If you struggle with wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and sun damage, you may already be familiar with the benefits that microneedling can provide. Also known as collagen induction therapy or skin needling, this innovative treatment has become wildly popular thanks to Hollywood celebrities who rely on it to keep themselves looking fresh-faced and youthful. Microneedling prompts the body to heal itself by producing collagen, which repairs damaged skin and improves its texture. When paired with all-natural PRP therapy, the skin can become truly radiant. The experts at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX explain what makes microneedling with PRP so innovative and effective.
What is microneedling?
This minimally invasive skin rejuvenation process works by creating small, controlled injuries to the skin. At Novo Med Spa, these tiny punctures are created using the SkinPen, the only microneedling device that has been cleared by the FDA for use in the U.S. The handheld SkinPen features numerous fine-gauge needles. These create the micro-injuries that trigger the body to produce collagen and elastin, which in turn helps heal skin damage. As a result, it is possible to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Acne scars and brown spots along with other pigmentation problems also can be improved, along with the firmness and the texture of the skin.
When compared to other skin rejuvenation treatments, microneedling offers some clear advantages. For example, chemical peels and laser skin tightening procedures cannot be performed on the entire face. They also require that the area around the eyes be avoided. Such treatments are not effective for patients with certain skin types and colors. However, microneedling can improve nearly all areas of the face and neck. This versatility makes it ideal for treating wrinkles and blemishes such as age spots, as well as conditions including rosacea, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. Stretch marks, acne scars, and other skin conditions that result from burns and other injuries can be improved with microneedling.
What is PRP therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from a patient’s own blood. The liquid portion of the blood, called plasma, consists mostly of water and proteins. Its function is to circulate red and white blood cells and platelets throughout the body. Platelets are cells that cause the blood to clot. They also contain proteins called growth factors. Two of those, FGF and PDGF, are known to promote tissue repair and cell growth as well as the production of collagen and elastin. For decades, PRP has been used as part of wound healing techniques. During PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and spun in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets from the blood so that they may be used to enhance the skin healing processes associated with microneedling.
Who is a candidate for treatment?
The minimal risks involved with microneedling make it an excellent option for those who may not be considered good candidates for other skin treatments. It is suited for those with all skin types, including darker skin tones that may be prone to hypopigmentation when treatments involving lasers are used. During a consultation at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, your skin will be examined and evaluated to determine whether collagen induction treatments are best suited to meet your aesthetic needs and desired goals.
What happens during the procedure?
At Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, microneedling treatments usually take an hour or less to complete. Every effort is made to help patients feel comfortable and relaxed in one of our state-of-the-art procedure rooms. A numbing cream is applied to the treatment area, which also is cleaned before the handheld SkinPen microneedling device is used. As it glides across the face, minute holes are pricked in the skin. This does not damage the skin. Rather, these breaks in the skin prompt the body to produce collagen and elastin, which work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and scars.
Once the micro-injections are complete, PRP is massaged into treated areas. The small holes serve as channels for the PRP, allowing it to deeply penetrate the skin’s dermis layer where the formation of collagen and elastin takes place. This further enhances the skin healing and rejuvenation processes. PRP treatments are extremely safe since the cells come from the patient’s own blood. This means that there is essentially no chance that they will be rejected by the body.
Finally, a moisturizing balm will be applied to help reduce any resulting redness and irritation as well as to protect the skin, which will be sensitive to the sun’s rays following treatment. In many cases, collagen induction treatments can be combined with other highly customizable skin procedures. Injections of BOTOX and dermal fillers, as well as intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials can also be performed at Novo Med Spa to complement the stunning results that are achievable with microneedling treatments.
What results can be expected?
Because collagen induction treatments are considered minimally invasive, usually little or no downtime is required. It is common to experience some slight swelling, redness and bruising on the skin following the procedure. Some patients report the sensation as being similar to having a mild sunburn. Most are able to return to work the following day. Although collagen production ramps up as soon as the treatment is complete, the skin will need time to repair and heal itself. It may take up to six months for Frisco area patients to experience the full results of their procedure. Three treatment sessions are usually required as part of collagen induction treatments. In most cases, these are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Treatments are recommended once annually in order to maintain your dramatically improved complexion.
Innovative microneedling treatments employ the body’s natural healing response to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and other skin conditions. Its incredible effects can be enhanced with the addition of PRP therapy, which uses a patient’s own platelets to promote cellular growth and tissue repair. Contact Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX to learn more about this exciting procedure and how it can help your skin look and feel years younger.