When it comes to rejuvenating the face there are a few simple questions that Dr. Green is always asking both himself and the patient. The first is related to the levels of the face that needs to be affected: superficial skin, deep dermis, subcutaneous fat, and deep muscles and fascia. The next question is regarding the patients desires for treatment: non-surgical, surgical, single treatment, or a series of treatments. One of the most frequent requests we see is for a treatment that will affect the superficial skin with minimal to no downtime. While there are several options to meet this clinical need, Microneedling is perhaps one of the best. When it comes to microneedling, Dr Green and our master aestheticians rely on the Skin Pen device to help get the best results for our patients!
SkinPen is a medical grade, state-of-the-art microneedling device. Treatments with the Skin Pen are aimed at the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and scars on the face and body. By precisely introduction thousands of micro-injuries in the dermis, the body’s own healing mechanisms are activated, automatically triggering new collagen synthesis without causing scar tissue formation. One of the great aspects of Microneedling is that it can be safely used in a wide variety of patient skin-types (known as Fitzpatrick skin types).
While microneedling alone is a fantastic treatment, we never settle for just ok! Dr Green utilizes the patient’s own healing potential to up-regulate the tissue healing process creating even more amazing results. This is done by harvesting the patient’s own platelet rich plasma (PRP) where factors that influence growth and healing can be found. Applying this PRP both topically and via subcutaneous injections while performing microneedling has been shown to result in more vibrant and youthful appearing skin!
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW IS MICRONEEDLING PERFORMED?
In our practice we choose to perform Microneedling using the SkinPen, a device that is only available to medical professionals. There are many inferior microneedling devices on the market today so we encourage potential patients to not be fooled by imitations. The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated and the degree of treatment requested by the patient.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRONEEDLING?
Microneedling rejuvenates aging skin by reducing the signs of aging and additionally improves the appearance of acne scars. Microneedling has been proven effective for all skin types with no increased risk of hyper-pigmentation for darker skin types. The hundreds of tiny micro-channels created by Microneedling disrupts the junctions between the skin cells, temporarily disrupting the skin’s barrier function. The inflammation created results in the formation of new collagen and other factors crucial for youthful appearing skin. With the SkinPen, needle depth can be adjusted from .25 mm up to 2 mm, allowing Dr Green and our team to tailor the treatments to the patient’s particular skin thickness as well as his or her needs.
DOES MICRONEEDLING HURT?
A topical anesthetic is typically applied prior to a Microneedling procedure. This allows for a comfortable experience for most people. Generally, patients report feeling just the slight vibration of SkinPen during the procedure. In one study of micro-needling used to treat acne scars, the patients’ average pain rating was only 1.08 out of 10. For most people, that’s probably less painful than having your eyebrows waxed.
IS THERE DOWNTIME AFTER THE MICRONEEDLING PROCEDURE?
The total healing time depends on each individual. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days following the microneedling procedure. Some people may see their skin return to normal in about 24 hours.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Patients may notice healthier looking skin immediately. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress through the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to six months following your final session.
HOW MANY PROCEDURES ARE RECOMMENDED?
The number of procedures required will be determined by Dr Green and our team of Master Aestheticians based upon your individual procedure goals and the overall health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three procedures spaced about four weeks apart.
CAN I WEAR MAKE-UP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A PROCEDURE?
Patients typically can resume their normal makeup regimen two to three days following the SkinPen® procedure, depending on the area and type of procedure performed.
What is MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP (PLATELET RICH PLASMA) AKA VAMPIRE FACIAL?
The second procedure is called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from an individual’s own blood. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the PRP from the blood. While microneedling PRP is applied to the skin, the micro channels allow even distribution across the treatment area as well as absorption into deeper layers of the skin. PRP’s growth factors go to work in these deeper skin layers, encouraging collagen growth as well as rejuvenation of collagen cells.