Friday, August 26, 2016

Benefits of using PRP with Microneedling

August 23, 2016

Benefits of using PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) with Microneedling

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a new innovation in the skincare industry.  It is used for the treatment of fines lines, acne scars, stretch marks, and to overall  improve the appearance of the skin texture, tone, and tightness.  At Awaken Med Spa, we use the Eclipse Micropen Elite, which causes small channels in the skin, to allow topical products to be absorbed more effectively.  Providers use different types of topicals on the skin, but using a client’s own Platelet-Rich Protein (PRP), increases collagen production by up to 1000%!

What is PRP, and why would we use it???
PRP is a high concentration of platelets, surrounded in its own plasma.  We draw approximately 10cc of blood and use a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma.  Since this is processed from the client, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.
When the client’s PRP is applied to the skin, then followed with the procedure of Microneedling, the PRP is absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin; therefore, improving the fine lines, texture, and tightness of the skin.  There are several known growth factors that are released into the skin, to not only stimulate collagen by 1000%, but also to heal the skin quickly.  With that being said, there is virtually no downtime with this procedure.  Some redness can be noticed to the skin, for a day or two, depending on the area treated and the number of passes that are performed to the area.  The procedure takes approx. 20-30 minutes depending on the area treated.  Microneedling can be performed on all parts of the body.  Face, neck and decollete, are the most popular areas to treat, but also hands, back, and abdomen have shown great results.  Results are noticed within a few weeks, and can continue to improve for 6 months.  Some clients only require one treatment yearly, while others will need a series.  PRP can also be injected into the skin for even more results in localized areas and is paired with other treatment modalities when needed.

Awaken Med Spa offers complimentary consultations and we will assess your skin and your goals, to see if Microneedling with PRP would be a beneficial treatment option. 

Kati Howard, MSN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner/Administrator