About RF Microneedling
Newport Beach, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi uses an exceptional approach that creates excellent results for our patients with a treatment known as radiofrequency (RF) microneedling with Vivace technology. Using sterile, gold-plated needles combined with carefully controlled radiofrequency energy, Vivace RF microneedling helps to reduce pore size, wrinkles, and stretch marks on the skin. RF laser treatments have been around for many years and are well-known in the cosmetic industry for skin tightening. This particular type of laser treatment uses heat to stimulate the production of collagen in the deeper layers of the skin to create a tighter, smoother surface. This technique can be used with microneedling to optimize the results. At SSK Plastic Surgery, we often add this new advancement to our Newport Beach, CA patient's skin care treatments to create firmer skin with a smoother texture and a glowing complexion.
Vivace is a state-of-the-art RF microneedling device that works to stimulate the production of new collagen in the skin. By combining microneedling with blue and red light radiofrequency energy, Vivace uses wound healing mechanisms to create micro-injuries to the skin in order to promote regeneration. The Vivace handheld device consists of small gold-plated needles, as well as radiofrequency energy to penetrate the skin and stimulate the regeneration of collagen and elastin. While the red-light radiofrequency energy promotes collagen production, the blue-light energy works to decrease oil production. The Vivace robotic monitor also helps to decrease discomfort associated with RF microneedling while still providing desirable results.
"Dr. Kelishadi is amazing!!! He made me feel so comfortable! I had Breast Augmentation May 26th. I'm three months out and loving my results! I was very self conscious about my chest. My breasts shrunk due to breast feeding. I didn't even want to change in front of my husband. (he loved them no matter what lol) and now I am feeling so great about it! He said he's even noticed a boost in my confidence level. I love it! i feel good..i feel sexy. I never thought I would actually go through with getting this done, but Dr. Kelishadi and his staff helped me with every step of the way. He was very caring and checked up on me after surgery. His staff was very nice as well. All so helpful! I highly recommend him!"- J.V. / Yelp / Jul 27, 2017
"Had my BA done by Dr. Kelishadi over three months ago. Oh my, one of the BEST decisions I’ve made in my life! I didn’t just come across a good surgeon like Dr. K by chance, I did lots of research and homework. For those who are still searching for the right Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kelishadi IS the one. He takes his time with you, understands your needs and wants, explains everything you will and might experience so there are no surprises, and more importantly he and his staff Alejandra and Shay are always so helpful and responsive to all questions you have. My entire surgery and recovery process was also made so easy and pleasant because of Dr. K., his entire team and his special recovery protocol! I am very happy with the results and am loving them!"- W.C. / Google / Apr 11, 2019
"Highly Recommend SSK! - Had my BA done by Dr. Kelishadi three months ago. Oh my, one of the BEST decisions I’ve made in my life! I didn’t just come across a good surgeon like Dr. K by chance, I did lots of research and homework. For those who are still searching for the right Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kelishadi IS the one. He takes his time with you, understands your needs and wants, explains everything you will and mig..."- W. / RealSelf / Apr 05, 2019
"I am overjoyed with excitement. I can't even begin to explain the happiness I have . I want to just give the biggest thank you to Dr. Kelishadi . He is an amazing doctor and a great human being. I have to express how touched I am to have been blessed with such an experienced, humble, caring person . Doctor K not only is a great person but the professionalism he brings to his practice is above and beyond. I am thrilled with how my Tear Through came out ! I had such tired looking eyes and I left the office with restful, rejuvenated younger eyes . I was so nervous not knowing what to expect but he just brings such comfort and confidence with him and takes away all of your anxieties just knowing you are in good hands . Thank you also to Alejandra and Shea for both of you ladies for brightening up the room with your loving smiles and cheerful demeanor. SSK thank you so much for making such a difference:)"- L.F. / Yelp / Apr 01, 2019
"Dr. Kelishadi is a rock star! I feel very blessed to have found such a great doc to do my surgery. His team, both Shea and Alejandra, are super nice and help you throughout the process. I would definitely go see Dr K again. This was my first ever surgery and I was so so happy. I'd give him 100 stars if I could."- K.G. / Yelp / Mar 27, 2019
If you are 40 years of age or older and are starting to notice discoloration, smile lines, age spots, and other skin problems (that can come with age and sun exposure), RF microneedling might be the perfect treatment for you. RF microneedling may be an excellent choice if you wish to:
- Tighten the skin, producing a more refreshed appearance
- Enhance skin texture, tone, and pigment
- Repair skin irregularities such as blood vessels and discoloration
- Reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage
- Treat acne scars and other forms of scarring
- Rejuvenate skin for a younger, glowing look
The Vivace device is rolled gently against the skin to puncture and create micro-injuries that "disrupt" the cells and produce collagen. Some also refer to this as collagen induction therapy. New skin grows as the skin heals, leaving the top layer feeling and looking smoother, brighter, and rejuvenated. While this procedure is usually performed by itself, combining this advanced technique with the Vivace radiofrequency technology has allowed us to optimize the results for our patients.
The method is quite straightforward. The handheld device, which emits radiofrequency heat, works by delivering short pulses of RF energy through an array of 25 sterilized, gold-plated micro-needles. The energy is transmitted through the needles, which simultaneously punctures the skin and circles back the electrodes on the skin. The RF energy heats at levels that provide cumulative and ongoing benefits.
What to Expect
RF microneedling treatment will take place inside the SSK Plastic Surgery office with the use of a numbing cream to minimize discomfort. During your appointment, the Vivace handheld device will roll over the desired area, repeating the process until the desired results have been reached. Patients should expect minute pinpoint scabs to appear 24 – 72 hours after treatment, which will naturally shed when the underlying micro-injury has healed. Results become visible as skin heals over the 3 – 4 weeks after having a microneedling with RF procedure. Optimal results usually call for 3 – 4 treatments 3 – 4 weeks apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The cost of your Vivace RF microneedling treatment will vary on your condition and the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve the best results. During your first visit, our team can go over all your questions and estimate the cost of your treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is unique and some individuals may need more treatments than others. Dr. Kelishadi will take his time to perform a thorough assessment to help determine the appropriate number of sessions for you. On average, most patients receive 3 – 4 treatments spaced one month apart.
Vivace RF microneedling is safe and effective for most skin types and can be used on almost any area of the face or body. This laser treatment offers stunning results and minimal downtime compared to a surgical facelift or body lift. RF microneedling is also a great option if you want to refresh the overall appearance of your skin.
Does it hurt?
Since a topical numbing cream is applied to the target area, most patients experience little to no discomfort during treatment.
Dr. Kelishadi will create a custom treatment plan for you after your initial consultation. He understands that every patient is different and will take his time to listen to your specific concerns to help you achieve your cosmetic goals safely and effectively.
Plan Your Procedure
Rejuvenate Your Face
If you are seeking to minimize the appearance of aging or sun-damaged skin, as well as diminish laxity, acne scars, or wrinkles, Vivace RF microneedling is a wonderful treatment with proven results. Combining radiofrequency skin tightening and microneedling, this outstanding skin rejuvenation process has grown in popularity and continues to be a top-rated, minimally invasive treatment for our Newport Beach, CA patients. We welcome you to call SSK Plastic Surgery to learn more.
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