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As we age, our body changes. Even our very cells are altered. For the face, the most important changes are to the production of elastin and collagen within skin cells. As production slows due to the aging process and its effects on skin cells, our facial skin can become wrinkled and loses its elasticity and volume. The result? Wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin and an overall aged appearance. It does not have to be that way, though.
At Personique On The Spot in Austin, we offer a wide range of skin rejuvenation treatments, including options such as microdermabrasion, and chemical peels, as well as cutting-edge treatment methods such as microneedling with PRP.
Microneedling is a new technique used for facial rejuvenation. It relies on using tiny needles to create micro-sized punctures in the skin. These tiny holes cause the skin cells to activate, increasing the production of collagen and elastin.
According to the scientific journal, The Dermatologist, “Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. These needles are used to puncture the skin at various depths to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture create a channel that stimulates neovascularization and neocollagenesis to fill these microscopic wounds.”
The entire procedure usually takes just 15 minutes, and it can have a dramatic effect on your appearance, providing a much more youthful appearance, and infusing your skin with volume and elasticity while leaving it feeling smooth and soft.
While it sounds a little like a surgical procedure, microneedling is actually an outpatient procedure, and is considered noninvasive. It also requires no downtime, and has very few side effects, most of which are minimal.
It’s important to note that there are quite a few different microneedling system manufacturers out there today, and each system works slightly differently from the others. However, they all rely on the same underlying principle.
First, a numbing cream with a mild anesthetic is applied to the skin in the area to be treated. This helps to eliminate any potential discomfort. Next, a handheld device containing the very fine needles to be used is applied to the treatment area, creating microscopic wounds.
The goal here is to stimulate the production of collagen, which will result in smoother, firmer skin.
Collagen is the primary structural protein found in skin, as well as other connective tissue like ligaments and tendons. It is also the most abundant protein in the body. Over time, collagen production naturally declines as our bodies age, but it can be “jumpstarted” with certain techniques. When stimulated to produce more collagen, the skin becomes fuller, more resilient, and younger looking.
Elastin is the protein in your skin that keeps it supple and elastic. As the production of elastin declines during the aging process, it leads to the formation of fine lines, and then to deeper wrinkles. By stimulating skin cells to produce more, your skin becomes younger looking, and more resilient, and you will notice a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around your eyes and mouth.
Both collagen and elastin work together to keep your skin healthy, supple and beautiful. Microneedling stimulates the production of both proteins, encouraging them to fill the microscopic channels left by the tiny needles used in the treatment, as part of the body’s natural healing process.
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, and it is created using your body’s own blood. To create PRP, a sample of your blood is placed into a test tube, which is then inserted into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins very, very quickly for about 15 minutes, after which the PRP is harvested. Within the PRP, you will find concentrated human growth factors and important cytokines used in the growth and healing process.
PRP is applied after the microneedling process, allowing the plasma to penetrate into the channels left behind by the needles. Here, it further stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, while speeding the healing process and resulting in younger, healthier skin.
While each patient’s results will differ depending on their unique situation, needs and skin condition, microneedling with PRP can offer a wide range of benefits, including the following:
• Sun spots/age spots
There is no need to “age gracefully”. At Personique On The Spot, we offer cutting-edge treatments to help you regain the healthy, beautiful skin you deserve. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about microneedling or other skin rejuvenation treatments. Call us at (512) 599-8672, or use our convenient contact form to get in touch with our Austin office.