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Microneedling is a medical spa procedure that has the ability to improve and rejuvenate the quality of your skin.  There  is a big difference between the skin of a baby, a person in their twenties, and a person in their sixties.  These changes includes loss of collagen, increased texture and fine lines, and increased brown spots and other pigmentation changes.  Microneedling, particularly when combined with Plasma Rich Protein PRP has the ability to restore some of the changes associated with age and environmental exposure.  These include adding and reorganizing collagen and improved smoothness

How Often Do I Need To Have Microneedling Done?

Your skin will look luminous after one treatment, but we would recommend you have between 3 – 6 sessions depending on what you are treating. Scar reduction will need more treatments than fine wrinkles. A 2008 study showed that after the fourth session, collagen production typically occurs leading to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment!

What Can Microneedling Do For Me?

Microneedling has shown to help improve a number of skin issues. A 2009 study showed that over 80% of patients who used this procedure to treat acne scarring had assessed their treatment as ‘excellent’ and felt that their acne scars were visibly reduced.

How Does Microneedling Work?

It is a nonsurgical treatment that uses a handheld device made up of 12 very fine needles at the tip. This is rolled over your skin, lightly puncturing at surface-level only, creating small wounds. These break down old scar tissue and help generate new skin cell growth. As the skin heals it produces collagen and elastin which tighten and plumpen the skin to create a healthy glow and makes your skin look tighter, brighter and healthier.

It Only For The Face?

Microneedling can be used for most parts of the body. Common areas include: the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest and legs. Wherever you get stretch marks, pigmentation issues, scarring, saggy skin and fine lines.

Does It Hurt?

Before a microneedling session, your face will be slathered in a numbing cream. This takes around 20 minutes to kick in and will ensure that you feel little pain during the treatment. Once the numbing cream wears off, you may experience mild soreness.

How Long Will The Treatment Take?

The actual Microneedling will take around 20 minutes depending on where on your body you are having it done. The numbing ointment can take up to 30 minutes to take effect. After the treatment, a calming solution is applied to help reduce the soreness and redness. You will then be ready to leave. Expect Microneedling to take around 60 to 90 minutes. You should expect to take a half day from work.

What Is The Downtime?

Recovery time is relatively short. You will have some redness for a couple of days and may see some minute pinprick marks. You can wear make-up to cover the redness. There may be some soreness but an over the counter pain killer can help with that. Remember to apply a very high SPF cream if going outside to protect your skin while it is vulnerable.

It Safe? Are There Side Effects?

It is safe for most people although we don’t recommend you have it done if you are using Accutane or have used it within the last 2-3 months. Also those with skin infections or open wounds, herpes simplex or actively undergoing radiation.

Side effects are minimal but can include pinpoint bleeding, mild swelling and redness. If your skin is particularly sensitive, you may find your skin is itchy. Moisturize with vitamin rich cream or vaseline.

Can Microneedling Be Combined With Other Treatments?

Using Microneedling with Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is very effective at stimulating skin cells to encourage tightening. PRP is taken from your own blood and applied to your skin after Microneedling so the rich plasma can penetrate the skin through the micro injuries.

BBL and non-surgical skin tightening are also good companions. They will be worked into your treatment plan at your initial consultation.



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Dr. Phillip Chang is a leading plastic surgeon in Loudoun County who specializes in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures for the breast, body, face, and skin. He is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the founder of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. Dr. Chang is dedicated to providing high-quality service that concentrates on the unique needs and concerns of his patients. He believes combining attentive care and minimally invasive techniques is the best avenue for achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Chang is thrilled to be serving the greater northwest area of Washington, D.C. with top cosmetic care that is dependable and trustworthy.

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