What is microneedling?
Microneedling (aka collagen-induction therapy) is a nonsurgical treatment that penetrates your skin’s surface with a device of tiny needles to improve its appearance. It may sound a little medieval, but most skin rejuvenation treatments, whether laser or a chemical peel, trigger a similar kind of wound-healing response to create a structural and cosmetic benefit. This procedure can help smooth lines and wrinkles, even skin tone (including stubborn melasma), refine enlarged pores, tighten skin, and fade scars along with stretch marks. It is an investment into yourself looking brighter and younger.
How does it work?
Microneedling with a device called SkinPen creates thousands of microchannels that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process, while minimizing cellular damage. This rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. The result is effective remodeling of scar tissue, while keeping the overall structure of the skin intact. When the needles pierce the skin, it triggers your immune system to cleanse the wound, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin creating new healthy tissue. Next, the wound is rebuilt with new granulation cells, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops, and the wound is replaced with new dermal tissue and blood vessels.
Clinical studies proved that after four sessions spaced out one month apart, the treatments produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing the treatments. We highly recommend this treatment to help with pigmentation, acne scarring, to prevent premature aging, and for the overall health of the skin.
What are the pros and cons of microneedling?
The treatment is quick (30 minutes), comfortable (after topical numbing cream), and cost-effective.
Microneedling provides both short- and long-term benefits. There is an immediate result that people describe as a ‘glow’ to their skin which is followed by longer-term result of collagen production.
The treatment can be customized to treat localized problem areas, such as scars, dark undereye circles, crow’s feet, and neck or chest lines.
Recovery time is usually just a few days. 24 hours after the treatment you can use foundation or powder to cover up redness.
Microneedling doesn’t involve the delivery of heat, so it’s safe to use on all skin tones without the risk of pigmentation issues that can accompany laser and light procedures.
Though it’s mostly used on the face, neck, chest, and hands, microneedling can be done all over the body.
RealSelf members who said it’s “Worth It” liked that it didn’t hurt much, if at all.
Inexperienced providers or not FDA cleared DIY at-home devices can damage your skin and even leave scars, so its best to find a well-reviewed clinic who uses an FDA cleared device. At Art of Eternal Beauty we use the first FDA cleared device called SkinPen.
You’ll need a series of treatments to get the full benefits, and follow-up sessions are required to maintain them.
While the treatment tightens sagging skin, particularly around the eyes and jawline, it does not replace plastic surgery.
Your skin will be sensitive to the sun post-treatment, and direct UV exposure should be avoided.
What is PRP/PRF (Platelet-Rich Plasma/Platelet Rich Fibrin)?
Platelet-Rich Plasma/Platelet-Rich Fibrin, or PRP/PRF is your own concentrated preparation of platelets and the associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma. Platelets are a natural source of a number of growth factors in their natural and biologically-determined ratios.
How do PRP/PRF Injections work?
PRP/PRF therapy uses concentrated platelets and plasma of the patient’s own blood to naturally enhance the healing process of the damaged cells. The blood’s platelets contain fibrin, proteins and other growth factors needed to accelerate the cell’s healing process.
For PRP/PRF injections to work, I will draw your blood using a PRP/PRF kit then place the collected blood into an approved PRP/PRF centrifuge. Nothing artificial is added! The centrifuge will spin the PRP/PRF separating the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma and fibrin. I will then extract the PRP/PRF from the tube and apply the platelets on your skin.
What is microneedling combined with PRP?
The microneedling SkinPen makes microchannels on your skin. You can maximize the healing by using your own blood to amplify the healing proteins and also speed the healing after your treatment. Platelet rich plasma and fibrin (PRP/PRF) is made from your own blood concentrated into a serum (PRP/PRF) which is painted onto your skin during your micro-needling, and then penetrates into the skin. The PRP/PRF enhances the collagen production after the microneedling.
What conditions are treated with PRP/PRF?
Platelet rich plasma and fibrin has been used across the medical industry for many different forms of rejuvenation. PRP/PRF has become very popular in the cosmetic and aesthetic space for skin rejuvenation as well as hair restoration. In addition, many orthopedics opt into PRP/PRF treatment for injuries and sports medicine because of its successful results without surgery.
SkinPen Microneedling with PRF
Face, Neck & Decollete $650 /
Package of three $1800