The skin is the body’s largest organ. Skin flaws, especially to areas regularly exposed to human vision, can make even the most confident person self-conscious. As doctors search for new ways to address skin issues, new techniques are discovered. One such modern technique is microneedling with platelet rich plasma (PRP), or collagen induction therapy.
This new procedure is best utilized for the treatment of acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, sun damaged skin, large pores, and uneven skin texture.
This process is completely non-surgical and can be used to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. A session is broken down into two parts.
The first part is called microneedling. The technique involves a series of very small needles that are passed over the skin. This process creates micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to naturally repair itself. The appearance of skin flaws will diminish as this reconstruction and healing occur. Microneedling helps to promote the regeneration of the skin covering the marks, thus restoring the original contours of the surface.
The second part of the procedure is called PRP (platelet rich plasma). This plasma is produced from the patient’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. PRP contains highly concentrated elements that promote tissue regeneration. The PRP is applied directly to the micro-wounds from the microneedling process. The overall goal is to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen.
The typical patient will experience a pinkness to the skin that resembles sunburn right after this treatment. The skin will heal and recover over the next 72 hours, but will continue to show improvement for up to 8 weeks as the body’s collagen production occurs.