What is microneedling?
Microneedling, sometimes called collagen induction therapy, is a technique that involves creating tiny puncture wounds (micro-injuries) in the skin — although it is virtually painless. These small punctures stimulate your skin to begin its natural healing processes, promoting the production of collagen, elastin, and new skin cells. The result is younger, healthier-looking skin.
How is platelet-rich plasma used in skin care?
In platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, the provider draws a small amount of your blood and places it in a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed, separating out a portion with a high concentration of platelets.
Your platelets contain growth factors with regenerative properties. PRP has been investigated for use in maxillofacial surgery and cardiovascular surgery, and for treating soft tissue ulcers, among other applications.
More recently, PRP has been applied in skin care settings. The provider injects the platelet-rich plasma into specific areas of your face, stimulating new cell growth. The result is firmer, rejuvenated skin.
There is almost no possibility of side effects, because your body won’t reject its own blood, and several studies have shown that the technique results in the skin with fewer wrinkles and scars, less sun damage, and diminished appearance of under-eye circles.
How do microneedling and PRP treatments complement each other?
You’ll see the best results when microneedling and PRP are performed together, in a technique that is sometimes referred to as a vampire facial. The small wounds from the microneedling trigger your body’s healing response, which is enhanced by the growth factors in the PRP.
Any potential side effects are generally mild — your skin may be red and sensitive for a day or so following the treatment. Both microneedling and PRP therapy are outpatient procedures and require little or no downtime.
If you’re interested in learning more about whether or not microneedling and PRP could benefit you, call or book a consultation online today.