Skin that has been damaged over the years from smoking or sun exposure will lose its elasticity. Fine lines and large pores, also the result of the normal aging process and genetic disposition, can leave tissues looking less attractive than it once did. Add to this scarring from acne and you have skin that looks much older than it really is. Santa Rosa, home to Allegro MedSpa, now provides patients with a mildly invasive procedure to reduce scars and restore tight, dewy skin. Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) and the Eclipse MicroPen can bring a refreshed appearance, without the downtime associated with a surgical procedure.
What is the MicroPen?
The Eclipse MicroPen is a small, handheld, cordless device used for automated micro-needling. The tip of the MicroPen contains twelve extremely small, sterile needles. As the provider moves the MicroPen, the needles will quickly pulse along the target tissue, creating minor lesions on the skin. The depth of the punctures is determined by the extent of correction desired. The MicroPen needles oscillate at 8500 RPMs, uniformly placing lacerations and keeping skin trauma to a minimum.
How does the MicroPen work?
The Eclipse MicroPen is an innovative tool for the micro-needling process. Sometimes referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), the technique treats fine lines, large pores, and scars by boosting the body’s own production of collagen and elastin. As these building blocks of the skin are increased, fresh, new tissue makes its way to the surface. The results are smoother, glowing, refreshed skin. The MicroPen can benefit almost any area of tissue; it is most commonly used on the face, neck, arms, and back.
What are Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP)?
Plasma Rich Platelets are an important component of the skin’s ability to heal itself. Platelets speed up the healing process, while the blood’s plasma contains a large amount of important skin growth factors. When added to tissues, PRP can quickly regenerate skin and kick-start the repair process. These provide a boost for softening wrinkles and improving skin tone.
How are the PRP and MicroPen procedures performed at Allegro MedSpa?
To begin, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient to extract the PRP. Once collected, the blood will pass through a sanitizing, separating centrifuge, where the platelets and plasma are extracted. The PRP is removed, and then following the MicroPen procedure, it is applied to encourage a fast and thorough healing process.
The micro-needling session will take less than a half hour to perform. To improve patient comfort, a topical anesthetic is normally applied to the skin about 20 minutes prior to the procedure. Once the treatment area has been established, the MicroPen will slowly glide across the skin. The quick vibrating action of the MicroPen allows the small needles to place tiny punctures in the top layer of tissue. After the area is complete, antibiotic creams or other topical ointments may be put on the tissues. At this time, the PRP is added to the tissue for an even better result.
Patients are able to return to school, work, or any other routine activities the same afternoon. Washing and showering can be continued as normal. Makeup can be worn again in 12-24 hours. Excess sun exposure should be avoided for the following seven to ten days. Sunscreen, a vital part of the skin care routine, is important to remember during the healing process.
Who is a good candidate for PRP and the MicroPen?
Micro-needling and PRP can be beneficial for almost any patient who is looking to improve the appearance of aging skin. The technique is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. Potential patients should be in generally good health and understand the micro-needling process. If there is an active skin infection, patients may be asked to put off their MicroPen procedure until it has been cleared. Those who are pregnant may also be encouraged to postpone the micro-needling sessions.
To help decide if the MicroPen and PRP are right for you, Allegro MedSpa provides complimentary consultations. During this visit with one of Allegro MedSpa’s aesthetic professionals, a full skin assessment will be performed. The benefits and drawbacks to the MicroPen micro-needling technique will be explained, as before/after photographs of recent patients will be shown. If the MicroPen is the best technique to improve the look of your skin, an in-depth treatment plan will be created.
Unmatched Results from the MicroPen:
Many patients note their skin is tighter and more refreshed immediately after a MicroPen treatment. Results from the procedure will normally start to show in about a week, as the body’s collagen is replenished and the skin’s growth factors multiply. The benefits of the MicroPen can continue up to six months following the procedure. Most people will require from two to three MicroPen treatments for the best results. These will be spaced between 6 and 8 weeks apart.
Redness, minor swelling, and pinpoint bleeding can be seen immediately after a MicroPen procedure. However, the procedure is exceptionally safe. The incidence of infection, scarring, or nerve damage is rare.
It is time to turn your skin around with Allegro MedSpa’s MicroPen and PRP procedure.
If you have been looking in the mirror and noticing the early signs of aging or damaged skin, now is the time to contact Allegro MedSpa. The MicroPen and PRP may be the treatment you have been looking for, restoring your skin without any downtime. The trained professionals at Allegro MedSpa, including Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas, are available to assist in finding the best treatment for your individual needs. Contact the Allegro MedSpa for more information on the MicroPen at 707.537.2123. Virtual consultations are available, as well.
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What is micro-needling at Allegro MedSpa?
Micro-needling is the process of utilizing small needles to create tiny punctures in the skin’s surface. The MicroPen is the newest tool for automated micro-needling, quickly treating tissues with the least amount of discomfort or risk of complications.
How does the MicroPen work?
The MicroPen uses a sterile tip of twelve needles to treat target tissue. As the MicroPen quickly vibrates, the needles place delicate and consistent punctures in the tissue, which then encourage the body’s healing process and the production of collagen and elastin. As the tissue completely heals, the skin looks tighter and firmer. The appearance of both acne and keloid scars, can be reduced with the MicroPen.
Where are Allegro MedSpa’s MicroPen and PRP treatments performed?
MicroPen and PRP sessions are performed in one of Allegro MedSpa’s luxurious treatment rooms.
What areas of skin can benefit from the MicroPen?
The MicroPen can improve the look of most tissue. Most commonly, micro-needling is used to restore skin on the face, neck, arms, hands, and back.
How is a MicroPen treatment performed?
A topical anesthetic will be placed on the treatment area 15-20 minutes before the MicroPen session. During the micro-needling procedure, the MicroPen will be moved across the surface of the skin. Once the target area has been addressed, topical ointments or creams may be applied before patients leave the office.
How long does the Eclipse MicroPen treatment take?
Micro-needling with the Eclipse MicroPen will take less than half an hour to perform. A topical anesthetic may be placed on the skin for added comfort, about 20 minutes before the procedure.
Is micro-needling painful?
While a treatment with the Eclipse MicroPen is the most comfortable micro-needling procedure available, some patients do note a slight pinch as the needles move across the skin’s surface. To make sure the MicroPen procedure is as comfortable as possible, a topical anesthetic is normally used prior to each session.
How is PRP collected?
Prior to the MicroPen procedure, blood will be collected from the patient. Once this blood passes through a specialized centrifuge, the platelets and plasma will separate. This PRP is then ready to utilize at the end of a MicroPen procedure.
When can I return to work after my MicroPen and PRP treatment?
Allegro MedSpa patients normally feel well enough to go back to school or work the same afternoon as their MicroPen procedure.
What are the risks from the MicroPen procedure?
Allegro Med Spa’s MicroPen treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to safely improve the skin’s texture and tone. Mild redness and light swelling, as well as some pinpoint bleeding are not uncommon after treatment, but will quickly improve. Complications such as scarring and infections are rare, and under the guidance of Board Certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, the MicroPen technique can safely provide dramatic improvements in the appearance.
When will I see the benefits of the Eclipse MicroPen and PRP procedure?
As the skin’s collagen and elastin are increased, after a MicroPen procedure, the tissue’s appearance will slowly improve. Most patients will notice a significant improvement in one to two weeks, and the skin can continue to benefit from the MicroPen for up to six months after treatment.
Will more than one MicroPen treatment be necessary?
Yes, for optimal results, most patients will require from two to three MicroPen treatments at Allegro MedSpa. These will need to be spaced 6-8 weeks apart.