Microneedling, better known as the "Vampire Facial", has become increasingly popular over the years as a skincare maintenance procedure. This procedure involves drawing your blood, spinning it down to get the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and injecting it with a special pen back into your skin to plump up any areas of texture/wrinkles. It works great for fine lines, acne scars, stretch marks, and much more.
So what is the science behind this procedure? Microneedling strengthens the epidermis, increasing collagen and elastin production. As we age, we begin to lose elasticity in our skin. Increasing collagen production helps tighten the skin, giving the skin a more youthful appearance. The pen itself has 12 tiny needle heads that push the PRP into the epidermis to plump up the skin. On top of that, creating tiny puncture marks in the epidermis damages that layer, which sends signals to the skin to produce more collagen in order to repair itself. After the procedure, we apply a topical hyaluronic acid (what is used in fillers) to soak into those puncture marks to plump the skin even more.
Is there any downtime? After the procedure, we apply any remaining plasma and hyaluronic acid topically to the skin and let it "soak" for at least 1-2 hours. For the remainder of the day, patients will experience some residual redness. Typically we send any person that gets this procedure done home with a peptide mask to help calm any redness that remains. The next day redness is still sometimes present but you are OK to apply makeup to conceal anything. There is no pain afterwards, and some patients experience light peeling/flaking around 3-4 days after the procedure.
Patients can see results in as little as one treatment, but 3-4 is recommended one month apart to see the most improvement. This is an in-office procedure done by an aesthetician that takes about 1-1 1/2 hours. Be sure to consult with your provider to see if microneedling would be a beneficial treatment to your normal skincare regimen in order to keep your skin the healthiest it can be!
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