Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that’s primarily used to minimize the signs of aging.
During a standard session, a device with small needles is used to prick the skin and stimulate new collagen production. Because of this, microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction. It has the added benefit of creating small micro-channels that allow deeper penetration of products that improve the skin.
Traditional microneedling is used for the improvement of many skin conditions: from age spots, wrinkles and fine lines, dull skin, to scarring and certain forms of hyperpigmentation.
Microneedling is a quick process compared to other cosmetic procedures, with very little downtime.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection or microneedling, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated. The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for the following:
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Tightening and toning skin
Brightening uneven skin tone
Mild collagen and volume loss
Crow's feet and dark under-eye circles
Large pores/rough texture
The area being treated is first cleaned and disinfected. A topical numbing cream is applied for 15 minutes which ensures the patient is comfortable during the procedure.
A syringe of blood will be drawn, usually from your arm, while your face is numbing. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from other components of the blood.
The actual procedure involves two steps. The PRP solution is first applied to the desired treatment area with the microneedling being performed after. The microneedling portion lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the areas treated. The microneedling treatment creates small controlled micropunctures in the skin, allowing for penetration of the PRP and production of collagen.
Once the procedure is finished, serum or balm may be applied to help soothe any redness and irritation. The redness and irritation usually resemble that of mild a sunburn. Patients are encouraged to limit sun exposure and make up application for at least 48 hours post-treatment.
Bruises and inflammation, including swelling and redness, can occur but are rare. They typically appear immediately after the procedure and clear within four to six days. The chances of this happening can be greatly reduced by avoiding aspirin and NSAIDS for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your treatment.
You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure and harsh skin treatments during this time. It’s important that you don’t rub or pick at your face. Sun protection is also very important.
The good news is that PRP contains your own blood, so there’s little chance of cross-contamination or infection. Rare, but serious, complications include infection and scarring.
If you have a history of herpes simplex or cold sores, it’s also possible that you may have an outbreak from having this procedure done. Let your healthcare provider know if you’ve ever had cold sores and oral medication can be prescribed to help prevent them."