I find my patients asking all the time, “What is microneedling, really?” The easiest way to put it is microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment performed using brand name tools (such as the SkinPen®), and involves puncturing the skin with fine needles to promote collagen production.
Microneedling is not just exclusive to the face, the procedure can also be performed on all areas of the face, neck, and hands.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
One option for microneedling is adding a PRP treatment. PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma, and this type of procedure is often referred to as “The Vampire Facial®.” Don’t worry—the treatment isn’t as scary as it sounds.
Blood is collected from your body, spun in a centrifuge to separate out the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma and serum, and the platelets and plasma are re-introduced via the small facial punctures done through microneedling.
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Here’s how this procedure benefits your skin:
PRP Reduces Down Time
Microneedling with PRP reduces typical microneedling downtime to 24 hours. How? By using platelet-rich-plasma you are essentially healing the micro-injuries to the skin as they are inflicted.
PRP Stimulates Collagen Growth
The rich growth factors and healing properties within the PRP stimulate greater collagen formation, and boost the skin’s natural healing process at the same time. This collagen-stimulation can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and act as a natural sort of filler, giving your face a fresh, plump, and rejuvenated look.
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Symptoms Microneedling with PRP Can Help
If you are experiencing any of the following and want to improve your skin, microneedling with PRP could be a great option for you:
- Mild to moderate acne scarring
- Any new or old scars
- Dark spots
- Under-eye wrinkles
- Fine lines/wrinkles
- Skin laxity
- Poor skin texture
- Enlarged pores
- Stretch marks
In short, microneedling with PRP is an amazing way to see great, youthful results and minimize your downtime.
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