We understand the role that skin health and beauty plays in a woman’s sense of well-being. Research has consistently demonstrated the power of collagen and elastin in preserving dermatologic tone, texture, and tightness. Because the body naturally slows its production of these vital chemicals as we age, it is necessary to provide support. We help patients at our Columbus and Canal Winchester offices maintain beautiful skin with microneedling.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy. Its principle is age-old: create a small wound to prompt a healing response. Humans have used various forms of microneedling for centuries. In the mid-nineties, the modern technique of derma-rolling became popular. More recently, professional devices have been developed to expedite the process and make it more comfortable. Essentially, microneedling is the process of creating microscopic punctures in the epidermis.
microneedling with PRP
How does microneedling work?
When microneedling is performed, the tiny puncture wounds that are created stimulate the body’s immune response. Fibroblast cells, which are responsible for collagen production, become active to heal the perceived dermatologic injury. This immediately plumps superficial tissue and gives it a nice glow through increased circulation.
The inclusion of PRP enhances this healing response by introducing nutrient-rich platelets to skin at the time of microneedling. This is because platelet-rich plasma contains vital growth factors that are involved in tissue repair.
What conditions does Microneedling improve?
Microneedling, both with and without PRP, can improve the skin in a number of ways thanks to the extensive effects of healthy collagen. Some of the conditions for which we perform microneedling include:
- Rough texture
- Spots and pigment issues, including rosacea
- Acne scars
- Loose skin
- Large pore size
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
What areas of the body can Microneedling treat?
Microneedling is most commonly performed on the face. However, it is possible to also use this technique on the neck and chest, stomach or other areas on which stretch marks are visible, and the hands. Because microneedling is a gentle technique, it can be performed just about anywhere on the body.
Who is a Good candidate for microneedling?
Most people who are interested in natural skin rejuvenation are good candidates for microneedling with or without PRP. There are very few instances in which this minimally-invasive technique is not appropriate. Patients with an active skin infection or an acne flare-up will likely need to postpone microneedling treatment until their skin is infection-free.
benefits of Microneedling
the microneedling procedure
Microneedling is performed on desensitized skin. Before treatment, the skin is cleansed and treated with topical numbing medication. Once anesthetized, the skin is then treated with the automated microneedling device. As the handpiece is passed over the skin, tiny punctures are made. Serums may be applied to the skin to promote healing and rejuvenation. PRP is a serum that comes from your own blood.
When microneedling includes PRP, treatment begins with a quick blood draw. While topical anesthetic sits on the skin to numb the surface, blood is processed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins the vial of blood at a rapid pace to separate various blood products. Platelet-rich plasma rises to the top of the vial and is then applied to the skin throughout the microneedling process. Nourishing platelets are quickly absorbed into the micro-channels created by the device to facilitate tissue regeneration.
Is there any recovery process for microneedling?
There is no downtime needed after microneedling treatment, either with or without PRP. The skin may appear slightly red for a few hours, but many patients return to their normal schedule right after treatment.