What is Microneedling?
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
The Microneedling procedure, sometimes called collagen induction therapy (CIT), uses a small tool with a varying number of very small needles, usually 15 to 25, with each needle smaller than the width of a human hair. The needle length adjusts, depending on the treatment area and thickness of the skin. When applied to the skin, it creates controlled, microscopic spots that are usually invisible to the naked eye. The micro-injuries initiate the skin’s repair process which includes naturally producing collagen to the affected area.
Microneedling addresses signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin problems like acne scars, thinning or crepey skin, and stretch marks. Micro-needle therapy is minimally invasive, causing thousands of microscopic corrective spots across the treatment area. These spots rapidly induce the body’s natural healing factors, sending collagen and elastin to repair and rejuvenate the skin. This thickens the collagen cushion of the skin and reduces signs of aging.
Boise Image Enhancement Centre providers have over 3 decades of experience of experience with skin tightening and resurfacing applications. We were the first providers in Idaho to offer single spin PRP treatments, the premier product specifically designed to increase collagen production and decrease healing time. No other medical team in the Treasure Valley has greater expertise in aesthetic skin care applications utilizing microneedling and PRP technology.
Types of Microneedling
There are multiple variations of Microneedling. At Boise Image Enhancement Centre, we provide a depth for these corrective spots that only medical practitioners are licensed to achieve. This provides a much better correction with faster results, often resulting in a need for less treatments over time to achieve your desired results.
Furthering the Results of Microneedling
Topical Treatment with Microneedling
Applying a topical treatment after microneedling allows the products to penetrate deeply into the skin, enhancing its efficacy and allowing for more even distribution of the product. We can use a plant derived growth factor or Platelet Rich Plasma, which is derived from your own blood. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, contains several growth factors and cytokines that aid in cell communication and promote healing. When we add PRP with your Microneedling treatment we have noticed a significant reduction to any redness you may have after your treatment with rapid healing of your skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) with Microneedling
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a biologically perfect beauty serum. Since the platelets are taken directly from each patient, the body immediately accepts them as a beneficial healing agent when they are topically applied. PRP becomes even more powerful when combined with Microneedling, since the tiny pinholes allow the platelets to penetrate even deeper into the skin.
We obtain the PRP by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a specific type of sterile tube, designed to capture the healing and growth factors your body creates. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma from your red and white blood cells which we can then use for the treatment. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells. PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic medicine also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.
As a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, both microneedling and PRP work well. However, their true power is unleashed when used together, as benefits are amplified and healing time is reduced.
Benefits of PRP with Microneedling
When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create and supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.
- It improves the skin
- It is non-invasive
- It has a short recovery with minimal down time
- Your body heals itself
- It is very comfortable
- The results are long lasting
What areas of the body can be treated with PRP and Microneedling?
Is There a Difference Between Microneedling with PRP and a Vampire Facial™?
You may have seen online photos of celebrity’s, such as Kim Kardashian, face covered in blood after a procedure. This is where the nickname "vampire facial" comes from. While both treatments use your own blood products, Vampire Facial is a trademarked treatment that uses your whole blood product, including your red blood cells, and is an older method of applying growth factors to the skin.
The PRP system Boise Image Enhancement Centre uses the most effective, single spin, PRP/stem cell system available. By using a single spin, vs double spin, technology, we are able to isolate the platelets while eliminating the undesirable components, such as red blood cells and inflammatory white blood cells. This allows for a concentrated amount of growth factors and healing properties in a supraphysiologic range which is almost 2.5 times the amount in unconcentrated blood products.
5 Reasons to Avoid Red & White Blood Cells in PRP Treatments
Red Blood Cells:
- Lead to free radical formation
- Create inflammation
- Create vascular injury
- Cause cell death (apoptosis)
- May lead to hemosiderin staining (brown staining) from iron oxide (rust). This is a permanent bruised look.
White Blood Cells
- Releases matrix metalloproteinases and produces oxygen radicals
- Causes tissue damage
- Creates inflammation
- Impairs healing
- Causes localized pain
There is no biologic rational to include red blood cells or white blood cells in PRP preparations and their presence is usually based on the inability of other processing technologies to completely eliminate these cells from the PRP.
Before & After Photos
While the procedure has minimal discomfort, a topical anesthetic is applied prior to the start of the treatment to lessen any possible pain. If using PRP with your microneedling procedure, a syringe of blood with be drawn, usually from your arm, while your face is numbing. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the blood.
You will be able to return to your normal activities as soon as you would like. Your skin may be pink or red immediately after your treatment, but the downtime is minimal, usually 1-3 days. You may use makeup the day after your treatment if you wish.
Within a few days, you will begin to notice improvement in your skin’s texture and tone. Most clients will get the best results with a series of three treatments done at four to six-week intervals.