Microneedling / PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Microneedling and PRP are all the buzz lately! Microneedling is a method of stimulating collagen growth in the skin, which can be used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and scarring. The theory behind micro-needling it wounds the skin, and in turn, coax new healthy skin cells (fibroblasts) to create new collagen. The result is overall skin tightening, thereby improving skin texture. At Aponi Aesthetics, we choose to use the Rejuvapen micro-needling device (www.rejuvapen.com).
The benefits of micro-needling are:
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Lifts, tightens and rejuvenates the skin
- Improves the appearance of stretch marks
- Minimizes acne scarring
- Reduces the appearance of traumatic scars
- Lightens pigmentation
How does micro-needling work?
The Rejuvapen system utilizes 9 precisely spaced microneedles which create tiny vertical perforations into the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. By creating a slight injury to the skin in a gentle way, the skin repairs itself by stimulating collagen and elastin. The end result is tighter and healthier looking skin. In addition, serums can be applied before and after micro needling to encourage a deeper penetration of high-quality ingredients. Serums such as growth factors and peptides can be ‘channeled’ into the skin for maximum effect and improvement.
What is involved in the procedure?
The patient is cleansed and wiped with alcohol beforehand, and a topical numbing cream is applied to the areas that will be treated. A new, disposable sanitized needle tip is used for every treatment, and the settings are adjusted on the pen according to the skin type and the condition being treated. The level of intensity will vary throughout the treatment based on the sensitivity of specific areas (for instance, around the eyes, the setting is reduced). Each treatment takes about 30 minutes.
What is the post-op care?
Most patients look as though they have a moderate sunburn, and skin will feel warm. These symptoms begin to resolve within a couple of hours and will be recovered in 24 hours. A mild cleanser and moisturizer are recommended post-op. We also recommend using the breathable foundation, Oxygenetics, to assist in the healing of the skin while protecting it.
What are PRP and micro-needling?
Another option with micro-needling is using your own healthy plasma protein cells that are used to assist in the healing of aged and damaged skin. A certified medical assistant or nurse will draw your blood and extract the healthiest part of the blood called plasma using a centrifuge. The healthy plasma is then applied to the treated area, so it absorbs deep into the skin. Another option is to inject the healthy plasma into areas of the face and/or scalp (for hair restoration). Plasma can also be injected into the vagina and penis to enhance overall sexual wellness. Since PRP is a natural substance from your own body, there is no risk of allergies or hypersensitivity.
What about PRP and Dermal Fillers?
Instead of waiting for the PRR results to take effect, the plasma can be combined with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler for maximum and more immediate results. Then the results from the PRP will begin to appear as the filler dissolves naturally.
What are the contra-indications?
- Active acne
- Raised keloid scars
- Actinic keratosis
- Skin Cancer
How many micro-needling treatments will I need?
Microneedling can be performed once a month for 3-5 treatments, based on the condition of the skin.