Microneedling therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for many dermatologic conditions. Microneedling, in and of itself, is an incredibly effective therapy for skin rejuvenation. Synergistically, PRP may serve as a valuable adjunct to aid in improving overall regenerative and cosmetic effects of micro needling treatment.
Microneedling therapy, also known as collagen induction therapy, works by employing small needles to puncture the skin and stimulate local collagen production in a minimally invasive manner. Needles ranging in length from 0.25 mm to 3.0 mm create tiny micro traumas to the epidermis and dermis. This triggers the wound healing cascade and introduces growth factors to promote skin regeneration. Following treatment, an increase in elastic fiber formation, collagen deposition, and dermal thickness can be expected.
Furthermore, microneedling has demonstrated many uses beyond general skin rejuvenation. It has been shown to greatly improve atrophic acne scars and thus improve scar appearance, skin texture, and hypertrophic pigmentation. Microneedling has also shown promise in treating androgenic alopecia and increase hair regrowth in patients who have shown poor response to conventional therapies (including minoxidil and finasteride).
The Vampire Facial
When PRP is applied topically post microneedling, additional growth factors are introduced into the skin achieving far superior results. When PRP is placed back into the skin by microneedling (known as the Vampire Facial) or injection (Vampire Facelift), stem cell response recruits collagen producing cells known as fibroblasts. These fibroblasts replace tissues that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated.
The healing properties of the blog 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 tones, mitigating collagen and volume loss, ironing out crows feet and lightening under eye circles, constricting larger pores, acne scars, scar reduction, and rosacea. The major bonus of these services is that they can be done on any skin type without major risk of adverse reactions
What to Expect
In totality, the procedure itself takes no more than 1 hour, depending on the size of the area treated, there is an additional 20-30 minutes allotted for numbing with a topical anesthetic. Immediately after the treatment, one can expect a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the depth of the needles used and the number of overlapping passes performed. On average, patients are red for 2-4 days. Some patients, on the other hand, heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Utilizing quality skincare products can help to speed up the healing process. Many patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin and visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days to weeks. Results will continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues. Some patients may only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks, or acne scars – it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals.