Not Just Plastic Surgery: Microneedling Reduces Wrinkles, Scars, and Stretch MarksPosted On: July 4, 2015
We all get scars and wrinkles. Despite our best efforts, we can’t keep life from happening to our skin: the sunlight, the exposure to the elements, the accidents and acne scarring, stretch marks, the passing of years. Fortunately, though, our best efforts can help to reduce the appearance of those inevitable marks and lines. While many patients who want to turn back the clock on their faces choose plastic surgery, Michigan’s Dr. Brad Bengtson has also seen a growing interest in microneedling and the use of platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP.
Microneedling involves the application of a device that makes numerous tiny punctures — and we do mean tiny — to kickstart a high-gear healing process. When performed on areas with wide or shallow scars, such as from acne or chicken pox, the treatment generates a collagen production boost that can improve the appearance of the overlying skin. It works on fine wrinkles, too, like the kind that form around the eyes. Unlike plastic surgery, this treatment is considered minimally invasive. Aside from 45 minutes to an hour spent with a topical numbing cream to decrease sensitivity on your skin to be needled, the treatment itself takes about 20 minutes.
PRP, another means of treating acne scars and thin wrinkles, is also considered to be minimally invasive. The method has been used since the 1990s for post-plastic surgery soft tissue recovery, and has been gaining in popularity as a treatment for the skin. First, a Physicians Assistant or Registered Nurse will take blood from the patient, then refine it by spinning it in a centrifuge. This separates out the platelets and fibrin, creating a solution made out those key elements. The solution can be injected at the site of a scar or unwanted blemish, triggering collagen growth and improved skin health, which leads to a reduction in the appearance of such marks.
Plastic surgery is available, of course, to people who want to address wrinkles around the eyes with a blepharoplasty or creases on the forehead with a brow lift, but minimally invasive treatments are also options for people looking for quality results with no down time.
Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. Ryan Mitchell are excited to exclusively bring this new technology to West Michigan. Learn more about microneedling, PRP, and longer-term solutions such as facelifts or other plastic surgery in Michigan at the Bengtson Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Call (616) 588-8880 or 1-877-822-8880, or contact us online about setting up a consultation.Written by Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery