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PRP Microneedling

Microneedling combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the hottest aesthetic treatments today. When used individually, microneedling and platelet-rich plasma stimulate new collagen development in your skin, called neocollagenesis. When used together, they become the elite choice for collagen stimulating therapy, boosting both collagen and elastin production, and stimulating neovascularization.

Microneedling employs several tiny needles to gently pierce your skin at various depths, ranging from 0.1mm to 2.0mm, depending on the location, and the required level of collagen stimulation. Several different types of microneedling devices are available, however, many of the tools scrape the face, increasing the risk for infection and injury. Other devices have needles spread too far apart, and do not allow for optimal stimulation. PA Sophia Michelle believes using the correct equipment is one of the most critical elements in the success of the procedure, which is why she only uses tools that do not cause scraping, and that ensure multiple micro-injuries are provided in each area.

Platelet-rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated autologous serum taken from a single tube of blood drawn just prior to your procedure. The blood is processed in a centrifuge, separating the platelets and plasma from the other cells in the blood. The resulting PRP serum contains growth factors that encourage the growth of new, healthy collagen and elastin, leaving you with healthy, more supple, younger-looking skin.

PA Sophia Michelle tells every client that while this treatment offers beautiful results, it requires an initial series of sessions, as well as maintenance. The number of initial treatments in a series will be dependent on the condition of your skin, and your progress during the series. Most patients require a minimum of three sessions, and some will need as many as eight; maintenance treatments can range from every two to six months, with an average of around four months.

Microneedling should not be conducted in patients with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring, inflammatory dermatosis, any type of skin lesion or growth under the skin in the region of treatment, active cancer, or history of herpes simplex virus in the perioral area. Absolute contraindications for microneedling include clotting disorders, scleroderma, collagen vascular disease, current infection, and any immunosuppression condition or therapy.