Are you struggling with acne scars, sun damage, or wrinkles? Microneedling with PRP (aka the “Vampire Facial”) can help. Endorsed by celebrities and dermatologists alike, this cosmetic procedure has gained tremendous popularity in the dermatology world.
Today’s blog post will explain what microneedling with PRP is, how it works, and who should get it. Let’s dive right in!
What is PRP?
PRP (which stands for platelet-rich plasma) is derived from a sample of the patient’s own blood. Because it contains a variety of growth factors and beneficial proteins, it has powerful skin-healing effects.
The Procedure Explained
The procedure begins by drawing a sample of your blood, which your clinician centrifuges to separate the PRP. While it’s centrifuging, your clinician will apply a topical anesthetic to your face. Then, they’ll prick tiny holes in your skin with a microneedling pen (or derma-roller), which creates channels for the PRP and stimulates collagen production.
The microneedling portion of the procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. Then, your clinician will gently massage the PRP into the treated areas of skin. Doing so ensures that the PRP penetrates the deeper layers of skin. After they’re finished, the clinician will apply a balm to your face to reduce redness and irritation. In total, the procedure will last about two hours.
What Does Microneedling with PRP treat?
Microneedling (with or without PRP) can improve a wide variety of skin conditions. This list includes:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Injury scarring (like burns)
- and more!
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Microneedling with PRP can improve your skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance. So, if you’re interested in this cosmetic procedure, stop by our office or contact us today. Dr. Hackley and her team would be happy to answer your questions and determine if this treatment is right for you.