Microneedling 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. Dr. Morrissette and his medical staff perform all treatments with the greatest safety for the patient in mind.
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 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.
Advantages of Microneedling
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.
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.
Ventura 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.