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collagen pen microneedling for Whitening and wrinkle removal

collagen pen microneedling for Whitening and wrinkle removal

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collagen pen microneedling for Whitening and wrinkle removal

efore we get any further, let me just put this out there: You can group me in the « down for anything » category when we’re talking beauty. I’ll pretty much try whatever—especially if the alleged benefits aid one of my many skin concerns. At the top of my list is acne scars. These little marks decided to make their presence known in my life when I was 23. I’ve been dealing with them ever since and am game to try every fading, brightening, and lightening treatment under the sun. So after hearing countless praise reports about micro-needling, I had to get the low-down for myself.
The particular micro-needling treatment was done with a tool called the Vivace. « What excited me about the Vivace was, of course, the combination of radio frequency and micro-needling, but more so how precisely, cleanly, and deeply it could deliver both. Finally, you add in blue and red LED, and you have a trifecta of modalities to treat multiple skin concerns, » explains Gabe Lubin, founder of Cartessa Aesthetics. « Physicians can select the exact depth best for each patient’s skin type and condition and use robotic precision delivery to go as deep as 3.5 millimeters at 0.1-millimeter increments—no other device can. » Blue light is helpful for those who suffer from acne, as the light and heat target bacteria and reduce acne scarring.


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Does it hurt? After letting the numbing cream seep into my skin for a half hour, having a bunch of needles continuously puncture my skin was honestly an easy process. So to definitively answer that, it doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t feel good. In terms of pain, I experienced a tolerable treatment that lasted all of 20 minutes. To be real, it felt like five minutes, and by the end of it, I was fine. My forehead, hairline, and jawline areas were more sensitive than other areas. I barely felt the tool when it passed over my cheeks, which Shah surprisingly confirmed was the deepest level of depth.

After the micro-needling, the procedure was followed up with a soothing serum and hydrating face mask that honestly felt like heaven. Ironically, even after the numbing cream wore off a couple hours later, it didn’t feel like I had just been poked hundreds of time. Contrary to how scary this sounds, I experienced no pain whatsoever.

« The great thing about this treatment is there’s really no significant downtime, » says Shah. « Afterward, there’s a little bit of redness and might be some areas of pinpoint bleeding, but really, it’s a no-downtime kind of treatment, so most people leave here a little bit red. A couple of hours later, you’re pretty much back to normal, and the next day, you can resume your normal skincare and normal activities. »

Benefits of Micro-needling?
Enhances texture of skin
Stimulates collagen production
Can help reduce scars and hyperpigmentation
Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles
Immediately after my face mask, I snapped this selfie. As you can see, my cheeks and the top of my forehead were slightly red. This is a normal side effect from the minimal bleeding that happens during the treatment. I was shook because the only time I experience redness is after a crazy workout. But this literally went away in an hour. The treatment is essentially wounding your skin so it can feel new again, so this is the result of that.

Another disclaimer to note: I have extremely sensitive skin, so this may not happen to you. But by day two, my skin felt really raw and itchy. It wasn’t unbearable, but definitely uncomfortable. To combat this, I slathered on Cortizone Anti-Itch Cream ($6) in the morning and before I went to bed. I also noticed tiny imprint marks (on my forehead especially) from the needles.

It’s day four for me as I’m writing this, and my itchiness has almost completely gone away. The tiny post-procedural marks have also faded more and more each day. These are a normal side effect and should clear up in a few days—I’ll report back.

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