If you've battled wrinkles, sun damage, or acne scars, you may have heard about an advanced anti-aging treatment called microneedling. This minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment creates controlled micro-injuries in the skin with very fine needles to stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. You may also be familiar with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) microneedling treatments – commonly called the “vampire facial.” PRP dramatically enhances the effects of microneedling treatments by rapidly accelerating the healing process, improving skin texture, tone, and radiance and smoothing out visible imperfections.
PRP is a natural bio-stimulant, derived from the patient’s own blood. PRP plays a significant role in the regulation of cell growth, faster healing, and increased collagen stimulation. At the beginning of a microneedling treatment with PRP, a blood sample is taken from your body and spun through a centrifuge, separating the valuable protein-rich platelets from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then injected and since it 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 your blood is drawn, a topical anesthetic will be applied 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 the microneedling pen causing tiny micro-injuries, or tiny holes in your skin, allowing for the improved absorption of PRP and medical-grade skincare products applied during and immediately after the treatment. In addition, these micro-injuries stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the dermis which allows for facial rejuvenation by reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and scars.
Your provider will then massage the treatment area to aid the PRP’s growth factors penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Finally, a soothing balm will be applied to the treatment area to reduce any irritation or redness. Microneedling with PRP treatments typically takes two hours or less, and requires little or no downtime—most patients can return to their normal routine the following 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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