Microneedling is relatively new in popularity and very few people know much about it. However, the first recorded use of microneedling was in 1905 by a German Dermatologist. There was also a form of microneedling used in Ancient India. Humans have always cared about their appearance. We do now, and we will continue to do so in the future. Microneedling is a great way to look rejuvenated and refreshed. What exactly is microneedling and how can it help me? Dr. Thom Rogers is here to give you information and answer all your microneedling questions!
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is the process of using a dermal pen that has very small needles on the end to stimulate the skin into making more collagen. This pen is very gentle and creates very little pain. It is essentially a controlled skin irritation that is done to induce the production of collagen. Collagen helps the skin look young, vibraint, and fresh. It makes the skin shiny and gives a nice glow to it. Collagen gives the skin more volume underneath. With many treatments, over time, it can slowly decrease the appearance of wrinkles because of the increased collagen production. Wow, it seems like an easy way to look great!
There is another treatment called Platelet Rich Plasma Microneedling. This is a very similar process as the microneedling described above except the doctor uses a platelet concentrated plasma that is extracted from the client’s body. Once the blood is removed from the client, the doctor does a sterile process that isolates the growth factor from their platelets. He then fractionates out plasma that is concentrated with platelets. This is where all of their dermal growth factors are located. Once the platelets are concentrated in the plasma, the doctor then applies it to the face and drives it in using the microneedling pen. This is a much more powerful treatment with quicker results!
What does it do?
As explained above, this simulates the skin to produce more collagen. But microneedling does more than that too! With microneedling you can treat scar tissue, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, smoothes the skin, helps with loose skin, can reduce pore size, improve pigment issues and much more! All of this happens from stimulating collagen production with that little pen!
What is the Process like?
As mentioned earlier in the blog, a small dermal pen with very small needles is used to create collagen production. Topical numbing is used to avoid pain, but many people say it is like the sensation of a cat licking your face. Usually, afterwards, the skin is irritated as if they have a sunburn, but it only lasts for a couple of days. Doesn’t sound too bad at all for all the benefits that can be gained!
Will insurance cover it? What are the costs?
Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t generally cover procedures that are not medically necessary. This is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. Even though insurance does not cover it, it is an effective and cost efficient solution to your skin issues. Typical microneedling is done in a series of treatments. These treatments cost $225 each, unless you buy a package deal. Platelet Rich Plasma microneedling runs about $425 per treatment and the doctor advises 4 of these treatments. So if you are looking for fresher looks and healthier skin, look no further, make your appointment today!
If you have any questions on microneedling or any of our other various treatments please give us a call at Core Vitality at (541) 602-0260 in Corvallis, Oregon