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Mary Byron By Mary Byron • November 10, 2017

Microneedling with PRP: Why Vampires Have Great Skin

Interest in Microneedling is universal in the aesthetic world and though it isn't a pretty sight, the radiant results justify risking this grisly procedure . Currently, Microneedling is second only to Botox as the most "searched" cosmetic procedure and it is one of our best skin transforming treatments ever! Do you suffer from mild acne scars, fine lines/wrinkles, uneven skin color, skin laxity, stretch marks and rough patches? Then, microneedling might just be the answer to your facial skin problems. But do you know that people have been using it to address skin problems on the neck, back, arms, legs and stomach?

Microneedling, a collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that reaches the dermis. At Juvly, we use state-of-the art physician-grade technology called Skin Pen II. The depth, size and number of needles would depend on the client's skin condition. The fine needles  of the device are used to minimally puncture the skin to create controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin as a result ot the release of growth factors and cytokines.

The growth factors and cytokines in turn stimulate collagen, elastin, and neovascularization. The good thing is that microneedling can be done on people with darker skin (Fitzpatrick Skin Types ypes III-VI) and those with history of melasma.  Needling sessions are typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart but is not recommended for those with history of keloid formation.

 

 

Microneedling, depite the many home gadgets sold over-the-counter today, is something that can't be done on your own because without numbing (which clinicians do), you won't be able to reach the depths required to initiate the cascade of collagen regeneration. 


Although clients report improvement after a single session, three to four sessions are recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring and other skin conditions. Stretch marks and more severe conditions can take upward of 5 sessions. Treatment time time typically is an hour and redness may last for for 3 days. Expect some flaking before you wake up to more glowing skin.
 

The Key Benefits:
  • it diminishes fine lines/wrinkles,
  • improves the "crepey" look around the eyes,
  • fades stretch marks,
  • reduces the appearance of mild acne scars,
  • improves skin texture,
  • increases skin firmness,
  • evens-out skin color,
  • fades minor discolorations
  • stimulates hair follicles for hair regrowth  and
  • decreases pore size.
Best of all, microneedling can improve the appearance of the skin in areas where laser treatment and chemical are not recommended such as around the eyes, mouth, hands and chest.  For those who want maximum impact but have little time to spare, Microneedling can be done with lip fillers and Botox (with Botox as the last treatment). It can also be done ahead of Kybella because  Kybella makes you more sensitive to a longer procedure.
 
The Vampire Facial: Levelling up Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Microneedling has levelled up many ways. At Juvly, we've added Platelet Rich Plasma, which is drawn and processed from your own blood to the regimen. Others believe in the efficacy of the addition of RF or radio frequency and Vitamin C. 

For the so-called Vampire Facial  or Microneedling with PRP, about 10 ml. of autologous blood (client's own blood) is drawn and centrifuged at high speed. The plasma rich platelets that rise to the top are centrifuged a second time and kept at low temperature to further increase its concentration to about 4-5 times that of whole blood.  PRP functions like stem cells and potentiate the healing and collagen induction action of the growth factors and cytokenes. You can say it's like "microneedling on steroids" because it PRP contains additional healing and vascularization factors like platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor. Long story short, PRP:

  • induces cell migration,
  • promotes proliferation,
  • improves cell attachment and 
  • increases new blood pathways in the skin.  No wonder clients ay that their skin is firmer, thicker and more evenly colored and textured.

Split face studies show thatMicroneedling with PRP is more effective for treating post-acne atrophic scars than Microneedling with Vitamin C.  Boxcar type scars and rolling scars improved the most. However, ice-pick scars are probably too deep and did not show visible improvement. There was significant improvement in PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation), firmness and smoothness.

The cost between standard microneedling, precision pen microneedling and microneedling with PRP vary. Precision microneedling is done at higher RPM which means it is faster. There is also greater control over depth of puncture and needle size. When PRP is used, the platelet rich plasma or serum is spread over the face prior to microneedling.  However, for those who are suffering from hair loss, the PRP is injected to the the scalp area before microneeding. Here's a comparison of Microneedling Black Friday Specials:

  • MICRONEEDLING –  $400 $249 $199*
                                      3 FOR $700
                                      6 FOR $1200
  • UPGRADED MICRONEEDLING  $500  $299
                                                                  3 FOR $799
                                                                  6 FOR $1600
  • MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP (USING STANDARD PEN)  $599, $499 for members
  • MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP (USING UPGRADED PEN)  $649, $549 for members
  • PRP FOR HAIRLOSS  $999, $899 for members

       (*With Morgan, Nadia, Kelsey, Karen, and Jamie)

 

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Chawla S. Split Face Comparative Study of Microneedling with PRP Versus Microneedling with Vitamin C in Treating Atrophic Post Acne Scars. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery. 2014;7(4):209-212. doi:10.4103/0974-2077.150742.
 

Skin needling as a treatment for acne scarring: An up-to-date review of the literature