Microneedling is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that works by causing “micro traumas” to the skin, which encourages the body to create new collagen-rich tissue. There are many benefits of microneedling, some obvious, and some you may not know.
We all lose collagen naturally with age, sun exposure, or even injury. Collagen is a protein in our skin that creates firmness of the skin, a smooth texture, and overall a youthful face. Microneedling can help re-stimulate the production of collagen in the skin to prevent aging and to even reverse some of the signs of aging or scarring. The result is the development of new skin tissue that is firmer, smoother, and younger-looking.
Micro-needling is an ideal treatment for people who would like a non-surgical method to treat:
-Loose skin on neck and chest
-Dark under-eye circles
-Dull skin tone or texture
Plus, collagen continues to develop for six months after your last treatment!
One of the most significant benefits of microneedling facials is minimal downtime. So many more people are choosing non-invasive procedures like micro-needling as opposed to going under the knife, where downtimes can significantly interrupt their busy lives.
With microneedling, patients can expect to feel tender and red, like a sunburn, for a few days. Some people may experience some slight swelling, and the skin will be rough and slough off over the next week or so. The skin may feel slightly itchy and uncomfortable for the next few days. For up to two weeks, your skin may feel a bit rough as your skin cells turn over, but it is only making way for the beautiful, renewed complexion that has been hiding underneath!
Most people can return to work and their other life activities the next day!
The Benefit of Microneedling with PRP – the “Vampire Facial”
Microneedling can be done with or without the use of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP—the liquid component of our blood that is full of rich proteins and growth factors. PRP provides a medium for red and white blood cells and platelets to move through the body and contains high levels of growth factors that help stimulate cell regeneration. While microneedling without PRP does still create the mini-trauma that will encourage cell turnover, the addition of PRP to the procedure makes this treatment much more effective and adds additional benefit.
PRP is isolated by spinning the patient’s blood in a centrifuge for several minutes to remove the red blood cells, and it looks more like honey or olive oil. By applying PRP to the skin and microneedling over it, we help the skin absorb the PRP and accelerate healing and collagen support.
The main benefit of microneedling with PRP is that your skin will absorb stem cells and growth factors, which further increase collagen production and cell regeneration.
Most people who have tried microneedling alone, then with PRP, are amazed at how much the PRP makes a difference in how their skin looks.
Aside from the glowing, beautiful skin, PRP can create, there are very few (if any) risks of PRP.
The side effects of PRP are minimal since it is created from the patient’s own blood, and thus the body will not react negatively to the substance. The only source of potential allergic reactions is the application numbing cream, which can be patch tested before applying to the face.
As long as you have your microneedling with PRP treatment performed by a licensed healthcare professional, in a clean and legit medical facility, you are unlikely to have the risk of infection or contamination. Any reports of infection occurring after microneedling with PRP were performed by a non-medical professional at “shady” facilities.
Another Benefit of Microneedling with PRP is its Versatility
Since PRP helps to regenerate cells through stimulating cell production and turnover through numerous growth factors, it can help with a variety of concerns.
PRP injections are now used by doctors to treat a variety of ailments from hair loss and even soft-tissue injuries. PRP can also be injected into the skin, like fillers, to treat dark circles and deeper wrinkles or scarring.
PRP hair restoration is a common, non-surgical approach to increase hair thickness, density, and growth. It helps the hair follicles to produce thicker hair that can be used before or after hair transplants or on its own!
Microneedling with PRP is Appropriate for Most People
Since microneedling with PRP therapy uses your own blood as opposed to a foreign substance, most everyone is a good candidate for receiving microneedling treatments with PRP. It is not recommended, however, for people with blood-related disorders or those taking blood thinners or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).
Other skin regeneration treatments, such as laser therapy, is not typically appropriate on darker skin tones. Microneedling and microneedling with PRP is a perfect alternative treatment for people with darker skin tones who are not a candidate for laser therapy.
The Benefits of Mircroneedling Summarized
Microneedling is a non-surgical procedure where tiny penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen production for up to 6 months
Microneedling can help with fine lines, deeper wrinkles, sun damage, acne, scars, large pores, hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, and even hair loss
The treatment takes about 1 hour, and the downtime is minimal to non-existent (1-3 days of redness)
Microneedling can be done using PRP, known as a “vampire facial,” where PRP is first extracted from your own blood, and then applied to the areas that will be needled
It is an all-natural treatment and safe for all skin types (as opposed to lasers which are not recommended for deeper skin tone), with almost no risk of an allergic reaction
What to Expect From a Mirconeedling Treatment
A micro-needling with PRP treatment will begin with a venipuncture (drawing blood), which is relatively painless save from the first prick of the needle. The blood collected is then run through a centrifuge to isolate the PRP for about 15 minutes.
The rest of the treatment is a little more uncomfortable, but far from painful. A numbing cream is applied topically to help with the discomfort. A microneedling device, consisting of multiple tiny vibrating needles, are then distributed around the face for about 30 minutes, while the PRP is applied to the skin. The needles create micro-channels in the face for the PRP to penetrate. It is a technique that requires little to no down-time, and collagen production will continue for up to 6 months after the treatment, so you will keep seeing the benefits over time.
Multiple treatments may be needed for the best results, but should not be performed more than once a month. Most patients experience the best effects after three treatments, although one treatment may be adequate for some.