Microneedling with PRP in Maryland is a great way to address acne, wrinkles, sun damage and much more. You may have heard of microneedling before. Microneedling is a treatment which uses controlled micro-injuries to stimulate your skin’s natural healing process. Adding PRP to this treatment, also known as the “Vampire facial”, has grown in popularity due to celebrity endorsements and the interesting treatment procedure.
What is a “Vampire Facial”?
The Vampire facial is taking mirconeedling to a new level. The facial actually uses your own blood’s special healing cells to improve your skin tone and smooth out any imperfections by using platelet-rich plasma. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from a small sample of your own blood. PPR is used because it contains a variety of growth factors and other beneficial proteins.
On the day of your treatment, a small sample of blood will be drawn and then spun in a centrifuge for roughly 15 minutes. This causes the various components of blood – including platelets – to separate by density. Your clinician will then extract the PRP in order to harness its powerful skin-healing effects.
How Does Microneedling with PRP Work?
After a small blood draw, your clinician will apply a topical anesthetic to your face. Then they’ll pass over it with a microneedling pen or derma-roller. These devices prick tiny holes in your skin, stimulating its natural healing processes – and creating channels for the PRP. In addition, the tiny breaks in the skin stimulate collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin which allows for facial rejuvenation by reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and scars.
Next, your clinician will massage the PRP into the treated areas of the skin. This helps the platelets and beneficial growth factors in PRP penetrate deep into your skin so they can work their rejuvenating magic. Finally, your clinician will apply a balm to your face to reduce redness and irritation. The treatment usually takes less than two hours in total, and it has little to no downtime. Many patients return to work the next day. For the best results, patients should avoid direct sunlight and minimize their use of personal skin care products for the first few days of recovery.
What Skin Conditions Can Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treat?
Microneedling (with or without PRP) can improve a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Scarring caused by injuries such as burns
Microneedling and PRP in Maryland
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