If you’re looking for a simple, minimally invasive way to treat skin issues such as fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scars, you may want to try microneedling. Microneedling is ideal because it is a versatile treatment that is suitable for all skin tones and skin types. It’s also possible to boost the effectiveness of the microneedling treatment by doing it alongside other cosmetic procedures. But which treatments can be combined with microneedling?
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling or collagen induction therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment in which micro-fine needles are used to create tiny punctures in the skin. The micro-channels are made with a microneedling pen that is equipped with very tiny needles.
How microneedling works
The microneedling device is moved rapidly over the skin and repeatedly punctures the skin. The controlled injuries trigger the skin’s natural healing, and when the skin starts to repair itself, more collagen and elastin is produced. These essential skin proteins firm and plump the skin so it looks dewy and more youthful. Microneedling also treats a range of skin issues including wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, enlarged pores, and stretch marks.
Microneedling is an outpatient procedure that is performed using a topical anesthetic cream. The procedure is virtually painless and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It is the ideal solution for people looking to reduce signs of facial aging.
The number of microneedling sessions needed varies depending on the specific condition being treated, but 3-5 sessions at monthly intervals is normal.
What to expect
There may be some mild swelling and redness for a few hours after microneedling, but there is virtually no downtime. Once the redness subsides the complexion will be noticeably brighter and there will be a new plumpness to the skin.
Which treatments can be combined with microneedling?
Although microneedling is an excellent skin rejuvenation procedure it can be combined with other treatments such as platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy or radiofrequency therapy to achieve even more dramatic skin rejuvenation results.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is a regenerative treatment that uses a concentrate of platelet rich plasma to promote tissue repair, and speed up healing. It has been used routinely in sports medicine for many years to treat injuries to the joints, tendons, and ligaments. Platelets contain healing growth factors that help repair the damage when an injury occurs.
PRP is now being used for cosmetic treatments especially for facial rejuvenation.
The PRP facial is a non-invasive treatment that uses platelets to renew the skin and refresh the appearance. The platelets are derived from the patient’s own blood. Blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and is then processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. The platelets are activated and then injected in the targeted areas of the face.
Microneedling with PRP
When combined with PRP the microneedling procedure is performed first. The PRP is then introduced into the skin through the micro-channels created during microneedling. This further stimulates the healing process as the platelets are able to penetrate deeper into the skin. That’s why combining both procedures produces even more remarkable skin rejuvenation results.
Microneedling with PRP leaves the skin supple and healthy, as the treatment boosts the rejuvenation effect, and replenishes and renews the skin.
SkinPen is one of the most efficient microneedling pens on the market. It is an adjustable device that allows doctors to vary the depth of the needles, depending on the skin condition being treated.
Microneedling and RF energy
Microneedling with RF energy is also a highly beneficial treatment. RF energy is clinically proven to trigger collagen remodeling, and has been safely used in cosmetic procedures to improve skin tone and texture. RF energy heats the deep tissues of the skin and the energy is delivered via the microneedles. The heat is able to reach deeper than the needles, for optimal effect.
Although microneedling is suitable for a variety of skin types, it’s important to consult with a board certified dermatologist to determine if it’s right for you.
If you are in the Memphis, Germantown & Collierville, TN areas, contact Levy Dermatology to learn more.
Call (901) 295-0183 today to set up a consultation.