VirtueRF Microneedling – What It Is & Why You’re Going to Love It!

January 27, 2023
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For some reason, nature decided our bodies should gradually produce less collagen as we get older. A real shame, as it’s collagen that keeps our skin looking firm, full, and… well, young! 

However, thanks to science and scientists and ever-improving technology, we don’t just have to accept a lack of collagen in our lives as we get older. There are a variety of beauty

treatments now available that help stimulate collagen production and successfully fight those pesky signs of aging… 

And one of the best is with one of the newest and most advanced technologies on the market: VirtueRF microneedling. 

Cartessa’s VirtueRF is the newest generation of radio-frequency (RF) microneedling, and it’s taken this incredible treatment to a whole new level.

Not only does it treat fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and tone the skin across various parts of the body, minimize pore sizes, improve skin texture, and address skin discoloration and scarring, but it’s almost completely pain-free, has immediate results and no downtime, is highly customizable, and a whole host of other things that make it a clear stand-out in the RF microneedling market. 

Want to know more? Read on… we’re going to explain everything you need to know about VirtueRF microneedling – which we’re proud to offer at BodyTonic Cleveland.

The difference between microneedling and RF microneedling

First of all, what is microneedling? 

Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, it’s a procedure whereby tiny controlled microscopic punctures are made in the skin. These tiny “injuries” stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which includes the production of collagen and elastin – two natural substances that are responsible for our skin’s firmness and elasticity, and which we naturally produce less of as we age.

This natural healing response to these microscopic injuries results in rejuvenated skin that is firmer and tighter, has a reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks, and reduces signs of scarring as new skin is generated in place of the old. 

The small punctures in the dermis also enable beneficial boosters, nutrients, and topical skin-care treatments such as hyaluronic acid to be infused into the skin at a deeper level, which allows them to be even more effective.

Radio-frequency microneedling then takes this procedure to another level…

RF microneedling is effectively the same procedure, but it adds radio-frequency (RF) energy to the technique through the use of special “energized” needles that simultaneously deliver RF energy into the microscopic wounds. This is done both at an optimal depth in the skin, and at an optimal temperature to stimulate collagen and cell regeneration. 

Essentially, this addition of RF energy amplifies the production of collagen and elastin even further than traditional microneedling, plus the heating of the underlying layers of skin also triggers a greater degree of skin tightening. All in all, generating even better results.

With RF microneedling, the results are faster to show, more dramatic, and they last longer than with traditional microneedling. And while neither treatment has a lot of downtime, microneedling often causes a day or two of redness and slight swelling, whereas RF microneedling typically has no downtime at all. 

And while you may be thinking that puncturing your skin in this way sounds rather painful, the really amazing thing is that it isn’t. The punctures made are so small that, on the whole – and especially with the groundbreaking VirtueRF – it’s remarkably pain-free.

What is Cartessa VirtueRF?

VirtueRF, exclusively provided by Cartessa, is one of a small number of RF microneedling devices on the market. Morpheus8 and Vivace are some of the other well-known brands that you may have heard of. 

However, while all follow the same principle, they also all differ in some way. 

The FDA-approved VirtueRF is the newest and most advanced RF microneedling treatment available, offering more versatility and better overall results. Which is why it’s our favorite, and the RF microneedling treatment we chose to offer our clients at BodyTonic.

So what makes the VirtueRF so different, and so good? 

  • Three unique handpieces (“Smart”, “Deep”, “Exact”) provide fully customizable treatments for different parts of the body – including areas that demand absolute precision such as eye bags or the delicate skin around the mouth.
  • Exclusive Robotic Precision Delivery (RPD) enables a highly controlled and smooth application and ensures complete patient comfort during the procedure. 
  • It’s the only device with RF Sub-Pulse technology, which enables providers to adapt the energy distribution in order to offer the safest and most effective treatment depending on exact skin color and specific skin concerns.
  • It comes with an exclusive post-treatment protocol: the Microcurrent Dual Face Mask – a highly innovative sheet mask technology using patented Tissue X™ technology to deliver soothing and beneficial ingredients deeper into the skin to moisturize, eliminate redness and optimize healing.
  • A special numbing cream is used to ensure zero pain during treatment.
  • It has more power, pulse duration, and setting options than any other RF microneedling device, again meaning more customization.
  • It’s extremely versatile, able to treat skin on the face, neck, chest, and body
  • More versatility and customizability means more dramatic and more precise results. 

What results can you expect from the VirtueRF?

The VirtueRF can be used both as a preventative means of keeping the skin healthy and preventing wrinkles, or as a correctional use for skin that is already showing signs of aging. 

Unlike laser, which is better suited to lighter skin tones, RF microneedling also works with all skin tones, from light to dark. 

Here are all the wonderful benefits you can expect to enjoy following a VirtueRF microneedling treatment:

  • Visibly improved skin tone and texture
  • Tighter, firmer, plumper skin 
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smaller pores
  • Reduction in acne scarring, stretch marks, and other scars
  • Correction of sun damage and other blemishes
  • Reduced discoloration and redness
  • Reduced breakouts

What else to expect from a VirtueRF treatment

Some of the biggest benefits of the VirtueRF are that it is quick, virtually pain-free, and has zero downtime.

At the start of the session, a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. This, combined with the customizability of the device heads and all other settings, means that this is a truly comfortable treatment for patients to experience. 

At the end of the session the unique sheet mask is then applied, which delivers a range of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins that moisturize and soothe the treated area. This not only enhances the results of the treatment, but also speeds up the recovery. So although the skin may appear a little red for a few hours after treatment, many patients don’t even experience that – instead walking out of the session with nothing but a new glow to their skin!

Treatment time depends on the area being treated, but a full face treatment will typically take about 30 minutes. The number of treatments recommended will also vary, but usually between 3–5 will produce the best and longest-lasting results.

And finally, another benefit of this treatment is that it works by stimulating your body’s natural processes. This means that results look natural, and while immediate results are visible, they will continue to improve over time. Normally the full benefits will be visible after about 4–6 weeks.

Combining VirtueRF microneedling with other treatments 

One of the best treatments to combine with VirtueRF is platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)

Platelets are a type of blood cell that are particularly useful in the healing process, and which contain growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration. By creating a more-concentrated “platelet-rich” plasma from a patient’s own blood sample, this can then be incorporated into other treatments in order to benefit from amplified effects of its healing powers and benefits. 

When used in combination with VirtueRF, the PRP is applied to the skin immediately after the microneedling, where it penetrates into the microscopic holes that have been created, and works to further enhance the collagen induction process. 

This combination leads to an even greater improvement in skin tone and firmness and a reduction of fine lines and scarring. 

A number of other treatments can also be combined with RF microneedling, such as photofacials, laser treatments, thread lifts, chemical peels, and more. However, it’s important to always have a thorough consultation and make sure your practitioner knows exactly what treatments you’ve had done and when, as certain treatments may require a minimum period between them to avoid any potential complications.

VirtueRF microneedling at BodyTonic Cleveland

Here at BodyTonic med spa, we’re proud to continue to be a leader in aesthetics by being one of the few medical spas in Cleveland offering this groundbreaking non-invasive treatment.

So if you live or work in the Cleveland area and are interested in knowing more about whether VirtueRF could be right for you, arrange your completely free, no-obligation consultation today, and you could be enjoying the benefits of this incredible treatment tomorrow! 

Our team of aesthetics experts, coupled with the most advanced RF microneedling platform available, are ready and waiting to rejuvenate your skin and revitalize your confidence! 

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