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Microneedling + PRP

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that’s primarily used to minimize the signs of aging.

During a standard session, a dermatologist uses a special roller or device with needles to prick the skin and stimulate new collagen production. Because of this, microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), as an injection or topically, can be added to the session. It may improve the healing and decrease the duration of redness and swelling seen after microneedling.

Microneedling with PRP has been shown in some studies to improve outcomes in those undergoing microneedling for acne scars.

What’s this procedure used for?

Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and certain forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP may boost these effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.

Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, most studies with PRP and scars seem to be focused on treatment of the face.

The term vampire facial is typically used to refer to microneedling with PRP used topically, afterward.

 

CONTRAINDICATION:

 

Most patients are good candidates for this type of the procedure, with few contraindications to treatment existing.

It may not be the best option for you if you:

  • are pregnant

  • use or recently used Accutane for acne

  • still have active acne resulting in new scarring

  • have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea

  • scar easily

  • have a history of poor wound healing

  • have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months

 

 

PROCEDURE TIME:

 

20 - 30 minutes.

 

DISCOMFORT

 

The pain is mild, varying according to the sensitivity of each patient.
To fill the lips region, it is recommended to arrive 30 minutes in advance to apply anesthetic cream and, if necessary, local anesthesia can be performed.
Patients who are very sensitive to pain can also arrive 30 minutes in advance to apply anesthetic cream to any region of the face.

 

EXPECTED REACTION:

Bruises and inflammation, including swelling and redness, are the most common side effects. They typically appear immediately after the procedure and clear within four to six days.

The good news is that PRP contains your own blood, so there’s little chance of cross-contamination or infection. Rare, but serious, complications include infection and scarring.

If you have a history of herpes simplex, or cold sores, it’s also possible that you may have an outbreak from having this procedure done. Let your provider know if you’ve ever had cold sores.

 

 

POST-PROCEDURE CARE

Avoid sun exposure and harsh skin treatments during this time. It’s important that you don’t rub or pick at your face. Sun protection is also very important.

 

 

RETURN TIME TO HABITUAL ACTIVITIES:

 

Immediate