RF Microneedling by Dr. Michael K. Lee

Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo microneedling patients trust Dr. Lee, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, for his meticulous attention to detail, passion for excellence, and genuinely compassionate bedside manner. He is known for delivering exceptional aesthetic results uniquely tailored to the individual.

Dr. Michael K. Lee – Excellence embodied.

Educational background

Born and raised on the picturesque island of Oahu in Hawaii, Dr. Lee chose to obtain his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii before continuing to hone his skills at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He pursued an elite Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of California, Irvine, preparing him for an illustrious career in aesthetics. Winner of the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery, Dr. Lee continuously strives to evolve in his career, acquiring the latest advanced technology on the market to optimize patient outcomes. 

Concierge-level care

Dr. Lee's initial interest in plastic surgery was driven by its technical aspects. However, as he progressed in his studies, he became aware of how cosmetic procedures could transform lives, enhancing self-confidence and allowing patients to experience a more positive self-image. Dr. Lee often performs the complex surgeries that other providers avoid. He is obsessed with detail and precision while offering patients an unforgettable concierge experience. As a devoted listener, Dr. Lee empowers his patients, exceeding their expectations by always taking the extra minute – or the extra hour – to fully educate them on their upcoming procedures.

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What is Potenza RF microneedling?

Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is a cosmetic treatment that uses a combination of two well-established, popular procedures – microneedling and radiofrequency energy – to enhance the skin's texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Microneedling is a minimally invasive approach that utilizes tiny needles to microscopically wound the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing response and encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Radiofrequency energy, on the other hand, uses heat energy to firm the skin and stimulate collagen production, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines.

With Potenza, RF microneedling moves to the next level. Potenza is the first microneedling device that combines monopolar and bipolar radiofrequency in a single machine, ultimately offering four unique RF modes. This level of versatility is only increased with a variety of needle alignment options, tips, and the ability to be used on any part of the face or body.

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What can I expect during my Potenza RF microneedling sessions?

For patients coming from Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, and Lake Forest for microneedling sessions, a device with insulated needles delivers radiofrequency energy into the skin. The needles create tiny channels, which allow the RF energy to penetrate deeper into the pore. Potenza has a range of tip options, including the Tiger Tip needles, which eliminate any need to re-trace steps during treatment. Potenza includes a unique technology that provides both shallow and deep treatments, making it the perfect choice for various skin types.

The heat generated by the radiofrequency energy stimulates collagen production, contracting the skin. The procedure can address multiple concerns, including fine lines, creases, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. And as the first of its kind, representing a whole new era of microneedling, Potenza does it faster and more effectively.

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What are the advantages of Potenza RF microneedling?

One of the RF microneedling benefits with Potenza is that it is safe for the widest range of skin tones and any skin type, as the device can be adjusted to deliver a customized amount of energy for each individual. The procedure is minimally invasive with no downtime, although patients may experience mild redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. 

The number of treatments required will correspond to the individual's skin concerns and goals, but most patients witness a noticeable improvement after just one session. Overall, microneedling in Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo patients is an excellent way to enhance the appearance of the skin and restore a more youthful, radiant complexion.

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After my Potenza RF microneedling session in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch

Recovery after RF microneedling in Mission Viejo is relatively quick and easy, with most patients able to resume their normal activities immediately. However, there are a few points to keep in mind to guarantee the best possible results and minimize any potential side effects.

Immediately after an RF microneedling session, patients may experience some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort, similar to a sunburn. This is a normal progression of the healing process and should subside within a few hours to a few days. Patients can apply a cool compress or ice pack to the treated region to help reduce symptoms.

Protecting the treated skin from direct sunlight or extreme heat for at least 48 hours after the treatment is essential. This includes avoiding hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms. Patients should also avoid using any harsh skincare products, such as exfoliants or acids, for at least 24 hours after the treatment. Patients should refrain from wearing makeup for at least 24 hours after their sessions to allow the skin to fully heal. Once makeup is resumed, patients should use a gentle, non-irritating formula to avoid further irritation.

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