If you’ve struggled with acne scars, wrinkles or sun damage, you’ve probably heard of microneedling – the treatment which uses controlled fine needles to create micro-injuries to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process. Perhaps you’ve also heard of microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) – popularly known as the “vampire facial.” While this treatment might look like something out of a horror movie – it takes microneedling to the next level, using your own blood’s special healing cells to improve your overall skin tone, texture and radiance and smooth out any imperfections.
PRP, platelet rich plasma is a natural bio-stimulant, derived from your own blood that plays a significant role in the regulation of cell growth, faster healing, and increased collagen stimulation. At the beginning of a microneedling with PRP treatment, a small blood sample is taken from your body and then spun through a centrifuge, separating the valuable platelets from the rest of the blood by density. Your clinician will then extract the PRP in order to harness its powerful skin-healing effects. Since PRP is derived from your own body, unwanted side effects are virtually eliminated.
Microneedling (with or without PRP) can improve a variety of skin conditions, including:
Even if you’re lucky enough not to have any of these issues, microneedling with PRP is a highly effective treatment that will improve your skin’s tone, texture and overall appearance. Many choose to do this treatment as quarterly maintenance and/or before a special event where you want your skin to look smooth and radiant.
For those with any of the above skin issues, a series of three to treatments is recommended depending on the severity of the issue, done four weeks apart.
The treatment is usually well-tolerated in adults, and has very few side effects other than minor irritation for a couple of days. For best results, patients should avoid direct sunlight and minimize their use of personal skin care products for the first few days of recovery.
After a small blood draw, your clinician will apply a topical anesthetic to your face for about 30 minutes - giving your clinician plenty of time to centrifugate that blood sample into PRP. Once the PRP has been spun, your clinician will pass over your face with a microneedling pen or causing tiny micro holes in your skin, stimulating its natural healing processes – and creating channels for improved absorption of PRP and medical-grade skincare products applied during and immediately after the treatment for quicker healing and smoother, firmer, and more even-looking skin. In addition, the micro injuries in the skin stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis which allows for facial rejuvenation by reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and scars.
Next, your clinician will massage your PRP into the treated areas of the skin. This helps the platelets and beneficial growth factors in the PRP penetrate deep into your skin so they can work their rejuvenating magic and improve itself from the inside out.
Finally, your clinician will apply a calming balm to your face to reduce redness and irritation. The treatment usually takes less than two hours in total, and it has little to no downtime. Many patients return to work the next day. PRP should be left on the skin for as long as possible post treatment for optimal benefits and can simply be washed off later that evening.
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