What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a non-surgical rejuvenation method that uses ultra-thin needles to stimulate controlled healing and collagen production. At SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, we’re proud to use the SkinPen and Cutera Secret RF for all our microneedling procedures. These devices are effective enough to dramatically improve the appearance of the skin while still being gentle enough for safe use on all skin types.

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How Does It Work?

Microneedling utilizes the power of the body’s own natural healing response to stimulate skin rejuvenation and renewal. Before beginning the procedure, a topical anesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area to improve comfort. A series of fine needles are passed over the treatment area during treatment. These needles create tiny columns in the dermis that are small enough to leave the skin's surface intact but large enough to send blood, growth factors, and other healing materials to the area.

Will I Need More Than One Treatment?

Over time, this healing response translates into more evenly toned, tight, and youthful-looking skin. Full recovery from each session usually takes 3-4 days. While some areas can be corrected in as little as one treatment, larger areas with more severe damage may require several sessions before improvements become apparent.

What Can Microneedling Treat?

Microneedling can correct a wide variety of common aesthetic issues in nearly any area of the skin. These include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Scars
  • Loose skin
  • Discoloration

Because microneedling opens up channels in the dermis, it can also be paired with topical treatments to increase its effectiveness. These include growth factors and anti-aging serums.

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SkinPen with SkinFuse

SkinPen is the first-ever microneedling device to be approved by the FDA. The gold standard of microneedling devices, SkinPen penetrates slightly deeper into the skin than traditional microneedling, significantly stimulating collagen production.

Following a SkinPen microneedling treatment with SkinFuse, an enriching topical skin care treatment, patients have an excellent, simple way to deliver healing vitamins and nutrients to the skin. This both speeds up the healing process and improves the results of each SkinPen treatment.

Cutera Secret RF

This cutting-edge microneedling system is among the latest and greatest innovations in aesthetic technology. Utilizing radiofrequency energy, the Cutera Secret RF works to remodel the skin from the inside out. By stimulating collagen production at various depths, we can help address many cosmetic concerns you are experiencing, such as:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
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Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling?

Nearly anyone interested in correcting wrinkles, loose skin, scarring, or discoloration is an ideal candidate for microneedling. This treatment can be used even on the most sensitive areas of the body and is safe for all skin types and ethnicities. Unfortunately, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have used Accutane in the past six months, have undergone radiation treatment in the past year, have open wounds, cuts, abrasions, or active skin infections, or have a history of hypertrophic scarring, you cannot undergo this treatment. Interested in learning more about how a microneedling treatment can benefit you? Contact SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation appointment.

Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling

Tired of seeing acne scars, uneven texture, or wrinkles in your profile? While natural and inevitable parts of aging in the skin, these common cosmetic flaws can make you appear older than you actually are. To help you maintain or welcome back younger-looking skin, Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling is a state-of-the-art treatment option that offers a comfortable skin rejuvenation experience without the extensive downtime or harsh invasiveness of surgery.

SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery is proud to offer the latest and greatest non-surgical anti-aging treatments, including Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling. Dr. Sands and our amazing specialists are excited to meet with you, effectively address your cosmetic concerns, and help you look and feel like the best version of yourself. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and discover if this treatment may be ideal for you!

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What is Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling?

Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling is a safe and effective means of jumpstarting the skin’s self-regenerative process to soften age lines naturally. During treatment, a trained specialist carefully maneuvers this specialized device with several microneedles at its tip across the skin's surface. These microneedles create a series of micro-channels on the skin's surface, stimulating collagen production, the skin’s main structural protein. Radiofrequency energy is simultaneously delivered from the device to reach the deeper layers of skin, encouraging its self-rejuvenation process beyond the surface without harming the surface itself.

This cutting-edge anti-aging treatment can correct a wide array of common cosmetic flaws, including:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Imbalanced texture
  • Faded tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

We typically recommend receiving one Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling session every 3-4 weeks. However, by scheduling a consultation, our trained specialists can familiarize themselves with your skin, cosmetic concerns, and treatment goals. We can customize a treatment plan from there to help you see the best results. Ultimately, results will vary from person to person.

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Am I an Ideal Candidate?

Virtually anyone looking to remedy the aforementioned cosmetic flaws may consider Secret Radio Frequency Microneedling. However, discussing your medical history during your consultation will better determine your candidacy.

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PRP Microneedling

Do you want to refresh your skin and restore that youthful, radiant glow? Are you looking for a non-surgical treatment to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery offers a skin rejuvenation treatment that combines microneedling treatments and platelet-rich plasma therapy to help reinvigorate the skin and restore a younger-looking appearance.

Stimulate Your Body’s Natural Repair Process

Microneedling is a rejuvenating skin treatment that uses a handheld device containing fine needles to create small puncture wounds, or micro-channels, in the upper layers of the skin.

These micro-channels stimulate the body’s natural repair process and trigger the production of new collagen and elastin.

This treatment results in an improvement in the overall quality of the skin and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring.

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Benefits of Microneedling in New Orleans

  • Improves skin tone and texture
    Reduces the appearance of large pores
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves acne scarring
  • Improves overall skin health

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Platelet rich plasma contains up to five to ten times the amount of platelets found in blood. PRP is full of growth factors that promote cell growth and can help repair and regenerate damaged tissues, including the skin. This therapy is autologous, meaning it comes from the patient, so there is virtually no chance of an adverse reaction. Platelet rich plasma treatments are used to rejuvenate the skin and regenerate collagen and stimulate its production in the body. PRP is prepared by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. The plasma and the platelets are then separated, usually by spinning the blood in a centrifuge, and purified before being re-injected into the body.

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Benefits of PRP Therapy

  • Repairs tissues
  • Stimulates cell growth
  • Stimulates the production of collagen

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Benefits of Combination Therapy with Microneedling and PRP

When combined with microneedling treatments, the platelet rich plasma is applied to the treated skin and allowed to absorb into the micro-channels created by the microneedling treatment. This process allows for better and quicker penetration of the PRP and stimulates the production of collagen. Combining microneedling treatments with PRP therapy enhances the effects of both treatments and stimulates the production of collagen, resulting in radiant, rejuvenated skin. 

This combination therapy is commonly used to treat and improve skin quality on the face, chest, hands, arms, and legs, but can essentially be performed on any part of the body. You may experience some mild redness and discomfort for the first day or two following a treatment session, but these side effects should subside quickly.

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Here for You Throughout Your Journey

Here at SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing patients in the New Orleans area with a medical practice that makes you feel like family. We offer a broad range of personalized, comprehensive treatments that help you look and feel your very best. Dr. Sands is a board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Together with his team, he creates a safe space where you will feel heard and empowered. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!

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