Microneedling is one of the industry’s most promising skincare innovations, thanks to its minimal invasiveness and impressive versatility. By harnessing your skin’s power to heal itself, microneedling encourages the growth of new collagen for improved tone and texture. Over time, lines, wrinkles, and even some types of scars can fade significantly. Microneedling at Washington, D.C.’s West End Plastic Surgery may become your new favorite skincare ritual.
Microneedling is a deceptively simple procedure that can yield big results. The microneedling tool looks a bit like a pen with extremely small — nearly microscopic — needles on one end. Your skincare provider moves the device over your skin, creating a number of small punctures. These stimulate your skin to engage its healing capabilities, boosting its production of natural collagen. This is especially noteworthy because the body’s collagen production naturally diminishes over time. Microneedling can help bring collagen back to youthful levels.
Microneedling is a versatile procedure that can be used to reduce the appearance of the following:
- Lax, sagging skin, especially along the jawline
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Thin or “crepey” skin
- Certain kinds of scars, including acne and chicken pox scars
- Enlarged pores
For Skin Rejuvenation
Our aesthetic professionals perform microneedling in the office as an outpatient procedure. Typically, a light topical anesthetic is applied 30 minutes before the procedure begins. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your provider passes the microneedling tool over your skin. You won’t feel any discomfort during this time. The process typically lasts less than 1 hour, depending on the area being treated. After your visit, you can return to your usual activities immediately, although your skin may appear red and swollen for the first day or so. Results appear gradually within weeks of your initial procedure, and we may recommend a series of treatments for maximum results. Some patients get a dermaplaning treatment before microneedling to maximize the results. Microneedling can also complement the results of other nonsurgical procedures, such as JUVÉDERM®
With Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a popular addition to microneedling. This approach uses your own blood platelets to enhance your results. Blood platelets serve many important purposes, including aiding in the healing process by helping blood to clot. They also contain growth factors which constantly replenish the tissues throughout your body.
Platelet-rich plasma is frequently used for aesthetic purposes. The treatment begins with a simple blood draw like you’d have in a medical laboratory. Once the blood has been drawn, your provider places the vials into a machine that separates the platelets from other elements of the blood. After the platelets have been purified, they’re ready to use. They can enhance your microneedling procedure by providing an abundance of growth factors to help your skin revitalize itself. After completing the microneedling process, your practitioner massages the platelets into your skin, where they use the “micro-channels” created by the microneedling device to access the deeper layers of skin. This can speed up and improve the healing process.
PRP for Hair Growth
PRP has shown promise in hair restoration. When used in this capacity, the purified platelets are injected directly into the scalp to encourage growth in areas of thinning hair or baldness. We’re proud to offer this emerging technique for hair restoration here in Washington, D.C. Patients who undergo a hair restoration procedure with PRP may return to their normal activities the same day, as no sedation is required.