Microneedling is one of the newest, most innovative procedures offered by Dr. Tenley Lawton in Newport Beach: If you’re trying to get rid of lines, spots, acne scars, discoloration or other skin imperfections, Microneedling with SkinPen can be a transformative solution.
Microneedling from Dr. Lawton in Orange County
This nonsurgical procedure is performed right in Dr. Lawton’s clinic. There are no incisions required, and recovery is usually completed within 48 hours. The results are subtle but noticeable. For most patients’, skin looks refreshed and rejuvenated, with fine lines, age spots and other slight imperfections often mitigated. Microneedling can balance skin tones as well, and the treatment frequently is used for issues such as scarring from acne. For patients who have long been self-conscious about their skin, it can be life-changing. Even better, these results can be amplified when microneedling is paired with injections of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP (a procedure often called the “Vampire Facelift”). If you want your face to look rejuvenated, energized and more youthful, contact Dr. Lawton’s Newport Beach office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lawton takes a personal approach with each of her patients to help them achieve the results they desire.
How Microneedling Works
Essentially, microneedling is a technique that encourages your skin to rejuvenate itself, harnessing your body’s own exceptional healing abilities to mitigate lines, wrinkles, and imperfections. It’s usually used on the face, although the treatment can be effective almost anywhere on the body. During a microneedling procedure, Dr. Lawton uses a SkinPen device to create tiny punctures about 2 millimeters deep. SkinPen’s tiny needles (hence the “microneedling” name) give Dr. Lawton an exceptional amount of control and finesse. The purpose of the “needling” is twofold:
- It helps to break up scar tissue, clogs, and congestion near the surface of your skin.
- The process of creating punctures — even tiny ones — tricks your body into thinking your skin is damaged. As a result, your body floods the area with reparative compounds, including collagen. Because there’s not much in the vicinity to actually fix, these compounds instead serve to rejuvenate the area.
The end result is skin that looks noticeably smoother and tighter. Some redness and inflammation usually occur after the procedure, but it typically lasts only up to 48 hours. Then, patients can return to their normal activities.
Microneedling with PRP
While microneedling is effective on its own, there is evidence to suggest that combining the treatment with platelet-rich plasma injections can increase the potency of both procedures. PRP is a compound found in your blood; because it has extensive rejuvenating properties, injecting it into the skin is a common way of attempting to create extra youthfulness. Thanks to its reliance on blood, the procedure has been nicknamed the “Vampire Facelift.” These injections often are performed in conjunction with microneedling, because the small punctures created in that process provide an excellent avenue for PRP to penetrate deeper layers of the skin. Additionally, because microneedling already encourages the release of your own rejuvenating compounds, it’s believed that the two techniques work together in a complementary way.
The SkinPen Advantage
While many types of microneedling devices are in use today, Dr. Lawton believes SkinPen is superior. It offers several advantages over other devices:
- Prevention of suction (reducing the risk of broken capillaries)
- Bio Sleeve technology (lowering the risk of cross-contamination)
- Sterile, disposable needle cartridges
- The ability to accommodate sensitive areas and nearly all skin types
- An ergonomic design making it easier to treat difficult-to-reach areas
Essentially, SkinPen provides better results in more areas than many other microneedling devices.
Good candidates for microneedling usually want to address a variety of skin issues. If you’re looking for one or more of the following benefits, microneedling could be for you:
- Firmer or tighter skin
- Removal or mitigation of scars
- Removal of slight skin imperfections
- Reduction of small lines or wrinkles
- Treatment of discoloration of the skin
- Removal of spots or scars
Because the rejuvenating power of microneedling often is increased with accompanying PRP injections, many patients opt to have both treatments performed concurrently.
Microneedling from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Microneedling has exploded in popularity, which means a wide variety of vendors have begun to offer it. However, who you choose to perform a treatment is just as important as the treatment itself — and Dr. Lawton encourages all patients to see a board-certified plastic surgeon for microneedling. Plastic surgeons offer more solutions, more options, and more expertise, so you can rest assured you’re getting the best treatment possible.
Would you like to learn more about Microneedling? Fill out the “Request a Consultation” form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at 949-640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.