“Micro-needling with PRP” is another way to describe a Vampire Facial. “Platlet Rich Plasma” (PRP) is part of our blood and contains growth factors. These growth factors stimulate cellular regeneration and new growth of tissue. Platlet rich plasma also helps to promotes sun damage repair and assists with healing.
The first step when performing micro-needling with platlet rich plasma is to draw the patient’s blood and spin it in a centrifuge. Then, the blood is put into a tube with a reagent which helps separate the plasma from the red blood cells. We extract the plasma, and apply it to the dermal layer of the skin during and after the micro-needling procedure.
To perform the micro-needling, we use the Micro-pen, or Dermapen, which is a cutting-edge technological device. In contrast to the previous roller, which re-uses the same needles for several treatments (but is not sterile and can potentially tear the skin), these all-new devices use needle cartridges that are disposable, sterile, and less damaging to the skin. The Dermapen uses 11 or 12 small needles that puncture the skin, which leads to microchannels or “microinjuries” throughout the surface layer of the skin. As the skin enters repair mode, new collagen is created around the injuries. As a result, a healing cascade takes place, and new fibroblasts are formed during this process.
Micro-needling can generally be used to:
- Increase absorption of growth factors or PRP into skin
- Spark collagen production, which leads to rejuvenation
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, decrease the size of the pores, and influence skin tightening
- Improve the appearance of surgical, traumatic, burn and acne scars
- Improve the appearance of stretch marks and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots and melasma)
Visible improvement is expected within 2-4 weeks after treatment. Luminosity in the skin that was not previously evident may also be noticed post-treatment. Acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and fine lines usually require more than one treatment. We like to treat the patient again 4 weeks after the initial procedure. Multiple treatments lead to a cumulative effect, which will generate an excellent result.