What Is Micro Needling?
One of the most common questions I hear at Austin Cosmetic Surgery is, ‘what is micro needling’? Micro needling is an effective non surgical treatment that minimizes acne scars (any scar really) and fine lines by stimulating collagen and elastin production in the dermal layers of the skin, leaving it glowing and smooth.
How does micro needling work?
Well, we use a mechanical device to introduce tiny micro channels on the surface of the skin. This in turn, causes mild inflammation which signals the skin to produce collagen and elastin. When this treatment is repeated once a month for 3-4 sessions, significant texture changes are noticed. Fine lines and scars are minimized, and pores become smaller.
What to Expect with Micro Needling
Next up, I’d love to share my experience with getting a micro needling treatment and what it felt like. First of all, we all are aging, every single one of us! We stop producing fresh collagen in our 20’s!! Yikes! I know, I know, so unfair, but we are all in this together, my friend! So my main concerns, are fine lines and large pores and overall anti aging. First off, laying down on a nice comfy skin care bed complete with fuzzy blanket is always a treat! The music was so calming that I thought I was going to fall asleep, ahhhhh. Then, my skin was cleansed of any makeup and sunscreen. Next, some pictures were taken of my skin while I was relaxing comfortably. A thin layer of numbing cream was then applied to my face, neck, and chest while I blissfully drifted off for about 20 minutes.
After the numbing cream was removed, my skin was cleansed with alcohol and then a light gel was applied. Now we were down to anti aging business!!! The derma pen was gliding across my skin in sections with a buzzing sound. No pain at all!!! Wow that numbing cream is no joke! During the treatment of my nose, it tickled a bit and felt a little weird but no pain. Treatment of the forehead was a little spicy because of the lack of fat in that area but it really wasn’t painful at all and then the treatment was done in a flash. We also treated my neck and chest, because let’s face it, who doesn’t need at little help or prevention with crepiness. Then the rest of the calming gel was applied to my skin which was literally still numb. Voila!! My treatment was complete and such a breeze! My plan is to repeat the micro needling once a month for a total of 3 sessions. I like to do a nice maintenance treatment about once a quarter to keep my collagen nice and fresh. Gotta keep that skin guessing!!
Micro Needling with Platelet-Rich Plasma
Another highly effective anti aging treatment at Austin Cosmetic Surgery is micro needling with PRP (platelet rich plasma). This technique uses your own growth factors taken from plasma spun down in a centrifuge after your blood is collected prior to your treatment. The beautiful “liquid gold” serum is then used as the glide for the derma pen. The benefits of your own growth factors with micro needling are tremendous. The skin absorbs your very own fountain of youth giving you a firmer more youthful glow. Collagen and elastin is not only stimulated to grow, the PRP is providing a serum of fertilizer if you will, boosting your treatment even more. PRP injections can also be done to restore and stimulate hair growth for the appropriate patient.
Overall my skin was pink and a bit sensitive for about 2 or 3 days, kind of feeling like a mild sunburn. I remained out of the sun and followed all directions for after care including using gentle medical grade skin care products and applying sun screen without fail. After a few days my skin flaked a bit so I really kept it hydrated and protected. Then, WHOA, my pores where smaller than before and my skin was glowing!! I can’t wait for my next treatment! There was hardly any discomfort, little downtime and really so easy breezy.
I literally love receiving and performing this amazing and effective treatment. I feel like we are aerating the garden and giving your skin what it need and wants to be smooth, plump, juicy, and young again. With a exemplary skin care regimen and the perfect team supporting your skin care goals, sky’s the limit when it comes to putting your best face forward. If you are getting dermal fillers and neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport), this is a beautiful supportive treatment that makes the skin glow from the inside out! Jumpstart your collagen and elastin growth and just watch your garden blossom. Happy glowing!!
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Jennifer Phipps, RN, Medical Aesthetician