If you’re looking to make a change in your appearance that will turn heads without letting anyone know for sure that you’ve had “work done”, microneedling is a great procedure to consider. Microneedling, like many non-surgical anti-aging treatments, works by taking advantage of your skin’s own healing response. It’s an effective treatment for many common skin concerns, including scars, stretch marks, and other irregularities in the skin texture. It’s also a great way to turn back the clock on fine lines and wrinkles.

Here at Perfection Plastic Surgery & Skin Care, we love microneedling with Exceed because it yields a dramatic transformation in the skin with little downtime. However, you’ll still feel like you’re in your own skin. Results are natural looking because they’re driven by natural regenerative processes in the skin. In addition, treatment is customizable for a wide range of skin types and different skin concerns. Take a look at some microneedling FAQs below to help you decide if it’s the right treatment for you.

How does Exceed microneedling work?

Microneedling uses controlled damage to agitate the skin just enough to trigger a healing response. When very fine, single use needles penetrate the skin through the Exceed device, the deeper layers of skin respond with increased cell regeneration. The skin also starts to produce more collagen, which is what keeps it looking tight, smooth, and youthful. As we get older, collagen production tends to slow down. So, you might think of microneedling as a natural collagen infusion for the skin.

Treatment is further improved by the delivery of hyaluronic acid (HA) to the deeper layers of skin. This is the same ingredient found in dermal fillers and a wide range of skin care products. It’s a building block for healthy skin, so it will help you get that youthful appearance following your treatment.

Will it hurt?

One of the first questions patients ask about this treatment is “does microneedling hurt?”. Generally, no, microneedling does not hurt. Exceed microneedling by Candela represents the latest technology in microneedling, which has been enhanced for patient comfort. Before the Exceed device is used, a numbing cream soothes and prepares the skin for treatment. The rapid movement of the needles themselves makes treatment go by quickly. Most patients describe it as a feeling like fine sandpaper on the skin.

Will I see any immediate results with Exceed microneedling?

Because microneedling works to repair the skin from the inside out, it takes time for full results to develop. However, you may see an immediate improvement in the skin as well. Often, patients will leave the office with a light glow after their treatment. After about 30 days, you’ll notice more dramatic improvements as collagen and elastin are restored beneath the skin’s surface.

What is microneedling with PRP?

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is used for a wide range of regenerative treatments. Combined with microneedling, PRP skin rejuvenation boosts the results of your treatment. PRP is derived from a small sample of your own blood—that’s why microneedling with PRP is often nicknamed the “Vampire Facial”. The blood sample is put through a centrifuge to separate out platelet rich plasma, which is rich in growth factors that help trigger cell regeneration. When injected back into the skin, PRP brings your own unique healing properties and additional blood supply to the face and neck.

Am I a good candidate for microneedling?

Almost anyone can safely undergo microneedling. The Exceed medical microneedling device offers an adjustable depth, making it appropriate for many different skin types. It’s ideal for addressing mild to moderate damage from wrinkles, scars, and enlarged pores. Most patients will benefit from a series of 2-3 treatments spaced at least 6 weeks apart.

If you’re thinking about giving microneedling with PRP a try, call Perfection Plastic Surgery & Skin Care during the month of August to enjoy $100 off your treatment! You can book your consultation at (520) 323-7100.