Microneedling: What it is and Why I Love it!

I know so many of you have been waiting for this informative guide to Microneedling. It’s my favorite cosmetic procedure because it’s effective, produces great results over time, and is more “natural” compared to other treatments. Every time I feel like I look old and want to get Botox, I do a round of Microneedling and my skin glows! My wrinkles are diminished, pores are reduced, and I just look so fresh. I always go see Dr Rachel at Contempo Aesthetics in Pasadena. Her approach to beauty is attainable, natural and she’s an expert in her field.

In the past, I’ve done regular microneedling on my face but this time I decided to try Vivace Microneedling and did my neck too (because I’m 40 now). You can see my treatment on my Instagram Highlights here. I love the results and having tried the bougie Vivace, I still think regular microneedling is a great option to try.

5 Benefits of Microneedling

  1. Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  2. Helps in the treatment of scars and scar reduction
  3. Improves sun damage
  4. Shrinks pores and brightens skin
  5. Helps with improvement of acne
BEFORE – morning before my appt.
AFTER – right when I got home from my appt.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure. It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles attached, which in turn causes your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you look younger. The skin plumps and thickens in response to this stimulus, ultimately reducing the appearance of scars, and fine lines and other skin texture changes. 

Vivace Microneedling takes normal microneedling to the next level by combining radiofrequency, LED light, and insulated gold-tipped needles. This combo of microneedling and radiofrequency allows for the treatment to reach both epidermal and deeper dermal layers for even better results.

Am I a good candidate?

Microneedling can be done on all skin types, but be sure to check with a Doc before you start treatment. Note that Microneedling is not suitable while pregnant, but you can do it when breastfeeding (I just pumped and dumped because of the topical numbing cream).

Can I do Microneedling with other treamtents?

Yes, you can do microneedling along with botox, fillers, and laser treatments. Just talk to your Doc to make sure you space out the treatments as needed.

How long is the downtime?

I love Microneedling because you can literally leave the treatment and head to a meeting and no one will know you just had cosmetic treatment. Prior to the microneedling treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to reduce discomfort and pain. For me, the treatment is level 1 on a scale of 1 -10 with 10 being most painful. As mentioned above, the downtime is minimal; with some redness for 24 hours post-treatment.

When will I see the results?

You will notice improvement after the first treatment, but even better results after a full treatment cycle (3-6 treatments total depending on what you’re looking to achieve). Your skin will continue to improve over the next 6 to 12 months post-treatments, with proper skin care regimen (like Vitamin C, SPF, Retinol, etc – don’t ever skimp on this!).

What is the cost?

It’s not cheap, but the results last longer that other treatments and just get better over time. I think it’s definitely worth the investment.

Pricing for Microneedling: around $400 per session

Pricing for Vivace: around $850 per session

What is the Treatment Cycle?

It’s generally recommended that 3 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, give the best results, but I’ve seen amazing results and improvement in my skin with just 1 treatment.

How long does the result last?

The collagen and elastin continues accelerated production over the next 6-9 months and results improve over time. This is what I love about Microneedling – the results just get better over time.

Have any other questions? LMK in the comments below and I can answer here and on Instagram.

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