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Do you have multiple cosmetic concerns on your face that keep you from looking and feeling your best? Are you looking for a procedure that can provide you with high-quality facial rejuvenation but doesn’t require surgery or have a lengthy recovery time? Fortunately, if you suffer from problems with your skin texture or elasticity — or other problems such as wrinkles, fine lines, large pores or scarring due to acne, for example — micro-needling may answer all of your needs. Micro-needling is one of the many minimally-invasive but effective skin-rejuvenation options offered by VITAHL Chicago. In addition, micro-needling is one of the safest and most natural treatments you can have for facial rejuvenation. VITAHL Chicago is proud to also offer Cutera’s Secret™ RF, a microneedling treatment that simultaneously delivers targeted fractional Radio Frequency (RF) energy into different levels of the skin through the microneedles. Take your microneedling treatments to the next level with a Secret™ RF procedure.

What Is Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a pen containing fine needles. Your doctor will use this pen to puncture your skin and create controlled micro-injuries. These punctures trigger the body to produce collagen and elastin which helps improve the texture and overall health of your skin. Micro-needling does not destroy the punctured tissue, and the healthy skin surrounding the punctures allows for a low-trauma healing process. Since the new, higher levels of collagen and elastin produce the improvements in your skin, this treatment is ideal for those who want an effective but also very natural cosmetic treatment. Micro-needling provides many skin benefits. It can be used to reduce pore size, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, soften wrinkles and minimize the appearance of scars as well. This treatment also increases the effectiveness of other treatments. For example, micro-needling creates small channels in the superficial layers of the skin allowing for better absorption of some topical treatments. Advantages like this make micro-needling an ideal treatment to combine with others in a more comprehensive rejuvenation plan.

What Are The Benefits Of Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling has many benefits — above and beyond the fact that it is a minimally-invasive, cost-effective and effective procedure. These benefits include:

  • improves skin texture
  • improves skin elasticity
  • reduces the appearance of large pores
  • treats fine lines and wrinkles
  • reduces the appearance of scars
  • reduces the appearance of stretch marks
  • increases the effectiveness of topical skin products
  • improves mild scarring and uneven texture caused by acne improves overall skin health works effectively on all skin types
  • effectively treats multiple areas of the body

The Secret™ RF Difference

By delivering precisely controlled RF energy into the dermis and epidermis, Secret™ RF builds on the collagen stimulating impact of a regular microneedling treatment. Adjustable energy levels and variable microneedle tip sizes helps us to fully customize this procedure to address your unique skin concerns. Beyond smoothing out deeper acne scarring, Secret™ RF treatments are also great for patients who want to refresh the appearance of lines and wrinkles, textural concerns in aging skin, skin laxity, photoaging, and even stretch marks on the body.

Other devices or treatments only deliver energy to the surface of the skin. In contrast, by depositing energy directly into the deeper layers of the skin where it’s most needed to regenerate healthy new skin tissue, a Secret™ RF treatment creates even more beneficial results from the inside out. By gently heating the layer of skin where fibroblasts reside, collagen and elastin production is kicked into a higher gear. Pair a Secret™ RF treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for even more dramatic results, as the growth factors in PRP further enhance the skin’s healing mechanisms. The outcome: Softer, healthier, and younger looking skin.

Safe and effective, Secret™ RF microneedling is suitable for patients of all skin types, with extremely low risk of skin burning or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. While patients may feel some warmth in the skin during a treatment, with our careful application of topical anaesthesia, the procedure is virtually painless.

What Side Effects Does Micro-Needling Have?

Micro-needling works by creating multiple tiny wounds which close quickly. Since these wounds are made in the sterile environment of your doctor’s procedure room, you have very little chance of infection. Also, no side effects have been reported over 150,000 individual micro-needling treatments performed worldwide.

What Areas Can Be Treated By Micro-Needling?

This treatment can be used on skin anywhere on the body. The most common treatment areas include the:

  • face
  • neck
  • arms
  • décolleté
  • back of hands

Secret™ RF treatments can also be delivered on the abdomen and thighs, or anywhere patients wish to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Am I A Candidate For Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling is safe for all skin types and skin tones. There is little risk of pigmentation or hyperpigmentation following treatment. We do not recommend micro-needling for anyone who has open wounds or abrasions on the skin, has used Accutane within three to six months of the procedure, is pregnant or breastfeeding or has had radiation treatments on the skin within a year before treatment.

What Is A Micro-Needling Treatment Like?

Micro-needling feels more like sandpaper against the skin than needles. Some scar treatments may require longer needles which can produce a more intense sensation. A topical pain reliever can be applied before treatment to minimize any discomfort during the procedure if pain or discomfort concerns you or you have sensitive skin.

What Can I Expect After A Treatment Session?

Depending on the treated area and the depth of the skin defect being treated, patients may experience some redness or pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising at the puncture sites. Pinpoint bleeding should subside almost immediately. After a treatment session, the treated area may look sunburned. This can last up to several days following treatment and is a normal, temporary side-effect. Avoid sun exposure, hot water, swimming or strenuous exercise up to 24 hours after your treatment.

How Long Do Micro-Needling Results Last?

Micro-needling helps improve many skin conditions by reactivating your body’s natural collagen and elastin production. However, as you continue to age, collagen and elastin continue to break down. To maintain your results, you will need to schedule follow-up treatments to maintain the optimal levels of collagen and elastin present in your skin. Typically, patients return for follow-ups every four to six weeks once they have achieved optimal effects from their original treatment.

Why Should I Choose VITAHL Chicago For My Micro-Needling Treatment?

Interested in finding out if micro-needling or Secret™ RF microneedling can help you achieve your aesthetic goals? Get in touch with VITAHL Chicago today and schedule a consultation. VITAHL Medical Aesthetics has been nationally recognized as among the most experienced laser and injectable practices in the country. VITAHL prides itself on the deep experience of its team. VITAHL has been recognized as one of the top 1% of Botox® providers nationwide and has been identified as a 5-star beauty destination in New Beauty Magazine. VITAHL’S practice-wide goal is to provide patients with the highest level of customized care and the finest, minimally-invasive procedures to help you look and feel your very best.

Give VITAHL Medical Aesthetics a call today at 312-634-6100 to speak to one of our cosmetic medicine specialists about micro-needling and learn more about other options to treat your whole body. Start looking your best again today with VITAHL!