Microneedling for skin improvements from Acne Scars to Hyperpigmentation
Microneedling is a more recent innovation that has generated a lot of excitement in the dermatology community and even more so in the patients that have experienced its dramatic benefits. Just like all of the treatment options at The Curated Aesthetic, it is a minimally invasive procedure that can produce some remarkable results.
It is most often used to treat a variety of skin issues including:
- Acne or acne scars
- Poor skin texture
- Sun damage
- Burn scars
- Deep lines and creases
- Mild sagging or jowls
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
With or Without PRP
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and you can have microneedling treatment at The Curated Aesthetic with or without PRP.
How Microneedling Works
Microneedling stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. During the treatment, the practitioner at The Curated Aesthetic will use a rejuvapen, which, as the name suggests utilizes small pens that prick the skin. It is these very fine “pricks” that stimulate the production of collagen in the skin.
In the case of treatment with PRP, the results can be even more effective. Platelets, as you may recall from biology class, are the solid part of blood while the liquid component is plasma. Platelets help your body heal from a wound by clotting blood. PRP also contains proteins, such as cytokines and growth factors. All of these proteins help the skin tissue repair itself more quickly and lead to a better result for your treatment.
Before microneedling with PRP, your practitioner will take a small blood sample. They will then separate the PRP and the rest of the sample using a centrifuge.
What Else Can Microneedling Treat?
With or without PRP, microneedling can treat a range of cosmetic concerns, but with PRP microneedling can be used very effectively to treat hair loss. The PRP stimulates dormant hair follicles which results in new hair growth.
The Curated Aesthetic Uses the RejuvaPen
When you have a microneedling treatment at The Curated Aesthetic, the RejuvaPen will be used. This device is FDA-cleared for use on treating skin. It also features patented tips to improve safety without any clogging or suction.
What to Expect During the Treatment
Before your treatment, a numbing cream is applied to your skin to lessen the sensation, which is generally mild. The session will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During your session, your practitioner will use a sterile needle cartridge for safety and sanitation.
The treatment should not be uncomfortable. However, you can expect to feel a sensation similar to that of a light sunburn after the treatment. Some people experience slight facial bruising or swelling, but this should disappear within three to five days.
After the treatment, your only special instructions are to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. You should stay out of the direct sun for about seven to ten days.
For a day by day breakdown on what to expect after a microneedling treatment, click here
“Pink and Luminous” Skin after Treatment
For many patients the improvements from a microneedling treatment continue to improve for six months or longer. A 2008 study published on the NIH website: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18349665/ found that skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart, realized an increase in collagen and elastin six months after the last treatment of up to 400%.
You should notice an improvement to those minor facial imperfections, from fine lines, wrinkles to acne scars immediately, but the improvements will continue well after the last treatment.
If you would like to explore microneedling treatments further, schedule a complimentary consultation with a provider at The Curated Aesthetic, today.
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