Microneedling & PRP
When the skin is wounded, blood platelets first go about the task of healing the wound. Once the wound is closed, the body produces new collagen and elastin, along with new skin cells, to repair the skin.
The idea behind microneedling is to trigger this production of collagen and elastin through hundreds of microscopic wounds. These microscopic punctures begin to heal almost immediately, but the body reacts as if wounded, producing new collagen, elastin, and skin cells and sending them to the “wounded” area. This improves skin texture and firmness, and reduces large pores, stretch marks, and acne scarring.
We are proud to offer microneedling at Form Medical Spa, and if you desire we can also include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with your procedure. We invite you to contact us today to schedule your appointment.
How Does Microneedling Work?
At Form Med Spa, we use the Rejuvapen for our microneedling procedures. It features nine microneedles that move up and down, creating microscopic punctures in the skin to the selected depth (up to 2mm). We move the micropen across the treatment areas creating hundreds of tiny microscopic punctures/wounds. These punctures penetrate the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and enter the dermis layer.
The microscopic channels created are surrounded by untouched skin, and the body begins to immediately heal them. In a few hours all of the hundreds of punctures are healed. Still, the body perceives this as a wound and it initiates the production of new collagen, elastin, and skin cells to repair the wounds.
Since collagen is the protein responsible for providing the skin’s underlying structural framework, this firms and makes the skin appear more youthful. Elastin makes the skin more pliable and supple.
See What Our Patients Are Saying:
“I’ve been going to Form Med Spa for over 6 months now receiving treatments and have been SO impressed with how my skin has changed for the better. Their skin care system and facial treatments have improved my skin dramatically and I have loved Dr. Ward and his whole staff. They are professional, helpful, and know what they are doing! I will continue to see Dr. Ward for years to come!” -Robyn S.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) utilizes the healing power of blood platelets to improve the skin. We take a sample of your blood, and then place it in a centrifuge, which removes the red blood cells. This leaves a concentrated amount of blood platelets, white blood cells, and plasma. After we perform microneedling, we apply your PRP onto the treated areas, where the PRP can penetrate the skin through the hundreds of microscopic punctures. This delivers the healing platelets and white blood cells into the dermis layer of the skin.
Why Do I Need More Collagen?
Collagen makes the skin firm, healthy, and vibrant. While collagen is included in dozens of skincare products, it really needs to be produced in the body to be effective. Collagen is produced in the dermis layer.
The reason you need new collagen production is because every year after our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one percentage point less collagen. By the time we hit 50, we’re producing 30 percent less collagen than in our 20s; that’s why our skin sags and loses volume. Plus, this allows the formation of wrinkles and creases.
What Skin Problems Does Microneedling Improve?
At Form Medical Spa, we use microneedling on all skin types. It doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation and it can be used anywhere. Patients usually choose to have it done on their face, neck, and décolletage.
These are the skin issues we address with microneedling:
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Fine lines
- Uneven texture
- Stretch marks
Would I Be A Good Candidate?
There are no limitations with microneedling. Anyone can have this procedure to improve their skin. The microscopic punctures are only superficial in nature, so they don’t require any recovery. Plus, unlike laser procedures or dermabrasion, microneedling doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, so it is great for all skin tones and types.
How Often Should I Have Microneedling?
At Form Med Spa, we find the optimum timeframe for microneedling is every 4-6 weeks. This allows the skin to fully heal and for collagen production to fully ramp up. We recommend at least three treatments for collagen building and skin firming and 3-6 treatments to lessen acne scarring.
Is It Safe?
This is a very safe procedure. This is a minute risk of infection, but this is exceedingly rare because the wounds created heal within just a few hours.
What Will I Look Like After My Microneedling Session?
After your session, your skin will be red and flushed. It will look as if you have a mild sunburn. The degree of redness will depend on the number of passes made over the treatment area, and the depth of the needle penetration setting. This redness usually is gone the next day. You may have some slight swelling and your skin will feel tight for a day or so. It’s good to schedule your session after work, as the redness will have passed by the next day. You don’t have to restrict your activities in any way after microneedling.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Form Spa provides microneedling & PRP treatments in our Cottonwood Heights office which proudly serves Sandy, Holladay, Salt Lake City, Draper, and the surrounding areas. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
What Our Patients Are Saying:
Fabulous experience, excellent, superbly trained staff, beautiful surroundings. The comfort and relaxation was phenomenal! Can’t wait to go back! -Nicole S.