyMed Device?
Overall, there are four devices within the EndyMed lineup. The company doesn’t provide a lot of detail as to what specifically differentiates each model from the next, but here’s what we could gather from their website:
EndyMed’s PRO is the flagship device in their lineup, and is promoted as a “multi-application treatment platform” that features an intuitive touch screen interface; real time, customizable impedance measures (for measuring and directing the RF energy); different treatment presets, and is equipped with a range of safety features.
EndyMed PRO is compatible with all handpieces (again, we’ll talk more about these shortly) and can be customized for different applications and treatment areas.
EndyMed Pure & Pure+
Smaller and more compact than the PRO, EndyMed’s Pure line is claimed to deliver professional grade fractional skin resurfacing (also known as laser resurfacing) for the face, neck, and body, along with body contouring and facial and upper body tightening. The company claims this makes it ideal for a wide range of treatments, including sagging skin, acne scars, wrinkle reduction, and more.
Like the PRO, the Pure line is suitable for all skin types and colors, provides immediate improvement, is highly safe, and uses 3DEEP technology. The device is offered in two configurations:
- Pure: Fixed FSR handpiece and one exchangeable connector, which can be used with all handpieces.
- Pure+: Two changeable connectors on all sides, suitable for all handpieces.
Overall, EndyMed calls the Pure+ “the best value for your money.”
The Glow device is intended specifically for facial and neck skin tightening treatments, including the hands and décolletage. Each one comes equipped with two handpieces, which can “optimize energy settings” using different presets based on clinical experience.
In addition, Glow features some unique safety mechanisms like skin impedance monitoring (ensuring the exact amount of energy needed reaches your skin), built-in motion sensors that only deliver energy when the handpiece is in motion, and sensors to prevent arcing unless in full contact with your skin.
Now that we know more about EndyMed’s different devices, let’s move on to their handpieces that attach to them.
What’s the Difference Between EndyMed’s Handpieces?
In addition to their devices, EndyMed uses four handpieces to deliver different treatments. According to the company, each handpiece is paired with its own treatment screen for “selecting the treatment area and the appropriate treatment parameters.”
EndyMed claims their iFine handpiece was designed specifically to treat delicate skin around the eyes and mouth, leading to smoother, tighter skin; reduced under eye sagging, more youthful looking eyes, and a reduction in fine lines around the mouth.
Designed for less delicate areas than the iFine, the Fine handpiece is intended to addresses smaller body areas, such as the forehead.
As the name implies, EndyMed’s Large handpiece is designed to treat larger body areas, such as the “abdomen, buttocks and thighs.” This can be used to treat skin laxity (i.e. sagging skin) and cellulite, as well as to shape the body and reduce circumference.
The Shaper Body Contouring Handpiece
Speaking of shaping, EndyMed’s Shaper handpiece claims to deliver smoother, tighter skin around the waist, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs and reduce the appearance of cellulite, while doing so in shorter treatment times (20-30 minutes).
Fractional Skin Resurfacing (FSR) Handpiece
Fractional skin resurfacing (again, more commonly known as laser resurfacing) is a common anti-aging and beauty treatment that sends concentrated pulses of light at irregular skin surfaces, such as wrinkles, acne scars, and other blemishes. As it does this, it removes layers of skin to produce a more even appearance.
Regarding EndyMed’s FSR handpiece, we’re told it features a matrix of 112 electrodes that can provide both dermal heating and micro-ablation (yet another term for resurfacing), making it effective for treating rough, hyper-pigmented, wrinkled, or scarred skin. It can also be used for either micro-ablation or dermal heating (it isn’t limited to both).
Intensif RF Microneedle Treatment
Just like RF technology and fractional skin resurfacing (FSR) aren’t necessarily new skincare technologies, neither is micro-needling. Here, tiny needles pierce the skin and cause micro-injuries, which promotes collagen production as these injuries heal.
In most instances, micro-needling is performed using something called a dermaroller, which can be applied at home or in your dermatologist’s office. Comparatively, EndyMed’s Intensif RD microneedle treatment uses tiny needles to pierce the skin too, but also uses these micro-needles to emit heat into the dermis, further triggering the production of new collagen.
EndyMed claims that their Intensif treatments will continue to provide skin improvement for up to a year after your last treatment. As such, we’re told Intensif is an ideal minimally invasive treatment for “acne scars, deep wrinkles, stretch marks and dilated pores.”
Based on what we’ve learned so far, it seems like EndyMed’s lineup of devices and handpieces can provide quick, easy, and painless anti-aging and skincare treatments. But does the company provide any clinical evidence to support their claims?
Are EndyMed’s Devices Clinically Proven?
First, it should be noted that EndyMed claims their devices are FDA cleared, which means they are:
“… medical devices … that FDA has determined to be substantially equivalent to another legally marketed device. A premarket notification, referred to as a 510(k), must be submitted to FDA for clearance. A 510(k) is most often submitted by the medical device manufacturer.”
While this is positive, we could only uncover FDA clearances for EndyMed’s Glow and Intensif devices, as well as an unknown (perhaps soon-to-be-released?) Newa device. What about clinical evidence, though?
According to EndyMed’s Clinical Overview page, their devices have been involved in numerous studies (many of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals and are available for third-party review) showing they’re:
- Effective up to 4mm into the skin, without the need for cooling
- Provide up to a 96.7% improvement in the appearance of non-facial wrinkles
- Change the circumference of lax skin up to 4.3cm
Given their claims and clinically tested devices, how much can you expect to pay for an EndyMed treatment?
How Much Do EndyMed Treatments Cost?
As you might imagine, the exact costs associated with your EndyMed treatments can vary based on the specific treatment you need, the number of treatments, your physician’s pricing, and much more. In general though, according to RealSelf readers (more next), you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $3,000 or more, with the average price coming in at $1,925. Note: Many of these higher numbers involved multiple treatments.
Are EndyMed Treatments Covered by Insurance?
Given their relatively high cost, you might be wondering if EndyMed’s treatments are covered by health insurance.
In general, EndyMed treatments would be classified as cosmetic in nature (i.e. not medically necessary), so most health insurance companies won’t cover the costs.
How Many EndyMed Treatments Are Required?
Similar to cost, EndyMed claims that the number of treatments you’ll need depend on many different factors. However, if needed, your doctor will offer a series of up to 6 treatments, spaced 1-2 weeks apart.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Following each treatment, you’ll be able to resume all routine activities, although you may experience slight redness around the treatment area. In most cases, this will subside after a couple hours.
How Soon Can You Expect to See Benefits? How Long Will They Last?
Although EndyMed claims you’ll experience immediate results with most of their treatments, they also state that your skin will gradually continue to improve over time.
As far as Fractional Skin Resurfacing, you could see benefits as soon as one week after your first treatment. Again, these will continue to improve with time. Acne scars may take an additional 1 to 2 treatments before seeing clear results.
Obviously, all of these answers were directly from the company. What are EndyMed’s real-world customers experiencing?
What’s Everyone Saying In Their EndyMed Reviews?
Coming back to the RealSelf article we linked to above, among a total of 7 reviewers, only 43% would define their procedure as “worth it.” Why?
While some claimed to have experienced great results (reduced sagginess, decreased acne scarring, building new collagen, etc.), several others noted pain during the procedure and ineffective results. One customer claimed the procedure caused her to lose most of her buttocks shape, stating that it “ruined my life!”
Important note: In many of these instances, it appears that the technicians who applied the treatments (and the techniques they used) were to blame, not the devices themselves.
Outside of these, we didn’t encounter any first-person client reviews for EndyMed’s devices or treatments at the time of our research.
We’ve covered a whole lot of territory today, so let’s wrap things up so you can decide what to do next when it comes to EndyMed.
Should You Undergo an EndyMed Treatment?
As we’ve mentioned a couple times now, radio frequency skin tightening treatments have been used for years, both in professional and at-home settings, so this technology isn’t necessarily anything new. But EndyMed’s 3DEEP technology—and the potentially faster, more visible, and pain-free results it’s supposed to deliver—just might be.
Just like any other purchasing decision though, you might have to make some compromises with EndyMed when compared to traditional options. Namely, price. On top of this, some patients claimed their EndyMed procedure hurt fairly bad, and noted that the technician performing the procedure might be more important than the device they’re using.
From this perspective, we’d recommend thoroughly researching patient reviews for any clinic you’re thinking of attending, long before you’re on the table.
Did you undergo an EndyMed treatment? If so, which one? Did it provide results (short or long term)? Would you consider it a good value? Whatever you experienced, tell us about it in your very own review below!