As we age, collagen and elastin are broken down at a faster rate than they are produced. Collagen and elastin are components of the skin that provide it with structural support and elasticity, as well as a healthy, youthful appearance. Restoring and generating new collagen is an excellent way to combat the various signs of aging. At her private, boutique dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of NYC, Dr. Green offers a host of minimally invasive treatment options for stimulating the production of collagen and elastin to revitalize the skin, including the innovative Vivace treatment.
The Vivace is the newest generation of microneedling devices and the best in class when it comes to addressing a wide array of skin concerns, providing both long-lasting and immediate results. The Vivace RF microneedling treatment combines radiofrequency energy and microneedling to increase collagen production, reverse the visible signs of aging, improve skin texture and skin tone, minimize pore size, treat fine lines, and reduce the appearance of acne scarring or stretch marks. Safe for patients of all skin types and skin tones, this minimally invasive treatment is ideal for quickly achieving skin rejuvenation results while offering an overall comfortable patient experience and virtually zero downtime.
Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients with the best non-invasive treatments available, including Vivace RF microneedling. Utilizing the most cutting-edge technology and innovative techniques for skin rejuvenation, Dr. Green has helped some of the most discerning men and women from around the world achieve optimal results so that they look and feel like the best version of themselves. For her dedication to her patients and expertise, Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best physicians in NYC by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, New York Magazine, and the New York Times. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is best suited to your needs and goals.
What is Vivace RF Microneedling?
Vivace Microneedling is one of the newest FDA-cleared cosmetic procedures that has been released. This non-surgical treatment is a combination of two other forms of therapy, microneedling, and radio frequency (RF) energy. Vivace Microneedling is an excellent option for skin tightening, as well as for improving skin texture and acne scars. Vivace Microneedling is frequently used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and can also help to minimize and reduce pore size, boosting the overall health of the skin.
As we age, we often develop skin laxity, meaning that wrinkles and fine lines can appear. However, to some degree, this can be reversed using skin contouring methods. Microneedling RF treatments such as Vivace are designed to treat this by stimulating the production of collagen. Due to the combination radiofrequency microneedling treatment that Vivace offers, Vivace can be used to safely improve a wide range of skin tones and skin issues and is sensitive enough to treat all skin types.
Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling
Radiofrequency (RF) energy is an essential component of the Vivace experience and refers to the wavelengths of energy that can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and help stimulate collagen and elastin production. RF works by causing the water molecules to separate from the fibrous collagen in the skin, resulting in an immediate contraction and tightening of the skin. The RF energy will also trigger the body’s natural healing process which will increase collagen and elastin production.
The other component of Vivace is microneedling, a collagen induction therapy. Microneedling is the process by which hundreds of micro-punctures are created on the skin to stimulate collagen. When combined with RF, the skin is heated up which allows collagen production to occur in the deeper layers of the skin. This helps individuals achieve superior, natural-looking results than if microneedling or RF were to be used on its own. RF microneedling in the form of Vivace will offer patients radiant skin in the form of improvement in skin tone, texture, and firmness. Vivace will also help alleviate any facial wrinkles and fine lines while tightening the skin to give you a more supple and youthful appearance.
Why is the Vivace treatment so popular?
Aesthetics Biomedical is the manufacturer of Vivace Microneedling, also known as the Vivace Experience. The Vivace Microneedling device relies on radiofrequency energy to heat the skin, stimulating the body’s natural collagen production and the natural wound healing process. New collagen and elastin lead to tighter, fresher-looking skin. When Microneedling is combined with RF energy, patients can gain the best of both of these popular skin rejuvenation treatments. The Vivace microneedling RF device also incorporates LED light therapy to maximize positive results when treating acne scars, stretch marks, and blemishes.
Vivace RF Microneedling is popular due to its cosmetic rejuvenation properties for all skin types, with improvement of skin tone and texture, and no downtime.The dual radiofrequency (RF) and microneedling capabilities of the Vivace machine allow it to provide effective collagen induction therapy. Collagen induction therapy is a simple cosmetic procedure that uses microscopic, sterile, gold-tipped needles to create micro-injuries deep within the dermis, which can remain exposed for four to six hours. This process triggers the body’s natural wound-healing response, allowing it to remodel collagen and elastin. This new collagen and elastin will allow for new, firmer, and more even-toned skin. This is one of the primary reasons why patients see results quickly. Many patients experience skin tightening and a reduction in facial wrinkles within a matter of weeks. Additionally, you can observe optimal results in as little as just three treatments, which is even fewer sessions than other cosmetic procedures might require.
Another benefit of Vivace is that it is painless compared to other laser treatments. Vivace utilizes microneedles that enter the skin evenly and smoothly. Simply put, there is no downtime after the procedure aside from minimal skin redness. Furthermore, Vivace is safe for any skin type and skin tone, including individuals with darker skin who are more susceptible to developing hyperpigmentation. Vivace can also help minimize stretch marks, acne scars, and large pores on the face and body. If you are interested in bringing your skin back to life, Vivace microneedling is a great option and will provide extensive benefits.
What is the procedure for having a Vivace Treatment?
Vivace Face Treatment focuses on all-over facial rejuvenation, and the process is both comfortable and convenient. First, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Green where you can discuss your individual needs and goals. She’ll be able to carefully examine your skin, as well as your medical history, to determine a facial rejuvenation treatment plan that best meets your needs.
When you come in for a Vivace treatment session, Dr. Green will use the Vivace RF Microneedling device to activate elastin and collagen production in the skin. The Vivace device uses a precision robotic motor that is tailored to eliminate patient discomfort, providing pinpricks to the skin while heating the dermis below the surface. After treatment, patients can resume normal activity, and Dr. Green will recommend treatment serums and skincare products based on your customized treatment plan.
Vivace is safe to use for facial and body rejuvenation and can help address sagging skin, stretch marks, acne scars, and enlarged pores, among other skin care concerns. In addition, the microneedle depth can be adapted to treat other delicate areas of the body, such as the neck, hands, and décolletage. The microneedles will help deliver RF energy deep into the dermis without damaging the epidermis which allows for the remodeling of collagen and elastin and overall enhanced skin laxity. At the end of your treatment, your skin will be tighter, smoother, and plumper.
Is Vivace safe?
Yes, Vivace is safe and FDA-approved to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is safe and effective for patients of all skin types and skin tones. However, proper patient selection and technique are important when utilizing the Vivace RF laser. There are contraindications with Vivace, as with any cosmetic procedure. If you have a clotting or bleeding disorder or take blood thinners, you may not be a good candidate for Vivace. In addition, Vivace may not be ideal for patients who have eczema, diabetes, active acne breakouts, or a weakened immune system. When you have a consultation with Dr. Michele Green, she will assess your skin as well as your medical history to see whether or not you would be a good candidate for Vivace.
Does Vivace Microneedling really work?
Vivace is a safe and effective non-invasive cosmetic treatment that has been FDA-cleared for skin tightening and rejuvenation. Its intelligent design allows patients to experience the benefits of LED light therapy, microneedling, and RF energy all within a single treatment, and our patients are typically thrilled with their results. Additionally, when Vivace treatment is coupled with restorative serums and a recovery skincare treatment plan, patients can experience long-lasting results that continue to improve the look and feel of their skin.
Does Vivace Microneedling hurt?
Due to Vivace’s precision robotic motor, Vivace’s facial treatment is essentially pain-free. Treatment sessions typically last less than an hour, and patients find that the treatment provides an overall comfortable patient experience. Additionally, a topical numbing cream containing lidocaine can be applied before treatment to further prevent any potential discomfort during the treatment. Dr. Green will prescribe the topical numbing cream to your selected pharmacy should be applied to the entire treatment area one hour before your scheduled Vivace treatment. When you arrive for your Vivace microneedling treatment session, the numbing cream will be removed and the skin will be prepped before treatment begins.
How many Vivace Treatments are needed?
The exact number of treatments needed for an individual will ultimately be dependent upon their specific needs and goals. For optimal results, Dr. Green recommends patients engage in three Vivace treatments that are each spaced four weeks apart. This allows for the skin to continue stimulating elastin and collagen production between each session. As downtime is minimal, you can get back to your daily routine quickly after each treatment, although it’s important to apply a high SPF-sunscreen post-treatment to best protect the skin from sun exposure. Dr. Green also recommends that patients go without makeup for 24 hours after treatment.
Before and after photo of patient – PRP w/ microneedling, VBeam, Aqua Gold (6 months)
How long do the results from Vivace microneedling treatment last?
Immediately after treatment, you may experience mild redness on the skin, but this is normal and should fade shortly after your treatment session. The treatment takes a few days to stimulate collagen and elastin growth, but once the new collagen production in the body is underway, you should also see noticeable improvements over time for up to around six months after the last session. From there, many patients find that optimal results can be sustained through annual “touch-up” treatments, creating glowing skin for years to come.
Are Vivace’s results permanent?
No, Vivace’s results are generally not permanent. Vivace will help stimulate your collagen and elastin production for around six months. This will result in gradual improvements in skin texture, fine lines, facial wrinkles, and skin laxity. Some individuals experience long-lasting results that can be over years but this is dependent on how many treatment sessions are undergone, your skincare routine, sun exposure, sun protection, and age. Dr. Green usually recommends her patients receive three treatment sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart, for optimal results. Many patients get annual follow-up appointments to maintain consistently healthy, radiant, and youthful skin.
How much does Vivace microneedling cost?
The total cost of a Vivace RF microneedling treatment is dependent upon a number of contributing factors, including the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, the number of treatment sessions required to achieve your ideal results, and the experience level of the provider who is performing your microneedling treatment. Often, it is more inexpensive to have treatment with a nurse or in a setting such as a MedSpa, however, receiving treatment from a board-certified, experienced dermatologist will reduce the risk of encountering unwanted side effects. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding your goals and she will develop with you a customized treatment plan best suited to your needs.
Is Vivace better than Microneedling?
Vivace treatment is an innovation on traditional microneedling, in that it combines gold-tipped precision microneedling with RF energy and LED light therapy to optimize the wound healing and collagen production processes of the body. Due to these complementary skin tightening and revitalizing methods, many patients prefer Vivace facial treatment over traditional microneedling. However, the best way to figure out which skin rejuvenation treatment is right for you is to meet with Dr. Green, so that she can curate a personalized treatment plan that is designed to best meet your needs and goals.
Is Vivace worth it?
The Vivace is the newest generation of microneedling devices and the best in class when it comes to addressing a wide array of skin concerns, providing both long-lasting and immediate results. Vivace RF microneedling treatment can be used to target acne scars, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, large pore size, stretch marks, and more. For patients who are looking for a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that involves very little downtime, the Vivace microneedling treatment is worth it!
Does Vivace tighten the skin?
As a form of collagen induction therapy, Vivace does offer some skin-tightening benefits. Individual results may vary, however, the Vivace RF device is often a more effective skin-tightening treatment compared to other microneedling treatments. Vivace is primarily designed to improve the overall skin texture and skin tone by stimulating the production of new collagen.
For patients who are most concerned with skin laxity and are interested in a non-invasive skin-tightening procedure, Dr. Green often recommends Thermage. Thermage is a radiofrequency device that, similarly to Vivace, stimulates collagen production in the skin. Thermage entails that the provider performing the treatment uses a handheld device to deliver heat to the dermis upon application to the surface of the skin. The heat causes existing collagen to contract, providing a tightening effect and also stimulating new collagen to be generated. The effects of Thermage typically last for up to two years and there is no downtime involved with the procedure whatsoever, meaning that patients can schedule their treatment sessions with ease.
How deep does Vivace go?
The gold-tipped needles on the Vivace microneedling device can penetrate the skin at a maximum depth of 3.5 millimeters. The innovative Vivace RF device has needles that are adjustable in increments of 0.1 millimeters, allowing Dr. Green to deliver incredibly precise, controlled treatment. The patient experience is made more comfortable due to the fact that the microneedling device is so precise and that the gold-tipped needles puncture the skin quickly and evenly.
Can I exercise after Vivace?
It is important to refrain from any exertional exercise for 48 hours after your Vivace treatment. In addition, patients should avoid engaging in any activities that may cause the body temperature to rise. Such activities may include bathing in a Jacuzzi, sitting in a sauna, and taking a very hot shower, among others. Maintaining a normal body temperature helps to prevent skin swelling and potential infection, as well as promotes the best natural wound healing process after microneedling.
Can I wear makeup after Vivace?
Patients can safely apply makeup to their skin 24 hours after their treatment with Vivace RF microneedling. In addition, other skincare products, including sunscreen, should not be applied to the skin for 24 hours after Vivace treatment. It is especially important to abstain from exfoliating or scrubbing the skin for one week after RF microneedling treatment. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green for your skin rejuvenation treatment with radiofrequency microneedling, you will be provided with all of the pertinent aftercare information to guarantee that you achieve and maintain optimal results.
Combining the Vivace experience with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments
There are many non-invasive cosmetic treatments that can easily be combined with Vivace treatment in order to achieve pan-facial rejuvenation results. Although Vivace effectively reduces age-related fine lines, Botox injections are considered to be the gold standard for diminishing the appearance of dynamic facial wrinkles that develop as a result of repeated facial expressions. Botox is most commonly used to target fine lines on the forehead, glabella, and around the eyes. Using other cosmetic injectables as a complement, such as Juvederm and Restylane hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, Dr. Green can replenish facial volume loss, enhance contour, and smooth deeper facial wrinkles for pan-facial rejuvenation results.
For individuals who are also looking to treat acne or acne scarring, there are a variety of treatments available that can build upon the healing qualities of Vivace. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an amazing adjunct to Vivace treatment, as it aids in the healing process and collagen induction results. It is always best to discuss the cosmetic results you are looking to achieve with Dr. Green in advance, before settling on a particular treatment, as a customized treatment plan is the best way to achieve optimal results.
How do I get started with the Vivace experience today?
If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin tone and skin texture with minimal downtime and immediate results, the Vivace treatment may be just the solution for you. The Vivace RF microneedling device is the newest generation of radiofrequency microneedling and can be used to target a wide range of skin concerns including fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, among other signs of aging. For optimal results, it is always recommended to seek treatment from an experienced and knowledgeable board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC.
Dr. Green is an internationally renowned leader in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-invasive cosmetic procedures available including Vivace RF microneedling, Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and chemical peels, among other skin rejuvenation treatments. For her dedication to her patients and her expertise, holistic approach, and ‘less is more’ philosophy, Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Green and get started with Vivace RF microneedling today, contact our NYC-based office or call 212 535 3088.