Microneedling has become a popular procedure over the past few years and is used to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns.

I will be discussing the following:
What it is
Conditions treated
Microneedling at our med spa
Microneedling and scars/skin imperfections
Microneedling and hair loss
Microneedling and pigmentation
Is this treatment for you?
Side effects and complications

If you are thinking about getting microneedling treatment(s) done, or are considering microneedling as a treatment option, let me help you with your decision.

What is microneedling and how does it work?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses microneedles to puncture the skin. During treatment, a fraction of your skin is being punctured while the rest is spared, thus acting as a reservoir to heal the injured skin. The microtrauma to the skin allows for your body’s natural healing cascade to begin, thus, stimulating collagen production in the papillary layer of the dermis. An increased production of [new] collagen leads to decreased scarring, improves skin texture and tone, and improves the overall appearance of the skin. The results of microneedling allows for improved delivery to the skin of medication serums and PRP treatment.

Most devices used during treatment allows for the depth of the device(s) to be adjusted from 25 µm to 4mm. The depth, or how deep the microneedles will go, is determined by the treatment area, as well as the condition being treated.

What conditions can be treated with Microneedling?

Microneedling can be used to treat and improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, skin tone texture, actinic keratosis, skin pigmentation, and hair loss. Newer devices delivers radio frequency to the tissue, and are being used to treat excessive sweating, acne, skin tightening, and fat reduction.

Utilization of microneedling and our practice:

At West Point Aesthetic Center, microneedling is used to treat wrinkles, scars, skin pigmentation, hair loss, as well as to improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Skin rejuvenation, Scars, Wrinkles, and Stretch Marks:

Studies have demonstrated, statistically, a significant increase in collagen type I, II, and VII, production. This allows for the overall improvement of scars in nearly all patients receiving microneedling to improve the appearance of scars.

Studies have also indicated microneedling to be just as effective as fractional treatment from an embrium laser.

At West Point, we combine microneedling with peptide gell or PRP to improve the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Microneedling can also be combined with Radiesse filler to optimize results when treating stretch marks. Combining Radiesse with Microneedling to treat stretch marks allows us to fill the atrophic tretch marks, stimulating collagen production, and leaving you with better results.

Radiesse is a dermal filler used to smooth out wrinkles, as well as used to stimulate your body’s natural ability to produce collagen.

Hair loss – Alopecia and Alopecia Areata:

To treat hair loss, microneedling is commonly combined with PRP, PRP fibrinogen, or minoxidil. For alopecia areata, combining microneedling with topical triamcinolone acetonide application can give a better response.

Pigmentation – Melasma and Pigmentation around the Lips:

To treat these conditions, we combine microneedling with hydroquinone and topical agents such as Skin Medica’s Lytera or the Obagi NuDerm system.

Is Microneedling right for you:

Microneedling has very little side effects, so it is the perfect treatment for anyone looking to improve skin tone/texture and decrease the visibility of scarring. Desired results may require multiple treatments, with most people requiring 3-6 treatments spaced out between 4-6 weeks before seeing noticeable results

Studies have shown people, themselves and objective, viewers have seen a 45-55% improvement to their skin 6-12 weeks after having received treatment.

Who should not have this treatment:

It is best to avoid microneedling when the with following applies to you:
Cold Sores
Herpes Infection
Skin Infection
Bleeding Disorders
History of Keloids
On Blood Thinner Medication
Receiving Chemotherapy or Radiation
*We also recommend avoiding mechanical microneedling while struggling with active acne. Radio frequency microneedling can be used to treat acne/breakouts.

Side effects or complications:

Microneedling is an overall safe procedure, though with every procedure comes risk. The most common side effect associated with microneedling is redness of the skin and irritation; both side effects will subside within a couple hours of receiving treatment.

Skin infections after receiving treatment can occur if non-sterile techniques were used during treatment. Treatment can also reactivate acne and or herpes infections. Allergic reaction to materials used during treatment have also been reported.

Though much less very frequent than in any other ablative or skin resurfacing treatment, transient post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkness of the skin) can occur after treatment

To summarize Micro needling is effective treatment for scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss and it being used for multiple other conditions.

All procedures have benefits and side effects and you should consult with your physician to determine what is an appropriate treatment for you. We invite you to book a consultation with us if you would like to discuss this treatment

Microneedling San Diego

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, or Fractional Collagen Induction Therapy, is just as effective as fractional laser resurfacing without the days of downtime. For the best results you will need a series of microneedling treatments. The treatment uses tiny needles to create micro channels, or tiny holes, in the skin to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and produce collagen and elastin. There are several different microneedling devices on the market. At Coastal, we use the Rejuvapen microneedling device.

What is Microneedling with Rejuvapen?

Rejuvapen is a non-surgical and non-laser treatment using the body’s natural response to healing to increase the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in firmer skin, less visible pores, less discoloration, and a healthier and more youthful appearance. The device uses 9 surgical-grade stainless steel needles to create thousands of micro-channels in the treated skin, triggering the skin’s wound healing response. Your body then starts naturally producing new tissue that will turn into collagen fibers.

Benefits of Microneedling:

Microneedling with Rejuavapen helps get rid of acne scars, lines, and wrinkles and improves stretch marks, pigmentation and overall skin health. The process is great for your face, neck, and chest. Make sure to pair the procedure with great home skin care.

Microneedling and skin type:

Microneedling is also safe and effective for all skin types and colors.

Does treatment hurt?

Before treatment, your aesthetician will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area. We will allow the numbing cream to sit for 30minutes, so the treatment is painless and comfortable.

During and after treatment:

A serum with high concentration of natural growth factors is also applied and driven into your skin during the treatment, encouraging new skin cells to form to produce more collagen and elastin. Within two weeks, the majority of patients notice firmer, healthier, and glowing skin. Two to three months after the procedure, patients usually start seeing how the new collagen fibers fill depressed scars and wrinkles and thicken and strengthen thin, delicate skin.

How much treatment is needed?

Patients will need multiple treatments to achieve the best results, but the number of treatments depends on your individual skin goals and the reason for treatment as well as what area we are treating, the face or the body. For example, for wrinkles and facial rejuvenation, patients usually need 4 to 6 treatments, while patients with acne scars usually require 4 to 8 treatments.If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (760) 230-1556 (Encinitas) or (858) 277-6751 (San Diego).

Most – If not all of us, have a skincare routine in place. But an at-home skincare routine may only go you so far. Whether you merely include the essentials or go all out with a multi-step routine, we still need expert treatments every now and then for maximum outcomes. Coastal Medical Center offers you the best treatment for Microneedling San Diego.

Microneedling is the most recent non-surgical, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation technique, & the results are quick and effective. Microneedling tightens as well as brightens skin for a long-lasting shine whether you have fine wrinkles, acne scars, or large pores!

This incredible treatment can revitalize your complexion by fostering new skin cells minimizing the appearance of acne scars & big pores. It also boosts blood flow and enhances collagen and elastin synthesis in the skin. We’re sure you haven’t discovered a cream that can do all of this yet. Microneedling can even aid in product absorption, allowing you to get the most out of your at-home skincare regimen.

What Is The Importance Of Microneedling?

Microneedling is a facial procedure that involves the use of a device with extremely thin needles to stimulate new skin development and break down existing scar tissue. The procedure itself causes microscopic wounds in your skin’s top layers. To cure the wounds your body produces new collagen and elastin fibers, resulting in better skin.

Microneedling is an excellent alternative for unclogging pores and releasing deeply stored congestion. This service aids in the treatment of acne, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the reduction of hyperpigmentation. When combined with PRP (platelet-rich plasma), the healing time is decreased to 1-2 days, & you can return to work the same day!

How Does Microneedling Work?

The Microneedling technique generates controlled damage by making minute punctures in the skin. The tiny, medical-grade needles penetrate deep into the dermis, stimulating collagen formation and accelerating cell turnover. These punctures cause the body to mend spontaneously, filling the micro-wounds with new collagen and elastin. As new capillaries grow, blood flow improves dramatically.

Completing a series of expert Microneedling treatments within a specific timeframe will continue to engage the body’s healing process until the desired outcomes are obtained. Maintenance treatments will be necessary to correct new skin flaws and maintain normal collagen and elastin levels.

What Conditions Does Microneedling Treat?

Many skin problems can be treated with Microneedling, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne
  • UV skin damage
  • Fine lines
  • Large pores
  • Rough or uneven skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Traumatic scarring

This therapy genuinely has a high success rate in decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling works wonders for tightening and improving skin texture. It helps to minimize the depth of acne scars, especially when used in the course of ten treatments.

Improves circulation and restores shine to dull skin. It aids in the breakdown and removal of persistent hyperpigmentation disorders like melasma. It’s also great for breaking up and minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

Body Areas Commonly Treated With Microneedling

Microneedling is most commonly utilized on the face. It can, however, be used to treat any region of skin afflicted by scarring or stretch marks. This might involve the following:

  • Chest
  • Legs
  • Butt
  • Arms
  • Back

Clients with the following conditions should avoid Microneedling – hemophilia, eczema, allergies, any autoimmune illness, a history of cold sores, a history of malignancy, a propensity to keloid, any skin disease, & active infection of any type.

5 Essential Reasons To Choose Microneedling

You may actually find it difficult to believe that intentionally harming your skin may reverse the symptoms of aging, enhance skin tone, and remove acne scars – those unwanted but continuous memories of a more difficult time in your life. However, it is exactly how Microneedling works.

Increases collagen production

Microneedling is also known as – Collagen Induction Treatment. Collagen is a structural protein that helps to keep your skin firm and flexible. As you get older – the production of this youth-promoting protein declines, which leads to the formation of lines and wrinkles.

The tools we use for Microneedling cause microtears in the skin’s superficial layer. These small rips activate your skin’s self-healing mechanism, which includes an increase in collagen production.

Reduces the Appearance of Lines & Wrinkles

Microneedling restores your skin’s strength and elasticity by increasing collagen synthesis, which improves firmness and smoothes out small lines and wrinkles to make them less obvious. Microneedling is also quick, generally taking an hour or less. To ensure your comfort, we administer a numbing agent to your skin before beginning treatment.

In some cases, you may have some redness after your session. But there is no need for rest; you may continue your normal activities immediately. We do, however, urge that you apply sunscreen regularly to protect your skin while it heals and rejuvenates.

Enhances skin tone

The sun is not your skin’s friend. In addition to hastening the breakdown of collagen, too much sun can produce hyperpigmentation on your face and hands, sometimes known as sunspots. Microneedling helps to break up hyperpigmented skin while also boosting cell turnover for a more balanced complexion.

Treats scars

Your acne may have cleared up, but the scars left behind can have a long-term impact on your self-esteem and confidence. However, Microneedling may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Microneedling stimulates your skin’s healing process, allowing it to fill in recessed acne scars and enhance the texture and appearance of your skin. Microneedling is an excellent therapy for scars produced by trauma and surgery, in addition to acne scars.

Facilitates delivery of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma -PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that includes a high concentration of your blood’s healing characteristics, such as platelets, growth factors, and specific proteins. Depending on your cosmetic goals & needs, we may recommend including PRP into your Microneedling treatment to speed up the mending process.

We make the PRP for your treatment from a sample of your own blood & apply it to your skin before starting your Microneedling. To boost the beautifying process the small needle forces the healing elements of the PRP into the surface layer of your skin. Microneedling is actually a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that may completely transform the structure and appearance of your skin.

Who Can Be Treated With Microneedling?

When treating patients with mild to moderate skin laxity and/or acne scars, Microneedling produces outstanding outcomes. Microneedling works well for those who have dark spots and sun damage. Every skin type can benefit from Microneedling treatment. However, individuals with a history of Keloid problems should avoid it. Microneedling is ideal for people who desire exceptional results but do not want to deal with the downtime that is sometimes involved with deeper laser resurfacing procedures.

Who Can’t Get Microneedling Treatment?

Though most individuals can be effectively treated with Microneedling, some people have pre-existing problems that prevent them from being candidates for this therapy. The Microneedling procedure is not appropriate for the following conditions: Hemophilia Skin diseases, Eczema, Allergies, Autoimmune diseases, History of cold sores, History of any Cancer Tendency to keloid.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of Microneedling treatment packages varies depending on the individual. Nobody is the same when it comes to skincare. Every Microneedling treatment at Coastal Medical Center is tailored to the specific needs of our patients. The cost of a procedure is decided by the specifics of the treatment plan, such as the size of the affected region & the number of treatments expected, etc. Patients will receive a fair pricing estimate once they have prepared their tailored treatment plan with our specialists.

Is Microneedling A Safe Procedure?

Microneedling is quite safe. A Microneedling treatment has no side effects or hazards. Some clients, on the other hand, should avoid Microneedling. This includes those with hemophilia, eczema, allergies, any autoimmune illness, a history of cold sores, any history of cancer, a tendency to keloid, any skin disease, active infection of any kind.

Is Microneedling Painful?

Typically, the depths required for scar repair make Microneedling a bit unpleasant, but this is readily addressed with a topical numbing lotion applied to the skin prior to treatment. Lighter treatments are akin to sandpaper being brushed over the skin.

How Fast Does Microneedling Improve The Skin?

Since Microneedling isn’t a very severe therapy, you’ll need numerous sessions spread out over 3 to 6 months. Because therapy outcomes are cumulative, you will need to commit to more than one treatment to see visible effects. Acne scar sufferers typically require 6 to 8 treatments, which can be reduced when paired with a laser.

How Often Do I Need Microneedling Treatment?

Treatments should be separated at least 4-6 weeks apart. It is critical that there be complete healing before proceeding with the next session. As the Microneedling process begins to promote collagen and elastin synthesis, it is critical to keep the momentum going with monthly sessions. Following a defined schedule of visits produces the quickest and most noticeable outcomes.

How Long Does Microneedling Treatment Last?

After Microneedling, new tissue collagen and tissue will continue to develop for up to a year. Maintenance treatments once or twice a year might assist your skin in retaining the benefits of your initial treatment.

How We Can Help

At Coastal Medical Center, we believe that aesthetic treatments in San Diego and the surrounding area are more effective when done comprehensively and honestly. Our professional staff can help you do more than just lose weight or beauty treatments.

We can help you change your relationship with food and with your body. If you are looking for professionals to help you in Microneedling San Diego, Encinitas, or the surrounding area, Coastal Medical Center can help. We are California’s most popular aesthetic treatment & weight loss clinic.

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