Procedure is done with a single use, sterile needle attached to an automated pen. The treatment allows for controlled induction of PRP, growth factor serums, or hyaluronic acid, into the skin’s self-repair process by creating micro injuries in the skin. These injuries stimulate new collagen production, while not posing the risk of permanent scaring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin without the side effects or downtime of cosmetic surgery and lasers.
Microneedling for scar reduction from acne and injury can help restore the skin to a more youthful appearance.
Microneedling benefits also include a reduction in wrinkles and fine lines.
The skin needling treatments are performed in a safe and precise manner with a sterile, single use needle head and are usually completed in 30-60 minutes. Microneedling is an effective procedure for the following conditions:
- Fine Lines
- Texture and Tone Improvement
- Acne Scars
- Facial Scar Revision
- Stretch Marks
- Body Scar Revisions
- Enlarged Pores
- Lip Lines ( aka smoker lines)
- Hair regeneration for men and women
- Cellulite depending on severity– May improve texture of low grade type
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Micorneedling improve the skin’s appearance?
Microneedle pen rapidly creates a pattern of micro channels in the treatment area. These micro channels significantly increase the production of collagen and elastin to leave the skin smoother, fresher, and more uniform. Micro channels also enhance the skin’s ability to absorb medical grade topicals like PRP and hyaluronic acid applied during or immediately after the treatment.
What does the procedure entail?
The microneedling is done with a single use, sterile applicator needles attached to an automated hand held needle pen to create controlled depth micro injuries to the skin. A thin layer of PRP or other topical agents will be applied and the pen will be gently pressed and glided across your face.
Is it painful?
Some areas are more sensitive than other, the application of the numbing cream before the treatment reduces the discomfort. You may experience the feeling of “sandpaper” being moved across your skin.
How soon will I see results?
You will notice visible changes over the course of several days and weeks. Your skin will continue to regenerate and improve up to 6 months.
How many treatments does it take?
You will notice improvement with a single procedure, but on average you will need 2-3 treatments 6-8 weeks apart for optimal results. Some patient may only need one treatment. Usually the results should last about 6 to 9 months and is unique to the individual aging process. It is recommended to repeat once a year for maintenance and yearly rejuvenation.
How much downtime will I experience?
It is best to allow yourself time to heal. You may experience mild redness, bruising and and/or swelling at the site of injections (s). Swelling resolves in 24-48 hours but a bruise can last up to 2 weeks for some people. Regular activity can be resumed the next day. Please follow the Post-Procedure handout for optimal results and to minimize side effects.
What are some of the side effects?
Since the procedure involves injecting the harvest from your blood and applying it back into the patient’s own body, the possibility of having side effects and allergic reactions after the procedure is greatly reduced. Some of the common rare side effects that you may experience are listed below:
- Mild irritation & itching (depending on the sensitivity of your skin)
- Mild swelling or edema
- Bruising (caused by the reaction of your skin to the physical injection)
- For a list of rare side effects please speak with Dr. Wali
How do I get started?
Call our office at (760) 944-9300 to schedule a complementary consultation to evaluate if you are a candidate for the procedure. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and you will be provided important information on Pre-Procedure guidelines to prepare for your first treatment for best possible experience and optimal results.
What should I expect during my appointment?
Dr. Wali will review your history and you will have another opportunity to ask questions. A topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area. Your blood is then drawn and prepared per our office protocol. Once your PRP is ready, the doctor will inject or apply ( if microneedling) into the desired area.
How should I prepare for the day of treatment?
Skin should be clean without lotion, oil, makeup, deodorant, powder, perfume or sunscreen
- Omit lotions, creams, make up or deodorant in area to be treated
- Arrive with clean washed skin
- Inform us of any changes in medical history and of all medications you are taking