Microneedling RF

    Microneedling or collagen induction therapy has long been one of our go-to procedures. It consistently delivers plump, glowing, healthy looking skin. Ideal for men and women of all skin tones, microneedling is great for addressing fine lines, acne scars, pore size, and improving skin texture. It works by inflicting a series of small pinpricks into the skin in the treatment area. The body’s response to these “injuries” is to produce more collagen and elastin. 


    Collagen and elastin are two of the building blocks of youthful looking skin. Collagen provides support and structure while elastin is responsible for your skin’s ability to retract or “bounce back” when you smile, for example. With age, our bodies naturally produce less of both. Furthermore, environmental factors and lifestyle choices like sitting in the sun can have an adverse effect on your skin’s supply of these two crucial anti-agers. Microneedling is a fast, effective way to induce your body to produce more collagen and elastin for naturally younger looking skin.

    What is Microneedling?

      Microneedling is a procedure to improve skin texture, pore size, fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks. A roller or pen with a series of very fine needles is passed over the skin in the treatment area. These needles can vary in length, from 0.5 - 4mm, making the procedure completely customizable to your personal needs, and ability to tolerate downtime.    The body responds to any injury to the skin by ramping up its production of collagen and elastin. It’s how we heal. It’s also like drinking from the fountain of youth! A single microneedling session can leave your skin looking smoother, plumper and more youthful although we always recommend a series of 4-8 treatments, depending on your skin condition.   

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    Ideal Candidate for Microneedling

      One of the best things about microneedling, either on its own or in conjunction with RF energy, is that it works on everyone. Any man or woman who is bothered by dull looking skin, enlarged pores, sun damage and/or the early signs of aging can benefit from microneedling.    Microneedling, Vivace and Morpheus8 are also safe for all skin colors and types. Lasers and chemical peels, which are both good for improving skin texture, are not always effective on patients with darker colored skin and/or those who suffer from hyperpigmentation. In fact, the “heat” in these procedures can actually make the situation worse. So, microneedling, Vivace and Morpheus8 are real game changers for patients with more pigmented skin. And with their skin tightening abilities, Vivace and Morpheus8 are a great choice for patients who:  
    • don’t want a surgical procedure such as a facelift, but would like some skin tightening
    • who have had surgery and want to do everything possible to maintain their results

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    What is Vivace & Morpheus8?

      Vivace and Morpheus8 combine the many benefits of microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy for non-surgical skin tightening. The microneedling device is able to deliver the RF energy into the deeper, connective layers of your skin. This causes a heating action that immediately tightens skin tissues and structures. Over time, new and remodeled collagen is produced for a further tightening effect. The end result is healthy, smooth, plump looking skin.   The merger of microneedling and RF in the Vivace and Morpheus8 procedure allows Dr. Nazarian and her team to treat a myriad of skin and aging issues all over the face and body such as:  
    • acne & acne scars
    • fine lines and wrinkles
    • sagging, loose skin
    • stretch marks
    • large, visible pores
    • surgical scars
    • redness
    • crepey, dull looking skin

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    Microneedling - Benefits of Vivace & Morpheus8

    By combining microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) energy, Vivace and Morpheus8 can address both skin texture and skin tone in a single procedure. The hand piece also makes it easy to treat almost any place on the face or body such as the:   
    • abdomen
    • bra roll
    • under the eyes
    • cheeks
    • mid-face
    • jaw line
    • neck
    • knees
      The needles used during treatment can be insulated or non-insulated with adjustable lengths. This allows Dr. Nazarian and her team to not only treat a multitude of skin and aging issues, but to completely individualize the procedure for your exact needs.

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    Pairs Well With

    • Alastin Skincare - Procedure Enhancement System

      Specifically formulated to elevate results from ablative procedures while strengthening fragile compromised skin, minimizing the risk of complications, and supporting your recovery process. Post-treatment care is the most critical aspect of the healing process. It is imperative that you support your skin through the recovery for superior outcomes. Use as directed by your physician 14-30 days prior to a procedure, and continue immediately after your ablative procedure.

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    • Alastin Nectar

      This proprietary formulation is designed to support the skin, before, during and after cosmetic procedures. This product works with the skin's natural regeneration process and assists in improving the skin's appearance. It can be applied immediately post-procedure for faster recovery and healthier looking skin. If you want to learn more about the best skincare for rosacea, check out our blog!

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    • Clinical Resolution- Peptide Aqua Gel Face Mask

      The Peptide Aqua Gel Mask employs an innovative technology called TCD (Transdermal Cosmetic Delivery), which slowly absorbs body heat to release its vital components to the skin. It provides occlusive protection from harmful elements for safe recovery. It also helps to quickly replenish moisture. This cooling mask is refreshing while leaving your skin smooth and deeply hydrated. Pamper yourself with this mask any time your skin feels like it needs a pick me up. It is meticulously designed to calm, soothe and moisturize irritated skin. Apply the mask after sunburns, microneedling therapy, or ablative procedures. Peptides and other powerful anti-aging ingredients will facilitate comprehensive skin rejuvenation.

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    • Sente - Dermal Repair Cream

      Dermal Repair Cream is the flagship skin care product formulated with patented HSA (Heparan Sulfate Analog) technology. This unique formulation is clinically shown to improve the appearance of mature or photo-damaged skin. If you want to learn more about the best skincare for rosacea, check out our blog!

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    • SkinMedica - TNS Recovery Complex

      Rejuvenate skin while reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while enhanced skin texture and tone.

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    • Biopelle - Tensage Intensive Serum 40 Ampoules

      Featuring SCA Biorepair Technology, Biopelle's Tensage Intensive Serum 40 Ampoules contain a High Level of Growth Factor that can regenerate skin in as little as 24 hours. A special Secretion from the Cryptomphalus aspersa Snail, contains growth factors that will help to restore elasticity, tone and texture. Skin will glow after just one application. May be used daily as an intensive boost or post procedure following micro needling, chemical peels and laser treatments to promote skin repair and healing. Tensage Stem Cell Products feature CellPro Technology, a natural ingredient extracted from the eggs of the Cryptomphalus aspersa snail. They are the first to contain Stem Cell Activators to help replenish, reinforce and restore the appearance of youthful-looking skin. Clinical results showed a 119% increase in Dermal Collagen, 50% increase of Elastic Fibers and a 26% Increase in Epidermal Thickness. This product is paraben free and oil free.

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    • Nazarian Collagen AM/PM

      This morning and night regimen (better known as "The Fountain of Youth") works in unison to rebuild and restore collagen production, resulting in immediate tightening and toning of the skin. Collagen Boost AM promotes intensive hydration and plumping (i.e. reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) in order to prepare the skin for new collagen production. Collagen Boost PM supports the rebuilding of the skin from deep down in the dermis and protects renewed skin from any further damage. This product is cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and safe for pregnant or nursing moms.

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    • iS Clinicals Proheal Serum

      iS Clinical's Pro Heal Serum Advance + features their scientifically innovative L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), combined with an unrivaled form of Olive Leaf Extract and pure Vitamins E and A. This five-star formulation significantly increases antioxidant protection while helping improve the appearance of compromised, sensitive, acne-prone and aging skin.

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    • Environ Gold Roller

      Designed to help enhance the overall look and feel of skin's tone and texture, this 14 karat gold-plated at-home microneedling roller is specifically designed for use on the face specifically in those sensitive areas like under eyes and around the nose and mouth.

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    • Lightstim LED

      The way LightStim LED light therapy delivers light energy is modeled after how plants absorb light energy from the sun. LightStim emits UV-free, beneficial light energy to the skin. Each LightStim product uses different wavelengths, or colors, of light. This beneficial light reduces wrinkles and fine lines when applied directly to the skin. It also temporarily increases blood circulation and treats mild to moderate Acne.

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    Asked Questions

    What happens at a Microneedling Consultation?

    Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Sheila Nazarian, is proud to offer her Beverly Hills patients, as well as those who come in to see her from out-of-town, the latest and greatest when it comes to new technologies. Vivace and Morpheus8 take microneedling to the next level by combining it with radiofrequency (RF) energy. Not only do these cutting-edge procedures address pore size, scarring, and skin texture, but also skin tone and tightness.

    How do you know if you are a candidate for microneedling alone, Vivace or Morpheus8? 

    You should schedule an in-person or virtual consultation to discuss your needs. During your microneedling consultation, Dr. Nazarian or a member of her highly trained staff will listen closely to what bothers you about your skin, face, or body. She will question you about any prior procedures or surgeries and discuss your current skincare regimen. She will then perform a thorough physical examination to assess your skin tone, texture, and laxity if any. Together, you will come up with the treatment plan that best serves your individual anatomy and needs.

    I’ve seen microneedling rollers sold on Amazon. Can I get the same results with one of these at home?  

    The Amazon rollers may not be well made. It is really easy for the needles to become dull or bent or harbor bacteria, which can be dangerous. If you would like an at-home roller to use, we recommend the Gold Roller on Gold is antimicrobial and the roller should be cleaned between uses. The cleaning fluid is also available online. The Gold Roller needles are not as long as the ones that I use in a medical microneedling procedure like Vivace or Morpheus8. The longer needles produce much more dramatic results. 

    Does microneedling with RF energy hurt? 

    Both the Vivace and Morpheus8 procedure are really well tolerated by our patients. We always apply a high-grade numbing cream to the skin in the treatment area that we have compounded specifically for our office. Having said that, the non-insulated needles definitely “smart” more than the insulated ones. So, if you have acne scars, the procedure is going to hurt a little more. But it works when so many other things don’t. Most of my acne scar patients agree that the pay-off is well worth any small amount of potential pain. 

    Microneedling devices look like torture. How can there be no downtime? 

    I know. But keep in mind that the needles themselves are really thin. So, while you can expect to be red after an intense session, it really only looks as if you’ve been to the gym. And even this fades in a couple of days. One of the things that I love most about microneedling is the fact that I can have a treatment and then just carry on with my life. There are no restrictions on exercise or need to apply special creams. It’s pretty miraculous. 

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    Posted by Nazarian Plastic Surgery on Thursday, May 2, 2019

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