While it is effective as a standalone treatment, microneedling can also be paired with other techniques. One way to optimize anti-aging results from microneedling is by combining it with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This type of therapy, which is also known as a "vampire facial" or "vampire facelift", harnesses the healing and regenerative properties of platelets and growth factors naturally contained in the blood. A small amount of the patient's own blood is withdrawn and processed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets. After microneedling, the plasma is smeared onto the facial skin. The microscopic injuries created by the tiny needles help the platelet-rich plasma penetrate and be absorbed into the deep layers of skin.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a very popular skin care treatment that uses the natural healing and regenerative properties of our own bodies to rejuvenate and correct issues with the skin. Microneedling at our Philadelphia-area clinic can stimulate the body's production of collagen and elastin, which are two of the building blocks of healthy, elastic, and well-functioning skin.
The treatment is practical and effective for patients who would prefer minimal recovery time and want to treat sensitive areas and/or areas that are not well-suited to laser resurfacing treatments (such as around the eye area).
Microneedling is relatively affordable and effective for most skin types. Patients usually report minimal discomfort during the treatment, followed by little to no downtime. The treatment at our clinic is also customizable, with the treatment process and total number of treatment sessions depending on each patient’s unique skin profile and the goals they wish to achieve. Some of the possible benefits to the treatment areas include:
During our in-office microneedling session, tiny needles are applied gently on to the skin at the desired areas of treatment to create precisely controlled micro-injuries. This process triggers the natural repair or regeneration capabilities of the skin, which thickens the epidermis (the top/surface layer of the skin) and accelerates the production of both collagen and elastin to rejuvenate and smooth the skin, while keeping it pliable and elastic.
There are two main benefits of microneedling. Firstly, the epidermis is refreshed and newly repaired by our body's own natural processes, with microneedling simply acting as a catalyst or trigger for it. Secondly, the minor injuries created from the process serve as micro-channels through which topical skin care treatments can better penetrate and be absorbed into the skin.
Patients may notice bright redness and/or a glow to their treated skin immediately following a microneedling treatment session. On average, the redness typically lasts about two days, but many patients have found that their skin heals well within 24 hours of the treatment session.
The actual repair process that the microneedling triggers takes place over the course of several weeks after treatment. Results may continue to improve, with the benefit of accelerated production in elastin and collagen lasting up to six months post treatment.