What is the Micropen Treatment?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is used to treat scars, common signs of aging such as, fine lines, texture, wrinkles, and stretchmarks. During the treatment, the fine needles penetrate the skin, creating several controlled micro injuries, and triggering the body’s natural healing response. As a result, the body produces collagen and elastin during the healing process. This aids in the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, lightens pigment, and overall results in healthier looking skin. In combination with the Micropen-Microneedling Treatment at our El Paso, TX location, we can use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) serum, Vitamin C, or it can also be combined with Chemical Peel. The first step to finding which treatment is best suited for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our Aestheticians at Visione 360.
1. How long is the down time?
After your treatment, your skin is expected to be red and flushed for the first 2 days. Depending on how aggressive your treatment is, the redness should subside after the 2nd day. The downtime for the Microneedling Treatment is about 4 days. Slight peeling may occur. Post care instructions and follow up will be provided by our staff, as individual reactions may vary.
2. How long does the microneedling treatment at Visione 360 take?
The treatment itself takes about 20 minutes.
3. What are common contraindications of the Microneedling Treatment?
- Keloid Scars
- History of Eczema
- History of Actinic (solar) Keratosis
- History of Herpes Simplex infections
- History of Diabetes
- Collagen Vascular Diseases
- Cardiac Abnormalities
- Blood Clotting Problems
- Active Bacterial or Fungal Infections
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
4. Is Microneedling better than lasers?
Unlike Lasers, microneedling is typically safe for all skin types, including patients with Melasma. This treatment can be compared to a fractional laser, without the risk of hyper or hypo-pigmentation. The Micropen breaks up the pigment mechanically without heat and remodels the collagen. Removing the heat component makes this treatment safer, lessens the downtime and decreases chances of complication. It is important to schedule a consultation with an experienced Physician prior to any treatment.
Platelet- rich plasma (PRP), a homeopathic skin rejuvenation therapy that is gaining popularity in the media, due to its ability to heal the skin and aid in tissue repair. PRP comes from our blood and is made up of important protein growth factors which promotes cell growth, tissue repair, and collagen production. It is currently utilized in several fields of medicine and Esthetics and is created through a multi-step process: A Technician, Doctor, or Nurse will draw a vial of blood from your arm. The vial will be placed in a centrifuge and spun for 10 minutes. During the spinning process the blood separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood. Plasma contains platelets, which is the proteins and growth factors that help heal the body and stimulate collagen production. After the centrifuge is finished spinning, the removal of the platelet rich plasma takes place.
5. Are there any negative side effects with PRP at Visione 360?
Platelet Rich Plasma promotes new cell growth and helps the body heal itself the natural way. The possibility of an allergic reaction or infection is very rare because the plasma comes from the patient’s own body. However, people who smoke, drink alcohol heavily and use drugs, will receive poor results. The tar from the cigarettes in particular inhibits growth factor production. This treatment is not recommended for people with clotting disorders; sepsis or any form of acute or chronic infection; or if you have severe systemic disease, metastatic cancer, or severe liver disease. Anyone on anticoagulant or anti platelet therapy- If you use aspirin, warfarin, dipyridamole (Persantin/Pytazen SR), clopidogrel (Plavix) or tranexamic acid (Cyclokapron).
6. Microneedling with PRP, El Paso, TX
The MicroPen by itself, is an effective facial treatment, however, there has been a high level of success when combined with PRP. The tiny microchannels in the skin produced by the needles, open up the skin for ideal absorption. When the PRP is applied to treated areas it releases growth factors into the skin and helps the skin to accelerate the body’s own repair process. It begins working underneath the skin to help stimulate the growth of new cells, collagen, and also repairs tissue.