Patients want aesthetics treatments that are effective, long-lasting and have minimal downtime. That explains the popularity of this non-surgical procedure.
This trending treatment is a natural success, a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation marvel that stimulates collagen production in the body by using the patient’s own blood to make platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
By consecutively doing three procedures, the combined PRP with micro-needling treatment delivers results that work effectively to meet patients’ primary expectations: brighter and tighter skin with minimal recovery time.
Facial rejuvenation is the number one reason why people seek out medical aesthetic services.
“In our experience, PRP used in conjunction with micro-needling for facial rejuvenation offers a minimally invasive option with minimal downtime and long-lasting effects. Immediate improvement was noted in skin firmness and radiance.” – The Dermatologist Journal – Micro-needling with PRP for Facial Rejuvenation – 5/10/16
Before discussing how proper training is imperative for efficiency and patient safety, let’s briefly define the two key components and combined procedure here.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated serum that is rich in growth factors. These growth factors promote regeneration of soft tissues and create natural accumulations of collagen. PRP is used in the treatment of wounds, bone defects and, more recently, in aesthetic skin care procedures.
Micro-needling is a skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a federally-approved device that contains fine needles. The needles are used in this collagen induction therapy to provide microscopic injuries to the skin at various depths and create controlled channels for effective PRP penetration. We recommend and use an Eclipse Pen for our micro-needling procedures and training.
PRP has traditionally been injected into the skin, but it’s becoming more common to use PRP with micro-needling. We do both treatments at my THMA Clinic in Thornhill, but more patients are opting for the micro-needling method.
Partly it’s because they like the idea that their own body’s natural materials are being used to stimulate collagen growth. But it’s also because PRP with micro-needling been proven effective in the treatment of wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and acne.
I should stress that final results are technique dependent – on the assessment skills, on spinning the plasma properly and getting a good yield of platelets and on carefully applying it under the skin. It requires good, disciplined training.
Practitioners must understand that a PRP procedure is a Controlled Act, and therefore requires patient consultation and delegation from a Medical Director (nurse practitioner or physician) prior to the treatment.
Typically, a PRP with micro-needling treatment that includes preparation and the procedure takes about two hours.
The skin is first numbed with a topical aesthetic. A vial of blood will be drawn at this time, and put into a centrifuge to spin and separate the plasma from the blood. The PRP serum is then applied to the treatment area, most often the face, with an approved micro-needling device. One excellent device is the Health Canada-approved Eclipse Pen.
There are rarely complications following this treatment. Because PRP contains their own blood, there’s little chance of a patient reacting negatively from the procedure.
Post-treatment, patients can expect some redness or minor skin irritation. Those side effects clear within a day or two. If desired, patients can apply a light foundation to minimize the redness.
In the meantime, we advise patients to cleanse and moisturize the skin twice a day. Stay out of the sun, avoid activities that cause excessive sweating and don’t use exfoliants or harsh skincare products.
PRP is also used in hair restoration. It’s not as effective overall as skin rejuvenation, though some ‘follicularly challenged’ patients do report some success with the treatment.
It often depends on the patient and his or her medical history. So, an honest and thorough assessment is a must.
As a skin rejuvenation treatment, however, the reviews for PRP with micro-needling are as glowing as the treated face. As medical aesthetics practitioners and mentors, we strongly recommend it to patients in our clinic and participants in our training program.