Microneedling in St. Louis, MO
Do you wish to look younger but don’t want to have invasive procedures performed? The staff at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery welcomes patients interested in microneedling treatment from across Missouri, including St. Louis, St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, Creve Coeur, surrounding areas and from around the country. Our trusted reputation has been built on our promise to provide expert treatment in a compassionate, friendly environment.
What is Micro-Needling Skin Treatment?
Fractional micro-needling is a skin rejuvenation treatment that can improve overall skin texture. It can also be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pores, address textural scarring such as acne scarring. This procedure stimulates the body’s own collagen production by controlled delivery of micro-punctures to the skin. The basic idea of micro-needling has been around for more than a century but emerged in aesthetic medicine in the mid 1900s.
Traditional micro-needling treatment is recommended as a series of treatments to achieve best results. Plasma enriched treatment is often recommended in conjunction with traditional micro-needling treatments.
What is Plasma Enriched Micro-Needling Skin Treatment?
Plasma enriched treatment utilizes the patient’s own plasma, platelets and growth factors concentrated and applied to the skin. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and the blood samples is placed in a centrifuge which separates the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. This platelet enriched plasma is then driven into the skin via micro-channels utilizing the micro-needling device.
The enriched plasma activates the stem cells that lie dormant in the skin as a result of the growth factors found in the platelets. This stimulates the cascade of events necessary for the production of more collagen which can result in healthier and more youthful appearing skin.
Who Is A Candidate For Microneedling (PRP)?
We offer microneedling to men and women of all ages. Because this is a non-invasive procedure, it is likely that you will be a strong candidate if you’d like a more radiant, youthful glow. If you have any skin concerns or health problems, call our office to learn more about your candidacy. Microneedling can be effective for men and women of all skin types who wish to improve the texture of their skin.
How Does Microneedling (PRP Therapy) Work?
For traditional microneedling, a specialized “pen” is used to make precise micro-injuries on your skin. Your body’s own natural healing process then triggers your skin to stimulate collagen production and fresh, new tissue. This helps to tighten and smooth your skin.
During microneedling with PRP, a small blood sample is taken before the actual microneedling procedure. This blood sample will be filtered to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood cells. Then, the PRP is administered into the micro-injuries during the procedure. This PRP is continuously absorbed as the punctures heal, activating dormant stem cells in your skin. The PRP stimulates the collagen production and elastin in the skin, both of which restore volume, glow, and smoothness to the skin.
Recovery From Microneedling
Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure, which involves minimal downtime, making it a great option for those with busy schedules or prior commitments. Within a few days, your skin will be healed, and all normal activity can resume. We recommend not applying makeup the day of the procedure. Following the procedure use of sunscreen and avoiding the sun is imperative as the skin will be sensitive.
As far as what to expect post-treatment, this varies by patient, but overall he or she will experience erythema, edema and perhaps a small amount of pinpoint bleeding. The day of treatment patient is instructed to go home and avoid any sun exposure; no exercise, no makeup, etc. The day following treatment patient may resume regular activities, wear makeup, etc. Most patients do experience some minor flakiness/peeling starting couple days after treatment.
Patient comfort is important; a topical numbing is applied for a specific length of time prior to treatment.
How Much Does Microneedling (PRP Therapy) Cost?
MedSpa procedures such as microneedling treatments are considered elective treatments by insurance companies, so they are not covered by policies. To make skin rejuvenation treatments more accessible to more patients, Parkcrest Plastic Surgery offers financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards, or a personal check.
At the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office, Dr. David A. Caplin, Dr. Melvin Maclin, and Dr. Patricia McGuire offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Missouri, including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, and Creve Coeur, as well as across the country. Contact the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office today to schedule your microneedling (PRP therapy) consultation!