Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation. At Glow Up MD in Katy, Texas, board-certified aesthetic medicine specialist Angie Kim, MD, performs microneedling treatments to help patients achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin without the downtime and recovery associated with more invasive procedures. Call the medical spa today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about traditional and PRP microneedling.

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What is microneedling?

Microneedling is an aesthetic treatment that involves creating micro-injuries in the skin’s surface with a device that contains dozens of tiny, thin needles. The injuries are too small to scar the skin but are just large enough to activate your body’s healing response.

The body releases collagen and elastin as the skin repairs this minor damage. These proteins keep your skin firm, tight, and responsive. You lose collagen and elastin as you age, which causes the skin to wrinkle, thin, and sag. Replacing these lost proteins can help promote tighter, clearer, more youthful skin.

What can microneedling treat?

Microneedling can address many skin concerns and signs of aging, such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Acne scars
  • Brown spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea and redness

If you’re unhappy with your skin’s tone, texture, or elasticity, microneedling is an affordable alternative to laser resurfacing.

How is microneedling different from dermarolling?

Microneedling and dermarolling may seem similar, but they have a few key differences. While microneedling is a medical-grade treatment that uses fine needles to penetrate deeper layers of the skin, dermarolling is less effective and limited to the superficial skin layer.

Dermarolling at home is also dangerous and increases your risk of injury, infection, and bacterial contamination due to poor sanitation practices. At Glow Up MD, Dr. Kim performs microneedling herself to ensure precision, safety, and efficacy.

What is the recovery time after microneedling?

Your skin may appear red, swollen, and bruised after microneedling, but these side effects typically subside within two to three days.

How can I enhance my microneedling results?

Glow Up MD offers microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or platelet-rich fibrin (PRF). PRP and PRF are substances in your blood that contain growth factors to accelerate healing. Combining your microneedling treatment with PRP or PRF can offer more dramatic results.

Dr. Kim also uses PRP microneedling to stimulate hair growth if you suffer from hair thinning or loss.

After performing microneedling, Dr. Kim draws your blood, spins it in a centrifuge, and applies the PRP or PRF to your skin or scalp to promote healing.

Call Glow Up MD today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about microneedling.