How micro-needling with your own growth factors can help fade acne scars and tighten skin

by Heidi Anderson, M.D.

Do a quick Google search of the latest skin care treatments and you’ll most likely stumble upon the benefits of micro-needling. A technique that uses tiny needles to boost collagen production, micro-needling can help reduce acne scars, age spots, wrinkles and other skin imperfections. Paired with growth factors, topical products that optimize the skin’s response, micro-needling can help rejuvenate the skin for a firmer, more youthful glow. Before you balk at the idea of needles getting anywhere near your face, let’s explore the procedure and its benefits.

Re-grow and repair your skin

Micro-needling utilizes minor injuries to the dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. The treatment, which creates hundreds of tiny channels in the skin, essentially tricks the body into generating new capillaries, collagen and skin cells. Collagen fills the punctured areas, softening texture, acne scars, wrinkles and other imperfections. The new elastin that is produced as a result of the micro-needling also firms and tightens the skin. While other treatments like lasers and chemical peels typically require a significant recovery period, micro-needling delivers impressive results with just a day or two of post-procedure redness. The treatment is also virtually painless, as a layer of numbing treatment to the face is applied before the process begins. Another advantage of micro-needling is that results for blemishes like sunspots or acne scars are permanent, unless new skin damages form or sun exposure occurs.

Benefits abound with growth factors

You’ll often find that topicals are paired with micro-needling to enhance the treatment’s effectiveness. At Dermatology of Coastal Sarasota, we use growth factors post-treatment to help rejuvenate the skin and aid in the repair process. Growth factors, which are proteins found in certain cell types, help stimulate cell formation and increase blood circulation. While micro-needling can be effective on its own, bolstering treatment with growth factors can help stimulate further cell growth.

Plasma: Your body’s natural beauty secret

Our growth factor of choice for patients is platelet rich plasma (PRP), which supercharges micro-needling benefits. While the treatment may sound extreme, using plasma from your own blood creates a natural beauty treatment uniquely suited to your body. Before the treatment begins, we draw a small about of blood from your arm and separate the plasma from the white and red blood cells. We apply the PRP to the skin directly after micro-needling, which allows it to penetrate deep into the skin through the hundreds of tiny holes caused by the needles. This will help your tissue heal and rejuvenate faster. Following the treatment you’ll notice a decrease in under-eye puffiness and dark circles for a more youthful, well-rested appearance. It can also be used to stimulate new hair growth in people suffering from certain types of hair loss.

We would love to talk with you further about the benefits of micro-needling and whether it’s the right solution for your skin. Contact us today!

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