Microneedling continues to grow in popularity because of its ability to help increase collagen and improve skin’s overall appearance, leaving it looking healthier and younger. Rachel Nazarian, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group (multiple locations), offers a closer look at three different types of microneedling treatments:
The Original Microneedling
Microneedling is a device with multiple tiny sterile needles that are pushed in and out of the skin causing tiny punctures. The body then repairs these tiny punctures by producing new collagen. After the treatment, patients should leave the blood on their face for at least one hour. “Blood contains many useful growth factors and anti-aging boosters,” says Nazarian. “The channels that are open following microneedling are only open temporarily, so we want the blood to absorb as effectively as possible. Wiping it off immediately after would be robbing you of the added benefits.”
Microneedling + PRP
This “vampire” treatment combines microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (aka PRP). During PRP, blood is drawn and then centrifuged to retrieve plasma-rich protein (full of growth factors), which is then incorporated into the microneedling treatment. “Injecting PRP is good for people who want a similar effect to filler, with deeper collagen production,” says Nazarian. “It has more bruising and downtime and works better for older patients or those who are looking to correct acne scars."
Microneedling + Radiofrequency
Fractora is an FDA-approved, non-invasive rejuvenating and resurfacing device that uses a matrix of tiny needles to deliver a burst of radiofrequency energy down the tiny pins into the skin. “I like Fractora for people who need microneedling but also need tightening,” says Nazarian. “The radiofrequency adds that edge.”