Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used for anti-aging, fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone, texture, acne scars, and stretch marks. Microneedling uses a device to create micro-wounds within the dermis. Ultimately, the micro-injuries trigger our bodies natural healing process, producing new collagen and elastin. Overall this works to improve complexion irregularities such as skin texture, laxity, and uneven tones.
Platelet Rich Plasma, commonly known as PRP, is a portion of human blood that can be separated from whole blood. Plasma releases proteins called growth factors and cytokines which stimulate new collagen production. Microneedling with PRP allows for the plasma to be driven into the dermis stimulating the skin’s natural repair process and allowing for the growth factors to penetrate and produce collagen and elastin.
Microneedling with PRP is a minimally invasive procedure requiring very little downtime. The total prep and procedure in itself takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival, a topical anesthetic will be applied to reduce pain. Followed by this, your blood will be drawn and spun through a centrifuge to separate the plasma. The doctor or nurse will then glide a pen-like tool evenly across the skin creating pin pricks. These pricks are so small they are often unnoticeable after the procedure. The separated plasma is then applied topically or by injection onto the areas. Afterwards, a serum or calming treatment is applied. A typical response of skin irritation and redness will occur for the first few days following the procedure. Results are often seen within a couple of weeks. For optimal results, it is ideal to have a series of 3-6 treatments.