What is Micro Needling?
Micro needling is a revolutionary rejuvenation technique designed to stimulate our body’s own healing capabilities to fight the symptoms of aging. As we age, our skin begins to lose two critical proteins: collagen, which stimulates the growth of new cells, and elastin, which gives our skin its elasticity. As we lose these proteins, our skin begins to sag and grow lax, develop lines and wrinkles, and the skin loses its youthful glow and smooth texture. Micro needling is able to slow and reverse this type of aging.
Micro needling works by creating tiny punctures in the skin and breaking up existing strands of collagen and elastin. The body responds by stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin strands, restoring lost volume and elasticity, repairing the texture of the skin, and restoring your skin’s smoothness and glow. Micro needling is safe for all skin types and colors, and can be used on fragile areas of skin such as the eyes, mouth, and neck. It is perfect for individuals with fine lines and wrinkles, loose and lax skin, uneven pigmentation, and poor skin texture, as well as acne scarring and stretch marks.
The Micro Needling Procedure
Micro needling is an in-office procedure in which an electric device is passed over the damaged skin and tiny, medical-grade needles repeatedly penetrate through the skin to a pre-determined depth. The needles create small channels in the existing skin, stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. The depth and frequency of needle penetration is customized for each patient, depending on the extent of damage and the patient’s desired results. Treatment of scarring generally requires deeper needle penetration, and may require the use of a topical anesthetic. Because the creation of temporary channels in the skin allows for deeper penetration of lotions, Vitamin-A serum or other lotions may be applied immediately to hydrate and protect the skin during the healing process.
Micro needling does not involve any significant downtime, and patients are free to return to their normal activities immediately. Most patients will notice some mild redness and swelling similar to sunburn, and there may be minor pin-point bleeding and/or bruising. Sun exposure should be avoided, or the skin should be protected with a zinc-based sun block. These side effects will diminish within 24-28 hours, after which you will begin to notice that your skin is smoother and fuller. However, it is important to remember that the goal of micro needling is to stimulate a healing process, and healing does not happen overnight. The full effects of micro needling will only become apparent after a few months. Micro needling can be repeated every four to six weeks for maximum results.
Micro Needling with PRP
For individuals seeking a deeper rejuvenation, the inclusion of platelet-rich plasma may be recommended. The introduction of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the microscopic channels created by the micro needling device gives the body’s natural wound-healing capabilities a “jump start”. PRP is concentrated blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, which have growth factors that stimulate the reformation of soft tissue. Once these activated growth factors enter the tiny “wounds” in the skin, your body will begin to grow more new skin faster, for a deeper regeneration and longer-lasting results.
On the day of your procedure, some of your own blood will be drawn (you must drink plenty of water in advance to facilitate this process!) and placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from other blood cells. The plasma and platelets are purified and the growth factors in the platelets specially activated to maximize their efficacy. The PRP is then infused into the skin through the channels created by the vertical pin-pricks of the micro needling device.
Micro Needling with HA and Peptides
Individuals who require deeper rejuvenation than micro needling alone can provide may also be interested in the addition of organic compounds such as hyaluronic acid (HA) and copper peptides to “jump start” the healing process. Copper peptides enable the skin to more quickly and effectively create new collagen and elastin strands. HA is a vital substance already found in the cells of our body; it enables skin cells to hydrate and retain water and gives the skin its healthy, plump, smooth appearance. For patients seeking this additional boost to the rejuvenation process, a topic HA peptide gel is applied to the skin before the micro needling begins. This helps the needling device glide smoothly over the skin and delivers the gel deep into the layers of skin as the needles penetrate through the dermis.
While Micro needling is a safe, effective method of rejuvenating your skin, any procedure that involves piercing the skin should only be conducted in a safe and clean facility by individuals with the appropriate medical training. By selecting Gentle Touch Aesthetics and Wellness in Los Gatos, California, you are making the safest possible choice. Dr. Arbella Sarkis, Dr. Esther Chen, and their staff are highly trained yet brings a warm bedside manner that you would expect from your family doctor. They pride themselves on every treatment to ensure that it gets to the root of your specific problem and provides a unique solution ideally suited to your exact skin type and aesthetic goals.