Micro-Needling / Platelet Rich Plasma
By: Susan McCann ARNP, Certified Aesthetic Provider
May 2, 2018
PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic dermatology can use it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen for beautiful youthful results. Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin.
Combined with the Eclipse MicroPen often known as Collagen Induction Therapy, optimal absorption of PRP repairs collagen and elastin, which is ideal for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, traumatic scars, and stretch marks.
Great candidates for the Micropen and Micropen with PRP have the following:
- Fine lines and moderate wrinkles
- Uneven texture, tone & color
- Striae (stretch marks)
- Traumatic and Surgical Scars
- Photoaging or sun damaged skin
- Mild to moderate skin laxity
Patients typically notice an immediate glow, after treatment. Visible improvement will take about 2-4 weeks and can continue for up to 6 months.
A small blood sample is taken from your own body and the PRP is separated from the other components. The PRP is then topically applied to the skin immediately following a micro-needling procedure. The micro-channels created by micro-needling provide direct pathways to the deeper layers of skin for optimal wound healing. Micro-needling with PRP application is an ideal treatment for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and scars or even increasing plumpness and overall rejuvenation of the skin. PRP can also be injected into the skin if desired.
The skin will be red and flushed, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn, for 12 hours to 3 days. You may also experience mild swelling, tightness, and/or mild peeling. Side effects are temporary and typically resolve within 3 days. Total healing time depends on the depth of the treatment, skin type, and skin condition, and some patients may heal completely in 24 hours.
Micro-Needling can be used on the:
For more information on Micro-Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy in the Sarasota, FL area, call Sarasota Facial Aesthetics at (941) 955-8384 today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan McCann, ARNP, Certified Aesthetic Provider
Susan McCann is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of South Florida where she was inducted into the prestigious International Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. McCann has been selected by leading Medical Aesthetic Companies, Allergan, and Galderma, to train Physicians, PA’s, and ARNP’s on injectable products and treatments. Susan is committed to staying current with advances in non-surgical facial and body enhancements to ensure the highest standard of care for patients here at Sarasota Facial Aesthetics.