Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that your healthcare provider performs by utilizing thin needles to puncture the top layer of your skin. This intentional damage encourages your body’s healing process, which, in turn, leads to increased production of collagen and elastin proteins – crucial for keeping one’s skin firm and even. Germ cells lining follicles are nourished and reopened and regrown. Though usually applied to one’s face, this treatment can also be administered to other parts of the body where aging or blemished skin is noticeable and may require several sessions for optimum results. Patients will typically undergo three sessions. This procedure works best on hair that is thinning rather than regrowth.
Microneedling with PRP
Using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) alongside microneedling can further improve results. To acquire the platelets, a patient’s own blood is employed and put through a centrifuge. The platelet-rich plasma is produced from the same person who will receive it, therefore there is low risk of an allergic reaction happening or the body rejecting it. The plasma is retrieved from separating the blood into three layers. It contains proteins and growth factors which can stimulate collagen and elastin production, while also regulating and activating cell migration. Scientific studies have demonstrated that PRP can hasten healing of tissues, as well as reduce the visibility of pigmentation and acne scarring in combination with microneedling.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) can be injected into certain areas of the body in combination with microneedling. It can be injected into the face for reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring, while simultaneously improving skin texture and increasing collagen production. It is also popularly injected for hair growth and density enhancement. Your clinician will massage the platelet-rich plasma into the treated areas of your skin or hair so that the growth factors penetrate deep into your skin so that they can work their rejuvenating magic.
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How Can I Prepare?
Review your medical history with a healthcare professional. Avoid exposure to UV rays as well as self-tanning products prior to treatment in order to avoid adverse reactions.Prepare by adjusting your medications and skincare regimen as recommended by your doctor. Avoid waxing or tweezing for one to two weeks.
What Can I Expect?
Little to no pain is expected and this treatment is typically well-tolerated in adults.
The recovery period will vary from patient to patient. You may experience slight peeling or shedding and your skin may feel tight and dry. It is recommended to apply a hyaluronic acid serum or emollients to speed up the recovery period. To prevent any irritation or damage, avoid UV exposure and apply a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen daily.
Microneedling is a popular procedure known for producing quick results that our clients love with little to no downtime. This procedure builds collagen and regenerates skin cells, smooths out uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and scarring. You will also notice a reduction in pore size as well as hyperpigmentation, therefore you will be leaving our office feeling vibrant and glowing. For microneedling performed on the scalp, you will expect to see peach fuzz grow within six weeks of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here at YMD, we offer everything from surgical procedures, laser treatments, and aesthetic enhancements that help you feel as good as you look.
For most people with moderate excess weight, without a current weight loss goal, there is not much penalty to go ahead and have your facelift. Your face and neck will appear smaller and more youthful afterwards. For those who are more substantially overweight, it is helpful to lose some weight for your health during the several hour surgery and which will also help improve your results by reducing your neck and face size prior to surgery. Patients with a near term defined goal to lose more than 15 pounds, are advised to do that before a facelift.
Years of sun exposure (sun damage) and aging together create surface wrinkles on the skin. For patients with significant deep wrinkles, stretching the skin in a facelift to smooth out surface skin wrinkles may cause the type of windblown facial distortion patients want to avoid and Dr. Yeilding will not attempt this. There is a direct remedy for skin surface wrinkles using CO2 laser resurfacing for certain candidates. Laser treatment can dramatically reduce fine, moderate and deep skin surface wrinkles without the stretching that causes facial distortion. Laser resurfacing will also reduce hyperpigmentation at the same time. Therefore, there is a strong synergy for patients to consider both procedures.
Most surgeons would agree that an average or good facelift outcome is where a visually significant improvement in the jowls with neck tightening occur and will last approximately 10-15 years. Dr. Yeilding tells patients their facelift will likely turn the clock back about 10-15 years but of course the aging process will continue. Variations in longevity of result are according to patient age and health, lifestyle, diet, weight fluctuations and genetics.
You will see Dr. Yeilding during your initial surgery consultation. You will also see her before and after your surgery where she will speak with you and any family members or caregiver present that you wish. She will see you directly for most post-operative visits, as Dr. Yeilding wants to stay very close to personally evaluate how your healing is progressing especially during the first 2 weeks. There are times when you may not see Dr. Yeilding directly, such as your Pre-Op visit, 2-3 weeks prior to your surgery, where you will receive detailed instructions to prepare you for your surgery and your recovery. Additionally, if you should have an issue or concern after your surgery on a day/time when Dr. Yeilding is operating, we may ask that you come to YMD to be seen by a staff member, who may take pictures, or perform a test, to be able to describe your issues to Dr. Yeilding, rather than rely on telephone discussion. Sometimes telephone discussion is all that is needed.
Bruising is common and lasts about 2 to 3 weeks. Infections can occur but are very rare; however, all infections must be treated quickly to avoid more significant issues. Bleeding and other fluid buildup can collect to form a hematoma or seroma and if not treated can reduce efficacy of neck tightening, or in rare cases are severe enough to potentially degrade the skin itself. It is important to inform Dr. Yeilding immediately if you see/feel pockets of fluid and she will see you quickly to fix the problem fast which typically avoids long term negative consequences. Numbness in the lower face is common and is actually helpful for reducing pain after surgery. Normal feeling typically returns in several months. More severe nerve damage impacting normal facial movement is possible, but rare and also typically resolves over a few months. Facial asymmetry between left and right sides of face can occur; however, Dr. Yeilding surgeries typically improve facial symmetry compared to the pre-op situation. Thickened scars or hair loss around the incision site are reported nationally, however Dr. Yeilding uses advanced techniques that typically do not cause hair loss or result in highly visible scars. Dr. Yeilding’s incisions are made in front of the ear and behind the ear hidden in the sideburn area hair and behind the ear. It is also hidden inside the ear and behind the lobe and the ear (below left image). After 2-3 months there is very little for anyone to see of the actual facelift incision. Facelift incisions heal extremely well and rarely present a problem of scaring. If a rare undesirable scar forms, Dr. Yeilding can improve it with laser resurfacing. See Below regarding Dr. Yeilding facelift incisions:
All facelift patients receive Dr. Yeilding’s personal cell phone number.