Microneedling & Vivace
Microneedling is a treatment that drastically improves collagen production, elasticity, and overall skin tone. It decreases fine lines and wrinkles, melasma and acne scaring. The skin progresses through three phases: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. In order for the skin to heal from the treatment, the body produces a large amount of collagen that plumps and evens the skin. We recommend three treatments over the course of 4-6 weeks for optimal results. Results can last up to a year.
The Vivace treatment is the highest standard of microneedling. There are many benefits to the Vivace treatment, but what seems to be most important to our clients is the minimal pain during the procedure and no downtime!
Vivace is a minimally-invasive, radio frequency treatment that stimulates the natural production of collagen, and it is effective in alleviating facial wrinkles and reducing fine lines. The radio frequency in the Vivace treatment tightens and tones the face, neck, hands, and body. The results The Vivace is FDA cleared for your safety.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Facial Injections include reducing the prominence of scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and dark circles
Avoid natural sun exposure and tanning beds for 2 weeks prior to treatment
Avoid self tanner, spray tan or any lotions that contain gradual tanners for 2 weeks prior to treatment
To decrease the risk of bruising, we recommend avoiding the following for 3 days prior to your treatment (unless medically contraindicated):
Herbal supplements: Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Garlic, Ginkgo, Ginseng
Any supplements or medication that increases the chances of blood thinning
If you have a history of cold sores should plan to pre-treat with anti-viral (Valtrex) prior to your Vivace procedure
Discontinue the use of Retin A, Retinols, Vitamin A topical products and any chemical exfoliating products for 7 days
Arrive to the office with the treatment area clean and free of makeup, lotions, creams or products prior to treatment.
Use a mild cleanser for 3-5 days (Cetaphil or product recommended by your provider) and a plain moisturizer (Cereve or ZO Hydrating Cream)
Do not apply sunscreen for the rest of the day but plan to wear sunscreen daily while healing (3-5 days)
Do not touch or apply make-up immediately following treatment (preferably until the next day).
Avoid vigorous exercise, heat, saunas, hot tubs, swimming pools and sweaty activities for 48 hours
Avoid natural sun exposure and tanning beds for 2 weeks post treatment
Normal skin care regimen can resume in 3 days.
Avoid exfoliating agents (retinoic acid, tretinoin,
retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, etc) for 7 days.
This treatment takes 1 hour and 15 minutes
What is PRP and do I need it?
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing process, rejuvenate skin and reinvigorate cellular turnover. One of the main benefits of PRP is its high concentration of growth factors, which has the unique ability to rev up collagen and elastin production.
PRP begins with whole blood that is obtained through a blood draw then spun in a centrifuge, which separates the plasma out. PRP can then be applied topically on the skin or injected during the microneedling treatment. PRP can be injected to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, wrinkles and dark circles (it is also used in our hair restoration treatments). By combining Vivace with PRP, you’ll see more visible results in less time.
Yes, the contraindications for Microneedling include:
Pregnancy or breastfeeding
Recent sun exposure (in the last 2 weeks) or use of self tanners
Patients that have metal implants, a pacemaker or defibrillator
Patients that have used retinol or chemical exfoliating products in the last 7 days
Patients who have used isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6-12 months
Patients with a history of skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma
Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (HIV, hepatitis or Lupus)
Patients with a history of Epilepsy or seizures
Patients who have medical conditions that may affect wound healing
Neurotoxin injections in the treatment area in the last 2 weeks
Dermal fillers in treatment area in the last 30 days
Patients that have experienced a previous adverse reaction to a microneedling or Vivace treatment.
Post treatment you can expect the following:
Little to no downtime (unless advanced settings are used)
Mild redness immediately after that should resolve in a few hours
Acne-prone patients may experience acne breakouts post treatment
While some results may be almost immediate, your best results usually won’t be visible until four to six weeks after the procedure as it takes this long for new collagen to generate. Results can last up to a year.
The number of treatments will depend on your skin and your desired results. Your provider will discuss and customize a treatment for your individual needs. We recommend 3 treatments (and offer a package of three treatments) for optimal results. Sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart for 3 treatments.
Complications, though rare, can occur and should be discussed and understood. The patient must understand the importance of the post care instructions, and that failure to comply may increase the potential for complications.
Scarring, though rare, can occur following collagen induction therapy
Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
Contact our office immediately if you notice these symptoms at 617-658-3421. For a true aesthetic emergency after office hours, contact Ashley Hilmes at 509-714-6889 or for a medical emergency, please call 911.
Consultations at Vega Vitality are complimentary and always encouraged! This gives you an opportunity to meet with one of our aesthetic providers and discuss one on one your aesthetic goals and desired outcomes. Our providers will listen to your concerns, answer questions, explain options and together, develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Yes! Vega Vitality uses multiple rewards programs for botox and dermal fillers through our pharmaceutical companies. Get the most out of your visit by signing up ahead of time or asking your provider for details at your next appointment.
Allergan’s program: Brilliant Distinctions (can be found in the App store).
Galderma’s program: Aspire.
Revanesse’s program: Prollenium.
Unfortunately, there is no rewards or loyalty program for collagen induction therapy but we do offer