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June 9, 2021

What is Microneedling? Here is everything you Need to Know

The world of aesthetic procedures is constantly developing and evolving, providing new ways to freshen our complexions, give us a youthful glow, and even tackle common issues such as scarring and sun damage.

Sometimes a technique from the past is rediscovered and recognized for its powerful benefits. That’s exactly what happened with microneedling, a technique first discovered a century ago that has now been further developed to become a powerful anti-aging procedure that also helps with scarring, large pores, and even rosacea. 

So, what is microneedling? What can you expect from the treatment? And which skin types benefit most from this cutting-edge procedure? Here we take a look at everything you need to know about microneedling so you can make an informed decision and book exactly the right treatment for you.

What is microneedling?

Microneedling has quickly become one of the most highly praised skin care treatments in the industry. It’s a painless, proven procedure that unlocks the power of that sought-after youthful look in a completely natural and organic way.

Microneedling was first developed in 1905 by a German dermatologist who first used a technique that significantly improved the appearance of various scars. Almost a century later, in 1996, it was discovered that puncturing the skin with needles drastically improved the appearance of facial scar tissue, leading to the development of a needling device to help stimulate collagen production in the skin.

The most effective forms of microneedling stimulate collagen by running fine needles over the skin and applying your own blood plasma to prompt collagen growth and regeneration in a completely natural and effective way.

Our microneedling takes this procedure to new levels of effectiveness with the addition of radio frequency energy. The radio frequency delivers thermal energy to multiple layers of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin for the best results. We use the new Genius™ Microneedling and Radio Frequency Device, which is the is the most advanced microneedling system available. The needles we use are the smallest on the market, so the treatment carries minimal discomfort and allows for faster healing. We also apply a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort.

This is one of the only microneedling treatments that generates not only collagen, but elastin as well, resulting in thicker, tighter, and smoother skin. The system continuously monitors the quality of the skin during the procedure, allowing us to accurately customize your treatment.

The differences between PRP and PRF

There are two microneedling treatments that use our natural blood concentrate to enrich and repair the skin. Both plasma-rich-platelets (PRP) and plasma-rich fibrin (PRF) techniques use our own cells to prompt regenerative responses and natural collagen production for fresher, more radiant skin. The powerful plasma is far more effective than man-made products used for microneedling and offers exceptional age-defying results.

The main difference between the two is the method of collection and preparation. With PRP your blood is drawn and the plasma is rapidly separated from the red blood cells with a high-speed centrifuge. PRP remains a very powerful option and will undoubtedly help improve the appearance of the skin and reduce signs of aging, but it may take more treatments to reach the desired results.

PRF is the latest generation of this blood concentrate therapy. With this method the centrifuge operates at slower speeds to maintain the activity of the cells longer. The more moderate pace has been shown to promote a slower, more durable release of a high concentration of healthy growth hormones. This enhances the skin’s complexion and reduces signs of aging, unevenness, redness, and dryness.

What are the benefits?

There is an abundance of benefits with both PRP and PRF microneedling. If you experience problems with your skin, such as acne scarring, uneven skin tone and texture, and visible lines caused by aging and sun exposure, microneedling could be the best choice for you.

The skin responds to this remarkable technology by promoting the healthy formation and function of cells under the skin’s surface. This can significantly reduce age spots, large pores, as well as fine and coarse lines. It can also add brightness, color, and freshness to your complexion. Others count on microneedling to help with rosacea and even acne.

Skin quickly transforms and becomes smooth and firm to the touch after microneedling, with a luminous glow that gives a sense of youthfulness.

Microneedling can benefit the following common skin concerns:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Acne pitting and other scars
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks

How many treatments are needed?

Depending on your aims with microneedling, we recommend a series of three to six treatments with a break of four to six weeks between sessions for optimal results. You may need up to eight treatments if you have troublesome stretch marks, acne scarring, or stubborn wrinkles.

When to do it

If you’re considering microneedling and its many incredible effects, there’s no need to wait—you can start today.

Unlike some other procedures, you can reap the benefits of microneedling all year round without having to wait until the winter months to avoid sun exposure. The proven procedure has helped people of all skin types—including those with recently tanned skin—who appreciate its effectiveness in helping improve their skin and increase their confidence.

With minimal side effects, a quick recovery time, and the fact that it is completely natural, microneedling is becoming the go-to treatment for fresh, bright skin.

What to expect after the procedure

Immediately following the procedure, your skin may be red and flushed, causing a similar sensation to a mild sunburn for up to 72 hours. You may also experience tightness, mild swelling, and peeling, but a gentle cleanser and moisturizer can soothe the skin.

After these effects fade, you will experience a radiant, gorgeous glow, with other improvements taking as little as two to four weeks to appear. These skin-nourishing enhancements can last up to six months and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Skin will appear fuller, brighter and smoother for a youthful, glowing complexion.

Microneedling with Greenwich MD

For skin that looks healthier, smoother, and happier, microneedling is one of the safest and most effective treatments available. At Greenwich MD, we sit down with you for a consultation to analyze your skin and determine the best treatment for you. Our doctor-run practice provides the highest-quality service and ensures you can enjoy the microneedling benefits your skin deserves. Get in touch to find out more.

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