Microneedling with PRP
For microneedling, I use the FDA-approved SkinPen, a medical-grade device which has a dial to adjust the depth of the needles to target the dermis. It's the one I found to deliver consistent depth penetration with quality needles, superior build, and safety mechanism.
Microneedling has been around since the 90s and is also known as collagen induction therapy. It has evolved over the years; people started using dermarollers at home, and in the past few years, a microneedling pen has become available, delivering more precision and consistent results, not to mention sterility.
In the dermis, the fibroblasts are skin cells which produce elastin and collagen, the major structural proteins in your dermal layer. By microneedling tiny channels through the epidermis, the goal is to increase collagen and elastin production by causing controlled injury to the dermis. This is where the PRP comes in - your own platelets and plasma have growth factors, such as PDGF, VEGF, and EGF, which stimulate wound healing. It's amazing how much better wound healing occurs with PRP - this is my opinion based on personal experience and review of articles.
The major consideration for most people when deciding PRP or without PRP is cost. I want to reassure you that I will be doing the same procedure with the best medical grade microneedling pen available, with safety as my number one consideration. While you can get this procedure done in other place for close to $1k (and that's per session!), I offer a package of 3 for much less - just ask about our special pricing.
While microneedling without PRP will produce great results, I believe PRP will deliver the best results and can decrease wound healing time.
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Here’s what you can expect from a SkinPen treatment with PRP:
A plan for optimal results. I will recommend a course of procedures based on your individual goals; Maintenance of your procedure might require multiple treatments.
A comfortable procedure. Based on your needs, I will apply a topical numbing agent to the treatment area. While your skin is numbing, I will draw your blood via venipuncture into a tube, which I will spin in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. The plasma and platelets will be applied to your skin during the microneedling procedure.
A short procedure time. Plan an hour for the visit; the treatment will likely take about 30 minutes.
A mild sensation. Most patients report feeling only the slight vibration of SkinPen during the procedure.
Minimal post-procedure effects. The skin will appear slightly pink to red immediately post-procedure, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn. Additionally, the most common treatment responses experienced were dryness, rough skin, tightness, redness, itching, peeling, discomfort, tenderness, and burning. These conditions resolved over time without any further complications. Please see patient labeling for detailed safety information.
Soothing aftercare. Your clinician will provide Skinfuse® LIFT, a clean, non-cytotoxic hydrogel used to prevent the skin from drying out post-treatment.
An effective post-procedure protocol. Your provider might recommend an aftercare regimen. Ask about Skinfuse, Bellus Medical’s 90-day protocol specifically formulated to support your skin following microneedling.
Honestly, we all age, and fortunately, there are minimally invasive, non-surgical treatments and preventative interventions to maintain healthy skin.
Let's plan a free evaluation to discuss more about microneedling.