All things microneedling

If you’re looking to improve your skin’s appearance with little to no downtime, look no further than SkinPen ™ Microneedling! The SkinPen is the first FDA-approved technology for microneedling. With increased safety, a shorter procedure, faster recovery time, and better results, the SkinPen is the leading microneedling device in the world and it’s now at Racquel Aesthetics!

Microneedling, also regarded as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive, pore tightening and skin rejuvenation technique. It is such a popular treatment because it addresses a variety of skin concerns and requires minimal recovery time. What more could you ask for, right!?

Our bodies make less and less collagen as we age. With microneedling, we boost the amount of collagen made by your skin. The result? You’ll see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, skin texture, pore size, melasma and hyperpigmentation. Microneedling also acts to tighten your skin by improving its tone, and enhances your skin’s texture.

Microneedling involves the use of a pen-like tool which creates small dermal punctures to signal your body to repair the injured skin. This signal kickstarts a healing process that ultimately results in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production in the dermal layer of skin. In simpler terms, by turning on the body’s natural healing process, skin becomes more firm, vibrant, smooth, and youthful!

At Racquel Aesthetics we are committed to always having the BEST treatments and devices. We are excited to announce we offer the SkinPen. SkinPen is the first FDA-cleared microneedling device.

Types of Microneedling at Racquel Aesthetics 

At Racquel Aesthetics we offer two microneedling treatment options – SkinPen ™  with PRP and SkinPen ™  with Exosomes.

Microneedling with PRP “The Vampire Facial”

You may have seen photos of the “Vampire Facial” on Instagram and wondered, “What on earth am I looking at?” I’m sure questions like “is that actually blood?” come to mind first. The answer is yes, it is blood, BUT I promise it isn’t as scary as it seems! Microneedling is actually an amazing treatment that will only help your skin feel brighter, tighter, and healthier! 

This treatment involves two steps: microneedling and a blood sample from your own body. It sounds crazy, I know! The blood sample is to get the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). 

To be clear, Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin.

The first step is to take a sample of your blood. Once we take the sample, the PRP is separated from the other components (basically spinning the blood really fast allows it to separate into two layers, the plasma and the red blood cells. 

In step two I use tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The micro-channels created by micro-needling provide direct pathways to the deeper layers of skin for optimal wound healing. Before this procedure the skin is numbed with a cream and most patients feel very little irritation during the microneedling. 

The PRP is then topically applied to the skin immediately following the micro-needling procedure. This initiates the skin’s repair process to naturally produce collagen and elastin, ideal for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, & acne/traumatic scars! 

Microneedling with Exosomes

Using exosomes for anti-aging might just be the future of rejuvenation. It certainly seems to be the next stage in the evolution of rejuvenative therapy. The exosomes we use at Racquel Aesthetics are powerful and filled with peptides, amino acids, growth factors, enzymes and vitamins to name a few. Microneedling creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” channels to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation. The rapid release of growth factors in exosomes promotes the body’s natural healing process. This leads to an improvement in both the appearance and texture of your skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. This is a great way to boost microneedling, and a wonderful option for those who do not want their blood drawn for PRP.

Microneedling 101

What can I expect right after the treatment?

Do not be alarmed when your skin is red and flushed after the procedure. It may look and feel similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, but it will go away! This could last anywhere from 12 hours to 2-3 days. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling – this is normal! Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 2-3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition. We notice that patients typically notice an immediate glow, but visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months. One BIG advantage to Microneedling with Exosomes is patients have less downtime and less redness. Patients are seeing a bigger change in their skin within the first few treatments and they have more of a glow and brightness to their skin!

How many treatments do I need?

For many patients, a series of 3-4 treatments is recommended approximately 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. It is important to work with a knowledgeable, experienced provider who can recommend the best treatment plan for your specific skincare needs and goals.

What are the results?

Whether you’re looking to treat large pores, scarring, or just wanting to have that J-LO luminous glow — microneedling is the way to go! Many of our patients leave quite literally glowing with a new boost of self confidence. 

The benefits include:

  • Reduction in symptoms of aging ; skin texture, fine lines & aging.
  • Improvement in the appearance of acne scarring.
  • Minimally invasive treatment & manageable recovery time.
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Effective on all body parts, along with face, neck & décolletage.

In case you want to hear it from someone else, here’s a testimonial from one of my patients…

“I just did my 3rd and final treatment of Micro-needling and I cannot tell you how amazing it has been for the appearance of my skin. I have always been insecure about my skin due to poor texture, large and clogged pores, pits in my face from years of cystic acne, and then of course, scars from my fall two years ago.

But Micro-needling has essentially erased all of that! My pores are tighter. My skin is brighter. My scars are gone. My make up goes on more smoothly. I am SO happy with my results! It does not hurt (you get your face numbed) and the down time is less than 24 hours This “AFTER” pic was taken IMMEDIATELY after the procedure. By that night, my skin was just slightly red, and the next day I looked totally normal with just a little tinted moisturizer on. My skin does always peel a bit for a day or two, but nothing intense at all. I absolutely love and recommend this if you have (or had) problematic skin!”

How Do I Schedule?

We’d love to see you at Racquel Aesthetics! You can contact us by phone at 636-742-1122 and speak to one of our amazing patient care coordinators who can help you with scheduling. For additional information, check out our website at



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Racquel Frisella

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner & Aesthetic Specialist based in Saint Louis, Missouri

I work as a cosmetic injector and skincare specialist with 12 years of experience in the Aesthetic Industry. I see patients both in-office at Racquel Aesthetics for treatments as well as online for customized, complimentary skincare plans. I focus heavily on preventative and corrective injections, treatments, and skincare.  My career is my passion and I love to help people feel like the very best version of themselves. I am a wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children under the age of 3. I love all things beauty, fashion, and fitness. I am creating this site as a place to share my expertise on beauty, anti-aging, and skin while also giving a glimpse into my lifestyle as a mom, wife and lover of fitness!  


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