Enjoy younger firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma stimulates fibroblast production of collagen and elastin, improving the overall condition of your skin from the inside out.
The procedure involves puncturing the skin with tiny needles that draw blood which may not sound like a good idea, but the process sets off a rejuvenation reaction that leaves many people raving about the results.
This is ideal for patients who are looking for a quick and effective way to improve the texture and tone of their skin.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic practice that’s used to treat a number of skin issues. With the evolution of the equipment and techniques, microneedling has become more prevalent within skin-care practices. You may have heard microneedling referred to as collagen induction therapy, skin needling, or percutaneous collagen induction.
The idea is to improve the way the skin looks and feels. Microneedling can help with these concerns:
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Hyperpigmentation and sunspots
- Lost elasticity
- Uneven skin textures
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tones
How does it work?
Microneedling involves puncturing the skin with small needles. The skin will likely be numbed before treatment to eliminate or at least decrease pain and discomfort. A penlike tool named a dermaroller is utilized in order to insert tiny stainless-steel needles into the skin to cause microinjuries or punctures.
As a result of these tiny abrasions, the skin amps up collagen production in order to heal, according to a study published in March 2017 in Dermatologic Surgery. The goal is for the damage caused by the needles to stimulate your body to send healing agents in the form of elastin and collagen to the area of treatment to repair the skin.
The treatment will take between 10 and 20 minutes, though you’ll need to buffer in more time if you’re receiving topical anesthesia. There are usually multiple sessions required, spaced one month apart. The needles will be inserted deeper into the skin at each following session, since the skin will become thicker and more able to withstand a deeper penetration over time.
Any side effects?
Some redness or mild irritation can appear in the first few days — that’s just the skin recovering. The redness should go away within three days. You might also notice that your skin feels tight, swollen, dry, or sensitive to the touch in the days immediately following the treatment, or it might flake away within the week.
Microneedling is generally safe and effective, but it’s not recommended for people who take or have had radiation in the past year, are pregnant, have a skin disease, or have a history of scarring or poor wound healing. People with active infections or open wounds should wait until their skin heals before trying it.