Microneedling San Jose


Secret Pro by Cutera: Cutting Edge Skin Revitalization

Secret Pro is one of the best, most innovative skin revitalization treatments available. This skin rejuvenating treatment combines two proven platforms – Radio Frequency Microneedling and Fractional C02 Laser technology – to treat the skin, delivering the most effective and safest results. These two clinically proven technologies safely and effectively treat all layers of the skin. This treatment will regenerate your skin to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The laser skin resurfacing and radiofrequency microneedling signature treatment works from the inside and out, improving skin quality and appearance. This treatment is great for patients with skin concerns such as scarring, acne scarring, anti-aging concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and loose skin. These concerns are improved all while enhancing your skin tone and texture.

You may have each treatment procedure done in combination or separately, depending on your needs, goals, and skin type.

We now offer this aesthetic procedure in San Jose, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Costa will work with you to generate a customized treatment plan to optimize your results.

Synergistic Treatment for the Best Precision Skin Resurfacing

The beauty of the Secret Pro by Cutera is that it combines the technology of Microneedling and Fractional Laser Resurfacing to provide a better result with less downtime. The powerful and elegant design allows Dr. Costa to deliver the heat into the deeper layers of skin using radio frequency microneedling and the surface of the skin from the laser device. The combination treatment allows patients to recover much more quickly than with other devices.

Microneedling at it’s Finest: Radiofrequency Microneedling in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Secret Pro device uses the microneedles not only to build collagen but to also deliver the heat energy that normally would have been delivered by the laser from the surface of the skin. This allows for the most precise and optimal results with the least amount of downtime. The radiofrequency energy can be delivered at varying depths to your skin. The radio frequency microneedling is precise with 0.5 mm increments of depth all the way from 0.5 mm to 3 mm. This allows each treatment to be tailored to your individual needs and allows the skin to be treated at multiple depths. This in addition to the treatment from the laser to your skin’s surface allows us to provide optimal results. The fractional resurfacing laser settings can be adjusted to varying amounts and allow for individualized treatment.

Microneedling is done in a more efficient fashion due to the design of the device, allowing you to have multiple passes at varying amounts of depth which also allow you to achieve better results with respect to collagen remodeling. Furthermore, the addition of radio frequency energy to micro-needling augments the benefits of microneedling. The addition of this heat energy results in even better results. Because the needles are being used to deliver the energy into deeper layers of the skin the carbon dioxide laser complements this by focusing the energy on the skin’s surface and upper layers.

What is Radio Frequency Microneedling?

Radio Frequency Microneedling uses multiple Micro needles to deliver radio frequency energy into the skin. The energy of the radio frequency penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, below the surface to allow you the best treatment results. The tiny micro needles create pinpoint injury to the skins tissue which stimulates new collagen and the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid formation for tightened and firmer skin. The Radio Frequency Energy boosts this production to allow better results. Radio Frequency Microneedling has a short downtime and is done in our office comfortably with topical numbing applied prior to your treatment. This treatment will benefit anyone with deeper wrinkles, acne scars, scars and stretch marks, and fine lines.

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

C02 laser resurfacing, also known as laser peel, or laser vaporization, can improved lines and wrinkles, scars, and sun spots. The is a fractional ablative laser that delivers thermal energy to resurface the top layer of the skin with microscopic beams of light creating micro wounds to improve your skin’s tone and texture. Laser Skin Resurfacing’s downtime is tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. Also known as lasabrasion, this in office treatment is commonly performed for patients who have fine lines and deeper wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, small blemishes, and uneven skin texture.

What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing in San Jose?

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars including acne scars, surgical scars, and scars from prior trauma or infection
  • Aged and sun-damaged skin
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Improve your complexion if you have yellowish or grayish skin tone
  • Birthmarks such as linear epidermal nevi
  • Enlarged pores such as on the nose
Neck tightening after Secret Pro Laser and Microneedling Treatment

How Many Treatments are Needed?

A series of 3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is needed to achieve the best results.

Choose Your Own Downtime

You may choose your own downtime. Would you like 0 days, 2 days, or 7-10 days of downtime?

This treatment can be modified to fit your needs including your active, social, or work life. Each treatment is customized to your desires and goals.

Downtime with Radiofrequency Microneedling

The Secret Pro RF microneedling typically has zero downtime. Your face will be pink for a few hours up to 24 hours after treatment. Typically, the redness resolves within several hours.

Recovery and Downtime from Secret Pro Fractional Laser Resurfacing

The Secret Pro laser is a fractional laser. This means that the laser leaves columns of untreated tissue in between the treated areas. This results in faster healing and a shorter downtime.

The downtime from the laser will vary according to the laser settings, with more intense settings having a higher downtime. You can choose your own downtime. Dr. Costa will work with you to make a treatment plan that takes into account your needs for return to work and/or social activities.

Most patients experiences swelling redness and a sandpaper like roughness to the skin for a few days with no open wounds. The most aggressive treatment will have some scabbing and peeling at day 3-4 after the laser peel.

The Secret Pro laser skin resurfacing is an in office procedure.

How Long Will My Laser Resurfacing Results Last?

You will start to see results within 6 weeks after your 3rd treatment, and the results typically last 3-5 years. For maximum results, patients can return for a touch-up treatment. To help maintain your results it is also important to keep a consistent skin care regimen and minimize exposure to direct sun.

What is the Consultation Process Like?

Dr. Costa, Plastic Surgery expert, will discuss your goals and go over all aspects related to your skin revitalization concerns and any related, complimentary procedures from which you would benefit. During your consultation, Dr. Costa will help you generate a customized treatment plan that fits your needs, and maximizes outcomes while minimizing downtime. She will take into account your skin type, needs, and goals and help you choose the treatment plan to give you a beautiful result.

What is the Cost of the Laser Face Lift in the San Jose Bay Area?

The cost of a laser face lift varies based on each individual patient’s desired outcomes and goals. Some patients choose to do a full face laser treatment and some patients choose to focus on targeted areas such as the periorbital, perioral, neck, and decolletage. Our office works with lending institutions such as CareCredit® and which provide plastic surgery financing in order to help patients obtain their desired procedures while working within their budget. 

What’s the Difference between Dermapen and Radio Frequency Microneedling?

Dermapen creates pinpoint punctures and only treats the top layer of your skin. Unlike dermapen treatments, our precision Radio Frequency Microneedling treatment in San Jose reaches a range of depths from 0.5 to 3mm and, significantly, delivers a radio frequency energy to your skin. This delivery of energy helps result in more skin collagen production, tightening, tone, and overall improvement.

Skin Rejuvenation

Our Bay Area Secret Pro laser and microneedling hybrid treatment is also great for those who want a skin “reset” if you have no major concerns and just want your skin to look and feel more youthful and refreshed then Radio Frequency Microneedling and Carbon dioxide laser is a great option.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Thanks to the radio frequency of the microneedling fine lines and wrinkles are treated and softened once the collagen is produced after the 3-treatment series. Since the treatment will increase the production of your body’s natural collagen and hyaluronic acid 6 weeks after your treatment patients will notice softening and tightening of their fine lines and wrinkles. The Co2 portion of Secret Pro delivers thermal energy to the skin creating micro-wounds that will also aid in improving the texture of your skin.

Skin Tightening for the Neck

For those patients with mild to moderate laxity in the neck area, Secret Pro is a great option to help build collagen and reduce the look of sagging and aged skin. Safe enough for delicate neck skin as the depths can be controlled and customized to your concerns.

Acne Scarring / Large Pores Reduction

The Radio Frequency delivers energy and heat to the deeper levels of the skin to help build collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. By increasing the collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin the acne scarring and other concavities will improve. This is a great option for patients who have acne scarring on their face and even body.

Stretch Marks Reduction

The Secret Pro is an excellent treatment for stretch marks. The Secret Pro reduces the appearance of the white lines from the stretch marks. Stretch marks can be improved significantly, although they cannot be completely removed. Treatments for stretch marks require at least 3 sessions until the desired results are achieved.

Skin Tightening for the Body

The radio frequency microneedling aspect of the Secret Pro can be used anywhere on the body to help tighten the skin and improve the overall quality of the skin. It is used on the underarms, abdomen, thighs, and any area that would benefit from tightening.

Sun Damage and Brown Spots

The CO2 fractional laser is great for those who have visible sun damage or brown spots. This fractional laser will create micro-wounds on multiple layers of the skin that will heal and improve pigmentation and texture. The skin will heal in as little as 1 day for the lightest laser, to 3-4 days, to 7-8 days for the strongest laser settings.

Scars and Surgical Scarring Treatment

Secret Pro is great for those with any post-surgical scarring. Radio Frequency Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin which helps to break down scar tissue from thickening surgical scars. It will also help to stimulate collagen to help give an even texture after your treatment series.