What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive, chemical-free skin rejuvenation treatment for fine lines, acne scars and overall skin enhancement. During the procedure, numbing cream is applied and tiny needles are used to create a safe, controlled skin injury to produce new collagen and elastin. The skin then undergoes its natural repair process, improving texture and firmness, and reducing scars, size of pores, and stretch marks. At Clear Dermatology & Aesthetics Center, we utilize the SkinPen, the first FDA-cleared microneedling device clinically proven to treat acne scarring. This device is an automated pen with a sterile, single-use tip. The pen features adjustable needle depth that allows us to customize your treatment plan to each specific area of your face.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) or “Vampire Facial” is a variation of the microneedling process in which the PRP from your blood is applied to your skin during the treatment. The growth factors from the PRP utilize your own body’s healing ability to stimulate skin recovery and boost collagen production. Studies have shown that microneedling used in conjunction with PRP can have a five-fold increase in collagen production compared to that of microneedling alone. One of our providers at clear dermatology can discuss the benefits of microneedling with and without PRP and help you create a treatment plan to achieve your desired results.
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While each patient will have different results depending on their individual concerns, it is recommended to have a series of at least three treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Most patients are very comfortable during the treatment. Prior to the treatment, a numbing cream is applied to the face which makes the procedure easy to tolerate.
The area treated will likely be very red, like a bad sunburn, for 2-3 days following your treatment. During this time, it is recommended that you use strict sun protection, and avoid any harsh products and make-up. Only gentle cleansers and moisturizers should be used while your skin heals. After the 2-3 days, your normal routine can be resumed, but any Vitamin C products should continue to be avoided until a week post-procedure.
Most patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of the next several weeks as the new collagen begins to grow. Results continue to improve up to six months after treatment as collagen production continues.