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Microneedling With PRP

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine and facial rejuvenation for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars, and poor skin texture, tone, and color. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. For enhanced results, we can apply platelet rich plasma (PRP) to the skin during the treatment. The Spa at South Bay Plastic Surgeons is proud to offer microneedling with PRP to our Long Beach and Torrance patients who want optimal skin resurfacing with less epidermal damage.

If you’re interested in visiting our med spa in Torrance to learn more about microneedling with PRP, request a consultation online, or call (310) 784-0644 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

AquaGold®: Microneedling Alternative

aquagold deviceOur Torrance med spa is known for offering patients an array of treatment options. Patients considering microneedling can also ask about AquaGold, another skin rejuvenation procedure that doesn’t require any downtime. The primary difference between microneedling and AquaGold treatments is that AquaGold infuses the skin with anti-aging products at the same time it stimulates new collagen production.

The hand-held device is really a micro-injector treatment that can be customized to inject a solution that includes serums, mini-doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal filler, and PRP deep into the skin. The device is uniquely designed so it will not create micro-tears in the skin or cause any bleeding.

Microneedling FAQ

What are the benefits?

Microneedling results in a reduction in wrinkles as well as improved texture and tone for softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Microneedling can reverse years of sun damage and has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. Many of our patients from Long Beach seeking skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser skin resurfacing choose microdeedling because it produces similar effects with little downtime.

What is PRP and why combine it with microneedling?

PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Platelets, which are found in the blood, help with the body’s healing process by releasing a variety of growth factors. Applying a serum of concentrated platelets (taken from a small amount of the patient’s own blood) to the skin during a microneedling treatment stimulates the skin to repair itself by increasing the production of collagen and elastin. The tiny holes created during microneedling allow the PRP to penetrate deep into the skin.

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To create the platelet rich plasma, we collect a small amount of blood from your arm with a syringe. The blood is then processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Microneedling can be done on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, abdomen, and back.

How is the procedure performed?

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If you are having PRP therapy with your microneedling treatment, your skin care specialist will collect a small amount of your blood and separate out the platelets. Next, a sterile needle tip containing 12 tiny micro-needles is attached to the MicroPenTM. Your skin care specialist will apply a thin layer of PRP or a topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, the pen will be pressed against the skin, gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area is covered. Several overlapping passes will be made in the same area.

How does it feel?

The feeling associated with microneedling is similar to sandpaper being moved across the skin. Although some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating needle tip makes the treatment comfortable.

What is the downtime?

Immediately after the treatment, you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the depth of the needles and the number of overlapping passes your aesthetician performs. On average, patients are red for 2 to 4 days. Some patients will heal completely in 24 hours.

When will I see results?

Patients notice an immediate glow to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. The skin continues to improve for up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production builds. Adding other skin care treatments at our Torrance med spa can help you achieve even greater effects.

How many treatments will I need?

Some patients may see some improvement after a single treatment. However, it is recommended that patients receive a series of 6 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

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