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Island Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA & Glendora, CA & Downey, CA & Santa Ana, CA & Victorville, CA

Microneedling is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that stimulates your body’s natural healing response for firmer, tighter skin. At Island Dermatology, with locations in Newport Beach, Glendora, Downey, Santa Ana, and Victorville, California, the team combines microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to dramatically enhance your results. To learn more, call Island Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.

Microneedling Q & A

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a non-surgical treatment that stimulates collagen growth. Collagen is a protein found in your body’s connective tissues. It helps strengthen and bind these tissues for firmer, tighter skin. As you age, your body gradually produces less collagen. This reduces the elasticity in your skin, which is how fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin form.

Unlike Botox® and fillers, microneedling doesn’t involve injecting substances into your skin. Instead, your dermatologist uses a microneedling device called the SkinPen® to create tiny micro wounds in your skin tissue.

These small wounds trigger your body’s healing response, which stimulates new collagen growth to repair the damage. Over time, this new collagen production firms and tightens your skin for a more youthful appearance.

How does microneedling with PRP work?

Platelet-rich plasma is a substance in your blood that contains growth factors. These growth factors accelerate healing for faster results with microneedling.

If you opt for microneedling with PRP, your dermatologist takes a sample of your blood to isolate the PRP. They run your blood through a centrifuge to separate the PRP from other substances, such as platelet-poor plasma (PPP). This step is important because it ensures that you receive the most concentrated PRP possible for your treatment.

After performing the microneedling treatment, your dermatologist either applies the PRP directly to your skin or injects it into your treatment areas.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling is a safe, effective anti-aging treatment that rejuvenates your skin without surgery. Because the treatment repairs all types of skin damage, it can help reduce the appearance of the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots
  • Stretch marks
  • Loose skin
  • Mild scars
  • Enlarged pores

When combined with PRP therapy, microneedling can enhance the tone and texture of your skin quickly. Many patients notice visible improvements within two weeks of their first treatment.

What happens after microneedling?

Most microneedling treatments take no longer than 30 minutes. Your skin may look red and swollen immediately after treatment, but these side effects should subside over the coming days. It’s important to stay out of the sun while you recover, as your skin will be more sensitive than usual.

Patients can typically apply makeup within 24 hours, at which time they can resume their normal activities. Within just four to six weeks, your skin should look firmer, tighter, and clearer.

To schedule a microneedling appointment with Skin Dermatology, call the location nearest you or request a consultation online now.


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