Microneedling is an innovative procedure that uses your body’s natural healing process to brighten and rejuvenate your skin. It’s safe and effective and because microneedling is minimally-invasive, there’s little to no recovery time involved. Combined with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) your results will be magnified!
About This Procedure
Microneedling, combined with PRP, is one of the most effective treatments for minimizing fine lines, eliminating facial scars, and promoting a youthful, healthy glow. The treatment uses the power of your blood’s platelets to rejuvenate skin and reinvigorate cellular turnover. Platelets have the unique ability to rev up collagen and elastin production, which helps repair the following skin issues:
- Uneven skin tone
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Dull, lifeless complexion
- Acne scars… and more.
Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy) creates micro-“injuries” in the skin, which last for a short period of time, resulting in minor bruising or swelling in the treated area. This activates the skin’s self-repair mechanism, which triggers new collagen synthesis as the body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibers to produce new ones. The fine needles simultaneously deliver PRP (platelet-rich plasma) from your blood to the treatment area.
This innovative combination of treatments provides faster, more effective results than microneedling alone, and is certainly an investment in the future of your skin.
What To Expect
For the best results, an Advanced Skin Analysis is a must to ensure your skin cells are getting the correct active ingredients leading up to your treatment. We also want to make sure that microneedling is the most appropriate treatment for your skin.
Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after your treatment. Please keep in mind that results may vary.
- Keep out of the sun for 24 hours before your treatment.
- Avoid taking autoimmune disease medication for 24 hours.
- Discontinue use of Retin A and other topic medications for 3-5 days
- Avoid skin resurfacing and hair removal treatments for 5-7 days
- Don’t have microneedling performed if you have used Accutane (Isotretinoin), an acne medication, in the last six months.
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Reschedule if any rash or blemish develops before the treatment
- Arrive at the clinic with a clean face and no makeup.
- A small amount of blood is collected from the patient
- Blood is placed into a centrifuge to separate the PRP
- Your aesthetician will apply a topical numbing cream before treatment begins to improve your comfort level.
- Microneedling device is rolled over the area to be treated
- During the microneedling procedure, your skin may become red and tight, creating the sensation that you have been sunburned.
- Some patients say the process feels like having sandpaper rubbed across the treatment area.
- PRP is applied to the skin
Immediately After Treatment
- Your skin will feel warm and tight.
- Wait at least 4 hours before washing face gently with tepid water.
1-2 Days After Treatment & Beyond
- On day 1 your skin may feel warm and tight. During this period, use a delicate cleanser and moisturizer.
- Avoid swimming or any strenuous activity for at least 24 – 48 hours.
- Do not wear sunscreen or makeup for 12 hours
- Resume regular skincare regimen in 2-3 days
- Avoid sun exposure for 10 days
- Avoid alcohol-based toners for 10-14 days
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications for several days, which could interfere with your body’s healing process. Pain medications that aren’t anti-inflammatory, including Tylenol (acetaminophen), are acceptable.
- Peeling and flaking of the treatment area may occur three to five days after microneedling as a result of increased skin cell turnover. Avoid picking and scratching at your skin. Instead, use a gentle moisturizer to help combat dry skin.
- Results may vary with each client
- The positive results of microneedling will become visible within two to four weeks (sometimes a bit longer). In the meantime, you can wear cosmetics to lessen the appearance of skin redness and peeling.
- Maintenance treatments every 6 months
- You may need three to six treatments to maximize your results. Six to eight sessions may be necessary when treating scar tissue.
This is the only treatment to maximize penetration of essential cell nutrients, and promote wound healing and cell regeneration, simultaneously the release of growth factors associated with the positive aspects of wound healing, simultaneously.
Your results may include:
- Smoother, more even skin tone and texture.
- Refined pore size, minimized fine lines and wrinkles
- Scar and stretch mark reduction
- Increased natural collagen formation
- Youthful, healthy glow.
Microneedling with PRP is ideal for someone that wishes to improve the appearance of minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, and uneven skin tone and texture.
Not Recommended For
Microneedling with PRP is not recommended for those who have used Accutane within six months, have open wounds or a skin infection, have had radiation treatment within the last year, are pregnant, or have a history of keloid scars.
Microneedling with PRP is generally well tolerated but erythema may be seen after treatment, lasting for 2-3 days. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy after treatment however this normally resolves in 12-48 hours. Sun protection is advised for a week and local antibiotic creams may be prescribed to help prevent a bacterial infection.