Montecito Plastic Surgery is thrilled to bring state-of-the-art radiofrequency microneedling technology to Santa Barbara with Vivace RF Microneedling. Vivace brings microneedling to an entirely new level, allowing for previously unheard-of results using the addition of fractionated radio-frequency energy.

Vivace is an FDA-cleared device that stimulates natural collagen production by creating micro-wounds in the skin and emitting radio-frequency energy. RF Microneedling has shown to be effective in treating wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Microneedling can even effectively treat stretch marks and improve tone and tightness in the face, neck, hands and body.

Named a 2020 “Most Worth It” procedure by RealSelf, we are pleased to offer Vivace RF Microneedling among our wide selection of non-surgical procedures for patients who wish to rejuvenate and repair their complexion.

What Is the Difference Between Vivace and Other Microneedling Devices?

Vivace is a premier, top-of-the-line radiofrequency microneedling system. Using an array of both insulated and non-insulated microneedles with a micro-robotic motor, the Vivace platform is a precision instrument that delivers specific, concentrated energy into the skin directly into targeted areas to treat skin concerns effectively. There are many different devices in the RF microneedling space, including Infini RF, Secret RF and Morpheus RF. None of these microneedling systems has a reputation for superior results like Vivace.

Vivace RF Microneedling sets itself apart from the competition by producing less discomfort and faster results than other devices. Vivace is also the only RF microneedling platform that can be combined with the SoMe bio-individualized skincare offered at Montecito Plastic Surgery. Additionally, the Vivace microneedling system adds the ability to use red and blue LED therapy for even further collagen production and skin healing benefits.

What Are the Advantages of PRP During My Vivace Treatment in Santa Barbara?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a preparation derived from a patient’s blood that contains high concentrations of platelets and growth factors. During a microneedling treatment with this enhancement, PRP is applied to the face and encouraged to penetrate deep within the skin through the micro-wound channels that are created. In doing so, the PRP can reach deep enough within the dermis to trigger further collagen and elastin formation.

While microneedling is available without PRP, including PRP in your Vivace RF micro-needling procedure enhances the treatment’s benefits by applying your own growth factors to the tissue that needs it, creating a healthier skin structure, faster recovery and better results.

To make PRP, a small amount of your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood into different parts. While the heavier red blood cells separate to the bottom of the centrifuge tube, the layer that contains platelets and growth factors is removed to create a serum that is rich in nutrients and benefits for the skin.


Is Vivace RF Microneedling safe?

One of the advantages of the Vivace RF Microneedling system is that it uses engineered insulated micro-needles, making it safer and less painful than other microneedling treatments. The insulation of the micro-needle shaft allows for directed energy production only at the tip, which protects the outer layers of skin where pigment resides.

Because of the depth of energy delivery and the protection of the outer skin layers, hyperpigmentation and other side effects are rare, which means that Vivace RF Microneedling can be used on all skin types and skin tones. In patients with very fair skin, non-insulated needles can also be used for certain desired outcomes.

During your consultation at Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, one of our aesthetic staff will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for your individual skin concerns and goals.

When will I see results from my Vivace treatment?

With any energy delivery treatment aimed at rejuvenation and collagen production, optimal results are seen in the weeks following your Vivace RF Microneedling treatments. That said, you may also notice immediate changes after your microneedling treatment, including plumping and tightening of your skin and more even texture and tone.

Your skin will continue to show signs of improvement over the coming weeks as new collagen is produced. It’s important to note that the amount of change depends on the severity of your skin concerns, as well as the number of Vivace RF Microneedling treatments that are performed.

Does Vivace RF Microneedling hurt?

At Montecito Plastic Surgery, patient comfort is a top priority. We utilize a proprietary numbing cream before your RF microneedling treatment that will be allowed to set in before beginning. Additionally, we may provide oral medication for relaxation if needed.

We also offer Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide, an on-demand laughing gas delivery system, to make sure you are not in pain or feeling distress of any kind during your treatment.

Your treatment should take about 45 to 60 minutes depending on the areas treated, and your comfort should continue through the entirety of the treatment.

How many Vivace Microneedling treatments do I need?

Many patients have three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to see the most optimal results from microneedling. A single Vivace treatment may be sufficient depending on your aesthetic goals and the severity of the skin concerns you wish to target.

After you have achieved your aesthetic goals, maintenance treatments of Vivace RF Microneedling can be done to preserve your results.

What can I expect after my Vivace RF Microneedling treatment in Santa Barbara?

After your Vivace Microneedling treatment, your skin will likely be pink or red and may feel slightly sunburnt and irritated. You should avoid wearing makeup for the first 24 hours following your treatment and avoid smoking both before and after the procedure.

You can resume your normal activity shortly after your treatment but should avoid sun exposure for the first 48 hours. For the best results, it’s critical to wear sunscreen with sufficient SPF even after the first 48 hours to protect your skin as it repairs itself.

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