Understanding Nonsurgical Microneedling

Unhappy with the texture and appearance of your skin? Acne scars, sun damage, and aging can create facial imperfections, but putting on a full face of makeup every day can be time-consuming, expensive, and tiring. Nonsurgical microneedling helps your skin bounce back from previous damage and appear younger, smoother, and more even. 

At The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine in Matthews, North Carolina, our team provides a number of skin treatments to boost your appearance and self-confidence. This includes microneedling, with or without platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and our experienced staff can ensure that this nonsurgical procedure is as comfortable and effective as possible. 

What is microneedling? 

As the name implies, microneedling utilizes tiny needles to stimulate your skin. This is done using a special tool that holds multiple tiny needles that quickly pricks across your skin at lightning speed, creating tiny wounds and triggering your body’s healing response.

Most patients only feel mild discomfort during the treatment, thanks to the incredibly thin needles and an application of pre-session numbing gel. The entire process takes less than an hour and requires no intense aftercare. You just need to stay out of the sun and avoid applying most skin products for about a week.

The result of microneedling treatments is skin that looks smoother and more toned. This minimally invasive procedure can improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and large pores.

The science behind microneedling

The microneedling process works by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the natural protein in your skin that gives it its firm, plump appearance, while elastin keeps your skin from sagging.

The microneedling process causes micro-injuries, and your body rushes to heal them by creating new collagen and elastin. This rejuvenates the skin and gives it a softer, more supple appearance. 

How microneedling with PRP improves results 

Your nonsurgical microneedling treatment can be combined with platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This process involves drawing a sample of your blood, putting it in a centrifuge, and extracting the concentrated, platelet-rich plasma. Your PRP is used as a topical solution that boosts healing and helps improve the results of your microneedling session. 

Once your microneedling procedure is completed, your PRP solution is spread over your freshly pricked skin. Because it uses your own blood, there’s no need to be concerned about chemicals or blood type compatibility. PRP is considered safe and natural, and has been used in many other medical procedures, including treatments for arthritis and acne scarring. 

Both microneedling and PRP are available in-house at The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine. If you’d like to learn more, we’re happy to answer any questions you have. To get in touch with us, call 704-769-2684, or request an appointment online.

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