In the quest for younger-looking skin, microneedling has become an increasingly popular rejuvenation technique. This method works deep within the dermis to stimulate the body’s natural processes and produce a smoother, more youthful complexion. Microneedling can be used to address the effects of age, sun damage and other blemishes or scars that have developed on the skin over time. At Dermacare, highly experienced cosmetic physician Dr. Jeff Birchall and his team of specialists perform microneedling treatments to help patients achieve a supple skin tone and healthier appearance.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin restoration method that works to stimulate collagen production. The procedure uses a handheld device to puncture the skin and create controlled micro-injuries in the dermis. This process triggers the body’s natural healing response, encouraging collagen and elastin production, and accelerating cell turnover to restore the skin tissue and heal the perceived wounds. Gradually, this natural reaction works to restore your complexion by evening out skin tone and smoothing out fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars and other textural irregularities. At Dermacare, microneedling offers patients a quick, convenient method for achieving clearer, naturally radiant skin.
How is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling is performed using a topical anesthetic and may take from 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the extent of treatment required. The procedure is performed with a specialized device or pen that uses microneedles to puncture the skin’s surface. The device is moved smoothly across the treatment area to ensure full coverage. Some patients require only one pass, while others with more severe skin damage may require more. Microneedling is a highly customizable procedure; the depth of the device is adjustable and can be tailored to the unique needs and concerns of each patient. Due to its versatility, this treatment can be used to correct various kinds of skin damage and issues.
At Dermacare, we also combine this rejuvenation treatment with topical serums to further enhance your results. Since microneedling creates micro-channels in the dermis, the skin is able to absorb products more effectively. Based on your skin concerns, we can determine the most appropriate ingredients and apply them before microneedling. Once microneedling is performed, the serums will infuse thoroughly into the skin, allowing for better penetration of beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides or PRP. This level of penetration allows the ingredients to work deep within the dermal layers, creating superior results compared to topical application.
What Concerns Can Be Treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling can be used to treat various skin concerns, from signs of aging to acne scarring. By targeting the dermal structure, the procedure can replenish the underlying tissue and address the following issues:
- Fine lines and facial wrinkles
- Shallow scarring, such as acne scars
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Pigmentation irregularities
- Enlarged pores
- Dull, tired skin tone
- Mild to moderate skin laxity
- Hair loss
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Microneedling?
Microneedling is a versatile, multi-purpose treatment that can be performed on various areas of the body. While the face is the most common area of treatment, the procedure can also help to tighten the skin around the neck, chest and décolletage, which typically becomes lax and droopy with age. For those with skin concerns on the arms, back, hands or legs, microneedling is also a suitable restoration method. In your consultation at Dermacare, Dr. Birchall will discuss your reasons for treatment and design a procedural plan tailored to your unique skin type and needs. This comprehensive plan will set out the areas to be targeted, the depth of microneedling required and the serums to be used for further enhancement.
What Should I Expect After Microneedling Treatment?
Since topical anesthetic is applied to the skin before microneedling, most patients find the procedure to be relatively comfortable. Some patients describe the sensation similar to sandpaper moving across the skin. However, the device generally moves too quickly to cause much pain. Immediately after the procedure, your skin may be slightly red, similar to what looks like a mild sunburn. You can also expect your skin to feel slightly tender. These side effects are normal and usually subside within one to two days. Since microneedling requires no downtime, most patients can return to work or resume regular activity immediately after treatment.
When Will I See Results?
While you may notice a healthy natural glow after your microneedling procedure, optimal results will begin to appear in the weeks following treatment. At Dermacare, most of our patients see significant improvements in their skin within six to eight weeks. However, this will vary slightly for each individual depending on how the body adapts to treatment. These results will continue to progress over the coming months as collagen production increases to support the dermal structure. The final effect will be a more radiant and refreshed complexion that complements your overall appearance.
Microneedling At Any Age
A common query amongst our patients is whether there is an ideal age to undergo rejuvenation treatments such as skin needling. As an innovative, customizable procedure, microneedling can be performed on men and women of all ages. Regardless of whether your skin is thick or paper-thin, this treatment can be performed on any area of the body with no necessary age restrictions to dictate your suitability. Though your age will likely be related to your needs and concerns, the procedure can be adjusted accordingly to create beautiful, personalized results. While microneedling is not usually limited to particular skin types, it is crucial to let Dr. Birchall know if you are suffering from any medical concerns or active infections so he can determine whether this method is suitable for you.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which is a concentrated group of cells in the blood that contain growth factors and stem cells. These platelets are rich in restorative agents and healing properties that can promote cell renewal, stimulate collagen production and accelerate healing. PRP is also beneficial for repairing damaged tissue and strengthening the dermal structure. As an all-natural skin serum, it is among the most natural approaches to skin restoration available today. Ultimately, PRP can help to produce stronger, healthier skin from the inside out.
PRP and Microneedling – A Combination Therapy
As a combined treatment, PRP and microneedling can produce dramatic, long-lasting skin rejuvenation results. At Dermacare, we perform these techniques together for patients seeking comprehensive improvements to their complexion. In your consultation, Dr. Birchall will examine your skin to determine whether PRP microneedling is right for you.
To obtain the PRP, we draw a small amount of blood, most often from the patient’s arm. This process is safe, simple and will be similar to what you would expect during a blood test. We then place the blood into a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. This process is completed as we clean and prepare your skin for treatment. The concentrated PRP serum is then applied topically to the surface before microneedling, which allows the needles to drive the stem cells and growth factors directly into the deeper layers of the dermis, where they can achieve the most significant effect.
What Should I Expect After PRP Microneedling?
Similar to the side effects of microneedling, you will likely experience some redness or tenderness after treatment. Once your procedure is complete, our skin specialists can work with you to design a detailed skincare plan that allows you to achieve and maintain your desired result. After undergoing microneedling with PRP, it is vital to nourish, hydrate and protect the skin with the appropriate cosmeceutical creams and ingredients. Based on your individual needs, Dr. Birchall and our skincare experts can suggest the most suitable products to support the regeneration of cells and enhance the results of your rejuvenation treatment. Within two weeks, most patients can flaunt a revitalized complexion and a beautiful natural glow.
What are the Benefits of PRP Microneedling?
At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics, many patients who undergo PRP microneedling notice dramatic improvements to their skin. The benefits of this combination therapy include:
- Stimulates cell regeneration and collagen production
- Eliminates pigmentation and spots
- Promotes growth and healing
- Reduces acne scarring
- Smoothens out fine lines and wrinkles
- Evens out skin tone
- Improves circulation
- Softens stretch marks and other blemishes
- Restores a natural, healthy glow to the face
Who is a Suitable Candidate for Microneedling PRP?
Since PRP uses your own blood, there is virtually no risk of an adverse reaction. PRP microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for adults of all ages and nearly all skin types and concerns. It is ideal for those seeking to correct signs of aging or textural irregularities and is even suitable for those merely looking to improve their skin quality. Microneedling with PRP is also beneficial for those who are not suited to laser treatment, such as those with darker skin tones. To ensure optimal results, Dr. Birchall will assess your skin and consider your needs to determine whether this combination therapy is suitable for you.
Schedule Your Consultation at Dermacare
At Dermacare, we maintain a strong commitment to patient care and service. By developing long-term relationships and drawing on highly advanced techniques, we strive to create outstanding skincare results that allow you to feel more confident about your appearance. At our locations in San Diego and Carlsbad, Dr. Birchall and his team of experienced aestheticians are passionate about helping you reveal your healthiest and smoothest complexion. Many of our patients have found microneedling, or PRP microneedling, to be excellent methods for achieving this goal.
In our pursuit of healthy and youthful skin, we are continually introducing new techniques to help reverse signs of aging and enhance your natural beauty. Whether you have developed fine lines over time, or you are seeking to address years of sun damage, microneedling provides a fast and convenient method for replenishing the dermal structure and rejuvenating your skin. For patients of all ages, PRP microneedling can produce long-lasting and fulfilling results that can enhance your confidence and quality of life. If you would like to learn more about this treatment or to find out if microneedling is the right option for you, contact Dermacare Rancho Bernardo at (858) 487-3376 or Dermacare Carlsbad at (760) 448-8100 to schedule your consultation today.
The information about Microneedling/PRP for Skin Rejuvenation on this page was reviewed by Dr. Jeff Birchall. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.