Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling in Sarasota
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as transcutaneous collagen induction therapy involves the use of a handheld device that is loaded with very fine medical grade needles. The device is gently passed over the skin, with the needles creating microchannels in the skin, anywhere from 0.5-2 mm in depth. This triggers the body’s normal healing mechanism with an associated increase in collagen.
The collagen deposition improves skin texture and elasticity, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and improves acne and other scars. The microneedling treatment can be combined with PRP to further improve results.
The microneedling procedure is a minimal downtime procedure. Patients can expect some redness which resolves quickly. Patients notice an immediate improvement in the feel and radiance of their skin after the procedure. Over the following weeks, new collagen forms resulting in longer-term improvements in texture, fine lines, and scars. In most cases, a series of treatments is required for best results.
Microneedling can be used for a number of skin conditions and for patients of nearly any age or ethnicity who want to improve the tone and texture of their skin. Unlike lasers, microneedling does not heat the skin. This lack of heat reduces the risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation. For this reason, microneedling can be used safely in all skin types, including Hispanic, Asian and African American skin which tend to have higher melanin (pigment) content.
It is commonly used to address:
- Uneven skin texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Early signs of aging
- Acne and surgical scars
- Stretch marks
SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is the first and ONLY FDA-cleared microneedling device currently available. This approval is one of the many reasons why our patients ask for SkinPen® by name.
SkinPen® microneedling treatments have been clinically proven to safely and effectively treat facial acne scars in patients who are 22 years or older.
Microneedling with PRP in Sarasota
Also known as the “Vampire Facial”, microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) uses a patient’s own blood to rejuvenate the skin. The procedure starts by drawing a patient’s blood. The tube containing the blood is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma. The platelet rich plasma is rich in growth factors and other proteins that can then be used to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
If you decide to combine PRP with your microneedling treatment, it will be applied topically during and after your session. The goal of microneedling with PRP is to improve skin texture and tone, reduce pore size, tighten and firm skin, and reduce visible signs of aging. And thanks to the healing properties of PRP, your skin will recover from microneedling even faster.
Other PRP Treatment Options
The numerous benefits of PRP can also be experienced outside of a microneedling treatment. PRP is becoming more commonly used to help treat hair loss, it is also being injected in place of dermal fillers for volume.
While PRP may sound strange, it has been used in medical applications to promote healing after injuries. The cosmetic application of PRP is exciting and innovative, and something that we are proud to offer to our Sarasota patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Microneedling
We know that you may have a few more questions about this effective facial rejuvenation treatment. The best way to get answers is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonnie Wang or one of our expert aestheticians. Until then, here are some of the questions that we commonly hear during the consultation process:
Does microneedling hurt? We apply a topical numbing solution before your procedure to ensure that the treatment will be comfortable.
Are microneedling results permanent? While the results are not permanent, you can experience increased collagen production and an improvement in your overall complexion long after your last treatment. You can also schedule additional treatments to enhance your results.
Can microneedling be done at home? You may have come across DIY or at home microneedling devices. These devices often look like paint rollers covered in pins. The truth is that they cannot penetrate the skin as deeply or effectively as an in-office treatment. The pins may be dull or jagged and are not FDA cleared. Improper use can lead to skin damage or infection. Our staff is highly trained and we know how to perform a treatment with the proper technique, uniformity, timing, and depth in a sterile environment.
Will microneedling make my skin peel? Some people do experience mild peeling, like after a sunburn. While it does not happen to everyone, peeling can be one of the signs that your skin is working to remove old, damaged cells and replace them with new, radiant ones.
Microneedling is one of a select group of treatments that is able to offer excellent results without the associated downtime. This explains its recent popularity as patients move away from surgical procedures in favor of minimally invasive, minimal downtime treatments offering subtle, natural results.
Schedule Your Microneedling Consultation
Re3 Healing Aesthetics and Wellness is known for being Florida’s premier boutique facial aesthetic practice. From the moment you arrive at our welcoming facility, you see why. Our staff is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals while providing a comfortable, enjoyable experience.
Dr. Bonnie Wang is a leader in nonsurgical skin rejuvenation. She will take the time to listen to your cosmetic goals and determine how to achieve them through microneedling. For more information about microneedling in Sarasota, contact us today.