Microneedling works by tapping into the body’s own natural healing properties. When platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are added to this procedure, which also uses the body’s power to heal itself, you get a powerful combination that yields dramatic results. Microneedling is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to reduce facial sagging, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. It can turn damaged facial tissue into brighter, tighter, clearer, and younger-looking skin.
Microneedling uses tiny needles, nearly invisible to the naked eye, to lightly puncture the skin. Traditionally, a medical-grade handheld device was used for this procedure. However, automated microneedling—or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)—is the latest innovation. It removes the human factor of the procedure for more even, more incredible results.
CIT uses the Eclipse MicroPen to flawlessly create tiny injuries. Injuries in the skin, whether from traditional microneedling or CIT, results in the body’s production of collagen and elastin. These two factors are generously produced when we are young and are what keep skin looking taut and supple. However, we produce less as we age. Microneedling and PRP kick-start production once again. It is all part of the body’s repair process.
After just one session, skin begins to look smoother. The “injuries” microneedling creates are very minor and do not hurt or puncture the skin at levels that can lead to an infection. Plus, the process creates micro-channels in the skin, which help any gels, serums, or lotions added post-treatment to have an even better effect. This is why many clients choose a relaxing topical-based treatment after microneedling. However, it will also help maximize results for your home-based skin regimen.
All types of microneedling help reduce hyperpigmentation and all types of scars, but the Eclipse MicroPen has proven to be especially effective. After a session, skin glows and those who wear makeup will find that the results are smoother and more natural.
Microneedling, including the Eclipse MicroPen, can be used on virtually any part of the body. The face is the most popular, but the neck, chest, limbs, and torso can also benefit from microneedling. No matter what part of the body you have treated, the Eclipse MicroPen session begins by prepping a sterile cartridge with 12 points attached to the device. Next, a topical gel is applied to the skin and the right setting for your needs are set. The pen is pressed to the skin as it glides along the treatment area.
Any procedure with “needling” in the title can give clients pause. However, microneedling is a comfortable experience. It is often likened to sandpaper being lightly moved across the skin’s surface. Some parts of the body are sensitive, but the tip speed keeps discomfort at bay and the gel makes the treatment comfortable.
Most clients report an immediate glow after treatment. However, microneedling really works by kickstarting collagen and elastin production in the skin. This can take a few days. Clients watch their skin improve day after day. The body’s healing process is slow but steady. You may continue to see better results for up to six months after the initial treatment.
Skin is often red immediately after microneedling, but that is to be expected. Redness will fade away quickly. However, the complete healing time will depend on your skin and the settings used during your treatment. Most patients are fully healed within 24 hours.
Taking care of your skin post-treatment is essential to fast healing and making the most of your results. Only use gentle products approved by your dermatologist for 48 hours after treatment. Pat skin dry, do not rub. Avoid makeup and most creams and ointments for 24 hours, as well as direct sun exposure. Sunscreen can be applied 24 hours after your microneedling session. Any strenuous activity, including swimming, should be put on hold for 24 hours, too.
The number of microneedling sessions you require will depend on your goals. Many clients schedule one appointment per year. However, maximum results are often achieved by scheduling between two and three sessions seven weeks apart. Deep wrinkles or scarring may require additional sessions.
PRP is a method that relies on the body’s platelets for added healing. Blood has platelets in it, which are directed to injury sites. However, PRP concentrates these platelets to boost the healing power they can provide, which makes it a great complement to microneedling. A small amount of blood is drawn, then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Also known as the “vampire facial,” Microneedling with PRP maximizes rejuvenation results. The client’s own PRP is injected directly into the targeted site. Platelets are powerful, and can also be used to restore hair loss when injected into the scalp.
Platelets have eight key growth factors, all designed to heal tissue. They are key for clotting blood and rebuilding damaged tissue. Platelets also have the potential to stimulate stem cells, which leads to new skin growth. Only about two teaspoons of blood are needed for a PRP session.
PRP is concentrated blood plasma that is enriched with platelets; cell fragments that are found in the blood and contain eight potent growth factors along with other cytokines that stimulate the healing of soft tissue. In the body, platelets are responsible for helping the blood clot, and they help rebuild damaged tissue.
When using microneedling and PRP for scarring, the combination is impressive. Microneedling initially breaks up the tough scar tissue, and PRP encourages healthy tissue growth. The best candidates for microneedling with PRP are those looking for a natural rejuvenation treatment with few side effects. Those with more melanin in their skin especially benefit from this combination.
Spectrum Dermatology specializes in offering natural and dramatic results. If you’re looking for skin that looks younger and healthier, all while depending on the body’s ability to heal itself, microneedling and PRP might be for you. Contact Spectrum Dermatology at (480) 948-8400 for your appointment now.