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Microneedling with PRP: this treatment will wake up your skin

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Microneedling with PRP: this treatment will wake up your skin

Posted by Johns Creek Dermatology in Skin Care Procedures 19 Jul 2017

There are several proven methods to revitalize skin and repair damage and signs of aging. Lasers, fillers, peels, and microdermabrasion provide great results, and each has its individual benefits. Microneedling with PRP, a new development, takes skin rejuvenation to new levels.

When it comes to rejuvenating the skin, patients tend to seek minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t create bruises, swelling, or redness. Downtime is not desirable in this busy world. The best treatments are long-lasting and without unpleasant side effects. Microneedling with PRP cannot be beaten when it comes to waking up the dermis and making it glow again.

One of the unpleasant side effects of aging is that collagen production declines and skin tone begins to fail. Treatments that increase the production of collagen result in tighter skin and fewer wrinkles. In order to boost collagen production, treatments must “injure” the dermis. This “distress” encourages the skin to repair itself by creating new collagen. The beautiful plumpness makes the skin firmer and gives it a new glow.

Microneedling is a popular collagen-induction therapy which is a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. These needles are used to puncture the skin at various depths to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that stimulates the skin to produce collagen which “heals” the wounds created by the fine needles. There is little-to-no downtime with this procedure, and it is safe for most skin types.

The use of PRP improves the outcome of the microneedling treatment, and it’s a very simple process. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is created by drawing the patient’s blood, mixing it with acid citrate dextrose and centrifuging it for 10 minutes which separates the PRP from the platelet poor plasma. The PRP is applied to the face immediately prior to and after treatment with the microneedling pen. Because it contains 7 growth factors to help heal damaged tissues and increase collagen production, PRP is a wonderful, natural accompaniment to the microneedling process.

Microneedles ranging from 0.1  to 2.5 mm. A numbing agent is used so the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure which includes at least 2 passes over the skin of the area to be treatment. Needle penetration, frequency of needle penetration, and the number of passes all affect the outcome of the procedure which creates pores in the dermis to stimulate the release of growth factors and cytokines. Improvement can be observed after the first treatment; however, a series of treatments will improve the skin’s condition by continuing to stimulate collagen production.

Patients who have a history of keloid scarring or a history of herpes simplex virus around the mouth should discuss this with the aesthetician before receiving treatment. There are some absolute contraindications to this procedure such as scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, clotting disorder, active infection, and immunosuppression. Overall, this is a safe, effective facial rejuvenation treatment.

If you want to experience this game-changing skin rejuvenation procedure, call the office of Johns Creek Dermatology. Dr. Timani and her knowledgeable staff will make you feel comfortable. The treatment will wake up your skin and give you a new youthful glow.

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