Everyone wants to look their best. From the moment we are born, our skin begins to age. Our collagen begins to loosen and break down, and exposure to the sun speeds up that aging process. Acne scars, dark spots from sun exposure, and wrinkles affect the majority of the population. Smooth, unblemished skin is desirable to most people.
Micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) done by Dr. Grace Lee Peng of Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills can give you a younger, fresher look.
Micro-Needling is also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or skin needling. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment where hundreds of micro-channels are created in the outer layers of the skin with multiple tiny needles. This stimulates the body’s need to heal itself, which forces new collagen to grow, reducing the appearance of fine lines, rough textures, acne scars and gives you softer, firmer skin. At Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery, we use the latest technology with the MicroPen. Powered by a motor, the MicroPen is an instrument that has an oscillating, single use, disposable needle cartridge tip. The finesse of the treatment comes from tailoring the depth at which the needles need to be set at for a particular area on each individual.
The biggest advancement in Micro-Needling is the introduction of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) during the procedure. Platelet gel as it is often called, contains platelets and growth factors that are crucial to the body’s ability to heal wounds. Platelets stop bleeding and in the process release enzymes to attract immune cells to repair the injury.
Platelet-rich plasma is loaded with growth factors such as:
A small sample of your blood is placed into a two-stage centrifuge and spun to separate the red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma, leaving behind platelet rich plasma. During the Micro-Needling procedure your own PRP is deposited into the dermal layer through the tiny punctures in your skin. The growth factors are what expedite your body’s repair process and stimulates new collagen growth. New collagen means younger looking skin.
Collagen becomes less elastic and degrades over time. Micro-Needling triggers the body’s natural healing process and produces new collagen, tightening the skin for a more youthful appearance.
With the use of PRP, your body is further to produce collagen which helps to rejuvenate the skin, reduce skin wrinkles, improve uneven skin color and texture, and minimize pores. The procedure breaks up scar tissue from acne, surgical or traumatic scars. The MicroPen can be used on the face, arms, chest, neck hands, abdomen, back and legs.
When you arrive at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills for your Micro-Needle treatment, you will be brought into a private room where your blood will be drawn. The treatment area will be cleaned and topical numbing cream will be applied.
After the treatment, your skin will be pink for anywhere from 24-72 hours. This is temporary. The treatments should be a series of 3 to 5 procedures spaced 4-6 weeks apart to make a marked improvement in your skin. Your physician will discuss with you your maintenance treatment schedule.
Are You a Candidate?
Micro-Needling is a good treatment for men and women with all types and colors of skin. If you have any of the following conditions, skin needling is not for you.
The procedure can last from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area treated.
There is no pain during the procedure. Redness and swelling post-procedure may persist for up to 48 hours. Sometimes skin can peel after a few days, like a sunburn.
Redness and mild swelling with pin-point areas where the micro-injures were made that usually recede within 48 hours. You will start to see the results of smoother, younger-looking skin within 2 to 4 weeks. You should wash your face with bottled water and avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours.
You can return to work immediately after the treatment. Depending on the depth of the micro-injuries, your skin might be red. Downtime in this case is up to you, but these symptoms should recede within 24 to 48 hours. As you heal, there may be small scabs and peeling skin.