Microneedling is a process in which hundreds of tiny injections are made using a handheld “pen”. The plasma is directly placed on the skin and then the micro needling treatment begins. This treatment is performed by gliding the pen over the surface of the skin. While the pen is creating tiny injection points, the plasma is able to enter the skin at a deeper level allowing it to boost collagen and elastin growth.
PRP Microneedling & Injections
PRP Microneedling & Injections San Diego
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and is an extract of your own blood. It is nutrient rich and contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors and active proteins than your own blood. This “liquid gold” helps to strengthen and heal your tissue. PRP Microneedling (also know as the “Vampire Facial®”) or injections initiate a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated. PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment for the following:
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and toning skin
- Brightening uneven skin tone
- Mild collagen and volume loss
- Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles
- Large pores/rough texture
- Acne scarring
Blood is extracted from the body and then placed in a special device called a Centrifuge that spins the blood over the course of 10 minutes, removing any impurities. This process separates the red blood cells from the plasma. It is the plasma which contains the platelets and growth factors that some refer to as “liquid gold”.
Our PRP Treatments
There are 2 ways that we perform the PRP service, microneedling or injections. What you should know is that this treatment essentially allows our skin to heal itself with the nutrient rich plasma that we already carry in our bodies. Platelets in our blood cells are designed to heal injuries. For years, doctors and reconstructive surgeons have been injecting PRP into joints to help speed up the process of healing. Now, the benefits are being applied in medical aesthetics. The results are a thicker dermis, softer wrinkles, less scarring and tighter skin.
The second way to treat with PRP is with injections, a very similar process to receiving fillers. The plasma is directly inserted into a syringe allowing your provider to inject under the skin’s surface for a more centralized treatment. This process is typically used for under eye treatments to reduce dark circles and specific areas on the body and face.
When receiving the PRP treatment, results can last up to 18 months. However, we recommend touch-up treatments every year.
Your medical professional can create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. Some patients 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 about 4-6 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 4-6 week intervals.
Many clients are candidates for PRP Injections. It is best to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine which treatment is the best for you.
The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application varies based on which procedure is being performed.
Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced from a patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
Immediately after the treatment you will notice a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of overlapping passes your skincare professional performs. On average, patients are red up to 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.
Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.