Men and women in California understand that the skin takes a beating every day. Exposure to the sun, wind, and pollution, coupled with stress, and the normal aging process, can make skin look tired and worn. Fine lines and deep wrinkles will appear, and with gaining, skin will begin to lose elasticity. The appearance can look tired, unhappy, and years older than it truly is.
While little can be done to turn around the appearance of damaged skin at home, the doctors at Plastic Surgery Associates can help. The innovative MicroPen plus PRP technique is now available in Santa Rosa. Using the cutting-edge process of micro-needling, elastin production can get a much-needed kick-start. As vital growth factors are increased, the skin will swiftly return to a youthful, refreshed appearance.
Napa Valley’s MicroPen:
The MicroPen is a small, fractional micro-needling device. Used to stimulate wound healing, micro-needling has been used for decades to encourage the formation of new tissue. Traditional micro-needling procedures such as Dermabrasion are trusted by many plastic surgeons to restore smooth and healthy skin.
Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas offer patients an exciting new option for automated micro-needling with the MicroPen. The handheld device includes a small, spring-loaded tip containing 12 petite needles. The sterile MicroPen cartridge automatically vibrates to lightly puncture the target tissue. As the skin reacts to the injury, growth factors are released. New tissue and elastin will create tighter, fresher, smoother skin. Additionally, the MicroPen’s ability to punch small holes in the skin barrier, topical agents and creams are better absorbed and are then more effective.
Benefits of Plastic Surgery Associates’ MicroPen:
- Helps tighten sagging skin
- Shrinks large pores
- Helps keloid, acne, and surgical scars
- Refreshes overall appearance
Combining Platelet Rich Protein with the MicroPen Procedure:
Platelet Rich Protein (PRP) is a natural, nutrient-filled liquid that promotes fast, effective healing. Platelets are used by the body to quickly heal wounds. The blood’s plasma contains growth factors that not only speed up the body’s healing process, but also strengthen and soften the new tissue. Once the skin barrier has been broken, during the micro-needling procedure, the addition of PRP will be easily absorbed into tissues, allowing the substance to encourage healthy, new growth.
To gather PRP, a blood sample will be taken from the patient prior to treatment. The blood is then passed through a specialized centrifuge, separating the platelets and plasma from the other unwanted components. Finally, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will gather the concentrated, sterile PRP to utilize following the micro-needling procedure. Once the MicroPen session is complete, the PRP will be applied to tissues to promote faster recovery and the formation of supple skin
The Consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates:
Anyone interested in the MicroPen and PRP procedure will first be scheduled for a consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas. At this appointment, the surgeon will perform an in-depth assessment of the skin and tissues. The micro-needling procedure will be explained in full, reviewing the benefits and drawbacks of the technique. Before and after photographs of Plastic Surgery Associates’ recent MicroPen patients will be used to show potential results. This will also be a good moment to discuss payment and financing options with a patient coordinator.
The Ideal Candidate for the MicroPen and PRP Procedure:
Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of acne or keloid scars, large pores, or damaged skin may make a good candidate for the MicroPen and PRP treatment at Plastic Surgery Associates. The procedure is safe for most people, as it is only mildly invasive. Those experiencing active skin infections, are pregnant, or are taking certain medications, which can interfere with the healing process, may be recommended to postpone their MicroPen procedure.
The MicroPen can be used on almost any area of the body, including the face, arms, back, and legs. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will determine if the MicroPen micro-needling procedure with PRP is right for the individual patient’s needs.
The MicroPen and PRP Procedure:
The MicroPen session is performed in one of Plastic Surgery Associates’ private treatment rooms, and normally takes less than 30 minutes to complete. A topical anesthetic will be applied 15 to 20 minutes prior to the procedure. Once the target area has been established, the surgeon or provider will place the MicroPen applicator along the skin, and gently administer small punctures to the surface in a quick, stamping motion.
After the MicroPen treatment has been completed, the skin will be ready for the application of PRP. At this time, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas may also choose to include other skincare ointments or antibiotics. Before the end of the session, home care instructions will be provided to the patient.
MicroPen Plus PRP Recovery:
There is little downtime needed after a MicroPen and PRP procedure. Patients might notice some degree of redness, pinpoint bleeding, and a tight sensation along the treatment area, although this should resolve over the following one to three days.
Showering after a MicroPen session is fine, and a few hours after treatment any residual debris should be washed away. Makeup should be avoided for the first 12-24 hours following a MicroPen session. In a couple of days, a normal skincare routine can be resumed. Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will fully explain any necessary restrictions. Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for at least ten days and sunscreen is vital during this time. Most patients are able to return to work the same day as their MicroPen procedure.
The benefits of a MicroPen plus PRP treatment can be seen in as soon as a week. Some patients may experience a glowing, fresher appearance immediately after their treatment. As new tissue forms, elastin improves, and collagen is formed, the skin will continue to grow tighter and smoother. Patients can expect the results from their MicroPen treatment to continue for up to six months. For optimal benefits, patients may require two to three MicroPen treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales will discuss the recommended number of MicroPen sessions.
Potential Risks of the MicroPen:
The MicroPen has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and reliable way to improve the skin’s appearance. It is considered appropriate for patients of all skin types and ethnicities. Side effects of treatment can include mild redness, light bleeding, and minor swelling. More serious complications such as infection and scarring are extremely rare. Patients choosing Plastic Surgery Associates can trust that their aesthetic treatment will be performed by an experienced, Board Certified plastic surgeon and a well-trained staff.
Ready to get the skin you deserve with the MicroPen in Sonoma County?
For additional information on the MicroPen and PRP technique, or if you are ready to schedule a free micro-needling consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, contact Plastic Surgery Associates at 707.537.2111. Consultations can be performed in-office, as well as online, so patients from outside of the Santa Rosa area are encouraged to consider the benefits of Plastic Surgery Associates. Assistance with driving directions and accommodation reservations are available from a patient coordinator.
MicroPen and PRP FAQ:
What is the MicroPen at Plastic Surgery Associates?
The MicroPen is a micro-needling device, utilizing very small needles to create tiny breaks in the skin. As the tissue heals after the MicroPen procedure, skin will tighten, wrinkles will be reduced, and pores will shrink.
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a collection of plasma and platelets gathered from the patient’s own blood. The PRP is added to the tissue treated with the MicroPen to promote faster and more effective healing.
Is treatment with the MicroPen uncomfortable?
Treatment with the MicroPen is not considered a painful procedure, although some patients will notice a mild pinch from the needles. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will apply a topical anesthetic prior to the MicroPen procedure for better patient comfort.
Will I make a good candidate for the MicroPen plus PRP?
Ideal candidates for the MicroPen and PRP procedure should be in good health, without an active skin infection. All ethnicities and skin types can benefit from the MicroPen technique. Those unhappy with the early signs of aging, large pores, and the appearance of scars should schedule a MicroPen consultation.
Are there potential complications with the MicroPen plus PRP?
While the MicroPen is very safe, there is always the small chance for bleeding, infection, and scarring to occur. Redness and swelling are common after treatment, but will normally resolve in just a few days. Platelet Rich Proteins are safe for the body, and as they are taken from the patient’s own body, will not cause an allergic reaction or other sensitivities.
Will I need more than one MicroPen and PRP session at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Depending on the treatment area and the extent of correction desired, between two and three sessions with the MicroPen plus PRP will be necessary for optimal results. Each treatment should be spaced about six to eight weeks apart.
MicroPen: At a Glance
|Purpose:||The MicroPen will tighten skin, shrink pores, smooth fine lines, and reduce the appearance of scarring, as new tissue is formed following treatment.|
|Procedure:||A topical anesthetic will be placed 15-20 minutes prior to the MicroPen session. The handheld micro-needling device will be evenly maneuvered across the target tissue, applying very small punctures to the skin; the procedure will take less than half an hour.|
|Recovery:||Patients can return to work the same day as their MicroPen procedure. Minor redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding are common but quickly resolve. Makeup and normal skincare can be resumed in two to three days.|
|Results:||Patients can expect smooth, tight tissue to begin to appear in several days. Benefits will continue to improve for up to six months as collagen is restored.|
|Related Procedures:||Dermabrasion,Facelift, Botox, Dermal Fillers|