Microneedling with PRP and Stem Cells
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About the Procedure
On the day of treatment, the skin will be cleansed and a topical numbing agent will be applied to the treatment area. While the skin is being numbed, a small amount of blood will be drawn and processed to isolate the PRP, or platelet rich plasma. Once the treatment area is thoroughly number, the microneedling procedure is performed. The microneedling device will create tiny holes in the skin as it is gently passed over the skin. After the microneedling is complete, the extracted PRP will be immediately applied to the treated skin. Next, the treated skin will be enriched with the application of stem cell growth factor serum. Both the PRP and growth factor serum are clear on the skin and should be allowed to stay on the skin for the remainder of the day. This variation of microneedling takes advantage of the microchannels created by the microneedling device. Without the addition of the stem cell growth factor serum, this procedure would be known as a vampire facial. Other popular combinations of microneedling include the addition of radiofrequency energy to further enhance the collagen-inducing properties of the micro-injuries created during treatment.
The goal of microneedling with PRP and stem cells is to assist in skin regeneration and tightening, pore reduction, scars, acne, mild wrinkles, and skin discoloration.
What to Expect
Microneedling stimulates collagen production by creating micro-injuries in the skin and can be combined with PRP and stem cell growth factor serum to enhance results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after microneedling with PRP and stem cells.
- Avoidance of Accutane for 6 months
- Discontinue use of Retin A and other topic medications for 3-5 days
- Avoid skin resurfacing and hair removal treatments for 5-7 days
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Reschedule if a rash or blemish develops
- A small amount of blood is collected from the patient
- Blood is placed into a centrifuge to separate the PRP
- Patient’s face is numbed
- Microneedling device is rolled over the area to be treated
- PRP is applied to the skin
- Stem cell growth factor serum is applied to the skin
Most patients experience minor redness as well as skin dryness and shedding which are all expected. There is no downtime with microneedling with PRP and stem cells however if the procedure is being done in preparation for an event, it is advised to schedule treatment at least 1 week in advance to ensure adequate time for redness to dissipate.
Microneedling with PRP and stem cells is ideal for someone that wishes to improve the appearance of minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, and uneven skin tone and texture. This technique is also very safe for darker skin tones in contrast to many other skin rejuvenation techniques.
Not Recommended For
Microneedling with PRP and stem cells is not recommended for those who have used Accutane within six months, have open wounds or a skin infection, have had radiation treatment within the last year, are pregnant, or have a history of keloid scars.
Microneedling with PRP and stem cells is generally well tolerated but erythema may be seen after treatment, lasting for 2-3 days. Skin may also feel warm, tight and itchy for a short while, which normally resolves after 12-48 hours. Treated skin may be more prone to hyperpigmentation so strict adherence to photoprotection is advised for a week after.