Vivace is a relatively new device on the Australian market, but when a device is getting results like this one, people pay attention. We caught up with Dr. Gina Messiha at the recent Non-Surgical Symposium 2019 to chat about the Vivace – you can listen to the podcast here – but I was so intrigued by some of the things I was hearing about the treatment, that we got some more info and asked some more questions about Vivace Microneedling.
What makes Vivace so special?
Gina says while Vivace is their newest technology at Ocean Cosmetics, she can’t believe the difference between their old platform and the Vivace. “We had a micro-needling and radiofrequency device that we used for over 3 years with good results, but when I was invited as a non-biased key opinion leader and speaker for the Cynosure workshop in Perth to share my experience with micro needling and radio frequency with the Vivace, I realised the huge difference between the Vivace platform and our existing one. I couldn’t believe that Vivace combines both insulted and non-insulated needles and it also delivers both red and blue light during treatment.”
What does this mean for the patient? Dr Gina says, “For years my general skin rejuvenation patients loved micro needling and radio frequency, however the pain was a put off with our existing non-insulated platform. To have the choice to offer insulated needles for those patients was an amazing opportunity. At Ocean Cosmetics we love skin needling and radiofrequency skin tightening – Vivace combines both of those two great technologies leading to really fantastic results for our patients.”
What’s the difference between insulated needles and non-insulated needles?
When it comes to non-surgical devices using needles to deliver their treatment, insulated needles have their energy coming out at the tip of the needle, whereas the non-insulated needles have the energy flowing throughout the whole needle. Without getting too technical, this means they can treat different skin conditions and different skin types. Dr. Gina explains further. “Non-insulated needles are designed for patients who suffer from acne scarring. They can be a little bit uncomfortable but really worth it for those patients with deeper acne scars and active acne. We are getting really great results for acne scars which we couldn’t do with modalities like Fraxel laser. If you a client who suffers from acne or acne scarring, we recommend around 6 sessions 4 weeks apart using non-insulated needles and either red or blue light.”
Ocean Cosmetics use the insulated needles technology for skin rejuvenation. They are great for clients who like some skin tightening, especially around the jawline, some open pores reduction, some refined texture and reduce their redness – it simply gives a glow. It is suitable for all skin types and it has minimum downtime. Dr. Gina says, “We recommend 4-5 sessions using the insulated needling combined with red light, each session 1 month apart.”
Dr. Gina says a platform like Vivace is really effective for treating patients who present with various skin conditions. “If someone is just after treating skin texture issues such as open pores, needling might be enough. On the other hand, if someone is after just skin tightening over the eye area or the neck area, RF skin tightening might be all that they need. However, for those patients presenting with multiple skin issues like open pores, poor texture, some redness and would also love some skin tightening, this is when we definitely recommend the Vivace.”
What’s the difference between red and blue light for skin rejuvenation?
Like the different needles, different lights address different concerns. Red light is anti-inflammatory and helps with the process of healing, while blue light helps with any antibacterial issues.
So, what does the Vivace treat in the way of skin rejuvenation and other skin conditions and what results can consumers expect?
- Reduced skin redness
- Open pore reduction
- Wrinkle reduction
- Skin tightening
- General glow
- Reduced acne scarring and active acne
- Stretch marks
- Scar treatment
Does Vivace come with downtime?
Dr. Gina says while the Vivace doesn’t have any “downtime” as such. “Patients may have a little bit of redness and/or a little bit of swelling on the day of the treatment and perhaps the day after, depending on the setting used and the individualised patient treatment.”
The Vivace is so effective because it combines multiple technologies onto the one platform, allowing the practitioner to fully tailor each treatment to exactly what that patient needs.