Collagen Induction Therapy to Rejuvenate Skin in Appleton, WI


Vivace’s blend of microneedling and radiofrequency energy multiplies the power of both unique treatments.

Dr. Betsy Wernli, as well as licensed aestheticians Bobbi Jo Noeller, Erica Howerton, Dianne Riehl and Melanie Bomier, have been thoroughly trained in this next-level solution for the problem of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

A single half-hour session is enough to kickstart fresh collagen production for a more youthful look. A series of three is recommended for best results.

As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Betsy Wernli emphasizes that there is no one “right” way to help a patient get a rejuvenated look. Skincare needs vary from patient to patient, which is why there are several options related to microneedling alone at the Appleton, WI-based Excelin Medical Spa. Each specific treatment has its own advantages, allowing for individualized care from an experienced team trained in advanced techniques with the latest devices, including Vivace® RF, a sophisticated device that combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to elevate the results of both treatment strategies.

Because microneedling triggers collagen production, it is also known as collagen induction therapy. It also encourages elastin development, as well as cell turnover to replace the dead and worn-out surface layer with younger, more vital skin cells. Patients at Excelin Medical Spa can safely use it on the face or body, and even though it involves puncturing the skin, the channels are so small that no down time is required for healing after a session. Specific recovery instructions depend on the treatment, but many patients return to their typical activities shortly after receiving microneedling.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Collagen, along with elastin, is a crucial component in healthy, pliant skin. Abundant throughout a person’s younger years, levels drop over time, leaving skin with less support and vibrancy. This can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Sun damage further contributes to the problem, deepening facial lines and causing spots and other pigmentation issues.

The name “microneedling” explains the treatment itself, as it involves tiny needles creating channels in the skin. Each of these small, essentially invisible punctures is considered by the body to be a wound, which triggers collagen and elastin production, increasing levels of the proteins responsible for giving skin its youthful structure, smoothness, and resiliency.

In addition to overall rejuvenation, collagen induction via microneedling can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks, shrink enlarged pores, smooth out fine lines, tighten lax skin, and create a more even skin tone. Because it creates channels into the skin, it is also an effective strategy for improving absorption of topical skincare treatments.

Patients tend to see visible results after one session, but multiple treatments spaced weeks apart are typically necessary for ideal rejuvenation.

Microneedling Options

As a stand-alone treatment, microneedling is an effective rejuvenation tool. Session lengths depend on the area to be treated. The Excelin Medical Spa team also maintains state-of-the-art equipment, such as Vivace® RF, to offer the latest complementary techniques in skin rejuvenation to suit individual needs:

Vivace® RF Microneedling

Applying radiofrequency energy to the skin can create heat that stimulates collagen production for a tighter, younger look. While there are treatments that create RF energy at the surface, Vivace® combines the energy delivery with microneedling for a two-fold rejuvenating experience that penetrates deeper into the skin: The needles simultaneously create channels and allow the RF energy to be released where it is needed in the tissue to optimize uniform results, which can be further improved by applying serums for absorption.

This is truly a next-level solution to wrinkles, laxity, and even scars, as the deeper layers of skin tighten as a result of the radiofrequency energy. When coupled with fresh collagen and elastin creation also triggered by the treatment, this strategy prompts results that appear more quickly than they would with either treatment alone, creating a more dramatic—but still natural-looking—effect.

A session requires about 30 minutes devoted to numbing the skin, then about 30 minutes for the treatment for the face.

Adding PRP to Microneedling and Vivace® RF

PRP treatments involve collecting and concentrating the best parts of a patient’s own blood, then applying the resulting platelet-rich plasma to the skin. Microneedling allows the PRP to more fully penetrate thanks to the micro-channels it creates. The effects of both treatments can complement and improve each other, with the platelet-rich plasma further encouraging collagen production and the release of growth factors.

Excelin Medical Spa in Appleton uses a next-generation PRP system from Eclipse.

Contact Excelin Medical Spa about VIVACE® in Appleton, WI.

Call 920-931-0022