Sun damage, acne scars, and aging can leave your skin looking dull and worn. Cosmetic and general dermatologist, Shanthi Colaço, MD, FAAD, of ShanthiMD Dermatology in the West Los Angeles offers state-of-the-art microneedling treatments combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to revitalize your skin’s tone and texture. Microneedling is a medical dermatology treatment that works on all skin colors and delivers long-lasting results. To learn how microneedling with PRP can refresh your tired or aging skin to appear more youthful and vibrant, contact ShanthiMD Dermatology for an appointment, or use the online booking tool to schedule.
Microneedling is an in-office dermatology procedure in which Dr. Colaço uses an automated device to create microscopic pinpoint wounds on the surface of your skin. This process stimulates your skin to begin healing itself by producing new collagen and elastin — the elements your skin needs to look and feel firm and supple. Dr. Colaço uses the Eclipse MicroPen®, which contains a sterile applicator and 12 tiny microneedles that gently glide over your skin to create tiny punctures.
Microneedling with PRP is the combination of a microneedling treatment with the added benefit of platelet-rich plasma. Immediately following the microneedling procedure, Dr. Colaço uses a PRP solution from your own blood to massage into the areas of your face that were just treated with the MicroPen. Platelet-rich plasma is the portion of your blood that contains the protein-rich platelets that are instrumental for healing your skin.
A member of the Skinstyle Dermatology team draws blood from your arm prior to your microneedling treatment. The blood gets processed in a centrifuge that separates the PRP from the other blood components. The PRP penetrates easily below the surface of your skin into the tiny wounds from the MicroPen.
PRP after microneedling accelerates the healing process below your skin’s surface, stimulating new collagen growth, for visibly firmer, smoother skin.
Microneedling with PRP can improve the signs of aging and skin damage, including:
Microneedling with PRP can give you a more youthful appearance and a more even overall skin tone without the risk of heat from laser treatments. You typically see results over the next several months and after a few microneedling sessions.
Dr. Colaço customizes a microneedling treatment plan based on your specific skin conditions so you get the results you desire. She believes in partnering with you for optimal results in skin care, so you can look and feel your best. Before beginning microneedling or any treatment, plan to talk to Dr. Colaço about your skin concerns so she can recommend the most effective procedures for your particular needs.
Dr. Colaço and her staff at Skinstyle Dermatology usually tell you that you can apply sunscreen and makeup (if desired) the following day and to expect a “sunburn-like” redness for approximately 3 days. Gentle skin care and strict sun protection are advised during the recovery period.