Micro-needling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, is a cosmetic procedure used to improve texture, tone, and wrinkles in the skin. Micro-needling can also reduce the appearance of scarring.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Micro-needling is based on the use of tiny needles to create very small holes in the skin. This procedure stimulates your skin’s healing process, producing more collagen and elastin. The repair process begins almost immediately, resulting in softened wrinkles and scars, as well as a thicker dermis.
There is no tissue damage with micro-needling. The small holes in the epidermis begin to close immediately and the healing response begins right away. Depending on the skin defect, you will see some redness and may experience a small amount of bleeding that stops almost immediately.
Micro-needling also allows topical gels, creams, and serums to be absorbed into the skin more effectively. This allows our providers to customize treatment to a specific issue, using topicals to accelerate results.
The best and most common areas for treatment are:
MICRO NEEDLING WITH PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
At Williamson Cosmetic Center we also utilize platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with our micro-needling treatments. PRP is a skin rejuvenation procedure using your own blood’s high concentration of platelets and growth factors to stimulate tissue healing, new cell growth, and the body’s natural collagen production. The PRP is applied topically during micro-needling to better access the deeper layers of your skin. This combination treatment helps boost skin cell turnover and achieve the glow of fresher, younger looking skin.
DOES IT HURT?
A topical analgesic is applied to the skin, so little to no pain is experienced during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience tightness and a mild burning sensation, similar to a sunburn. This typical improves within 24-48 hours.
IS PRP SAFE?
Since PRP is drawn from the patient themselves, there are little to no side effects. Some swelling may appear that typically improves over three to seven days.
If you would like to learn more about micro needling and the benefits it can have for you, call Williamson Cosmetic Center today!