Microneedling is a favorite skin rejuvenation treatment with our San Jose, California, medical spa patients who want to attain brighter, smoother, firmer skin, fade scars, and more with minimal downtime. We offer the option of traditional microneedling with SkinPen® and enhanced, radiofrequency microneedling with VirtueRF, making treatments more effective with less discomfort.

What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling improves skin quality from within, providing multiple benefits, which include:

  • Improving firmness and texture
  • Smoothing out crepiness and fine lines
  • Tightening mild laxity
  • Reducing enlarged pores
  • Softening the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars

Microneedling doesn’t address redness or brown spots. If these are your concerns, consider laser skin rejuvenation along with or instead of microneedling.

How Does It Work?

Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, creates tiny injuries on the surface of the skin with fine needles to stimulate the healing process. The body generates new skin cells, collagen, and elastin.

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What Makes VirtueRF Different?

VirtueRF improves microneedling results by delivering radiofrequency (RF) energy from the ends of the needles, affecting the skin’s deeper layers. The device inserts the needles with a robotic precision delivery (RPD) system for more treatments that are more comfortable than SkinPen.

VirtueRF Treatment Options

This device has the following 3 handpieces that enable us to control treatment precision:

  • ExactRF is a single-needle handpiece for precisely targeting skin laxity in delicate areas around the eyes, mouth, and jawline. It can also reduce fluid-filled bags called festoons (malar mounds) and eye bags. 
  • SmartRF is a 36-needle handpiece for softening fine lines and wrinkles, reducing laxity, and improving skin tone and texture on the face, neck, décolletage, and back of the hands. 
  • DeepRF is a 36-needle handpiece with a cooling plate for tightening and smoothing skin under the chin and on the cheeks, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. It can also reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. 

Am I a Candidate for Microneedling?

Microneedling is safe for light to dark skin tones. It benefits adults of all ages, providing preventative care and correcting existing concerns.

What Can You Combine With Microneedling?

We often combine microneedling with the following cosmetic procedures for enhanced results: 

Your provider will create a personalized treatment plan during your consultation to help you achieve your desired results.

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What To Expect

Our experienced aesthetic nurse performs microneedling in our comfortable office setting. After preparing your skin with numbing cream, she chooses the proper handpiece (if you’re having VirtueRF) and customizes the settings on the microneedling device for the specific treatment area and your individual needs.

The nurse performs the treatment by moving the handpiece over the skin as the needles quickly prick the skin and retract. VirtueRF releases RF energy each time the needles are fully extended. The treatment creates a sandpaper or prickling sensation and warmth from RF energy (if applicable) but little, if any, discomfort.

Is There Recovery Time?

After a microneedling treatment, expect mild swelling or redness that typically resolves within 48 hours. SkinPen patients may have areas of pinpoint bleeding.

Follow your post-treatment instructions carefully for optimal results and to avoid complications. While no downtime is needed, keep the skin clean and free from makeup for 24 hours to allow the microinjuries to seal. You may also need to avoid certain skincare products.

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How Long Will It Take to See Results From Microneedling?

As it sheds, the skin becomes rough, dry, and flakey within a day or two. Collagen production becomes noticeable after about 4 to 6 weeks, and improvement may continue for about 6 months.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

We recommend a series of 3 to 4 microneedling treatments, each spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, and a maintenance treatment every 6 to 12 months.  

To learn more about microneedling and our other skin rejuvenation treatments, request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form or by calling our office at  (408) 356-4241.