What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that helps to soften the signs of aging, rejuvenate aging skin, and improve the appearance of acne scars. At our office, we use the SkinPen, which is an FDA-cleared microneedling device.
Microneedling boasts many benefits, including:
- Improves fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces acne scarring
- Softens stretch marks
- Evens out skin tone
- Reduces large pores
- Firms and smooths skin texture
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling involves creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. These micro-injuries trigger the release of growth factors, which lead to the remodeling of collagen and elastin. The SkinPen treatment usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of treatment areas, and the degree of treatment performed.
Add PRP to Microneedling
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is a procedure that can be done along with microneedling to boost your results. During a PRP treatment, a small amount of your blood is drawn from your arm into a sterile tube. Then, the sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red and white blood cells. Plasma contains high concentrations of platelets, stem cells, and growth factors.
This plasma is then applied topically to the skin at the time of the microneedling treatment, which helps for optimal absorption of the growth factors for best results.
Is there Downtime?
The overall healing time will depend on each individual. Most patients will experience some mild swelling and redness for 2-4 days following the treatment. For best results, patients should receive a course of three treatments spaced 30 days apart.
If you are interested in learning more about microneedling or microneedling with PRP, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment!