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Microneedling with
Growth Factors

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Fine lines, wrinkles, sunken cheeks, and other signs of aging are inevitable. But thanks to modern aesthetic medicine, we can reverse the structural reasons for the signs of aging to help you delay the aging process and maintain a youthful appearance.

Understanding the Root Cause of Aging

The loss of collagen is the root cause of most signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, sunken cheeks, acne scars that don’t heal, and more. Collagen is a fibrous protein that binds your skin tissues together and holds them upright against gravity. As you grow older, your body’s ability to produce new collagen decreases by 1% every year, leading to facial wrinkles and skin laxity. Microneedling allows us to catalyze your innate collagen production capabilities, thus addressing the root cause of aging.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an aesthetic treatment that stimulates collagen production to reverse the signs of aging. The procedure involves using a specialized microneedling pen to puncture the uppermost layers of your skin’s surface. The micro-punctures don’t damage your skin but activate your body’s innate healing properties. Your body responds to the micro-injuries by stimulating cellular regeneration and collagen production.

Over time, your body replaces the damaged skin cells from your skin’s surface with new, healthy, and youthful skin cells. Meanwhile, your body produces new collagen fibers that make your skin look firmer, smoother, tighter, and more youthful. The gradual production of collagen also corrects acne scars and other facial scars. Since the results are based on your body’s innate healing properties, they look completely natural.

Microneedling Can Correct:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Other facial scars
  • Skin laxity
  • Sagging skin
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Textural irregularities
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Other skin concerns

Microneedling + PRP

The results of microneedling can be catalyzed with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The human blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets rich in growth factors, the components responsible for most of your body’s innate healing properties. When you’re wounded, your body sends growth factors to the injured site to stimulate cellular regeneration and clot formation. This property can be harnessed to catalyze your microneedling results.

If you combine microneedling with PRP, the medical provider will draw a small sample of your blood from your arm via a syringe. The blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge and spun to isolate the golden-colored PRP serum, which will rise to the top of the vial. The PRP serum contains a high concentration of growth factors, and it’s delivered into your skin during microneedling. This technique supercharges your body’s healing properties.

Microneedling + PRF

PRP isn’t the only possible modification to a microneedling session. We can also boost your results with PRF — platelet-rich fibrin. PRF works on the same principles as PRP, i.e., releasing a high concentration of growth factors to kickstart collagen production. But the PRF serum contains twice the platelet concentration as a PRP serum, and it releases growth factors for a longer period, leading to even better results.

Benefits of Microneedling:

  • Non-surgical skin rejuvenation using natural growth factors
  • Stimulates natural collagen production and cellular regeneration
  • Completely safe treatment — no harsh side effects or complications
  • Causes minimal discomfort during the treatment
  • Can be boosted with PRP and PRF serums
  • Improves overall skin tone, texture, and quality
  • Reverse the signs of aging
  • Suitable for all skin types and conditions
  • Leads to long-term results that gradually improve

Your Microneedling Journey: Consultation, Treatment, Recovery

Your microneedling journey starts with a detailed consultation with our medical providers. During the consultation, the medical provider will discuss your goals and concerns, analyze your skin type and conditions, measure the degree of skin laxity, and review your medical history. The medical provider will also explain how microneedling works and discuss the potential benefits of adding PRP or PRF to the mix. We provide all the information you need to make an educated decision about your microneedling treatment.

During your microneedling treatment, the medical provider cleanses your facial skin and applies a numbing gel that ensures comfort. The needle tips of the device are adjusted according to your skin type. The medical provider uses the microneedling pen to create thousands of micro-punctures on the treatment areas to stimulate the healing process. If you opt for PRP/PRF, the medical provider will also push the growth factor-rich serum into the deep dermis.

Your skin will look slightly red and swollen after the treatment. You may also notice mild pinpoint bleeding. The medical provider will apply an antibiotic to your skin to prevent infections. You can resume your daily activities immediately, but you should avoid direct sunlight and strenuous workouts until the side effects dissipate, which should take around two days.

Microneedling Results

Microneedling doesn’t produce instant results because it catalyzes your body’s innate collagen production capabilities. Over time, your body will produce new collagen fibers to make your skin look smoother, fuller, and more youthful. The results gradually appear after several weeks and continue improving for a few months. Most patients need 3 to 6 microneedling sessions spaced a few weeks apart for optimal results.

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Wright Spellman Plastic Surgery is a state-of-the-art facial plastic surgery practice specializing in cutting-edge aesthetic treatments. Our medical providers believe in empowering patients with all the information they need to make educated decisions about their aesthetic treatments. We support you through every stage of your aesthetic journey and help you maintain healthy skin for life. Please schedule an appointment to explore your microneedling options in Sarasota.

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