Microneedling creates smoother, more youthful-looking skin by creating tiny injuries that trigger the body’s own healing process. Sometimes called collagen induction therapy, microneedling is one of the most effective and versatile skin resurfacing treatments available. People considering microneedling travel to our Auburn medical spa from Roseville, Grass Valley, Nevada City, and throughout the area to have our aesthetic nurse specialists perform their procedures.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling is popular because it effectively treats a wide range of concerns without chemicals and with minimal to no downtime. Microneedling is a solution for:
- Scars (including acne scars)
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Lax skin
- Sun damage
- Large pores
The SkinPen® microneedling device we use at Vibrance Medical Spa was the first cleared by the FDA for skin rejuvenation. It’s tipped with tiny, disposable needles that providers adjust to penetrate at various depths, depending on the thickness of the patient’s skin and the condition being addressed.
How Does Microneedling Work?
Microneedling punctures the skin’s top layers, creating micro-channels that stimulate the body to repair the injury. That healing process involves producing collagen and elastin, the building blocks of soft, toned, and resilient skin. SkinPen’s adjustable needles penetrate the skin to various depths at a 90-degree angle.
What Is Microneedling With PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been used for years to help patients heal more quickly, including athletes recovering from injuries. PRP enhances the healing process by using the body’s own growth factors to stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen. Microneedling with PRP involves drawing your blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge, concentrating platelets in a serum that’s then applied immediately after the microneedling treatment. The channels created during the treatment enable the skin to efficiently absorb the PRP and produce optimal results.
What Happens During a Microneedling Treatment?
Before starting the treatment, a provider applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area so patients remain comfortable during the procedure. Once the numbing cream takes effect, a provider moves the skin pen across the treatment area. The session typically lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
Even though no downtime is needed, patients often experience redness, minor swelling, and a sensation similar to being sunburned after the treatment. Patients can apply makeup several hours after the procedure.
We recommend scheduling a series of 3 to 4 treatment sessions spaced a few weeks apart to get the best results. One of our nurse aesthetic specialists will discuss a treatment plan with you during the consultation.