Microneedling with PRP, also known as a Vampire Facial®, is a cosmetic treatment used to address various skin conditions. The technique involves using a pen-like device comprised of micro sterile needles on the skin. When pressed on to the skin, it creates controlled, microscopic injuries, which stimulates collagen. While the micro-channels are open, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is topically applied and pushed into the skin to further promote healing and enhance the anti-aging benefits. Treatable areas include the face, neck, décolletage, arms, abdomen, knees, chin, and any areas that have stretch marks or post-surgical scarring, although the most requested areas are face, neck, décolletage and hands.
We use a device called a SkinPen, which creates hundreds to thousands of “micro” skin punctures per second to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process–inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling–to prompt tissue remodeling without causing scar tissue formation. Incorporating PRP (platelet-rich plasma)–your own blood plasma–is another great option to add to microneedling. The combination dramatically magnifies the rejuvenating effects of microneedling with no risks related to rejection, allergies or other negative side effects of harsh chemicals.
Total healing time depends on each individual patient. It is best to not plan any important events 1-2 days after the procedure. Most people are able to return to work the day after treatment. Most patients should expect the following:
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Regardless of your concerns, we recommend starting with a minimum of 3 sessions. For best results sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. With as few as three non-invasive and affordable treatments spaced 30 days apart, you can improve your skin's overall tone and texture. The SkinPen is also FDA-approved for the treatment of acne scars.
This procedure is safe for all skin types. Microneedling should not be used on patients who have active skin cancer in the treatment area(s); open wounds, sores, or irritated skin in the treatment area(s); an allergy to stainless steel or anesthetics; a hemorrhagic (bleeding) disorder or hemostatic (bleeding) dysfunction; are pregnant, or nursing; or are currently taking drugs with the ingredient isotretinoin (such as Accutane).
There are various alternatives and complementary treatments for patients wishing to rejuvenate their skin. Other treatments include collagen stimulators, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and medical grade skin care products.
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