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Microneedling Santa Barbara is one of the most modern and effective treatments for facial skin rejuvenation. It provides a new way to promote collagen production with a process known as “collagen induction therapy” (CIT). In addition, by creating micro-channels, it allows for the skin’s absorption of beneficial nutrients.

The CIT process involves the use of tiny needles that create micro-channels in the skin, stimulating healing, and collagen and elastin production. As piercing the skin by any means creates the possibility of infection, this procedure should be performed only by a qualified healthcare professional.

PRP is a natural component of blood that contains a cascade of repair and growth factors. These growth factors have been shown to decrease healing time and shorten recovery. In addition, the PRP has been shown to improve the results following Laser treatment, microneedling and acne scarring when used in combination.

We deliver a range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in our medical spa, including microneedling and PRP Santa Barbara. Dr. Morrissette and his medical staff perform all treatments with the greatest safety for the patient in mind.

How Microneedling Works

Tiny pinpricks to the skin produced in microneedling function similarly to canals, allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin to produce accelerated healing and improved results. Depending on your needs, various topical products can be used with microneedling in Ventura, including:

  • Hyaluronic serums
  • Stem cells to stimulate new cell growth
  • Vitamin C for antioxidant boost and strengthening
  • PRP
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The PRP is taken from your own blood by a simple procedure whereby a centrifuge is used to separate the blood cells from the concentrated platelets. There is no risk of rejection since it is your own cells. The PRP is then used as a lubricant during the microneedling procedure and also applied following the procedure to induce more rapid healing.

In addition to enhanced product absorption, the “micro injuries” created with microneedling stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal itself, including the production of collagen and elastin. The process of repair begins almost immediately after microneedling, which results in softened wrinkles and scars and a thicker dermisand smooth and tighter skin.

What is Microneedling with PRP?

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What to Expect After a Microneedling Treatment

After the procedure, you will look as though you have sunburned your face. Depending on the depth of the treatment, the most significant degree of redness will last 24-48 hours. Be gentle with your skin during the healing period and avoid using any products containing acid.

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Advantages of Microneedling Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Microneedling does not destroy tissue. The tiny channels in the epidermis close rapidly, and the healing response begins right away. Depending on depth, you may see redness or experience pinpoint bleeding briefly after the procedure.

The process can be used on nearly any part of the body. It is most frequently applied to the face, neck, chest, and arms. Microneedling breaks up skin pigment mechanically – not with light, as in laser treatments – and remodels collagen with no heat. It is safe for all skin types, which is a boon for individuals who do not tolerate heat treatments well.

One of the biggest advantages of microneedling and PRP is the shortened recovery time following treatment. Patients can expect redness of the skin for approximately 24 hours in most cases, and can return to work the following day. Microneedling is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. The treatment is especially helpful for the treatment of acne scarring in patients that cannot undergo CO2 laser treatment.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Microneedling? 

Many popular modern-day cosmetic treatments work to reverse the signs of aging by triggering a self-healing response in the skin. They may use thermal energy, radio waves, or in the case of microneedling, tiny, ultra-thin needles. The objective is to create micro-wounds that force the body to regenerate collagen, a protein that is responsible for supple, soft, and firm skin. 

Good candidates for microneedling are struggling with wrinkles, lines, and creases related to the aging process and desire a more youthful-looking complexion. Individuals with acne scars can benefit from microneedling as well. Likewise, those with enlarged pores, sun damage, stretch marks, rough skin texture, and poor skin tone will all enjoy the positive effects of a microneedling procedure.

Our team will sit down with you and review your reasons for seeking treatment, your medical history, and the condition of your skin. We can then determine if microneedling is a good fit for your goals. In the event that it is not, we can recommend an alternative solution that will help revitalize and rejuvenate your skin.

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Microneedling in a Clinic vs. Dermarolling at Home

Although various “dermarollers,” designed for home treatment, are available for purchase, they cannot compare to treatments delivered by a medical professional. These manual rollers produce only a fraction of the micro-channels as compared to the microneedling technique. They do not function with a precise vertical action, and precision in treating the skin can be compromised. Furthermore, as any procedure that pierces the skin opens the door to infection, it is strongly advised, for your own health and safety, that you receive microneedling treatments at our practice, and avoid any do-it-yourself devices.

Microneedling With SkinPen

The Only FDA-Cleared Microneedling Device on the market.

SkinPen© Precision is now the only safe and legally marketed microneedling system in the U.S. This is possibly the best device for microneedling available and Dr. Morrissette uses this device for his treatments. The SkinPen microneedling device creates hundreds of tiny micro-channels in the skin with minimal damage to the epidermis. SkinPen disrupts the junctions between the skin cells, temporarily disrupting the skin’s barrier function.

This brief, mechanical disruption does not cause the melanocytes in the epidermis to react by increasing pigment production and darkening the skin in a process called hyperpigmentation. Therefore, SkinPen can be used on all skin types, including darker skin that is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation.

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What Are Some of The Most Popular Benefits of Microneedling?

  • Helps combat wrinkles, lines, and creases – With the aging process, the skin gradually loses its elasticity and becomes prone to thinning skin, sagging, and wrinkles. Microneedling triggers collagen renewal, which in turn can soften and condition the skin, so it looks brand new.

  • Improves the appearance of scars – Both acne scars and surgical scars can benefit from this procedure. Microneedling can help break down damaged tissue while renewing the skin’s tone and texture through an increase in collagen and elastin. As the skin grows thicker, firmer, and plumper, scars look less noticeable, and gradually the complexion smoothes out.

  • Helps eradicate stretch marks – Very few cosmetic treatments are able to effectively remove stretch marks, but microneedling defies the trend and can accomplish radical skin renewal. Microneedling can be combined with other non-surgical options such as laser treatments to comprehensively improve your look.

  • Prevents the signs of aging – Microneedling can powerfully halt the signs of aging before they compromise your aesthetic appearance. When combined with consistent skin protection from the sun’s harmful rays, microneedling can be that X factor that makes you look younger and more energized.

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Ventura & Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Delivers Microneedling Treatments and PRP

Dr. Morrissette delivers microneedling treatments, along with a range of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He is a cosmetic surgeon that has focused his practice on facial cosmetic surgery. His background in oral and maxillofacial surgery allows him to have a breadth of knowledge on facial structure, the healing process, and what treatment will achieve the best results for the individual patient.

When you come to our clinic for microneedling and PRP or another cosmetic procedure, you can expect excellent customer service, and professional medical treatment, all performed in a safe and modern outpatient facility. Our focus is always on the safety of the patient.

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Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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