Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
At Kristen L. Biggs, MD, Skin Care & Vein Centre, we offer micro-needling using the Eclipse MicroPen™ Elite, a device which creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. Automated micro-needling creates superficial micro-channels which can be used with topical gels, creams, and serums to improve the appearance of the skin. It can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back. Previously, we offered these treatments with topical application of growth factors obtained from a pharmaceutical source. Now, we have the ability to perform these treatments in the office with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).
Prior to the procedure, the skin is first desensitized with topical numbing cream. The PRP is prepared. A sterile cartridge containing 12 points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen™. Our Medical Aestheticians apply a thin layer of PRP to the skin and select the appropriate pen setting based on the treatment plan. Then, in a single motion, the pen is gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. PRP is also applied topically at the conclusion of the treatment.*
The procedure is virtually painless. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more comfortable. The procedure itself takes 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. Immediately after the treatment, oftentimes there is a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the settings used and the number of overlapping passes performed. On average, patients are red for approximately two days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.*
Most patients notice an immediate "glow" to the skin. In most cases, visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results may continue to improve up to six months after treatment as collagen production continues. Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photoaging, stretch marks, or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at six week intervals.*
*Individual results may vary