Simply stated, microneedling uses very fine, short needles to create tiny puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate a natural healing response in the body, increasing collagen production to create firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin. This means your own body begins to repair itself, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and repairing acne scars, trauma scars, and stretch marks. In addition, new capillaries are formed, creating increased nutrient rich blood flow to the treated area.
The injury to the dermis is fractional—only a small percentage is affected, which has been shown to lead to faster healing and an improved risk profile when compared to treating the entire dermis. There is no heat produced, as a laser would, so the risks of pigmentation issues are very low. For maximum benefits, a series of about 6 are recommended.
Advanced microneedling devices like Fractora use radiofrequency energy to jumpstart the healing process and further promote new collagen growth.
Professional micro-needling is considered to be one of the safest skin treatment procedures since it causes minimal damage to the skin.
This quick, minimally-invasive procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. First, A topical numbing cream will be applied for 15-20 minutes prior to your microneedling in Virginia Beach. A small handheld dermal micro-needling device is then applied by gently passing it over the skin several times. Treatment time will vary between 15-60 minutes, depending on size of the treatment area.
Microneedling increases the skin’s absorption of products exponentially. After the tiny puncture wounds are created, a customized combination of serums exclusive to Kaado MD, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are applied to the skin. These substances are many times more beneficial when used in conjunction with a microneedling treatment. Studies have shown that these topicals can penetrate 50x better immediately after the treatment.
The advantages of in-office microneedling over a dermal roller include:
Downtime: Overall, microneedling is very well tolerated with minimal downtime of one day or less. Dr. Kaado will provide specific post care instructions during your appointment.
Most common side effects: Some possible side effects include dryness, scaling, redness and swelling (similar to a sunburn) after treatment. This may last for several days or longer, depending on the aggressiveness of your treatment.
Dr. Kaado invites all his patients to schedule check-ups after their treatments to review results and discuss any questions or concerns. Usually microneedling requires three treatments set about four to six weeks apart. After the initial set of treatments, a once-yearly maintenance appointment is all you need.
Some conditions like deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments. Remember that every person is unique. Dr. Kaado will determine your personal needs at your follow-up appointment.
Microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fast, effective, non-surgical treatment for a range of skin issues, including:
When Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is applied after microneedling, the effects are exponential. This is because plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells, and growth factors, all which help your tissue heal and grow new cells. PRP is nothing new to orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery, but now its applications have been discovered to be beneficial in the field of aesthetic medicine as well. And since PRP is produced by your own body, any negative side effects are practically null.
When you first come into the office, we will draw a small amount of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma rich in platelets from the red and white blood cells. Platelets are the cells that cause clotting and release growth factors – substances required to stimulate growth in living cells.
After the tiny micro-channels are created using a microneedling device, PRP extracted from your own blood is applied to the treatment areas. Growth factors in the PRP further stimulate the natural healing process and collagen creation.
PRP can also be used for rejuvenating other parts of the body.
PRP can be injected directly into your scalp to help regrow hair in areas where it may be thinning. Multiple treatments are necessary for thicker hair growth.
Many women use PRP to improve their sex life. PRP can be injected directly into the G-spot or the clitoris to enhance feeling in these areas.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance occurring naturally in the skin that attracts water and adds softness and fullness. Unfortunately, our bodies produce less of this vital substance as we grow older. Lower levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin can reduce volume and structure and cause wrinkles and folds to become more pronounced.
In a microneedling procedure with hyaluronic acid, this naturally rejuvenating substance is applied directly to the tiny micro-wounds created in the microneedling process. This allows for far greater absorption of hyaluronic acid into the skin layers, providing the benefits of collagen induction therapy and hyaluronic acid treatment in the same procedure.
Results: You’ll notice a radiance to your skin immediately after your session, which will continue to progress over the next few weeks. Optimum results are visible within six months, as your body generates new collagen.
Recovery and Side Effects: Dr. Kaado prides himself in delivering the safest microneedling Virginia Beach has to offer. With his expertise in microneedling, recovery is quick, with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 12 hours to 3 days. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition, and some patients may heal completely in 24 hours.
Microneedling is a tried-and-true cosmetic treatment that has been in use for many years. Advances in medical technology, including the use of radiofrequency energy, platelet-rich plasma, and hyaluronic acid, have made this form of collagen induction therapy even more effective for treating aging skin and a variety of skin issues.
Dr. Georges Kaado performs microneedling in Virginia Beach, VA for women and men who want to: