Microneedling and PRP
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an FDA-approved skin rejuvenation treatment that can correct a number of cosmetic concerns. Today, our skincare experts at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA are discussing everything you need to know about this treatment, including what it is, how it works, and who it is right for.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a safe, effective way to restore your skin health by kickstarting its natural healing process. Thanks to the FDA-approved dermal roller we use, dozens of microchannels are created in your epidermis and dermis.
What Is PRP?
If you have severe skin damage, a microneedling vampire facial may be right for you. This treatment combines the power of collagen induction therapy with the power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Combining these two treatments is ideal because the platelets in your plasma also facilitate significant skin healing. If you opt for a vampire facial in addition to your collagen induction therapy, your session will take a little longer. First, a bit of blood needs to be drawn from your arm. Then, it needs to be processed in a centrifuge for several minutes to separate its components, such as platelets, by mass. Once your blood components are separated by mass, your platelets will be combined with the plasma and applied to your face.
How It Works
This treatment works by penetrating the fibroblasts in your dermis dozens of times with tiny sterile needles. The microchannels created by the dermal rolling device are so small they are invisible to the naked eye, but your skin responds to them by increasing blood flow to the area and producing more collagen.
The Three Stages of Healing
The Inflammatory Stage
The first stage of healing that occurs in response to this treatment starts during the therapy session itself. your epidermis or dermis is punctured dozens of times. This triggers a significant cytokine release by the platelets in the treatment area.
The Proliferation Stage
The proliferation stage is the second stage of healing and takes place immediately following your treatment. This stage can last anywhere from four to six weeks.
The Remodeling Stage
The third and final stage of the healing process is the remodeling stage. During this stage of healing, your skin has finished producing extra collagen and elastin in response to the creation of microchannels. At this point, you will notice that your skin is bright, tight, and smooth.
Who Is This Right for?
Microneedling is right for virtually everyone because it is incredibly safe and can treat such a wide range of skin concerns. Also, it is FDA-approved for adults regardless of skin type, texture, or tone. Here are some signs this treatment is appropriate for you.
Who This Treatment Isn’t Right for
You need to be fairly healthy to receive this treatment, so we need to discuss your medical history and current health may not be appropriate for you if you have a history of keloid scars, suffer from chronic plaque psoriasis, or regularly get atopic dermatitis outbreaks, have recently received radiation, and women who are pregnant.
You’re Worried About Acne
If you’re plagued by frequent acne outbreaks, there is a very good chance that collagen induction therapy is right for you. This treatment is great for people who are prone to acne outbreaks because it unclogs the pores.
You’re Worried About Wrinkles
This treatment may also be right for you if you are worried about wrinkles. To reiterate, this treatment induces extra collagen production in the treatment area, and some types of wrinkles are caused by volume loss.
You’re Worried About Acne Scars
The extra collagen production that occurs in response to this treatment can also be used to erase acne scars. This is because collagen helps the skin heal itself through the facilitation of cellular turnover.
You’re Worried About Dull Skin or Hyperpigmentation
Another sign this treatment is right for you is you are worried about dull skin. Cellular turnover leads to healthy skin cells replacing all damaged skin cells, not just scarred skin cells. Therefore, after this treatment, skin cells that are dull or ruddy will be replaced with radiant, healthy skin cells.
FAQMicroneedling and PRP
Your collagen session may only take between 25 and 30 minutes depending on the scope of your treatment. If you are treating a large area and your cosmetic concerns are severe, your session may take closer to an hour.
This is because the device needs to be passed over your skin more times the more extensive your skin damage is. During your initial consultation, we will assess the extent of your skin damage to advise you on how long your session should take. Also, you may benefit from microneedling with PRP.
The number of sessions you will need to achieve your ideal results depends on the cosmetic concerns you are trying to treat and their severity. If you are trying to unclog your pores and shrink enlarged pores, you will only need one quick treatment session.
On the other hand, if you have cosmetic concerns that are moderate in nature, you may need a few treatment sessions. Similarly, if you are trying to eliminate certain types of scars, like surgical scars or acne scars, you may need half of a dozen treatments.
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