Microneedling is a highly effective skin rejuvenation technique for reducing wrinkles, stretch marks, scarring, hyperpigmentation and pore size. It also helps improve overall skin tone and texture.

This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure involves moving microneedles across the skin, creating narrow channels that go deep into the papillary dermis. These micro-injuries activate the skin’s natural healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production.

What to is Microneedling?

Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy, or CIT. It produces a healing response and increase in collagen just like microdermabrasion, plasma treatments and laser therapies, but it can be easier on the skin and involve less downtime after the procedure.

Another important benefit of microneedling is that it allows topical treatments to penetrate more deeply, crossing the stratum corneum skin barrier to access the fibroblasts, dermis and basal layer. This allows for greater absorption and amplified therapeutic effects.

Microneedling Can Help With A Variety Of Skin Concerns:

• Fine Lines and Wrinkles
• Acne scarring
• Facial scars
• Uneven skin tone or age spots
• Poor skin elasticity or sagging
• Sun damage
• Stretch marks
• Large pores


Microneedling Treatments at Malibu MedSpa

Your Malibu MedSpa medical aesthetician will assess you to determine the right microneedling treatment plan for your skin concerns. The regimen will vary depending on your skin condition, type and goals and may be combined with other therapies for greatest efficacy.

Malibu MedSpa uses the RenuPen microneedling device for our collagen induction therapy procedures. This state-of-the-art technology provides unparalleled microneedling control, safety and speed.

Each microneedling session takes on average 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area you wish to treat. The sessions are painless for microneedling at regular depths, and for deeper treatments we apply a topical numbing cream in advance.

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What to is Microneedling PRP?

Microneedling PRP, also known as microneedling with platelet-rich plasma, or the “vampire facial”, takes the best parts of microneedling – collage induction, skin rejuvenation through healing, better topical absorption – and combines them with the therapeutic benefits of your body’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

PRP is used because it contains vital growth factors and beneficial proteins that have powerful skin healing effects. In short, it amplifies the benefits of microneedling by using the healing components in your very own blood.

What Are The Benefits?

Microneedling PRP can stimulate cell renewal and regeneration.

The result is an enhanced version of microneedling treatment, resulting in greatly improved skin condition and a newly youthful appearance.


The Microneedling PRP Process at Malibu MedSpa

Your microneedling session will begin with a small blood draw followed by the application of a topical anesthetic for skin numbing. While the numbing agent takes effect, your blood sample will be centrifuged so its platelet-rich plasma can be extracted.

Next, your medical aesthetician will perform the microneedling part of the procedure, which can take between 45-60 minutes. The newly extracted PRP will be massaged into the skin afterward, to help it sink deep into the microchannels and penetrate into the dermis. The whole process with PRP takes roughly 75 minutes.

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The wonderful thing about microneedling is that it requires very little downtime afterward. It causes considerably less tissue damage than most chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser treatments with similarly noticeable revitalizing results.


No question is ever unwelcome, and we encourage our clients to ask us anything that may be on their mind.

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    Will Microneedling make my face red?

    At most, you may experience redness for 12-48 hours after your treatment. A breathable foundation will allow you to return to your daily activities if you do notice any redness.

    Your medical aesthetician will give you detailed instructions on aftercare, including topicals to apply and exposures and treatments you must temporarily avoid.

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    Who can have Microneedling?

    Microneedling is appropriate for most skin types and skin tones. The treatment doesn’t use heat like lasers do, so it can be used on darker skin and carries a lower risk of affecting pigmentation.

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    Do you need to prepare your skin?

    Yes. Before your treatments, you should avoid the sun and avoid irritating topicals or skin treatments.

    You will be given active treatment topicals to use in order to properly prepare your skin for the procedure. Apply these in the days or weeks ahead of your treatment according to your aesthetician’s instructions.

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    Do Microneedling treatments hurt?

    Microneedling treatments are not known for being particularly painful, but the discomfort level may increase with more aggressive treatments. Treatments to alleviate fine lines, mild scarring or light stretch marks will not be as intense as those for acne scars, wrinkles or skin retexturing.

    Topical numbing will be applied before deeper microneedle treatments, or you can request it if you are worried about discomfort.

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    Is Microneedling safe?

    Microneedling is a safe and well-tested treatment and the RenuPen is one of the safest microneedling devices on the market. It uses disposable sterile needling cartridges and completely sealed components to eliminate any risk of cross-contamination.

    Carefully controlled needle depths and speeds allow for complete comfort and safety during the procedure, and the micro size of the wound channels means they heal within a few hours. This makes the risk of any kind of post-treatment infection highly unlikely. Malibu MedSpa closely follows safety and sterility protocols throughout all stages of your microneedling treatment.

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    Is Microneedling with PRP safe?

    Yes. The blood draw is performed by a registered nurse and processed according to safe and established PRP extraction procedures. And because the PRP comes from your own blood, there’s little chance of cross-contamination or infection.

    Malibu MedSpa closely follows all clinical safety and sterility protocols throughout every stage of your microneedling PRP treatment.

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    How long does it take to see results?

    You should begin to see results after your first treatment, but for maximum benefits, you will probably need an average of 4 to 6 treatments. Microneedling sessions are usually scheduled 4-6 weeks apart, but the number of treatments and their spacing will be determined based on your skin condition and improvement goals.

    Your skin will continue to improve for the next 6 to 12 months after completing your microneedling course of treatment.

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    What is the downtime after treatments?

    The downtime for microneedling is minimal, but you may see some redness in the days after your treatment. Most people can return to work or social activities the same day as they have their treatment.

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    How long do treatments take?

    Most treatments take under 30 minutes, but the time will depend on the size of the area you wish to treat. You may need to schedule extra time for numbing beforehand, as well – your aesthetician will advise you on what to expect and give you detailed instructions when you schedule.

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Want to Find Out How Microneedling or Microneedling PRP Can Improve Your Skin

Our skin experts can walk you through all your options and determine the best course of treatments for your skin. Whether you are concerned with beautifying young skin, anti-aging treatments for mature skin, stretch marks, scars or another skin issue, our medical aestheticians can help.

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