What is microneedling?

A type of cosmetic procedure utilized within dermatology is called microneedling, where the skin is treated through the use of tiny sterilized needles. The small wounds that result from the needles stimulate the skin to create more collagen and elastin in order to heal the skin and give an individual a younger appearance. 

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For further enhanced results from microneedling procedures, patients may turn to radiofrequency microneedling (RFMN). Similar to standard microneedling, tiny sterilized needles are utilized in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. However, with the use of radiofrequency, the process by which the skin will produce the desired elastin and collagen will be accelerated. 

One may consider undergoing microneedling treatment in order to help with issues such as 
  • Acne
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Large pores
  • Reduced skin elasticity 
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the procedure?

Depending on the size of the given area, the procedure will generally take anywhere from 10-20 minutes or 30-45 minutes. Many patients require about 4 to 6 treatments to see an effective difference.

What does the procedure consist of?

A numbing cream will be first placed on the face so that the pricks of the needles will not hurt the patient. The microneedles are then used on the face through the use of a rolling tool, which holds the needles. The needles will make small cuts in the skin, which does cause a bit of bleeding. Following the procedure, a cream or serum will be added if necessary.

What is the downtime?

Immediately after the procedure, there will be a bright redness to the skin. The total healing process will vary based on specific treatment, however the average patient will heal in about 2 to 4 days. In fact, some patients even recover in 24 hours following the treatment.

PRP with Microneedling

In order to enhance the microneedling therapy procedure, many patients turn to microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a natural, biological product which is obtained from the patient’s blood. It contains quite a high platelet concentration, which proves to be very helpful when incorporated in microneedling. To elaborate, PRP contains proteins, like growth factors and cytokines, which are useful for skin tissue repair and collagen production. 

Similar to standard microneedling, PRP with microneedling proves to be useful in treating:
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Sun damage
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin texture

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I consider PRP with microneedling over a standard micro needling treatment?

The use of PRP in the microneedling process proves to be beneficial because it helps speed up the healing process and stimulates the renewal of skin, thus generating more ideal results than microneedling alone. 

What are the side effects associated with PRP with microneedling?

Generally speaking, patients recover relatively quickly following this procedure. Patients report soreness and tenderness immediately after the procedure. Some other side effects include redness and mild bruising, both of which disappear within 4-5 days. 

How does the PRP incorporate itself into the skin?

After the microneedling has been performed, the mixture containing PRP will be applied to the targeted area. The platelets will flow into the channels produced by the needles and soak into the deep dermis and immediately stimulate cell growth and accelerate the recovery process.