Microneedling is one of many rejuvenating procedures we offer at our facility to help our patients achieve a more youthful appearance. This process is used by many dermatologists to treat different and common skin conditions. If you’re looking for microneedling in Port Orange, one of our talented staff can help you achieve your goal for brighter, firmer-looking skin.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling Skin Rejuvenation is a revolutionary treatment that creates healthier, younger-looking skin. As a form of collagen induction therapy, needling is regarded by many to be as effective as fractional laser resurfacing. This procedure involves pricking the skin with tiny, sterilized needles that help make the skin firmer and smoother.
The small wounds the needles create stimulate collagen and elastin production, which are proteins made in the connective tissue of the skin. These vital proteins increase skin’s elasticity and firmness, giving skin a restorative and younger-looking appearance.
Acupuncture vs. Microneedling
Microneedling may sound like acupuncture because both treatments involve needles. However, there are key differences. One of the primary differences is that microneedles are only pricked into the skin very quickly, whereas acupuncture leaves needles in for longer periods.
Both treatments cause micro-injuries to the skin, but acupuncture is focused on treating the whole body to boost your mood and treat areas with blocked energies. Microneedling is typically centered on the facial area and is used to improve the skin’s appearance by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes.
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Microneedling can improve the appearance of post-surgical or accident-related scars appearing on the face and can be more effective and affordable than laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. Many also prefer microneedling because it:
- Is a natural process activated in the body to organically produce more collagen and elastin versus artificial injections or harsher treatments
- Causes less discomfort than other procedures
- Has no downtime or post-op recovery
- Produces fast results soon after
- Has noticeable and stunning results
What Are the Benefits?
Microneedling may help address one of many skin-related issues, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Acne and acne scars
- Skin pigmentation
- Stretch marks
- Saggy or loose skin
- Large pores
- Sun damage
- Hair loss
What Are the Risks?
The medical community regards microneedling as very safe and effective, but like all medical procedures, there are some minor risks involved. The primary concern is minor skin irritation, but can also include:
- Discomfort at the treatment site
- Skin flaking or peeling
These side effects are all very mild and should improve rather quickly. Bleeding is not commonly experienced, though it is more likely to occur after deeper skin treatments. It may also be common for those who have bleeding disorders or take blood thinners. Your doctor will go over all your risks with you before you undergo treatment.
Who Should Not Receive Microneedling Treatment?
Most people qualify for this procedure. However, in some cases, it is not recommended for those who have:
- Active skin infections
- Active acne
- Uneven or broken skin
- Keloid scarring
- Unstable skin types
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Home Devices for Microneedling Treatment
Many at-home microneedling devices are sold on the market today. They are often handheld rollers lined with small needles. While this may seem like an easy solution to some skin issues, it is best to seek this treatment from a medical professional who uses more advanced equipment.
A medical professional can provide a personalized consultation and adjust needle depth according to each area of your skin. Shorter needle depths are used around sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, and forehead, whereas longer needles are used for acne scar treatment or stretch marks.
At-home devices only treat superficially and will not achieve the kind of results you would see with a professional treatment process.
Microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
PRP is a highly effective therapy that has been used for over two decades in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and cell regeneration. Studies have shown that PRP facials effectively promote tissue remodeling in aging skin, making it a highly sought-after procedure. This aesthetic procedure combined with microneedling stimulates cell multiplication and increases collagen and elastin production, providing results far beyond traditional microneedling alone when followed by the application of your platelet-rich plasma.
Our Microneedling with PRP Facial uses your body’s regenerative properties to provide unprecedented levels of skin rejuvenation, including increased collagen and elastin production and the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
Microneedling is contraindicated with the following conditions:
- Active acne
- Skin infection
- Actinic keratosis
- Skin cancer hyperplasia
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
The number of sessions depends on the condition of your skin, but typically it’s recommended to have three to five treatments at four- to six-week intervals with maintenance treatments every six to nine months.
The Microneedling Process
You might be wondering what the healing process is like for microneedling, and how results are achieved. There is minimal downtime following the procedure because the injuries are nearly microscopic. However, there is a minor period where the skin may appear inflamed during the healing process.
Phase 1: Inflammation
In this stage, the platelets activated by the piercing of the dermal tissue release cytokines and growth factors, which act as signals for the body’s immune system to send in cells such as neutrophils and macrophages to disinfect the wounds, clear the debris, increase the blood supply (in a process called angiogenesis) and begin the creation of fresh, new cellular and extracellular materials (the granulation process).
Phase 2: Proliferation
In this stage, the fibroblasts (cells that make up much of the dermis and create the extracellular matrix), keratinocytes, and epidermal cells continue to divide to populate the areas of damage and secrete growth factors and extracellular matrices, such as elastin and collagen III.
Phase 3: Remodeling
In this stage, the wound has now been replaced with new dermal tissues, and the newly formed vasculature is now matured. The collagen III in the newly formed tissue is now replaced with the stronger collagen I, and the tissue contracts to cause a “shrink-wrap” effect on the skin.