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What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a rejuvenating skin procedure that utilizes small, sterilized needles to create micro-wounds in the skin. This process stimulates the body’s natural healing process, triggering the production of new collagen and elastin from specialized cells located in your skin called fibroblasts. As this occurs over the course of several weeks, the treated area of your skin gradually becomes smoother and more evenly toned. Fine wrinkles can be reduced or eliminated.

At our MediSpa in the Albany and Saratoga Springs area, patients can benefit from treatments with either of our two state-of-the-art microneedling systems: Procell™ Therapies MD Microchanneling and Cutera Secret™ RF. The main difference between the two is that Secret™ RF adds radiofrequency energy and is a more aggressive treatment for treating moderate to severe environmental skin damage. Therefore, less treatments are usually required with Secret™ RF to reach a plateau of a result.

What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?

Microneedling with the Procell™ Therapies MD and Secret™ RF skin rejuvenation systems can provide dramatic results for the right candidates. Patients can typically expect a combination of the following benefits after their recommended number of treatment sessions:

How Do the Procell™ Therapies MD and Secret™ RF Systems Work?

By offering multiple microneedling systems at our medical spa, our highly trained professionals can help patients achieve the best possible skin results. We utilize both the Procell™ Therapies MD microchanneling (superficial microneedling) device and the Secret™ RF (radiofrequency) microneedling device. Depending on your specific skin concerns and the extent of your needs, our skin care professionals will create a treatment plan using the most beneficial system.

Procell™ Therapies MD Microneedling

The Procell™ Therapies MD combines microneedling and microchanneling to pretreat the skin before the application of a unique skin rejuvenation serum. Old-fashioned microneedling procedures used long, painful needles that produced deep damage to skin that often led to prolonged downtime and extended recuperation. Procell™ Therapies MD uses very short needles that typically produce no bleeding, but open, small “microchannels” in your skin through which the applied proprietary medical grade growth factor serums can pass to reach the underlying layers of your skin. This groundbreaking technique can help patients improve a wide range of skin conditions and concerns. The Procell™ Therapies MD system is considered by many dermatologists as the best skin rejuvenation technology of the last decade for treating mild to moderate environmental skin damage.

The Procell™ Therapies MD device comes with the brand’s proprietary microneedling and microchannel attachments that are sterile and disposable, ensuring our patients’ safety and preventing cross-contamination. These tools employ a perpendicular design, creating consistent micro-stamps across the skin with the help of the system’s advanced motor technology. The Procell™ system has shown to effectively improve the look and feel of patients’ skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and acne inflammation. This procedure generally requires four to six treatments given monthly to reach a result plateau.

Secret™RF Microneedling

For patients with more advanced skin damage, the Secret™ RF system by Cutera may be recommended for skin rejuvenation. This innovative device delivers fractional radiofrequency energy to different skin layers to target each patient’s individual concerns. The addition of RF to the microneedling process provides a superior rejuvenation as it produces heat that reaches from the dermis to the deeper subdermal tissue.

Commonly used on the face, chest, and body, Secret™ RF can effectively improve skin tone and texture while addressing more complex needs, such as stretch marks. Secret™ RF is considered a more powerful microneedling option than Procell™, allowing patients to achieve optimal results with fewer treatment sessions. A series of three to four microneedling treatments is typically recommended, with one treatment every four to six weeks. Patients can return to their normal routine soon after each Secret™ RF treatment, as downtime is usually minimal.

Is Microneedling Right for Me?

Microneedling with our Procell™ and Secret™ RF technologies can be used to treat a variety of skin types and conditions. Common concerns that have shown improvement from this minimally invasive treatment include the following:

The process is most often performed on the face and neck, but it can be performed virtually anywhere on the body, including the arms, knees, legs, trunk, and hips. Our microneedling systems employ tools that are available in multiple widths and needle lengths. This allows our team to fully customize each patient’s procedure and takes into account the individual’s skin thickness to be more efficient, cost effective, and beneficial.

What Does the Microneedling Procedure Involve?

Prior to your microneedling treatment, the skin of the target area will be cleansed, and a numbing cream is usually applied to minimize discomfort. As the microneedling process begins, the Procell™ Therapies MD or Secret™ RF handheld device will be guided across the target area, using a controlled stamping motion. The Procell™ Therapies MD system uses short superficially applied microneedles which create tiny perforations in the skin’s surface. The Secret™ RF procedure adds radiofrequency energy to the microneedling process which boosts collagen production. The microneedling procedure is usually completed within 30-60 minutes, but this may vary based on the size of the treated area.

What Can I Expect After Microneedling?

For the first four to six hours after your microneedling treatment, your skin may appear red and slightly swollen. This should gradually fade over time, often subsiding completely within the first 24 hours. Makeup can be applied as soon as one hour following treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided as your skin heals, and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher should be worn to minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation. Our team will instruct patients on proper post-treatment care instructions to ensure they obtain maximum benefits from their procedure.

When Will I See My Microneedling Results?

Most patients can see improvement after a single treatment with the Procell™ Therapies MD and Secret™ RF systems, but multiple sessions are usually recommended (typically three to four monthly treatments with Secret™ RF and four to six with Procell™ Therapies MD) to achieve optimal rejuvenation results. The treated skin should continue to improve over time as the body’s natural healing process takes effect. This allows patients to gradually achieve healthier skin that looks more even with fewer lines, has better texture and feels smoother. Details of your procedure and recovery, as well as what results you can realistically expect, will be outlined in detail at your consultation.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of Procell™ Therapies MD microneedling begins at $450 for a single full-face treatment and $1000 for a single Secret™ RF treatment at our medical spa. A package of three Procell™ Therapies MD treatment sessions can also be purchased for $1200 (a $150 savings), which includes an aftercare kit for you to use at home. We also offer Secret™ RF multiple treatment package discounts. Details of treatment costs can be found on our medical spa pricing page.

For more details about microneedling and to schedule a consultation and treatment, please contact Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC.

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