Microneedling With Plasma

What if there was a way for your skin to heal itself and repair damage, scarring, signs of aging, and more? Revive your skin through microneedling with plasma, available at our Burbank plastic surgery practice serving Los Angeles, Glendale, and Pasadena, CA.

What Is Microneedling With Plasma?

Microneedling is a nonsurgical and relatively noninvasive collagen induction therapy that specifically targets fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne scarring.

Microneedling uses tiny uniform needles to puncture the skin to a precise vertical depth. The channels create a controlled microtrauma, inducing the skin’s natural remodeling process. When this microtrauma occurs, small inflammatory and vascular compounds are released in the dermis, which attracts repair cells to the area. In this wound healing process, fibroblasts (the skin’s collagen-making cells) reactivate and generate new collagen in the area. Your skin is repairing itself! The added benefit of the healing process is the restoration of a more youthful, smoother, and brighter complexion.

But, let’s not stop there!

Microneedling is often combined with the application of plasma. The platelets in plasma are akin to stem cells and contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors. Platelet-derived growth factor is a potent activator for cells, stimulating those cell types that are essential for tissue repair. Combining collagen induction therapy with plasma amplifies and accelerates your body’s regenerative system, providing more impressive results with less downtime!

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Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling With Plasma?

Microneedling is a safe alternative to more aggressive resurfacing treatments and is safe for all skin types. With your own blood supplying the plasma, side effects are very limited. There is virtually no chance of your system rejecting the cells and reacting negatively. Adverse side effects are very rare.

Our office offers multiple modalities to address the various skin care needs of our patients. Not all treatments are indicated for each patient, and there may be a treatment better suited for your specific expectations and degree of damage. While positive results are anticipated, the level of improvement is unknown. There is no guarantee of the level of refinement you will receive with any treatment. A consultation will provide information and discuss your options.

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Who Should Not Receive a Microneedling Treatment?

Microneedling may not be the best treatment for you if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Use or recently used Accutane (within the past 6 months) for acne
  • Still have active acne resulting in new scarring
  • Have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea
  • Scar easily or have a history of keloid scars
  • Have a history of poor wound healing
  • Have undergone skin radiation or cancer treatment on the face in the last 12 months
  • Have an autoimmune disease
  • Have had recent sun exposure (past 2 weeks)
  • Have had BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections within the last week
  • Have had dermal fillers injected within the last 2 weeks
  • Have had another skin treatment (chemical peels, laser treatments, and so on) within the last month
  • Have used depilatory creams, waxed, or had electrolysis within the last 2 weeks
  • Have had laser hair removal within the last week
  • Have an allergy to topical lidocaine

When Will I See Results After Microneedling?

The damage to your skin has occurred over a long period of time. It stands to reason that restoration will also take some time. Your skin might appear healthier after 1 treatment; however, dermal collagen remodeling may take up to several months. For some patients, final results may not be visible for 3 to 6 months.

How Many Microneedling Treatments Will I Need?

Each person’s treatment goal and their skin’s health will influence how many treatments they will need.

Microneedling can be safely repeated every 4 to 6 weeks, as needed. Collagen induction requires at least 3 treatments, while scar reduction requires between 3 and 6 treatments.

What Are Other Side Effects or Complications To Consider?

Some other possible side effects include:

  • Bruises and inflammation, including swelling and redness, are the most common side effects. They typically appear immediately after the procedure and clear within 4 to 6 days.
  • You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure and harsh skin treatments during this time. It’s important that you don’t rub or pick at your face. Sun protection is also essential.
  • The good news is that plasma contains your own blood, so there’s little chance of cross-contamination or infection. Rare but serious complications include infection and scarring.
  • If you have a history of herpes simplex or cold sores, it’s also possible that you may have an outbreak after this procedure. Let your provider know if you’ve ever had cold sores. A prescription for an anti-viral medication may be provided.
  • For skin types Fitzpatrick IV to VI, your skin pigment may darken prior to lightening.
  • Stimulation of the skin may cause a breakout.

How To Prepare for Your Microneedling Treatment

Follow this countdown to make sure you’re ready for your appointment.

6 Months Prior

Avoid Accutane.

4 Weeks Prior

Avoid IPL/laser procedures, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion treatments.

2 Weeks Prior

Avoid unprotected sun exposure or sunburn.

Avoid administration of soft tissue fillers (JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and so on) to the treatment area.

Do not wax or use depilatory creams or electrolysis to the area being treated.

7 Days Prior

Avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin, fish oil, Omega-3, and vitamin E. Bruising is a common side effect. *Always consult your physician before discontinuing a prescribed medication.

Avoid administration of Botulinum Toxin A (BOTOX or Dysport) injections to the treatment area.

Do not have laser hair removal on the area being treated.

5 to 7 Days Prior

Do not use topical agents that may increase the skin’s sensitivity: retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, acids that may be drying or irritating to the skin, exfoliating masks, salicylic acids, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide acne products.

3 Days Prior

Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, or Advil. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process that is critical and responsible for your skin rejuvenation. You may take Tylenol if needed.

2 Days Prior

If you have a history of cold sores, we suggest taking an antiviral medication. Begin 2 days prior to treatment and continue until the day after treatment. Call the office with your pharmacy’s fax number so that we may initiate a prescription.

Advise the office if you have an active cold sore or if an extreme breakout has occurred.

Stay hydrated.

What To Do the Day of Your Microneedling Appointment

Follow these steps to prep for your appointment:

  • Apply your numbing cream approximately 1 hour prior to your scheduled treatment.
  • Please arrive with your skin clean, free of lotions, makeup, powder, perfume, and/or sunscreen.
  • Be hydrated and well-nourished. Being dehydrated may inhibit the collection of plasma.
  • Inform your provider of any relevant changes in your medical history and all medications you are taking.
  • Your blood will be drawn for the collection and preparation of the plasma.

What To Expect During Microneedling Recovery

What is microneedling recovery like? Here’s a look at the typical timeline.

Day 1

Your skin will be red and may even appear to be “raw.” Your skin will feel tight and dry. It is important to remember that the deliberate microinjuries are open and vulnerable. Do not introduce any products or elements that may cause an adverse reaction. Use only products that your provider has approved.

  • No sunscreen or makeup for 12 hours following treatment.
  • Avoid any sun exposure.
  • You may gently wash your skin (using hands only) with Cetaphil cleanser and cool water 4 hours after treatment. Gently pat your skin dry. You may wait until bedtime for the first cleanse if you wish.
  • Beginning at 4 to 6 hours post-treatment, you may start using Cu3 Tissue Repair or an approved occlusive barrier such as Aquaphor.
  • Stay hydrated.

Days 1 to 3

A sunburn-like effect is normal. The skin will feel tight, dry, and sensitive to touch. Redness, swelling, and even bruising are common and may last up to 5 to 7 days.

  • Do not ice the area or use Arnica Montana or Bromelain. These may interfere with the skin’s natural healing process.
  • Gently wash your skin (using hands only) with Cetaphil cleanser and cool water. Pat the skin dry.
  • Apply the Cu3 Tissue Repair or an approved occlusive ointment to protect your skin and help maintain moisture.
  • Apply Silc Sheer 2.0 sunblock or an approved broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30+.
  • Avoid strenuous exercises that cause sweating and using a Jacuzzi, sauna, or steam bath for 24 hours due to open pores. Avoid up to 48 hours if inflammation exists.
  • Avoid any non-approved skincare products while the channels are open and the skin is healing.
  • May only use mineral makeup after 48 hours.
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated to minimize swelling.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and so on).
  • You may take Tylenol for discomfort.
  • Stay hydrated.

Days 2 to 7

Peeling may start 3 to 5 days after treatment. You will notice skin dryness and flaking. Do not pick, scratch, or scrub at treated skin. Allow the old skin to flake off naturally. This is very important. Peeling the skin could attach “new” skin and could cause scarring.

  • Keep your skin moisturized at ALL times. You may transition from Cu3 Tissue Repair to Cu3 Recovery Lotion at this time. Cu3 Transforming Gel is a calming and soothing mask that may also be introduced.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and apply Silc Sheer 2.0 or an approved broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF 30+ for the first 2 weeks after treatment.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and so on) for 1 week after treatment.
  • Stay hydrated.

Days 5 to 7

Much of the healing process is complete after about a week, but maintaining proper care will allow you to enjoy the best results.

  • You may restart your regular skincare products once your skin is no longer irritated or sensitive.
  • Always apply a broad-spectrum sunblock of SPF30+.
  • Stay hydrated.

Request Your Consultation

Women and men interested in microneedling with plasma in the Los Angeles area choose Armen Vartany, MD, Plastic Surgery & Laser Center because of our reputation for producing natural-looking results. You can request a consultation using our online form to discuss your concerns with one of our medical professionals. You can also call us at  (818) 500-0823 to schedule an appointment.

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