What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a skin resurfacing and rejuvenating procedure. One reason for Its popularity is that most activities can be resumed shortly after treatment, yet it reproducibly improves skin texture. A series of treatments, each about 30 minutes, are administered in the office. It is one of the treatments of choice by busy working professionals who want to look their best but don’t have time available to recuperate from more invasive procedures. An enhancement to Micro-needling is the addition of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to the procedure.
What does it improve?
Microneedling is utilized to improve skin tone and texture of skin that has been altered by years of ultra-violet sunlight – appearing as ‘aged’ or ‘sun-damaged’ – and skin displaying scarring from Acne.
How does it work?
Microneedling is a skin resurfacing procedure that produces pinpoint channels in the skin. In response to these newly created channels, the body immediately begins a process of repair and regeneration of collagen and other skin constituents to produce new, healthy skin. Without some intervention, acne scars and sun-damage do not spontaneously improve. By deliberately producing pinpoint channels through micro-needling, an opportunity is created for new skin to develop and replace the previously altered skin.
What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is the serum obtained by centrifuging a person’s own blood to remove the white and red blood cells. Also present in the blood are platelets, which naturally produce numerous growth factors. Because platelets are always involved in wound healing Mother Nature made them the logical source to deliver growth factors needed to heal and regenerate injured or altered tissue.
How does PRP enhance Micro-needling?
By combining micro-needling with PRP, growth factors that are directly applied to the skin have opportunity to penetrate to the deeper layers of the dermis, including through the newly created channels. This is the optimal time to add growth factors – just as the skin is being stimulated to regenerate. Growth factors have the potential to promote and stimulate blood vessels and cells that nourish, comprise and regenerate skin, providing greater benefit than microneedling alone.
How many treatments are performed?
As with other fractionated resurfacing procedures, usually a series of 4-6 sessions – at intervals of 1 month – is recommended, but this can be customized depending upon your particular concerns and needs.
When can I resume normal activities?
This will depend upon the depth of resurfacing that is required. The depth required will depend upon the extent of sun damage or Acne scarring. Many will resume most activities, including work, the day following the procedure. Most will be back at work on the second day after treatment. This includes the application of foundation or make-up.
How can I learn more about PRP microneedling improving my skin texture?
If you are interested in determining if you are a candidate for PRP micro-needling, you may schedule a consultation. At that time, more specific information could be provided.
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