Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy which uses a pen containing fine needles to make tiny pricks in the skin surface. This process triggers the body’s natural wound healing process which encourages the production of new collagen and increases blood flow to the treated area, improving the overall volume, texture, and tone of the skin.
Benefits of microneedling include:
- Tighter and smoother skin
- Reduced pore size
- Improvement in scarring secondary to acne or trauma
- Improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
How often are treatments performed?
After a microneedling session, it usually takes a full week for your skin to heal completely. It is recommended to do a series of three microneedling sessions 4 weeks apart for optimal results. Some patients may need up to 6 or more treatments to reduce deep acne scars. Increased collagen production after microneedling treatments will continue for about six months. Scheduling maintenance appointments every four to six months after the initial series helps to keep skin looking and feeling refreshed.
Who should avoid microneedling?
Those with very oily skin or active acne should avoid this procedure as the needles could spread active acne further into the skin. Also, anyone currently on acne medication or with sunburned skin is not a good candidate for the procedure.
Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling with PRP is a great treatment for patients that want to maximize the body’s natural healing processes to enhance the effects of skin rejuvination. In this procedure, PRP is applied topically in conjunction with microneedling. This allows the body’s regenerative growth factors to be placed directly within the micro-injuries.
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an isolate of an individual’s own blood that contains concentrated platelets which when activated, release growth factors. These growth factors are very important in the healing of injuries, in this case, the micro wounds created by microneedling. PRP works on a simple premise, utilizing one’s own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen.
Using PRP will enhance the body’s natural healing effect. Patients will have enhanced results over Microneedling alone, producing more collagen, and getting tighter, smoother, and better-toned skin. PRP can also be injected into the deep dermis for further enhancement and improvement in volume. This is known as PRP for dermal rejuvenation or PRP Facelift.
For more information about PRP, please see the About PRP section
What to expect post-procedure
The day of the procedure patients will experience redness like a bad sunburn and some sensitivity to the touch. Try not to touch the skin to avoid spreading bacteria from hands to the micro channels created from the microneedles. If microneedling is performed with PRP, patients will leave with the PRP on the face which will remain until the following morning. No exercise or sun exposure the remainder of the day.
On day two, wash the face with Skin Medica SENSITIVE cleanser, or an approved gentle cleanser. Do not use any moisturizer or treatment serums until the evening of day 2. Skin should be bare for 24 hours after the procedure. After 24hrs post-procedure, use Skin Medica Ceremide treatment cream, or another approved post peel cream, along with Skin Medica Essential Defense sunblock or other approved sunblock. It is VERY important to protect the skin from the sun with a physical sunblock as the skin will be much more sensitive to UV light and exposure may result in discoloration and hyper-pigmentation.
By day two, all or most of the redness should be gone, but skin may still be sensitive to the touch. Some people may experience swelling, usually under the eyes or cheeks. Areas treated more aggressively are more likely to experience prolonged redness and possible swelling. It is safe to wear JANE IREDALE Mineral powder makeup to cover up any residual redness. Any other liquid foundations may cause irritation. Continue to avoid exercise.
Most, if not all the redness should be gone. A physical defense sunblock and post treatment cream should continue to be used. Dry flaking skin may start to appear, this is normal. Use Ceremide treatment cream, or other recommended post treatment cream to help heal and hydrate. Light exercise that does not result in sweating may be resumed.
Skin should be returning to normal but may still be dry and flaking. About 20% of people experience a post needling breakout that may last 2-5 days with little bumps that will go away on their own. Do not pick at the bumps or they will last longer and you could possibly cause infection of the pore. Continue to be diligent with sunblock. Full exercise may be resumed.