PRP Microneedling 2018-01-04T14:47:46+00:00

PRP / Microneedling

What is PRP/Microneedling Facial?

The Facial uses PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy), an amazing technology, to rejuvenate your face, neck, chest, and hands. This treatment lets you:

  • •Take your own blood
  • •Extract powerful platelets and
  • •Infuse them back into your skin
  • •So your skin can rejuvenate itself and build collagen!

This is a new treatment that many Hollywood stars are now using to minimize fine lines, and wrinkles!

Plasma Therapy Facial

Am I a Good Candidate?

Almost anyone who wants to look younger and feel more confident is a great candidate for using PRP therapy.

Microneedling Candidate
  • Helps improve
  • Crow’s feet
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Fine lines around the mouth
  • Poor skin texture
  • Sun damage
  • Acne scars
  • Crepey skin in the eye, neck and décolletage areas
  • Results may vary

Advantages of PRP Therapy

Platelet-rich Plasma, the best part: not only does the PRP cause an increase in the volume, PRP contains at least 8 growth factors that can, over a long period of time, continually work like a rejuvenating agent.

By activating these growth factors, all 3 parts of the aging process can improve:

  1. The skin color can become a “younger” color because of new blood vessel formation.
  2. New collagen can form in the dermis to lift the face back into a more youthful shape.
  3. Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) can appear smoother.

Here’s how it PRP works:

  1. ALC’s medical providers are trained to draw blood (an amount similar to what is required for a basic lab test). About two tablespoons.
  2. Your medical provider will then place the blood into a special centrifuge, it spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
  3. The best way to visualize PRP is to remember the yellow “goo” that surrounded the scab you had when you fell on your knee as a child. The thickening of the serum to form that yellow material holds specific growth factors in place that call stem cells to the area and activates them to create new skin.
Plasma Test
Plasma Lift Face Before and After
Plasma Lift Hand Before and After

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of multiple tiny needles creating microscopic channels in the skin, thus stimulating the skin’s natural healing abilities and collagen production. Most minimally invasive procedures aim to maintain the overlying epidermis while creating dermal injury; therefore, stimulating wound repair and neocollagenesis.

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, 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 neovascularization and neocollagenesis to fill these microscopic wounds.

The outcomes of microneedling vary based on the device, the depth of needle penetration, frequency of needle penetration, and the number of passes. The needles traumatically create pores in the dermis, which stimulates the release of growth factors and cytokines.

The growth factors and cytokines in turn stimulate collagen, elastin, and neovascularization. Microneedling has shown it initiates collagen synthesis, specifically collagens I, III, and VII. Needling sessions are typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Microneedling has minimal side effects and can be used safely in patients with all skin types in addition to patients with a history of melasma.

Microneedling should be avoided in patients with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, inflammatory dermatoses, history of herpes simplex virus in perioral area, or any type of growth in the target area. Absolute contraindications for microneedling include scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, clotting disorders, active infection.

3 microneedling sessions in conjunction with PRP at 4 to 6 week intervals saw improvement in newly synthesized collagen, and tropoelastin.

Some Of The Science Information

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated autologous serum that is rich in growth factors and cytokines such as platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor. These growth factors regulate and induce cell migration, attachment proliferation, and differentiation as well as promote extracellular matrix accumulation. PRP and the induction of growth factors has been used specifically in the treatment of bony defects, wound healing, gastrointestinal surgery.

PRP used in conjunction with microneedling for facial rejuvenation offers a minimally invasive treatment, with minimal downtime and long-lasting effects. Patients showed improvement after 1 treatment of microneedling with PRP. The patient’s maximum improvement was noted at 1 month.

A proposed mechanism for this optimal outcome may be that the additional growth factors and cytokines from the PRP act synergistically with the already stimulated neocollagenesis secondary to the needling leading to more rapid collagen remodeling. Although noted most patients saw improvement after 1 treatment, we would recommend a series of at least 3 treatment sessions, 1 month apart for a more optimal outcome

Technician Holding Plasma Sample

Why Stem Cells are So Important

Scientists have known for years that unipotent stem cells lie dormant in the skin and provide the building blocks for healing when you sustain a burn or cut. Until recently, physicians had no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors found in the blood (specifically the platelets), a physician can activate the unipotent stem cells already in the skin and tell those cells to grow new, younger-appearing skin.

During the process of PRP, stem cell science is used to tell the body to grow new younger skin. Unipotent stem cells, which grow only one specific tissue, can be found in every part of the body. For example, unipotent stem cells in the liver grow new liver tissue. Unipotent stem cells in the skin grow new skin. Thus, PRP can take the cosmetic rejuvenation process to a higher level!

Non-candidates

Microneedling should be avoided in patients with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, inflammatory dermatoses, history of herpes simplex virus in perioral area, or any type of growth in the target area. Absolute contraindications for microneedling include scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, clotting disorders, active infection.

Before any medical procedure can be performed a good faith exam MUST first be completed.