If over-the-counter skin care products are no longer proving effective, but you don't want surgical procedures, consider minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, such as microneedling. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan is happy to perform microneedling (collagen induction therapy) at his office in Portland, OR. Microneedling uses many fine needles to effectively and safely make micro-injuries in the skin. The micro-injuries prompt the natural production of elastin and collagen, two nutrients that contribute to the health and appearance of your complexion. Often performed with other skin treatments, such as vitamin serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), microneedling may help minimize scars, stretch marks, and pores. Make an appointment for a consultation at Après Plastic Surgery to learn more about the results of microneedling and how to personalize your procedure for your skin needs and goals.
"The positive results of his work are inescapable -- the cosmetic goals I was striving for were met and more - What made my experience with Dr. Aghayan so rewarding was not just his wildly competent and professional procedural skills as a plastic surgeon, but his addicting spirit of reassurance and strong bedside manner. I found his manner of walking me through the procedure calming and, frankly, the pain involved was simply not something I even noted. Many doctors have the intellectual capability to perform plastic surgery related procedures, Dr. Aghayan goes beyond this by his spirit of kindness and respect. Finally, the positive results of his work are inescapable -- the cosmetic goals I was striving for were met and more."- G. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2020
"Dr. Aghayan is honest, kind and patient. He answered all my questions and explained options available to reach my goals - Dr. Aghayan is honest, kind and patient. He answered all my questions and explained options available to reach my goals. His office team is wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Aghayan. I’ll never go to anyone else for my surgery and aesthetic needs."- P. / RealSelf / Jun 20, 2020
"I never imagined me getting a mommy make over and literally after 1 consult with Dr Aghayan I decided instantly that I would - I never imagined me getting a mommy make over and literally after 1 consult with Dr Aghayan I decided instantly that I wanted rk go through with one!!! I was super hesitant about getting breast implants but after discussing them with him and having the procedure explained, my mind was eased and I made my decision right then and there! I love my results and the healing is going AMAZINGLY!!! I was super scared about scaring but the cream they gave me has been working wonders!!! I couldnt be more happier having gotten done my mommy make over! Dr Aghayan is a awesome and very reassuring Dr and I couldn't be more happy about my results!!! Thank you!!"- C. / RealSelf / Jun 16, 2020
"I had a breast augmentation and lipo on my arms, legs and stomach. I am only a couple weeks out and already loving my results. - Dr. Aghayan and his team are nothing short of amazing. I had a breast augmentation and lipo on my arms, legs and stomach. I am only a couple weeks out and already loving my results. I know they will only continue to get better! Would definitely recommend and will go back to him for anything I decide to do in the future."- N. / RealSelf / Jun 16, 2020
"So Thankful! - Dr. Aghayan was fully communicative prior, the day of and after my surgery. I never felt like Dr. Aghayan was in a rush or minimized my questions. My results are life changing. I am thankful for Dr. Aghayan."- G. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2020
Microneedling Ideal Candidates
It's possible you could be a candidate for microneedling treatments if you experience light or mild complexion problems, like rough skin texture or low elasticity. Collagen induction therapy procedures may also reduce the look of pores, stretch marks, and scars. You should be willing to wait before seeing the results of your microneedling procedure because the elastin and collagen require time to have an impact on the complexion; however, you will have results that look natural and gain better overall skin health.
Microneedling Procedure Technique
Microneedling is performed in a treatment room in around 30 – 60 minutes with local anesthesia or numbing cream if requested; however, most patients feel little or no pain and discomfort. The areas of skin being addressed will be cleaned before the handpiece is evenly passed over. Once the microneedling is performed, a treatment, such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or a serum with a vitamin infusion, may be applied so the nutrients can penetrate deeper into the skin. A moisturizer selected for your skin type will be massaged in along with sunscreen because the treated skin will be more sensitive following the procedure.
What to Expect with Microneedling
You may have some redness and swelling for around one day; however, this should subside quickly on its own. It can take around 1 – 2 months as the elastin and collagen supply increases until you notice significant changes in the appearance and health of your skin. You should schedule around 4 – 6 follow-up sessions performed every 4 – 6 weeks for optimal outcomes and lasting skin benefits.
Microneedling Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling cost?
The cost for microneedling will depend on what's included in your treatment plan. In your initial consultation, your aesthetician will perform a skin analysis and then create your unique treatment plan. From there, he will be able to explain your treatment costs and what to expect during the procedure. Après Plastic Surgery frequently has discounts on skin treatment packages so be sure to ask about our current deals in your appointment.
What exactly is microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure to tighten and rejuvenate your skin. A natural fibrous protein, collagen helps your skin stay smooth, supple, and firm. Over time, your natural supply of collagen is reduced and your skin gets thin and loses elasticity. Microneedling creates tiny skin wounds. These micro-injuries prompt your skin to generate new skin cell growth and increase collagen production. After a short recovery period, your complexion appears brighter, firmer, and healthier.
Can I combine other treatments with microneedling?
In the process of microneedling, channels are made that help other treatments to reach the lower layers. That's why microneedling is often done before other skin treatments, such as special serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma). Microneedling plus PRP has become known as a vampire facial. In your initial consultation, your aesthetician will discuss which treatments would enhance your microneedling and which would most benefit your skin.
How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Most patients get 3 – 6 microneedling treatments to achieve optimal results. Although, how many sessions you require will vary based on the condition of your skin and your goals. Microneedling may be safely done every 4 – 6 weeks. In your initial consultation, your aesthetician will be able to estimate the number of sessions you might want after assessing your skin and listening to your goals. When your skin goals are reached, we suggest scheduling touch-up sessions every six months.
Is microneedling safe for everyone?
For the most part, microneedling is appropriate for all skin tones and types. Skin injuries created by microneedling are so minor that there are very few side effects afterward. Microneedling can be performed on most skin areas, including the face, neck, arms, thighs, chest, and lower legs. Microneedling isn't recommended if you've used Accutane within the last 2 – 3 months, plus if you have an open wound, herpes simplex, or an active skin infection. Additionally, you might not be able to get microneedling if you're nursing, pregnant, or getting radiation therapy.
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Natural Health and Radiance
Enhance the appearance and health of your complexion with microneedling therapy at Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR. A nonsurgical procedure that may give you dramatic improvements, microneedling boosts your natural collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Make an appointment to learn more information about this procedure and other skin rejuvenation procedures.