Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that can be used all over the body—from scalp to ankles—to improve the appearance of scars, boost collagen, or encourage hair growth. It's also a standard treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and stretch marks. It does it all!
WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?
Simply put, microneedling is the insertion of very fine short, sterilized needles into the skin for rejuvenation. When the skin feels these pinpricks, your body will naturally rush to heal them. The wound healing response in the human body is quite miraculous.
Whether those “wounds” are perceived (as with various skin rejuvenation procedures) or real, the body responds by producing new supplies of collagen and elastin, along with new skin cells, to heal the wounds.
Microneedling can improve:
MICRONEEDLING WITH PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Supercharge your microneedling treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP)! PRP is a valuable addition to microneedling because it augments the regenerative effects of the treatment. PRP is developed by concentrating the patient’s blood with platelets and growth factors.
PRP is created by drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, which is then spun to concentrate the platelets and transforming growth factors. The solution is then applied to the areas that have been treated with microneedling to boost the regenerative effects of the procedure, and improve the cosmetic outcome. This process is often referred to as a “Vampire facial”.
ADVANTAGES OF MICRONEEDLING
It is an office procedure that is well tolerated by patients
It is safe for all skin types, and is suitable for sensitive and thin skin
There is minimal downtime
Specific areas can be treated without treating the entire face
There is no risk of photosensitivity, and minimal to no risk of post treatment hyperpigmentation
It can be used to treat areas that are difficult to reach with a laser, such as the upper and lower lips, and around the eyes
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
The effects of microneedling are permanent, but because the skin continues to age, maintenance treatments will be needed to retain the benefits. The number of treatments will depend on the severity of your skin problems, your goals, and the results you desire.
Studies show that treating the skin with four sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin within six months after the last treatment. Patients with eczema, rosacea, active acne, dermatitis, and hypersensitive skin should exercise caution as microneedling can cause flare-ups.