As we get older, our skin experiences distress related to sun damage, acne, weight gain or loss, and sometimes injury. These circumstances may lead to scars, keloids, or lesions on the skin that can have detrimental effects on our appearance. At Destination Aesthetics™, we perform microneedling treatments to improve the skin’s texture and reduce visible scars. We proudly offer SkinPen®, AQUAGOLD®, and Vivace® RF microneedling at our El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Folsom, Roseville, and Sacramento, CA, med spas.

A series of minimally invasive sessions can rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. It’s one of the most effective options for treating stretch marks and scarring on the face and body, making it a favorite for people of all ages and skin types.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Microneedling works by using small needles (between 0.5 and 3.0 mm) to penetrate the skin and create controlled wounds. The skin responds by repairing the wounds with collagen and elastin, which are natural proteins that effectively strengthen the skin and reduce the appearance of scarring.

What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?

Unlike other skin rejuvenation methods, microneedling uses your body’s own growth factors to smooth the skin. Because your body is producing its own collagen and elastin, no harsh chemicals are present, resulting in fewer side effects than other treatments. Additionally, people with darker complexions can receive microneedling treatments without the post-inflammatory issues that are more common with some laser procedures.

What Is SkinPen® Microneedling?

We use the FDA-cleared SkinPen® microneedling device to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. The device creates tiny, controlled punctures in targeted areas of your skin. We adjust the puncture depth to your precise needs, creating a more personalized treatment that minimizes your downtime while creating effective results.

What Does SkinPen® Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling with the SkinPen® treats skin conditions, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Rough skin tone and texture

Because microneedling is so minimally invasive, it’s safe and effective on various skin types—younger, older, lighter, and darker. Even thinner areas of skin can undergo treatment as the needles can be adjusted to different penetration depths.

What Are SkinPen® Microneedling Treatments Like?

Before your procedure begins, we’ll apply a topical cleansing solution and anesthetic to your skin to keep you comfortable. Your provider will pass the device over your targeted area, which may take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.

How Long Is Recovery After SkinPen® Microneedling?

You’ll likely have some redness and irritation directly after your appointment, but this should subside after 1 or 2 days. Your results won’t be visible right away, but you should begin to notice an improvement in your skin as time progresses. Since the generation of elastin and collagen takes time, you’ll typically see your full results after about 3 months. You may need multiple treatments to see your best results, depending on your targeted area.

Once your treatment is complete, you’ll continue using any topical treatments given to you during your procedure. These will ensure that your skin regenerates properly. We also recommend using plenty of protection whenever you’re in the sun.

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What Is Vivace® RF Microneedling?

Vivace® integrates the positive benefits of microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy to produce skin tightening along with the production of collagen and elastin. Results can be seen right away and over the long term as the body’s natural processes kick in to promote a more youthful dermal structure and softer, smoother skin overall.

Vivace® combines 2 proven technologies into a single treatment that reverses signs of aging and produces a healthy glow for all skin types. Destination Aesthetics is one of the few offices in the Sacramento region to offer this cutting-edge, FDA-approved technology to our clients.

How Does Vivace® RF Microneedling Work?

RF energy has been used in cosmetic treatments for some time due to its ability to heat the underlying dermal layers without damaging the outer dermis. The heat stimulates the body’s regenerative processes, as well as the production of collagen and elastin. By restoring these proteins, we effectively turn back time on the condition and appearance of the skin.

When microneedling and RF energy are combined into a single procedure, the result is more dramatic, long-lasting results as the technologies work synergistically with each other and with the body’s natural processes.

What Are the Benefits of Vivace® RF Microneedling?

Vivace® offers multiple advantages over other methods of microneedling or RF treatments, including:

  • Comfortable treatment, thanks to guarded needles and a robotically driven handpiece
  • Needle depth can be adjusted to meet the precise level of correction required for each patient
  • Compounded numbing cream adds to the comfort level of the procedure
  • Treatment serums specifically designed to work with Vivace® and treat a variety of skin conditions
  • Personalized recovery care to ensure a safe, comfortable and efficient recovery process

For the right clients, Vivace® provides a positive treatment experience and superior results. However, if Vivace microneedling is not the appropriate procedure for you, there are many other options available at Destination Aesthetics™ to help you achieve all of your cosmetic goals.

MethodNeedle DepthsDeliveryRadiofrequencyMichrochannels OpenLED Technology
SkinPen® Microneedling0.1-2.5 mmShearing Across FaceNoneUp to 2 hoursNone
Vivace® RF Microneedling0.1-3.5 mmStampingYesUp to 6 hoursRed or Blue

What Does Vivace® RF Microneedling Treat?

Vivace® RF microneedling can be used on the face, neck, chest, abdomen, or areas of the body in need of skin rejuvenation. Concerns addressed with this treatment include:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin texture
  • Acne breakouts
  • Acne scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars

Our team will assess your situation and concerns to determine whether Vivace® microneedling will produce the best results for you.

What Are Vivace® RF Microneedling Treatments Like?

Vivace® RF microneedling is an almost painless procedure thanks to the personalized numbing cream applied before treatment. Once the area is fully numb, your provider glides the handpiece across the skin to deliver both the needling and the RF energy deep into the dermal layers. A treatment session usually takes between 20 and 35 minutes to complete, depending on how many areas you want to cover during your appointment.

How Long Is Recovery After Vivace® RF Microneedling?

There is typically little to no downtime after a Vivace® treatment, which means you can resume your daily schedule right away. Your skin may appear flushed after treatment, but that side effect should subside within a few hours. You will want to use sun protection after your procedure, since treated skin may be more vulnerable to UV damage. However, we don’t recommend anything on the face for about 6 hours post-procedure with the exception of a calming mask and post-procedure serum.

Vivace® results can be seen right away as your skin may appear smoother and tighter following your treatment. However, the real results develop over time as your body works to heal itself and more collagen and elastin are produced to support the underlying dermal structure. Most clients see the best outcome by scheduling a series of treatments spaced a month apart. Once the full results are achieved, an occasional touch-up procedure should maintain your new skin.

What Is PiXel8-RF Microneedling?

Our dedication to providing a range of treatment options for our patients includes PiXel8 RF microneedling. Similar to Vivace® treatments, the PiXel8 RF microneedling procedures tend to produce even more dramatic results for patients seeking to tighten loose skin. PiXel8 improves skin texture and tone, as well, by enhancing the collagen-boosting effects of microneedling with the heat of radiofrequency energy.

There is virtually no downtime following a PiXel8-RF microneedling treatment, and the procedure is safe to use on all skin types.

What Conditions Does PiXel8-RF Microneedling Treat?

In addition to skin tightening, PiXel8 RF procedures can treat a wide range of other skin concerns. These include:

  • Neck sagging
  • Double chins
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Jowls
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough skin texture

A PiXel8-RF microneedling treatment typically takes only about 20 minutes, but it may take your provider up to 30 minutes to prepare the treatment area. We recommend scheduling a series of 3 treatment sessions about 4 weeks apart to get the optimal benefits from the PiXel8-RF procedure.


AQUAGOLD® is multifunctional skin treatment that combines microneedling with anti-aging products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. The device’s tiny gold needles are hollow, which allows products to infuse into the dermal layer as it’s punctured. Tiny doses of BOTOX® and filler help shrink pores, add subtle volume to the skin, and create an overall softer, healthier appearance.

What Does AQUAGOLD® Treat?

AQUAGOLD® is a less aggressive microneedling treatment that is ideal for treating:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation

We’ll customize the blend of products we infuse into your skin to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need.

How Long Is Recovery After AQUAGOLD®?

AQUAGOLD® recovery is typically quicker than other microneedling methods. You may have some redness if your treated areas for a few hours. As is the case with the other treatments, we recommend following up with plenty of sunscreen.

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Ready to rejuvenate and restore your skin naturally? Request a consultation, call or (916) 461-8001 a Destination Aesthetics™ location near you.

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