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.
ABOUT SKINPEN TECHNOLOGY
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.
"Best of the Best! I have been more than pleased with the care he provided! - Dr O’Brien is a great surgeon! I am a nurse and carefully selected him to provide my abdominoplasty. I have been more than pleased with the care he provided! Thank you Dr O’Brien and staff, you are the best of the best :)"- C. / RealSelf / Jun 23, 2020
"650cc smooth round HP Subglandular Silicone Augmentation Inframammary - 36 year old mom of two. 5ft 128lbsRecently lost over 30lbs and knew this was the right time in my life to go for it. .Finally decided to do more research and met with Dr. John O'Brien. He and his amazing staff are so incredibly wonderful. They did everything to make me feel comfortable and gave me exactly what I was looking for. The atmosphere is so welcoming and positive. Couldn't be more happier!! Also, have not lost any sensation in nipples. Was a huge worry of mine but instead they are more sensitive than before."- F. / RealSelf / Aug 05, 2020
"I went for a consultation at John J. O'Brien's office and had a wonderful experience! I am looking into getting a breast augmentation and just went for a consultation to get an idea of how it all works and what sizing best suits me. The whole entire staff was very comforting and friendly and John O'Brien himself was incredibly knowledgeable about what he does for surgery in all aspects of plastic surgery. He made my boyfriend and I feel very comfortable by explaining his background and answering all of my question I had about breast augmentation surgery. You can tell he does whats best for the patient father than for himself. He is a little price and that is the only thing holding me up from actually moving forward with the surgery but other than that, I highly recommend putting him at the top of your list when trying to decide which sergeant to go with!"- CS / Solutionreach / Jan 31, 2019
"Dr. O’Brien performed a brow lift, lower face and neck lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, fat grafting, and abdominal liposuction. Six weeks later I am very pleased and looking great! Dr. O’Brien explains procedures well and demonstrates a caring attitude towards his patients. I would use Dr. O’Brien again and highly recommend him. The office staff exhibits the same caring and concern for the patients."- C.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 16, 2020
"Phenomenal - I got the whole kit and caboodle . Totally worth it! Had a complication blood clot after tubing was removed but the team took very good care of me. Literally had me coming into the office every day until clot was in healing mode. I had it done around Christmas time and have to say they treated me like family. I would definitely recommend and will be returning for more."- J. / RealSelf / Feb 14, 2021
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.