If you have been following me for a while, you will now know that I am very happy to test new innovations in beauty.Yes we are talking about a Thread up, Laser, Filling under the eye, Lip filler, A sort of “Liquid Facial Care”…The list goes on. Now, before you start thinking that this is too much for a person, I didn’t really start this experimental journey until I was in my 30s. I am 41 years old now, so all these treatments have spread over the past ten years. I am also a strong supporter of home skin care and beauty tools (such as micro currents) to maintain optimal skin health-these are hard-working products that I swear!Any dermatologist or beautician will tell you the importance of keeping your skin in top condition forward You have a professional treatment, especially when you consider using various lasers, PDO line lifts or one of my new favorites, PRP microneedles.
Now, I have tried microneedles in the past (and love it very much), and have also experienced PRP as a serum after Clear & Brilliant laser, but I have not tried the combination of microneedles and PRP injection before. After learning about my favorite skin, PhD.Nancy Samolitis-Board-certified dermatologist and owner/co-founder of Facile Dermatology + Boutique-The treatment is now available, I know I have to try it, and I am not disappointed. To be honest, when it comes to skin texture, tone and vitality, I can say that microneedling with prp has completely changed the rules of the game.
If you have been thinking about treatment, I will ask Dr. Samolitis to test her on all common problems so that you can make an informed decision, but trust me, it is 100% worth it! Read on to learn more about what PRP microneedle is, its benefits, who should get it, and more.
Above you will see a picture of my skin immediately after microneedling with prp, and then a picture of my skin about 10 days after treatment.
What exactly is a microneedle?
Microneedle (MN) uses a device with multiple small needles to perform multiple punctures on the skin. This process can enhance the penetration of topical drugs applied to the skin and trigger the production of new collagen through wound healing. Acupuncture has actually been used to treat acne scars for more than 100 years, but since the launch of the first commercial MN roller in the 1990s, technology and equipment have developed rapidly. In the past few years, with the popularity of MN as a medical procedure, the FDA has now approved only a few devices that are safe for use in medical environments. These devices are small hand-held tools with needles that can directly penetrate the skin vertically and vibrate. They have safety shields and disposable sterile needles to prevent the spread of infection.
What are the benefits of microneedles?
The purpose is basically to create tiny wounds on the skin, thereby creating an environment in which cells are triggered to enter repair mode, thereby removing damaged tissue and replacing it with new, healthy skin cells, and promoting new collagen Growth. This is most conducive to improving the quality and texture of the skin by tightening and plumping the dermal tissue.
How effective is microneedling/PRP in treating acne and acne scars?
Microneedling has indeed become the gold standard for treating acne scars because it is effective, relatively painless, quick to recover, and safe for all skin types. Traditionally, laser skin resurfacing is used to treat acne scars. When you try to use laser (heat) to reach the same depth of wound, it will produce more pain, swelling and recovery time. In my experience, patients are more likely to choose microneedles, because no matter which treatment method is used, it usually requires multiple treatments to get the best results.
Is it effective for hyperpigmentation and melasma?
Microneedling can effectively treat hyperpigmentation and melasma, but it cannot be used alone. It does not improve pigmentation by itself, but can be used to provide topical medications that cause skin whitening. When the medication is used during microneedling (in my office, we use topical tranexamic acid), we basically push it into the dermis, where there is some more stubborn pigmentation. Unlike some lasers, microneedles are unlikely to cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or worsening of melasma, but should be used in conjunction with home skin care to prevent excessive pigmentation.
How is the hair growth?
Although there are some anecdotal reports showing some efficacy (which means that there are no large studies), microneedles alone are usually not used for hair growth. As described in pigmentation, microneedles can be used regularly to help promote the application of topical hair growth products, such as minoxidil (Rogaine) or PRP. Since microneedling on the scalp may cause confusion and pain, we usually use PRP injection alone, which has been proven effective in large studies.
Which skin types/problems are suitable for microneedling?
Almost anyone is an ideal candidate for MN treatment. It is very safe, can be used more gently or aggressively as needed, has relatively little pain, and has an easier and faster recovery period than most laser or other skin resurfacing treatments. I have used microneedling to treat acne scars in a 12-year-old patient and wrinkles in an 85-year-old patient.
Who should not get it?
People with active, inflammatory acne, or other active skin diseases in the treatment area are not candidates until the condition is controlled by medication. People with severe hyperpigmentation are not candidates either. Because microneedling may increase the risk of pigmentation, and some people are prone to excessive pigmentation, when there are other safer and more effective separate treatments for pigmentation, the risk is not worth it.
What is PRP?
PRP is “platelet-rich plasma” extracted from the blood. The blood is drawn in the office using a special type of tube, which is rotated in a centrifuge to separate the blood elements. PRP is drawn in a syringe for skin treatment. Platelets are a type of cells concentrated in a solution. When the skin is injured (by injection or microneedles, lasers, etc.), platelets are activated and release growth factors that help the healing process, leading to the growth of new tissues, whether new The collagen is still causing hair stunted due to hormones, stress or inflammation.
Why are microneedles often used?
Since microneedle is a safe and effective type of skin resurfacing, PRP is usually used in combination with it, but it can be used in conjunction with any skin resurfacing that can cause minor skin damage.
What are the benefits of pairing PRP with microneedles?
As mentioned above, the microneedling process not only causes harm, triggers the release of growth factors in platelets in PRP, but also helps promote the application of topical products. Adding the PRP application to the microneedling treatment will enhance collagen production and speed up the healing process.
What is the difference between microneedling and topical application of PRP during injection?
We can apply PRP a little deeper and apply more PRP to the focus area by injection. For example, I often use PRP to inject deeper acne scars. The scar tissue separated from the injection needle and the fluid can cause damage underneath the acne scar to help relieve it. This is a technique called subcutaneous incision, which has been used alone to treat acne scars, but in split face studies it has been shown to be more effective when combined with PRP injections.
Can you outline your micro/PRP process and why you are doing it at the same time?
- The patient arrives at the office, applies anesthetic cream to the treatment area, draws blood, and processes PRP.
- Clean the skin with disinfection techniques and inject PRP into all areas where we want to concentrate more collagen production-this includes acne scars, skin around the eyes, fine lines/wrinkles, etc.
- Then microneedling is performed on the entire treatment area (usually the face, neck, chest), and PRP is applied locally.
- Use healing cream and give post-care instructions.
- For post-care, we recommend using mild cleansers and moisturizers, without active ingredients, and only use mineral sunscreen and sunscreen for at least three days until the skin returns to normal.
With this in mind, if so, how should you prepare your skin for microneedles/PRP?
Unless you have hyperpigmentation or melasma, no special preparation is required. In this case, we usually prescribe a brightener before and after treatment.
What is downtime?
Most people will feel redness and sensitivity on the first day or two, and it feels like a sunburn. There may be some slight flaking or peeling, and the redness may last for three to four days. Some people may have some precise bruises, especially in areas where we are more aggressively treated (on scars) or in delicate areas such as under the eyes, upper lip and bridge of the nose.
How to care for the skin after treatment?
Only mild skin care products are recommended.We recommend to Facile Core Four products, or base creams, such as La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Heavier moisturizing.
When will you see the result?
Most people will notice that the skin becomes smoother and softer after about two weeks, but the full results may take up to six months and require at least four treatments.
How many treatments should you receive?
There are at least four, but more severe scars or wrinkles may require more. There is no limit to the number of treatments you can perform. I always recommend a quarterly treatment for long-term skin anti-aging maintenance.
how much does it cost?
The cost will largely depend on the geographic location. We separately charge US$475 for microneedle and US$1500 for microneedle + PRP. We also offer package price discounts for a series of four treatment sessions to encourage patients to undergo sufficient treatment to achieve their goals.
What is the difference between microneedling in the office and surgery at home?
My concern about home microneedle devices is that after one use, the needles usually become blunt, so repeated use of them will cause more discomfort, irregular skin tears instead of clean, sterile wounds, poor results, and may Can spread infections that are not properly disinfected. There are no FDA regulations or approvals for household microneedle devices. Some household devices have essences that are used in combination with microneedles, or some people may use their own skin care products in combination with microneedles at home. I don’t recommend this because most skin care essences/ingredients are not intended to be applied to the deeper layers of the skin and may be more likely to cause allergic reactions when used in this way. There are several published case reports in the medical literature that illustrate this situation.