Smooth Sailing For Your Skin!
Your appearance is heavily dependent on the condition of your skin. Clear, firm, glowing skin reflects health, self-confidence, and optimism. However, time, genetics, and “life” can take their toll on your skin. But now, there’s a “micro” way to fight back that produces “macro” results. Let’s talk about our Los Angeles microneedling skin treatment.
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that safely, comfortably, and effectively treats a wide variety of skin concerns.
Microneedling uses multiple tiny and sterile needles to lightly puncture your skin. It sounds counter-intuitive, but these tiny injuries shift your skin’s healing processes into overdrive. By triggering your skin to produce high levels of foundational collagen and elastin, microneedling rebuilds your deeper dermal layers healing lesions, smoothing lines and wrinkles, and making you look younger. Microneedling is sometimes called collagen induction therapy.
Yes, including your stomach and thighs. Scarring on almost any part of the body can be treated with microneedling.
You are if you are in good overall health and have skin conditions that have not responded to other treatments.
Microneedling may not be for you if you:
Microneedling is considered an exceptionally safe procedure when performed by a licensed and experienced provider using professional-grade technology.
But here’s the rub. At home, do-it-yourself microneedling derma-rollers are available on the market. Resist the temptation. These home devices are not state-of-the-art, to say the least. They have shorter and duller needles than those used by medical professionals. Home devices can damage your skin, and they carry a highly elevated risk of infection because you may not have a reliable way to sterilize the needles.
Beyond all that, professional microneedling produces better results.
We are Marina Plastic Surgery and Med Spa. We have years of training and experience in the safe use of microneedling devices, and take a highly personal and meticulous approach.
Eclipse PRP® is a proprietary system that is based on blood separation according to density using a unique separation gel. The PRP platform is available with an 11 mL PRP collection tube or 22 mL high concentration collection tube. The system allows for the preparation of pure Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) with optimal platelet concentrations and cellular content. Virtually, all Red Blood Cells (RBC) are eliminated from PRP and the concentration of pro-inflammatory Granulocytes (GRs) is highly reduced.
Platelet-Rich Plasma is prepared by taking a small sample of the patient’s own blood, then separating platelets from Platelet-Poor Plasma (PPP), RBC and GRs via centrifugation. Next, the PRP is collected and may be applied to the microneedling site. The whole preparation process only takes up to 20 minutes.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets and the associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma. Platelets are a natural source of a number of growth factors in their natural and biologically-determined ratios.
Upon activation, platelets release growth factors and other molecules. These growth factors are regeneration-promoting signaling molecules, such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and others. These molecules are shown to regulate the healing cascade, including inflammation and cell proliferation.
Los Angeles Microneedling patients may be advised to stop taking certain medications—such as aspirin—that can elevate bleeding levels before your procedure. Your doctor may also direct you to suspend the use of over-the-counter acne drugs and topical retinoids because they may increase the risk of side effects from your microneedling treatment.
At Marina Plastic Surgery and Medspa in Los Angeles Microneedling appointment time, starting with preparation, typically takes a little less than two hours, with the procedure itself requiring less than 30 minutes.
A topical anesthetic will be applied to your treatment area. Your provider will then make some tiny pricks under your skin using a pen-shaped tool, rolling the tool evenly across your skin. Your microneedling treatment may include the delivery of healing serums such as hyaluronic acid (HA) through the tiny channels in your skin made by the microneedling device.
You may experience some slight and temporary bleeding from the needles’ tiny cuts. Expect some irritation and redness for a few days. It’s OK to apply some camouflaging makeup for a couple of days until the redness subsides.
Use a high-SPF sunscreen, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, because they may reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.
You should see significant improvement in a couple of weeks, but it will take several months for your results to “max out.” You’ll like what you see. You can expect to achieve more radiant skin.
You can expect results to last for around 3-5 months.
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Our team is the established leader among Los Angeles aesthetic medical practices. Under the leadership of founder Dr. Grant Stevens, we have served patients from 63 countries and all 50 states. We are here to serve you. We believe in building lifelong relationships with our patients.
Is microneedling painful?
Most patients say they feel only the sensation of sandpaper gently rubbed across their skin. And, remember, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your skin before your procedure, so the sensation overall should be dulled.
Are there risks and side effects?
Sure. All such procedures carry some degree of risk, including infection, bleeding, scarring, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and allergic reaction to materials and medications.
Common temporary side effects include redness, bruising, and swelling.
Will I need additional treatments?
Research indicates most people need 4-6 treatments, each separated by four weeks. After that, “booster” treatments are recommended every 12 to 18 months.
Can microneedling be combined with other treatments and procedures?
Yes. Botox and vitamin C therapy can be especially complementary procedures, enhancing the overall aesthetic change even more.
Will my insurance pay for microneedling?
Your insurance will likely not cover the costs since microneedling is a cosmetic procedure.
Then what are the costs of microneedling?
Costs will vary according to the location and number of areas treated. Surveys place the cost of a single microneedling session between $100 and $700. Have a thorough discussion about fees before your microneedling procedure.
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