Scars, Wrinkles, and Hair Loss, Oh My! Let’s face it, we all have things we wish we would change. Whether it’s oversized pores, old scars from childhood, hair loss, or deep set wrinkles, these unsightly skin problems could be your worst nightmare. But have no fear, we have the answer: Microneedling. This therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with quick recovery time, and is designed to stimulate hair loss and the body’s natural collagen production.
The treatment actually involves the use of two procedures, micro-needling and PRP (platelet rich plasma) done consecutively.
The first procedure is called Micro-Needling. A small hand held, automatic device that contains tiny micro-needles is passed over the skin creating tiny micro-wounds, or channels, on the skin. During the body’s natural wound-healing process of these channels, collagen and elastin are automatically produced.
The second procedure is called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from an individual’s own blood. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the PRP from the blood. The blood is spun for approximately 15 minutes. PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors and other cytokines that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. The PRP is applied directly to the channels that were created from the micro-needling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen.
The recovery process is pretty easy. For most people, the skin completely recovers in 24-72 hours. The body’s collagen production usually takes about 4-8 weeks, so the patient will continue to see improvements over this time.
Though the benefits of one microneedling procedure will be apparent, we recommend 3-6 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart for optimal results. The number of treatments needed will vary based on the patient and what is trying to achieved.