What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an in-office, non-surgical procedure that uses tiny needles on a handheld device which creates controlled micro-channels (tiny holes) in the skin where aging has begun to reveal itself. This causes the skin to react by stimulating collagen and elastin to send to the area to heal and restore the skin. Once this happens, the collagen adds volume to the skin, and the elastin helps return the skin to its original state. Microneedling decreases the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, brown spots, sun spots, pores, and more. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands and anywhere else that you have unsightly scarring or stretchmarks.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRF) can also be combined with this treatment. This addition to your treatment requires drawing your blood and spinning the blood down in a centrifuge to separate a portion of your blood that has the highest concentration of platelet growth factors. PRF is derived from the patient’s own blood and may contain growth factors that increase collagen production. It can be applied topically to the entire treatment area during microneedling.
Benefits of Microneedling
- Improved skin texture (acne, scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores)
- Brighten and even out skin tone
- Improved skin elasticity
- Improved acne scarring and sun damage
- Overall skin rejuvenation
What to Expect After Microneedling
The downtime following microneedling is short, as the area may be slightly pink like a mild sunburn for a couple of days, but up to 1 week. Once this goes away and the tiny holes heal, the results begin to appear.
When will I see results?
While you can see some results immediately following a microneedling treatment, the full results do not become visible until the microchannels have healed and the skin’s color has returned. Most patients will notice that the treated skin is plumper and more radiant after only a few days. Skincare products will penetrate more deeply and make any makeup application flawless and smooth. Overall, your skill will become healthier with all the collagen production that is induced.
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