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Microneedling Specialist

Dermatology Arts

Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology serving the areas of South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada - Flintridge, and Los Angeles, CA

With microneedling treatments, you can make your skin firmer, tighter, smoother, and more even in tone. At their offices in South Pasadena and Arcadia, California, the team of board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology Arts carefully performs microneedling treatments with and without platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for skin rejuvenation. Find out if microneedling is the best choice for you by calling either office or booking a visit online today.

Microneedling Q & A

What is microneedling?

Microneedling is a revitalizing dermatological procedure that doesn’t rely on lasers, injectables, or exfoliation to make your skin firmer and brighter. 

Also called collagen induction therapy, it uses a pen with fine needles on the tip to create microscopic holes in your skin’s surface. These punctures encourage collagen production, which is part of the healing process.

You can find collagen throughout your body, and one of its major roles is supporting your skin’s integrity and firmness. Collagen decreases with age, which causes your skin to get thinner and saggier. Similarly, elastin is a protein that makes your skin bounce back to its original form when you pull or tug on it. 

Microneedling by itself is enough to stimulate collagen production to improve your skin tone and texture, but you can enhance the treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) if you choose. PRP microneedling, also called a vampire facial, uses regenerative cells from your blood to boost skin rejuvenation with collagen and elastin growth. 

What are the results of a microneedling procedure?

Microneedling offers more benefits for your skin than you might expect. The team at Dermatology Arts assesses your skin before you come in for the procedure and tells you how the treatment might benefit you in treating your most pressing skin concerns. 

A few common skin features and concerns that microneedling improves are:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation and age spots
  • Large pores
  • Acne scars and other scars
  • Stretch marks

To be sure you get the best possible results from microneedling, the team at Dermatology Arts recommends a treatment plan that includes several sessions, each spaced about a month apart, according to your skin’s needs. 

What should I do to prepare for microneedling?

Like many other treatments in its category, microneedling lightly damages the skin for an overall positive effect. To make sure your skin recovers smoothly, you should follow all instructions from your dermatologist closely. You can prepare for microneedling by:

  • Stopping the use of Accutane® six months ahead of time
  • Avoiding topical products like retinol that make your skin sensitive
  • Avoiding blood-thinning medications for one week
  • Protecting your skin from sunburns and tans
  • Avoiding shaving your skin the day of treatment

There may be some other specific medications you’ll have to stop taking before you start microneedling. During your consultation at Dermatology Arts, the team asks about your current medication use and may give you additional personalized suggestions in preparing for treatment. 

To learn more about the microneedling process and see if the treatment is right for you, call Dermatology Arts or schedule a consultation online today.