Microneedling with PRP
In recent years, the demand for non-surgical facial rejuvenation has been met with the development of numerous treatment options. Treatments, such as lasers and microneedling, improve the appearance of the epidermis by creating minor injury to the dermis. The outcome of controlled injury is what we call neocollagenesis, or collagen induction. At SKIN Medical Spa in San Francisco, we are continually merging the art of science and beauty and are pleased to offer microneedling services for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a longstanding method of inducing collagen into areas of the skin that have been damaged by age, life, and the environment. This technique involves the use of very fine needles to puncture the skin at precise depths ranging from .5 to 2.5 millimeters. The channel that results from each tiny puncture invites the body to send an influx of collagen and vascularization to the “wound.” At SKIN Medical Spa, we perform professional microneedling using the Eclipse MicroPen, an automated device with fine, sterile needles that creates a controlled puncture every time.
What is PRP?
Microneedling, on its own, is a collagen inducing procedure. To amplify the healing response in the dermis, we can now include PRP in the skin rejuvenation process. PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is an autologous serum that is made from your own blood. When applied to the skin prior to, during, or after microneedling, the microchannels across the epidermis absorb the platelet-rich plasma and its subsequent growth factors. PRP is from the patients own blood, therefore, it is safe and there is virtually no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
What conditions does microneedling improve?
Because microneedling brings forth a new influx of collagen into the skin, this treatment can be performed for a wide range of desired improvements. Some of our patients undergo microneedling, with or without PRP, as a way of managing the effects of UV damage and aging. Additionally, microneedling can treat certain types of scars, such as acne scarring, and to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
Microneedling treatment Areas
The size and portability of the sterile microneedling applicator allow Dr. Colvin to treat various parts of the body in need of textural improvement. Common areas of treatment include the:
Microneedling with PRP Treatment
Prior to microneedling, a SKIN Medical Spa staff member will cleanse the skin and apply a topical numbing gel to the surface. This anesthetic is allowed to absorb for about twenty minutes. If your microneedling treatment will include PRP, we will draw your blood at this time and process out the nutrient-rich platelets in a high-velocity centrifuge.
Once microneedling begins, the applicator tip crosses over the epidermis, making controlled micro-injuries at the appropriate depth based on the treatment area. For example, needle-depth is adjusted lower for areas with less fatty tissue, such as the brow line. Needles penetrate deeper in areas such as the stomach. PRP may be applied to small areas during this process to allow the autologous serum to absorb immediately into the channels created.
Recovery after Microneedling
One of the advantages of microneedling treatment is that there is no downtime in which soreness or other side effects inhibit daily activities. Pinpoint bleeding or blood-spots, redness, or bruising may be immediately noticeable after treatment. This can last for a few days, but most patients feel comfortable enough with some redness to go about their days as usual. Treatment with PRP allows these effects to dissipate quicker as PRP is an ultra-healing agent. As with any beauty treatment, it is important to practice safe sun habits after microneedling treatments so as to avoid UV damage.
results of Microneedling
When the skin is naturally soothed by an influx of collagen, we can expect the results to last permanently within the natural process of aging. However, it is also important to understand that the visible manifestation of conditions such as sun spots, lines, and wrinkles originate beneath the surface. This means that, in time, as skin cells make their way from underlying layers of the epidermis to the surface, those visible markings that had resulted from UV damage and other factors may once again be noticeable, though not to the same degree. Conditions such as stretch marks and scars tend to remain consistently better after improvement with microneedling.