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What Is Microneedling

There’s a skincare treatment that everyone is raving about, and for a good reason: it works. At Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA, we offer this treatment, and it’s called microneedling, and we can completely customize it to your skin’s needs. Once you experience this treatment, your body will make more collagen and elastin, and you’ll see a dramatic difference in your skin’s health and overall appearance.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a popular treatment that helps the body create more collagen. Collagen is one of the keys to facial rejuvenation, and it’s completely natural because your body makes it. This treatment is also called collagen induction therapy because, with repeated sessions, you can help your body create more collagen to smooth lines and wrinkles, add volume to your face, and improve your skin tone and texture.

How Does It Work?

During the treatment, your technician will use the SkinPen, an effective microneedling device fitted with tiny, adjustable needles. She will repetitively stamp the device into your skin. The benefit of adjustable needles is that we can effectively target different areas of your face to treat each of your concerns. Longer needles can target your concerns in areas of the face with thicker skin like the cheeks and the forehead.

Shorter needles can treat more sensitive areas like the under eyes and around the mouth. This treatment helps the body produces more collagen and results in a more youthful complexion.

Customizing Your Treatment With PRP

When you schedule this treatment, you’ll have the option of adding PRP to the process. PRP Therapy is a form of regenerative and anti-aging medicine that uses the platelet-rich plasma in your blood to help heal and regenerate your skin. PRP can increase the effectiveness of this treatment and help deliver some even more dramatic results.

The PRP Process

To perform this treatment, one of our trained professionals will complete a standard blood draw. We only need a small amount of blood to apply to your skin during the treatment process. Once we obtain that blood, we will put it inside a device called a centrifuge. This device will spin the blood for a few minutes to separate the PRP from the plasma.

Then, we can apply it to your skin during the microneedling Pittsburgh treatment, and your skin will absorb all of its regenerative and healing platelets to help you achieve all your anti-aging goals.

What Areas Does It Treat?

Most patients schedule this treatment to target aging and other skin conditions on their faces, but it can also be used on areas of the body. It can help treat stretch marks, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and skin texture issues. It can also help improve the health of the skin and give you a youthful and radiant glow.

What Are the Benefits of the SkinPen?

At our office, we have chosen SkinPen to perform this treatment because it is an FDA-approved needling device that delivers results and promotes a safe and effective treatment session. We can use this device to effectively treat your area of concern in the safest way possible.

We can adjust the needle depth as needed and treat specific areas of your face or your entire face. The SkinPen is fitted with single-use needles, so you can have confidence knowing that you’ll be undergoing a safe and sterile treatment.

Will I Need More Than One Treatment?

We typically recommend that patients schedule a series of treatments with a few weeks between each for the best results. Each treatment will help build upon the results of the one before it. We can recommend the number of treatment sessions you should schedule during your consultation for your areas of concern.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect Post-Treatment?

After your treatment, your face may be slightly red, but that will dissipate within a day. You will notice a post-treatment glow, and your skin will look and feel tighter and firmer. There is very little downtime, so those who have a busy schedule and can’t take time off work to accommodate recovery can easily schedule these treatments at their convenience without missing any work.

As your body produces more collagen in your treatment areas, you’ll see a significant improvement in your problem areas, and you will see lines and wrinkles slowly fade. Your body will continue to create more collagen below your skin’s surface for several months after your treatment, so your results will continue to improve with time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do At-Home Needling Devices Work?

This treatment is effective because it is professional treatment. It is an in-office treatment performed by a trained professional esthetician who has undergone training on effectively performing this treatment and achieving results. Many different at-home needling devices claim to deliver the same results as an in-office treatment. However, for your safety, it’s important that you leave microneedling treatments to a professional.

When you schedule an in-office treatment, you won’t have to worry about potentially damaging your skin or other adverse side effects. If you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to perform a needling treatment at home could result in scarring, infection, or worse. The goal of the needling treatment is to improve your skin, not make it worse, so you can rest assured that when you schedule a treatment at our office, you’ll be treated by a professional.

Is It Painful?

Before beginning this treatment, we will apply a topical numbing solution to your skin to numb the entire treatment area. This will help you remain comfortable throughout the session. Once your face is numb, your esthetician will begin the process, and while you may feel slight pressure or a warming sensation, you won’t feel any pain.

What Are the Benefits?

It’s a Quick Treatment

This treatment is quick and only takes 30 minutes or less to perform. You’ll be on your way to increased collagen and elastin as soon as it is over.

It Delivers Results

When you schedule this treatment, you don’t have to wonder whether or not it will work for you. You will see results, and your skin will improve. Your results may take some time as your body amps up collagen production, but those results will appear.

It Treats Acne Scars and Stretch Marks

Acne scars and stretch marks are two common skin concerns, but the problem is, both are very difficult to treat on your own. Products don’t improve these skin conditions because the root cause leads back to collagen. By addressing the amount of collagen below the acne scars stretch marks, you can improve the appearance of your skin and achieve a more even skin texture.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for microneedling are men and women who want to improve their skin but don’t want to schedule an invasive procedure quite yet. If you want to take the results of your facials to the next level but aren’t ready for more invasive treatments, a microneedling session can deliver some amazing results.

An initial consultation at our office is the best way to determine if this treatment is right for you. We will analyze your skin and your areas of concern to determine if this treatment can help you reach your skin goals. We will then design your treatment plan to effectively target each area of concern and help you achieve beautiful skin.

Experience the Power of the SkinPen

You can take your skin to the next level and achieve a beautiful, glowing complexion. Once you experience the power of the SkinPen, you will understand just how powerful the device is and how powerful your body is in its ability to heal your skin and renew itself from the inside out. Contact us today at Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA, to learn more about this treatment and determine if it’s right for your skin.

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