Technology Spotlight: A Look at the Candela Exceed™ Microneedling Device

Whether you’re struggling with acne scarring, wrinkles, or something else, you’ve likely heard of microneedling as a means of improving skin texture. Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment that stimulates your body’s natural repair processes to create plumper and smoother skin. The result is a youthful, radiant skin texture, all thanks to the power of collagen.

As with any treatment, the results from microneedling depend on choosing a reputable provider and quality equipment. At Ethos MedSpa, trained medical professionals perform all our procedures. We also invest in the most innovative equipment on the market to ensure optimal results.

When it comes to microneedling, we trust the Candela Exceed™ to enhance our clients’ beauty safely and naturally. With this device, we can deliver fully customized treatments shown to achieve results in as little as 12 weeks.

Learn more about this exceptional device so that you can be as confident in the Exceed as we are!

What Is the Candela Exceed™?

The Candela Exceed is the first microneedling device dual-approved by the FDA to treat both acne scars and wrinkles. Like other microneedling devices, the Exceed is a handheld unit that allows the aesthetician to target specific regions of the skin. It features six extremely fine needles that penetrate the skin up to 150 times per second at precisely the angle and depth needed to stimulate repair.

While 150 pricks per second may sound painful, remember that it’s called microneedling for a reason. The needles are very thin, and they go no deeper than 2 mm into the skin. For those reasons, most clients find microneedling to be almost or entirely painless. In fact, one reason we prefer the Exceed microneedling device is that it was specifically engineered for quiet and comfortable operation. Although clients receive topical numbing, with the Exceed, Candela has made the procedure even more tolerable.

How Does This Microneedling Device Work?

The beauty of microneedling is that it uses your skin’s own healing mechanisms to improve texture. Microneedling is also called percutaneous collagen induction (PCI). It’s a complex-sounding name that explains how the process works: The device passes tiny needles through the skin (or “percutaneously”) to create tiny punctures. Detecting wounds—however small—the body starts to build collagen, a protein involved in tissue repair. By centering the punctures over acne scars or wrinkles, the technician indicates where the body should build collagen to fill in the indentations. After just a few treatments, the skin’s texture becomes noticeably smoother, thanks to this natural repair process.

The Candela Exceed also boasts unique design features that stimulate this repair process with minimal damage to the skin:

  • Fewer Needles 

The Exceed unit uses only six hair-thin, surgical-grade needles to stimulate the skin. Minimizing the number of needles reduces the amount of damage caused to the skin, reducing inflammation after the procedure.

  • Maximum Adjustability

The Exceed microneedling device has 19 depth options that are adjustable at a 0.1 mm level, along with multiple speed options. Configuring speed and depth allows the technician to adapt to each client’s unique skin for optimal results.

  • Smooth Motion Pattern

Thanks to a flexible needle plate, the Exceed’s needles release smoothly from the skin without scratching the surface. The unit’s flexibility means that it moves with the skin, creating less inflammation and making it easier to target any area of the face.

These features make it easy to adapt the treatment to different skin textures, even during the same session.

What Does the Exceed Microneedling Device Treat?

The FDA has approved the Candela Exceed for the treatment of facial acne scars and wrinkles. That makes it the first microneedling device in the nation to be cleared for two different skin concerns.

Generally speaking, microneedling evens skin texture by filling depressions in the skin. It is ideal for clients facing uneven skin texture, especially if it’s caused by aging or acne scarring. Ethos MedSpa offers fully customized microneedling sessions for the face, chest, and neck, with techniques adapted to your individualized concerns. 

Ultimately, taking advantage of this service in which the Exceed is used means you can look forward to the following:

Female medical aesthetician performing microneedling treatment on female client using the Candela Exceed.
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decreased scarring
  • Firmer skin
  • More even skin tone
  • Smaller pores

What Benefits Does It Offer?

The Candela Exceed enhances microneedling treatments. As mentioned previously, it allows clients to see results in as little as 12 weeks. However, it also comes with several other benefits.

  • Proven Results

According to Candela’s research, almost 88% of patients saw significant improvement in acne scarring, and 90% saw improvements to their facial wrinkles (including stubborn wrinkles around the eyes, which improved in nearly 80% of those treated).

  • Minimally Invasive

All microneedling treatments are minimally invasive. However, the Candela Exceed specifically prevents overtreatment with its depth settings. Also, because the Exceed microneedling device has a flexible needle plate, it is even less likely to damage the skin’s surface than other units, making irritation even less likely. 

  • Safe

The Exceed uses sterile, single-use needle plates to prevent infection. The unit’s body also minimizes contamination. When performed by Ethos MedSpa’s qualified professionals, microneedling is completely safe, comfortable, and effective.

Why We Trust the Candela Exceed

At Ethos MedSpa, we are committed first and foremost to safety. We carefully research every single device that enters our facility to ensure that it offers significant benefits with minimal risk to our clients. The Candela Exceed has a track record of producing beautiful results with minimal downtime and virtually no side effects. 

Here are some of the reasons we trust the Exceed microneedling device:

  • Dual-FDA-Cleared 

First and foremost, we look to regulatory bodies for guidance. The FDA’s rigorous testing shows that the Exceed is a safe option for improving skin texture and increasing collagen production.

  • Reputable Company

Candela has been a trusted company for more than 50 years. In fact, they’re one of the leading providers of medical aesthetic technology solutions in the world. Plus, their brand values of Science, Results, and Trust closely align with our own.

  • Minimal Downtime

Although microneedling produces a bit of short-lived redness, the treatment comes with next to no downtime. Your skin will look better almost immediately, thanks to the increased blood flow. There’s no need to alter your routine beyond the first day, due in large part to the use of the Exceed. 

  • Effective

Clients treated with the Exceed microneedling device overwhelmingly experience results, often in as little as 12 weeks. After all, there’s a reason it’s replacing other antiaging methods. By undergoing this treatment with the Exceed, you can enjoy renewed, flawless skin. 

The Candela Exceed surpasses all our expectations for a microneedling device, which is why we rely on it to enhance our clients’ skin.


Microneedling offers a safe and effective way to see fast changes in your skin texture. However, for the best results, you need to work with the best providers and the best equipment. That’s why Ethos MedSpa invests in the safest, most highly rated equipment proven to address clients’ skin concerns safely and effectively. Our experience shows that, with the Candela Exceed, you can look forward to fantastic results with minimal downtime!

If you’re ready to experience younger, healthier skin, book a microneedling appointment today!

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