Microneedling is a technique that stimulates collagen production to tighten skin, reduce fine lines, and improve your complexion. Springs Aesthetics offers microneedling for men and women in Colorado Springs, South Denver, Castle Rock and other areas of Colorado.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a technique that involves making tiny injuries in the skin surface to stimulate new collagen production. Collagen is key to younger skin because it is the substance that provides the underlying support that your skin needs to resist wrinkles and fine lines. Microneedling is also effective for acne scars, stretch marks and other minor scars to camouflage them with the surrounding skin. Microneedling stretch marks and scars may require several treatments.
How Much Does Microneedling Cost?
The average cost of our microneedling treatment is $300, and microneedling with PRP therapy averages $550 to $650. After your consultation, we will discuss the cost of your microneedling treatment and explain our payment options, including financing that may be available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon®.
Am I a Candidate for Microneedling?
Microneedling is considered safe for most skin types and conditions. Some conditions should be resolved prior to having a Microneedling treatment, and our aestheticians can help you decide if Microneedling is right for you.
How is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling is performed with our Eclipse MicroPen®. This small device has a series of very tiny needles at one end that are used to create the micro-perforations in the skin. The needles are administered at a specific depth, based on the type of cosmetic flaw that is being treated.
For general skin care, the depth is shallow. Microneedling stretch marks and acne scars may require a slightly deeper penetration into the skin. Microneedling with PRP requires an additional step to inject the PRP into the skin.
How Long Does Microneedling Take?
The full procedure takes, including the numbing, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Generally, 2-4 treatments are advised, however, more may be necessary for some individuals and the results are additive. Most patients are red for 24-48 hours or less. That means you can get the procedure performed on a Friday and be typically back to normal for work on Monday.
What is Recovery Like After Microneedling?
Your skin may feel sensitive—as if you have a mild sunburn—for the first few days. It may also have a pink or light red appearance. We recommend that you let your skin rest for 72 hours before using any skin care products or makeup. You should also avoid sunlight during this time and always use sunscreen in the future. Sunlight can break down collagen faster. We will go over the proper regimen to follow during your consult & treatment.
Is Microneedling Safe?
Microneedling is effective, gives natural results, is safe for most skin types, has minimal downtime and minimal discomfort. Your skin will look younger with fewer signs of aging, creating a fresher appearance or glow.
How Long Will Microneedling Results Last?
Collagen production can take up to six weeks. Based on your lifestyle, you may enjoy the benefits of a Microneedling treatment for six months to one year. The determining factor is how quickly your body breaks down collagen, and this varies by patient.
Can Microneedling be Combined with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a high concentration of your own platelets in a small volume of plasma. The Platelet Rich Plasma procedure is an injection treatment whereby a person’s own blood is used. A fraction of blood (up to 20cc) is drawn up from the individual patient into a syringe. This is a relatively small amount compared to a blood donation, which can remove 500cc. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Poor Plasma and Buffy Coat). This spin process allows the platelets and factors to be concentrated about 4-6 fold. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting and healing process. When PRP is injected or applied topically into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing process. As the platelets organize in the treatment area they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells and growth factors to repair the damaged area. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the damaged area. When treating injured or sun and time damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state.
How Long Does Microneedling Combined with PRP Take?
The full Microneedling procedure with PRP takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Microneedling with PRP to the face is the so called “Vampire Facial,” while PRP injection combined with dermal fillers is known as the “Vampire Lift.” With PRP, the blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application varies based on which procedure is being performed. We use a topical numbing cream prior to the procedure for your comfort. There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site. Your medical professional will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Touch up treatments for microneedling with PRP may be done once or twice a year after the initial group of treatments to boost and maintain the results. PRP injections into the desired areas of the face with filler typically boost the effect and longevity of the filler to 12-18 months.
Is Microneedling with PRP Safe?
PRP’s safety has been established for over 20 years for its wound healing properties and its proven effectiveness has extended across multiple medical specialties including cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, podiatry, ENT, neurosurgery, dental and maxillofacial surgery (dental implants and sinus elevations), urology, dermatology (chronic wound healing), and ophthalmology, and cosmetic surgery. Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced from a patient’s own blood, there is minimized risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling on facial areas, scar revision, and or stretch marks, crinkling skin around the eyes, cheeks and mid face, neck, jaw-line, chest and décolletage, back of hands and arms, lips and added after CO2 Laser treatments or Fractora radiofrequency resurfacing treatments. PRP is also injected to stimulate hair growth on the scalp. PRP can also improve dark under eye circles and the hollows. Almost all skin tones show that PRP is safe and effective because your own enriched plasma is used.
How Does Microneedling with PRP Rejuvenate The Skin?
Improving skin texture, improving pore size, thickness, fine lines and wrinkles, increasing volume via the increased production of collagen and Elastin, and by diminishing and improving the appearance of scars & acne scars. The most dramatic results to date have been the crepey skin problems in areas such as under the eyes, neck, and décolletage. It is not designed to replace cosmetic surgery as there are some cases where those procedures would be more appropriate.
What Are The Benefits of Microneedling with PRP?
Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore virtually eliminating allergies, there is the added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. Other benefits include: minimal down time, minimal risk, short recovery time, natural looking results and no general anesthesia is required.
For more than 20 years, Dr. John Burroughs has helped men and women in Colorado Springs, South Denver, Castle Rock and other areas of Colorado, as well as internationally, by providing exceptional care in plastic surgery and eyelid surgery. At his practice, he also offers medical spa treatments that are performed by his aestheticians. To learn more about Microneedling, contact us today to schedule a consultation.