Microneedling & PRF
What is microneedling?
Microneedling or Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging, minimizes the appearance of pores, improves acne scars and rejuvenates aging skin. Microneedling treatments help to lift and tighten the skin while providing texture improvement for all ages and skin types giving you a smoother and younger looking skin, without the side effects or downtime of cosmetic surgery and lasers.
How does it work?
Microneedling is a procedure in which a pen with tiny needles is used to make micro perforations or channels in the skin causing a mechanical injury to your skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural wound healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and regeneration. This process leads to increased collagen and elastin production, preventing signs of aging and consequently a more youthful-looking skin. Skin circulation is improved giving you a healthier pink tone, becomes firmer and regains its elasticity, reducing fine lines and wrinkles improving your overall skin condition.
What can you treat?
Treatments with a micro needle pen do not burn the skin (like laser), dissolve it (like chemical peels). Microneedling gently stimulates the skin with very fine needles that encourage natural collagen production. The procedure is safe and effective for:
- Acne Scars
- Fine Lines & Moderate wrinkles
- Skin Laxity
- Pore Size
- Texture, Tone, Color
- Stretch Marks
- Traumatic Scars
- Photo Aging & Sun Damage
- Hyperpigmentation & Hypopigmentation
- Hair Loss
- Drug Delivery
What to expect?
Immediately after your treatment, your skin will look red as though you have a moderate sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This will subside after 1-2 hours and will normally diminish within the same day or 24-48 hours. You may see slight redness after 24 -48 hours but only in minimal areas or spots.
Did you know that only 4 to 8 percent of the expensive serum you use on your face actually penetrates your skin? Microneedling improves product absorption tremendously. Microneedling can be used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid and other serums to hydrate and heal the skin. The micro-channels created by the needles allow for deeper penetrations of topical serums for more effective results. This procedure can increase the skins ability to utilize the nutrients by up to 3,000%. Combine microneedling with the body’s own PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) and kick start the healing process. The rejuvenation action that is started by the micro-wounds is dramatically enhanced by the growth factors contained in the PRF. Studies have shown skin rejuvenation with the PRF combination procedure. Optimal result is achieved with a series of treatments.
What and when can I expect results?
Long-term effects, such as skin tightening, collagen production and enhanced skin quality, may take up to three to four months to be noticed and can last from six to 12 months. The visibility of expected benefits and results of the PRF treatment is typically seen after six weeks from initial treatment. We recommend at least 3 treatments, one month apart, to achieve good results. In a few weeks the skin texture and acne scarring is improved, with long-lasting results. Deep acne scars and fine lines/wrinkles will need more treatments.
How long do the results last?
PRF is performed in a series of treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart. Results typically last one to three weeks and the volume will essentially dissipate. Long-term effects, such as skin tightening, collagen production and enhanced skin quality, may take up to three to four months to be noticed and can last from six to 12 months. The visibility of expected benefits and results of the PRF treatment is typically seen after six weeks from initial treatment.
The PRF Facial (Microneedling with Platelet-Rich-Fibrin)
Platelet therapy is quickly becoming an integral aspect of cosmetic treatments topically or as an injection to stimulate collagen production and enhance the efficacy of procedures such as fat transfer, hair loss, lasers and microneedling. The PRF facial consists of injecting the face with your body’s own plasma which has a concentrated source of growth factors that aid in the healing process of damaged tissue and promote cell regeneration. Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a 100% natural and autologous solution created using a slow centrifuge concept.. PRF preserves the vitality of cells that are undamaged, allowing considerably more platelets, White Blood Cells (WBCs) and even Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) to be obtained, maximizing growth factor stimulation. The plasma clots into fibrin allowing for a much slower release of the growth factor and cytokines for a longer period of time.
Combine microneedling with PRF and kick start the healing process. The growth factors contained in the PRF dramatically enhances the rejuvenation action started by the microneedling. The result is a plumper, younger-looking face, chest or neck, as the underlying layers of skin rebuild themselves.
What is PRF therapy good for?
- Smooth lines and wrinkles (anti-aging)
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Improve acne scars and scarring due to surgery
- Promote hair re-growth in cases of alopecia, baldness or thinning hair
- Eyes dark spots
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Sun damage
- Hyperpigmentation (melasma)
- Skin texture around eyes, on neck and décolletage
- Keloid and acne scars
- Stretch marks
Who Cannot Have a PRF treatment?
Persons with severe skin disease, cancer, chemotherapy, metabolic and systemic disorders, and abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders). Anti-coagulation therapy, sepsis HIV, some auto immune diseases.
How is PRF obtained?
Blood is drawn from your arm, in the same way you would have a regular blood test. The drawn blood is placed in a centrifuge for 5 to 10 minutes. This equipment spins the blood at low speed to separate the lighter plasma from the rest of contents of the blood. This isolated platelet rich fibrin is is injected into the skin or treatment area, which will increase collagen production and have other healing effects.
What to expect?
Immediately after your treatment, your skin will look red as though you have a moderate sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This will subside after 1-2 hours and will normally diminish within the same day or 24-48 hours.
How many treatments do I need?
Optimal result is achieved with a series of treatments. We recommend 3 – 5 treatments approximately 4 – 6 weeks apart. This initiates an accelerated healing process and improves your skin quality for up to 12 months.
Topical anesthesia is applied to your face to keep you comfortable during your treatment
The PRF Facelift (PRF +/- Fillers)
PRF is used very effectively in combination with Dermal Fillers or alone to create a ”Liquid Facelift.” The PRF Facelift is a non-surgical skin treatment that uses the healing properties and growth factors of the platelet-rich fibrin from your own blood's plasma, combined with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler as a method for skin rejuvenation and improvement of the tone and texture of your skin. The PRF is injected into strategic areas of the face to reduce wrinkles, add youthful volume, and improve the quality of your skin. The procedure also results in increased collagen production, blood supply, and new skin and fatty tissue generation, creating that youthful appearance and healthier looking skin. The PRF Facelift can be done in conjunction with wrinkle treatments such as Botox or Xeomin.
PRF as part of a PRP Facelift acts as both a natural Dermal Filler enhancing the shape created by the HA filler and improving the texture and appearance of your skin giving a more younger, smoother, more glowing skin from new collagen formation and increased blood flow. As your skin rejuvenates, your natural beauty is enhanced.
What to expect:
The PRF Facelift offers results that can be experienced on the same day, with continual benefit of skin regeneration lasting for months—even over a year. Effects will dissipate after 4-6 weeks. May repeat and perform a series of 3 sessions. You will notice improvement on skin quality and elasticity, as well as more collagen stimulation in the areas injevted.
The PRF Facelift on Smokers
Cigarette smoke interferes with the body’s growth factors and with tissue healing and regeneration. If you do smoke, The PRF Facelift will not produce the same results as it would in a non-smoker.