Signature Med Spa in Los Angeles, CA offers Microneedling with PRP, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy for the treatment of acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, lax skin, sun damaged, large pores and uneven skin texture.
It can be performed either on the face or body and is suitable for all skin types and colors. This therapy is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with quick recovery time and is designed to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. The treatment actually involves the use of two procedures, micro-needling and PRP (platelet rich plasma) done consecutively.
The first procedure is called Micro-Needling, a procedure used to minimize the signs of aging. Microneedling works by creating tiny micro-wounds, or channels, on the skin. During the body’s natural wound-healing process of these channels, collagen and elastin are automatically produced.
The second procedure is called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Platelet Rich Plasma is produced from an individual’s own blood. After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the PRP from the blood. The blood is spun for approximately 15 minutes. PRP contains highly concentrated amounts of natural growth factors and other cytokines that promote the regeneration process of soft tissues. The PRP is applied directly to the channels that were created from the micro-needling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen.
At Signature Med Spa in Los Angeles, we recommend for our patients to avoid direct sun exposure or tanning the week before treatment and arrive with a bare face.
During the procedure, the skin will first be prepped by cleansing the face. A local anesthetic may also be administered to provide for a more comfortable procedure. During this time, a syringe of blood will be drawn, usually from the patients arm. The blood will then be placed into a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the blood.
The procedure will begin with the Microneedling portion first, which typically last about 30 minutes. During this time, a small hand-held device containing tiny micro-needles will be passed over the skin in a sweeping or circular motion, creating tiny micro-wounds, or channels, on the skin.
The PRP solution will then be massaged into the treated area. The channels opened by Microneedling allow for the PRP to fully penetrate the skin.
Results of a smoother, healthy glow are long-lasting and typically noticed after four to eight weeks post-treatment. However, your skin will continue to see improvements as your body’s natural repair process creates more collagen. Multiple treatments may be advised, to reach optimum results.
Microneedling is not recommended for individuals who have facial eczema or rosacea, have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months and those who actively use Accutane for the treatment of acne. It is recommended for women who are pregnant or breast feeding to post-pone treatment.
Common side effects associated with treatment include bruising and inflammation. However, these side effects typically subside within four to five days.
After the treatment, your skin will be slightly pink and feel slightly sunburned. For most people, your skin will completely recover in 24-72 hours. Your body’s collagen production usually takes about 4-8 weeks, so you will continue to see improvements over this time.
Recovery Time: No Downtime – Slightly Pink Skin for 24-72 Hours
It is recommended for patients to avoid sun exposure and harsh skin treatments such as, alcohol-based products and exfoliants, post-treatment. During the 72 hours that the skin is healing, it is also recommended to avoid rigorous activities, such as heavy workouts, that may cause excessive sweating, as sweating may cause irritation and rigorous activities may increase the risk of swelling or bruising.
Combining PRP with Microneedling provides the patient with exceptional benefits such as creating more tightness in the skin and speeding up the healing process. Through the procedure of Microneedling, tiny channels are opened in the skin. It is through these channels that the PRP is able to penetrate the skin, increasing the benefits of Microneedling. Furthermore, extracting PRP from the patients own blood results in a safer procedure, practically eliminating any risk.
If you are ready to experience smoother, radiant skin then call or stop by Signature Med Spa in Los Angeles, CA today! Microneedling is an effective option to stimulate the body’s production of collagen and treat scars, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, and minimize large pores. Combining PRP with Microneedling enhances these effects and delivers to you, your desired results faster. Book your consultation today and experience a rejuvenated glow.