Microneedling in St. Petersburg & Tampa, FL

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About Microneedling

If over-the-counter skin products are no longer proving effective but you don't want surgical procedures, learn more about minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate the skin such as microneedling. Plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. is happy to perform microneedling (collagen induction therapy) at his office in St. Petersburg, FL. Microneedling uses several 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 enhance the appearance and health of your complexion. Often performed with other treatments, such as vitamin serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP), microneedling may help minimize scars, pores, and stretch marks. Make an appointment for a consultation at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to hear more about the results of microneedling and how to personalize your procedure for your needs and goals.


At St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery, we use the SkinPen microneedling device to create tiny microchannels in the skin before applying the PRP. SkinPen is adjustable to distribute needles at a 90-degree angle and provide a more customized treatment with more precision. The SkinPen device can be used on all areas of the face and on all types of skin types.

Ideal Candidates for Microneedling

It's possible you could be a candidate for microneedling treatments if you experience light or mild complexion problems, like a decrease in elasticity or rough skin texture. Collagen induction therapy procedures may also minimize the look of pores, scars, and stretch marks. You must be willing to wait before seeing improvements from your microneedling procedure because the elastin and collagen require some time to have an impact on the complexion; however, you will develop results that look natural and gain healthier overall skin.

Procedure Technique for Microneedling

A microneedling treatment is completed in a private treatment room in around 30 – 60 minutes with local anesthesia or numbing cream if preferred; however, patients generally report 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 complete, 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. 

What to Expect from Microneedling

After your treatment, you can experience mild redness and swelling for around one day; however, this should fade naturally. 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 complexion. You should schedule 3 – 6 sessions performed every 4 – 6 weeks for ideal outcomes and long-lasting skin benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions for Microneedling

How much does microneedling cost?
You microneedling costs will depend on what's in your plan. In your consultation, Dr. O'Brien will analyze your skin and then create your custom plan. After this, he will go over your treatment costs and the procedure. St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery frequently has discounts on treatment packages, so ask about our current deals in your appointment.

What exactly is microneedling?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure to rejuvenate your skin. A natural fibrous protein, collagen helps your skin stay smooth, supple, and firm. Eventually your supply of collagen is reduced and your skin gets less elastic and thin. Microneedling makes tiny skin wounds. These micro-injuries cause your skin to generate new skin cell growth and increase collagen production. After a short recovery period, your complexion looks firmer, brighter, 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 frequently done before other skin treatment, such as special serums or PRP (platelet-rich plasma). Microneedling plus PRP is often called a vampire facial. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will explain which treatments would enhance your microneedling and which best fit your skin goals.

How many treatments are recommended for optimal results?
Typically, patients recieve 3 – 6 treatments to get optimal results. Although, how many sessions you require will vary based on your skin's condition and your goals. Microneedling may be done every 4 – 6 weeks. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien can estimate the number of sessions you might want after assessing your skin and listening to your goals. When your skin goals are reached, Dr. O'Brien suggests scheduling touch-up sessions about twice a year.

Is microneedling safe for everyone?
In general, microneedling is appropriate for all skin tones and types. Skin injuries created by microneedling are so minor there are rarely side effects afterward. It can be performed on most skin areas, including the face, arms, neck, chest, and legs. Microneedling isn't recommended if you've taken Accutane recently, or if you have an open wound, active skin infection, or herpes simplex. Additionally, you might not be able to get microneedling if you're nursing, pregnant, or getting radiation therapy.

Natural Health and Radiance

Enhance the appearance and health of your complexion with microneedling collagen induction therapy at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL. A nonsurgical procedure that may create impressive improvements, microneedling increases your natural collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Make an appointment with Dr. O'Brien to find out more information about this procedure and more skin improvement treatments.

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