Vivace® Direct – SEPTEMBER 16th

How To Properly Prepare The Skin For A Vivace® RF Microneedling Treatment

Skin Preparation and Anesthesia

What is the primary purpose of skin preparation?

Skin preparation aids in preventing treatment site infections by removing debris from, and cleansing, the skin, bringing the resident and transient microbes to an irreducible minimum, and hindering the growth of microbes during the procedure.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), injections are unsafe when administered with unsterile or improper technique and it is important to avoid contamination when administering injectables or microneedling. The WHO suggests that the standard practice for skin preparation with regards to injectables or micro needling is swabbing the injection site with a saturated 60% to 70% alcohol swab for 30 seconds and allowing the area to dry for 30 seconds. A variety of alcohol swabs are available on market including isopropyl or ethanol-based swabs.

Skin Preparation and Anesthesia 

Meticulous skin preparation is important to decrease the risk of superficial skin infections.

  1. A gentle skin cleanser to remove makeup and debris from the skin’s surface should be used before application of a topical anesthetic cream or gel to the treatment area(s).
  2. Apply a compounded BLT Cream (Benzocaine 20%, Lidocaine HCL 10%, Tetracaine HCL 10%) for thirty (30) minutes.
  3. BLT Cream is then removed with a water-soaked gauze (baby or aesthetic wipe).
  4. Two (2) passes of isopropyl alcohol is applied to treatment area immediately before the microneedling procedure.


Sources: Marie Tice RN, CLT – Clinical Nurse Trainer at Aesthetics Biomedical® Inc. and National Library of Medicine.



Disclaimer: The Vivace® Guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, medical director, or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. All suggested treatment settings are for suggested use only.