What Can SkinPen® and PRP Accomplish?
Microneedling at the Los Angeles area’s Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment where hundreds of micro-channels are created in the outer layers of the skin with multiple tiny needles. This stimulates the body’s need to heal itself, which forces new collagen to grow, reducing the appearance of fine lines, rough textures, and acne scars and gives you softer, firmer skin.
Here at Sunset Cosmetic Surgery, we are proud to offer an innovative procedure that delivers fantastic results without the need of surgery or downtime. Microneedling is performed using SkinPen®, a medical-grade, state-of-the-art microneedling tool available only through medical professionals. The treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated and the degree of treatment requested by the patient.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP, “Platelet Rich Plasma,” is a minimally invasive procedure performed completely in our office with minimal down time or discomfort. A small amount of the patient’s blood is extracted and processed on site to produce a solution that contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. This solution is then both injected into the skin and applied topically. The PRP has been shown to cause the release of additional growth factors, which stimulate the treated area to produce collagen and other components of skin. It also stimulates the regeneration and synthesis of blood vessels, fat, muscle cells, and bone. This results in the injected areas appearing revitalized, fresh, and glowing. Since PRP is made from your own blood, there are minimal side effects. Swelling and discomfort are mild, and there is no risk of allergies.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is a very safe and effective way to treat deeper acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, pigmentation, and even hair loss! Topical application of the PRP solution is preceded by a process called microneedling, where a specialized device uses a series of small quickly moving needles to create thousands of “micro channels” (holes) in the upper layers of the skin. By itself, this procedure will stimulate collagen formation, resulting in a thickening of the upper layers of the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, shrinking of the pores, and stimulating hair follicles to produce new hair growth. When used in combination with PRP, microneedling is even more effective. Topical application of the PRP solution after microneedling permits the growth factors to access the deeper layers of the skin, enhancing the effects of collagen growth and cell turnover. A “PRP facial” with microneedling provides your skin with a wonderful youthful glow with minimal downtime, as the PRP actually speeds the healing process.
To request a consultation for microneedling in Los Angeles, call Sunset Cosmetic Surgery at 310-858-9100 or contact us .
PRP Hair Growth Stimulation
Another effective use of PRP is for hair growth. The loss of hair is due to multiple different factors. The most common cause of hair loss—known as “alopecia”—may be effectively treated with PRP and microneedling. The hair follicle from which hair arises depends on the surrounding blood vessels to provide nutrients and growth factors. As one ages, these blood vessels become less effective in supplying the hair follicle, which then shrinks and stops producing hair. Studies have shown that improving the blood supply to follicles improves the health and functioning of the follicle. The growth factors produced by PRP stimulate new blood vessel growth, which promotes hair growth, as well as increases follicle and hair size. After two to three treatments, patients report a thicker, fuller head of hair.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling with PRP?
- A comfortable experience.
- A short procedure time, approximately 30 minutes.
- Mild post-procedure effects, similar to a mild to moderate sunburn.
- Effective on all body parts, including face, neck, and décolletage.
- Safe for all skin types, light to dark.
- Ideal any time of the year.
- Little to no downtime.
- Beautiful, lasting results.
What Can Microneedling with PRP Treat?
- Scarring from surgery or injury
- Stretch marks
- Fine lines
- Skin laxity
- Facial aging
- Restore a brighter more radiant complexion
- Acne scars
- Minimize dark spots or hyperpigmentation
- Reduces the appearance of pores
- Thinning of the hair and hair loss
Does a Microneedling Treatment Hurt?
A topical anesthetic is typically applied prior to your treatment. This allows for a comfortable experience for most people. Generally, patients report feeling just the slight vibration during the microneedling session. In one study of microneedling used to treat acne scars, the patients’ average pain rating was only 1.08 out of 10. For most people, that’s probably less painful than having your eyebrows waxed.
What is the Downtime and What Side Effects Should I Expect?
The total healing time depends on each individual patient. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild sunburn) for two to four days. Some patients may heal completely in 24 hours. *
When Will I See Results?
Patients may notice healthier-looking skin right away. However, the natural repair process of your own skin continues to progress through the course of several weeks. Damage that has occurred over an extensive period of time won’t disappear immediately. You may not see the final result for up to six months following your final session.*
How Many Microneedling Treatments are Recommended?
The number of procedures required will be determined by your skincare professional based upon your individual goals and the overall health of your skin. Most patients receive a series of three treatments spaced about four weeks apart. Your provider will develop a treatment and maintenance plan specific to you to help maintain the rejuvenating effects.
To learn more about SkinPen®, PRP, and microneedling in Los Angeles, call Sunset Cosmetic Surgery at 310-858-9100 or connect with us through .
*Individual results will vary.