Standing the test of time, microneedling has proven to be safe and effective for all skin types. Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, Microneedling is a procedure that involves a small device with very fine needles that is passed over the skin, creating very tiny wounds. This causes the body automatically to produce collagen and elastin as part of its natural healing process which, in turn, helps plump up the skin to create a smoother, more attractive surface.
Because microneedling is non-ablative and does not utilize heat, it is safe for darker skin types and can be done throughout the summer with little to no recovery time.
Microneedling can soften scars including surgical and acne scars, smoothe the appearance of stretch marks, firm the skin to prevent signs of aging and improve the benefits of topical treatments such as chemical peels, retinoids, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
This treatment yields optimum results when done on a weekly basis for 6 weeks. Pairing microneedling with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)/Broad Band Light (BBL), Chemical Peels and/or PRP are ideal combinations that provide astounding improvements.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a protein component of your blood that promotes healing and healthy cell growth. Think of it as your body’s own youth serum! To harvest this plasma, our nurse will take a small sample of your blood, which is then spun in our centrifuge to separate the red cells from the plasma. The plasma is a clear golden color. The concentrated portion of the plasma rich in platelets can then be utilized in many of our treatments such as microneedling, Venus Viva, scalp injections to promote hair growth and more!
PRP, or a “Vampire Facelift”, are so called because the platelet-rich plasma is taken from a patient’s own blood, which will not produce any adverse reaction. Approximately one syringe of blood (similar to the amount for any blood tests) is taken and centrifuged for about 15 minutes. This device separates the PRP from the other blood factors.
The PRP is then injected into the small wounds, or channels, created by the microneedling, further plumping the skin and increasing the production of collagen. The treatment produces a dramatic improvement through the regenerative effect of the PRP upon the deeper layers of skin.
The total procedure takes about an hour, and the slight pinkness and tingling should fade in 24 – 72 hours.
It usually takes the body 4 – 8 weeks for full collagen production, so you will likely see improvements continue over that period of time.
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