Microneedling, also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally-invasive treatment that can address a variety of aging symptoms and skin concerns on the face and body. This skin rejuvenation treatment uses the body’s natural healing mechanism to boost the production of collagen and elastin. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, James M. Shaw, MD, utilizes the state-of-the-art Rejuvapen™ for microneedling treatment. The outcomes of Rejuvapen™ microneedling can include improved skin tightness and texture as well as a reduced appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, enlarged pores, and stretch marks. Qualified patients may also have the option of microneedling with a customized stem cell serum or PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to help achieve ideal outcomes.
- What is Microneedling?
- Microneedling with PRP
- Microneedling Procedure
- Recovery from Microneedling
- Microneedling Cost
What is Microneedling?
Rejuvapen™ microneedling has been clinically proven to be an effective non-surgical option for individuals interested in treating signs of aging and skin damage on the body and face. The Rejuvapen™ device is equipped with small microneedles at the tip. During treatment, these microneedles quickly vibrate up and down to create microchannels in the skin. The body identifies these microchannels as tiny wounds and the immune system produces collagen and elastin to heal itself. There are many benefits to Rejuvapen™ microneedling based on its ability to address the following concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
- Lax skin
- Sun damage
Patients can expect firmer, smoother, and more rejuvenated skin after their Rejuvapen™ microneedling session. Furthermore, patients may choose a customized stem cell solution or regenerative PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to be applied onto the skin while microneedling for additional skin renewal benefits. Specialized serums and PRP are not necessary for patients to benefit from microneedling, but they can be a valuable addition to help achieve optimal results at a faster rate.
Microneedling with PRP
An innovative aesthetic enhancement option that we offer is Rejuvapen™ microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma), which uses purified blood plasma to help the skin repair itself from the inside out. Purified blood plasma has natural healing benefits that can further induce collagen and elastin production. Adding PRP to a microneedling session can provide additional regenerative benefits and help patients achieve their desired results faster.
Microneedling with PRP does require a small blood draw from the patient before their session, but no fasting is required. One small vial of blood is usually enough for treatment. After the blood is collected, the vial is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma. Dr. Shaw will extract it using a syringe, and layers of PRP will be applied directly to the patient’s treatment areas throughout the microneedling process.
How Does Microneedling Work?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Shaw, a customized treatment plan will be created based on the current state of your skin and your goals. He will determine the depth, intensity, and frequency of treatment sessions that you may need. He will also discuss your options for specialized stem cell serums or PRP that may be added to your microneedling treatment.
We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible during a Rejuvapen™ microneedling session. Our process starts by applying a strong numbing cream to the treatment area, which desensitizes the skin. The Rejuvapen™ is gently pressed onto the treatment area and tiny microneedles at the tip quickly oscillate to create hundreds of tiny micro-injuries. The skin is triggered to heal itself, causing the stem cells in the body to release collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin work together to repair the skin and naturally create tightness in areas where the Rejuvapen™ was applied. Dr. Shaw may go over a specific area several times to ensure that the region is properly treated. The whole process can take up to 30 minutes depending on the needs of the patient, and typically results in smoother, firmer, and more toned skin.
A series of microneedling sessions may be recommended for you depending on the extent and number of treatment areas you are targeting. Treatment sessions are usually scheduled four to six weeks apart and many patients find that their results improve the more sessions they decide to undergo.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Microneedling?
Patients can expect some redness in their treatment areas for 24 to 72 hours; however, many men and women can resume their normal routines within the same day of treatment. We usually recommend that patients not wear makeup or participate in physical activities that increase their heart rate for at least 24 hours to avoid any possible skin irritation. It is not uncommon for skin to peel or flake off during the recovery process. It can take up to three months for treated skin to show the full results but patients usually see improvement after the first week.
How Much Does Microneedling Cost?
The cost of Rejuvapen™ microneedling at our practice varies from patient to patient since it depends on an individual’s unique treatment plan. Generally speaking, patients spend at least $299 on a single session. We do offer discounts for patients who schedule a series of three sessions. Many patients choose to boost their results by adding on platelet-rich plasma or a stem cell solution to treatment, which can also increase the overall expense. Before committing to Rejuvapen™ microneedling, our team can provide you with a cost quote during your consultation. We accept an array of payment methods, and we are happy to discuss plastic surgery financing options available through CareCredit®. This reputable healthcare lending firm offers qualified applicants convenient payment plans with little to no interest to help make microneedling as affordable as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about how microneedling treatment can help rejuvenate your skin, contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.