Are you unhappy with the appearance of your skin because of scars, discoloration, dullness or lines and wrinkles? In the past, these problems might require treatments for each individual condition, which could become quite time-consuming. Treatments could also involve surgical procedures that are invasive, risky and require significant downtime. The good news is that recent innovations in cosmetic medicine allow you to safely and effectively minimize problems like these without resorting to surgery. Micro-needling and PRP treatment offers this promise, which is one reason why it has been surging in popularity lately.
A Look at Micro-Needling
Micro-needling is a purely mechanical method for promoting natural skin rejuvenation. It does not involve the use of topical creams, gels, ointments or serums, although it can tremendously enhance their effectiveness. One of the key advantages of the procedure is that it requires virtually no downtime, since it does not involve the healing of incisions. The micro-channels it creates in the skin are tiny, controlled and virtually invisible.
During a micro-needling treatment, a special device is used that created tiny micro-channels in the skin. This coaxes your body into depositing fresh collagen and elastin into these openings and the surrounding skin. In effect, we are triggering your own body into undertaking skin resurfacing on a cellular level.
After your treatment, your skin will begin remodeling itself by undergoing a healing cascade. Nutrients and healing growth factors are marshaled and delivered to encourage the replacement of old, worn-out skin cells with more youthful, radiant ones. This process occurs gradually over the following weeks and months. The result is skin that is smoother and more even-toned.
Many patients are surprised to learn that micro-needling is not considered to be highly uncomfortable by most people. The tiny micro-channels are not even visible in most cases to the naked eye. You may experience some minor and temporary redness for a few hours after your treatment. However, most patients are able to resume most of their daily activities immediately following their treatment.
Can I Have Multiple Treatments?
Absolutely! In fact, most patients find that multiple micro-needling sessions, spaced a certain amount of time apart, have a cumulative effect. Each time you have a micro-needling treatment, your skin will continue to remodel itself and gradually diminish lines, wrinkles, scars and discoloration.
Can Micro-Needling Be Combined with Other Therapies?
Micro-needling works even better when combined with other therapies. This is especially the case when it comes to micro-needling and PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. This is because the outer layer of skin, known as the stratum corneum, presents a barrier to the entry of molecules of a certain size. This layer is composed of dead skin cells, dirt, fats and oils and blocks the penetration of certain products. The micro-channels created by micro-needling allows solutions like PRP to bypass this natural barrier, which greatly multiplies their effectiveness.
To learn more about how micro-needling and PRP can be used together for skin rejuvenation, make an appointment at Skin Spa Medical in Wellesley Hills, MA or Andover, MA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for micro-needling and PRP treatment.