Microneedling and Vampire Facial Jacksonville
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a new way to achieve skin rejuvenation, tightening, to improve the appearance of acne scars, and helps minimize the signs of aging.
Microneedling causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of collagen and elastin.
There are three phases to the wound repair process:
- Phase I: Inflammation. Piercing the skin triggers your immune system to disinfect the wounds, remove debris, increase blood flow and begin to create new tissue.
- Phase II: Proliferation. The wound is re-built with new granulation cells, as well as a temporary (type III) collagen and elastin, which are part of the extracellular matrix. Additionally, a new network of blood vessels develops.
- Phase III: Remodeling. The wound has been replaced with new dermal tissues and blood vessels. The type III collagen in the newly formed tissue is replaced with stronger type I collagen, which can contract to create a tightening or “shrink wrap” effect on the skin.
Microneedling is not exclusive to the face. It can be done on any area of the skin that needs repaired.
Microneedling usually takes 30 minutes up to an hour, depending on the area size.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
A topical numbing cream is applied prior to treatment. This allows for a comfortable experience. Generally patients feel a slight vibration during the procedure.
How Many Treatments are needed?
A series of three treatments are needed about four to six weeks apart. Some areas may need more such as acne scars, stretch marks, etc.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Microneedling with or without PRP is an effective treatment for adults with all skin types.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (Vampire Facial)?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is drawing a small amount of blood, which is then centrifuged to separate your plasma. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, growth factors and stem cells. These platelets help your tissue grow and heal new cells.
Is There Downtime after Microneedling with or without PRP?
The total healing time depends on each individual. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days following the microneedling procedure. Some people may see their skin return to normal in about 24 hours. A post-treatment kit will help speed your recovery.
When Will I See Results? Most people start to notice results after one week, while skin continues to improve. Full results can be seen up to six months.