What is Micro-needling?

Micro-needling, also referred to as “Collagen Induction Therapy”, works to lift, tighten, and rejuvenate your skin. As a result of your treatment, you will achieve softer, younger skin. There is minimal down time, especially when compared with invasive laser treatments.

Not only will it improve pore size, tone and texture but also pigmentary issues. It is one of the only treatments that has shown marked improvement in hyper-pigmentation. Micro-needling is also minimizes acne scarring.  It will also improve stretch marks and loose skin that has lost elasticity from weight loss or aging.

How is the procedure performed?

Micro-needling is performed using a pen-sized device containing very fine, sterile needles. The micro-needling device creates a series of tiny openings into your skin at varying depths based on you unique skin condition and aesthetic goals. This controled injury will stimulate collagen production and create thousands of micro-channels in your skin which allow for better penetration and diffusion of anti-aging serums and creams. The procedure is performed after applying a topical anesthetic and typically there is little if any discomfort.

As your skin heals from the controlled minor injury created by the micro-needling device, it will eliminate many of the common sign of age and wear. As a result, you will experience a more youthful, revitalized skin appearance.

How frequent should the procedure be performed?

For best results, it is recommended that you undergo 3 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart.  To maintain long lasting results, yearly maintenance treatment is also recommended.

What enhancements can be performed with micro-needling?

We offer PRP “Platelet Rich Plasma” and Skin Tightening with the Protégé Elite, to stimulate the collagen production even further and obtain enhanced results.

What is PRP?

PRP stands for “Platelet Rich Plasma”. Platelet rich plasma is exactly that, it is plasma that is composed mainly of one’s own platelets. After obtaining a sample of blood from you, it is centrifuged or spun so that the individual components of your blood are separated into the components of red blood cells, white blood cells and leaving the remaining fluid or plasma rich with platelets.

What is so significant about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Innately, within our body, platelets are the cells that assist in the healing process. When we injure a part of the body, the platelets automatically migrate to the site of injury, initiating a healing response by releasing numerous growth factors and other proteins, which promote healing. By directly providing a rich source of platelets into an injured site, we provide more healing factors, as it enhances the body’s natural healing capacity, leading to a more efficient and thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state. Many conditions have been treated successfully with PRP, including, but not limited to:

  • Patellar Tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy, or partial tears
  • Medial and Lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (golfers & tennis elbow)
  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tear

In recent years PRP has been used in the enhancement of cosmetic procedures, such as facial rejuvenation.  We are using the PRP as an adjunct to micro-needling to promote increased collagen production and overall skin improvement.

What do the “PRP” treatments involve?

  • A blood sample is taken from the patient, and then placed in an FDA approved centrifuge to separate the blood components to obtain the plasma rich with platelets (takes about 10 min-20min).
  • The PRP is collected into a sterile syringe.
  • The skin and the soft tissues are anesthetized with a local numbing agent.  The skin is prepared using an antiseptic agent.
  • The PRP filled syringe is then used as a glide for the micro-needling, which is performed by Wendy Parr, R.N.

If you are an appropriate candidate and have discussed the use of the PRP into targeted areas such as the lower eyelids, cheeks or around the mouth, then any residual PRP may be injected into these regions.
Following one treatment you most likely will see results, however 3 treatments spaced 5-6 weeks apart is recommended. Your tissues will continue to heal and improve over the next several months.  Annual maintenance is recommended as the aging process continues.

What are the Risks, Complications, and Side Effects?

As with any medical procedure, there are always associated risks. However, this procedure is likely to provide you with the proper healing that would be provided through one’s own healing abilities. Nevertheless, the risks, complications, and most noted side effects include:

  • Achiness or soreness to the injection site may last several days, gradually decreases with time, usually within 48 hours
  • Allergy to any of the substances utilized during the procedure, such as the anesthetic, antiseptic, or post-kit products. This is usually minor and self-limiting.
  • Local Bruising
  • Infection- Rare. Most infections will present after the 48-hour mark with redness, warmth, and worsening pain. If this occurs we should be contacted immediately.

How do I prepare for my PRP treatment?

  1. Avoid use of NSAID’s: including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Voltaren for 7 days PRIOR to your procedure. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is alright to use.
  2. Avoid herbal and/or vitamin supplements: Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Omega, Ginkgo for 3 weeks before your treatment.
  3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before your procedure.

What are the Post-treatment instructions for PRP?

  1. Avoid use of NSAID’s: including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Voltaren for 3-4 weeks post injection, as it will interfere with the beneficial effects of the PRP treatment. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is alright to use.
  2. Reduce physical activity and exercise. Avoid strenuous lifting or high level exercises at least for several days after injection.
  3. Light exercises and normal daily activities are permitted.

How can “Skin Tightening” with the Protégé Elite benefit?

Protégé’s unique radiofrequency (RF) technology safely heats the deeper layers of your skin. This stimulates existing collagen and promotes new collagen growth over time resulting in smoother, tighter skin. This is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment. This is performed every 2 weeks, for 4 treatment sessions and can be combined with the Micro-needling to boost your results.