You should love your reflection in the mirror no matter what stage of life you’re in. Whether it’s stress, environmental or lifestyle factors or just aging that is causing your complexion to not look its best, the caring and expert staff at Open Door Med Spa in Mansfield, TX has the solution you’ve been looking for—PRP microneedling.
What Causes Signs of Aging?
Of course, the passage of time causes us to age, but what causes the physical signs of aging? It’s the slowdown of the production of collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is responsible for the taut skin structure of our youth. Collagen works with elastin and hyaluronic acid to keep our faces smooth and glowing.
Elastin is responsible for our skin bouncing back into place and keeping its shape. Hyaluronic acid helps our skin attract and keep moisture, so it looks dewy and supple. Collagen peaks when we’re about 18, and it’s thought we lose 1% in production every year after that. We lose even more if we spend a lot of time in the sun or smoke.
This drop-off in collagen production results in fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, hyperpigmentation and skin laxity. PRP microneedling can help with many of these skin concerns.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an innovative technique to revitalize your appearance and help your body boost its production of collagen. A small handheld device filled with hair-thin needles is gently passed over your skin causing micro-channels, or microscopic perforations. This “tricks” your body into thinking it’s been injured, which then triggers its natural healing response.
As your body works to heal these invisible micro-channels, it produces extra collagen. It sends collagen to the areas of the skin it thinks needs healing, fortifying its structure and thickness. The boost in collagen production makes the newly regenerated skin cells thicker and stronger and removes many of the imperfections present before treatment.
Because this treatment doesn’t use heat, it’s safe for all skin types and tones. It’s also minimally invasive and requires no prep or downtime, with most clients jumping right back to their normal routines immediately.
What Is PRP?
Microneedling can be done alone or with PRP. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and is taking the aesthetic world by storm because it’s natural and highly effective. PRP uses the patient’s own blood as the treatment for the many signs of aging and tired skin.
A small sample of your blood is taken and then placed into a centrifuge. The plasma is then separated from the rest of your blood. Plasma is what the body sends to the site of an injury as a first responder of the healing process. This plasma contains properties that encourage healing through even greater production of collagen.
Plasma works to reduce puffiness and circles under your eyes while promoting greater cell regeneration to uncover a vibrant and glowing complexion.
The power of combining these two treatments is remarkable. The micro-channels the needling causes make the absorption of your PRP even easier and more significant. Because PRP microneedling allows the plasma into deeper layers of skin, even more collagen production is encouraged and thicker, stronger layers of skin regenerated.
When these collagen-producing powerhouses are combined, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, filled in by extra collagen. People with acne scars or “pits” get great results from this PRP microneedling. An acne scar is caused by a cyst forming in the lower layers of skin. When that cyst resolves, it leaves a space between the upper and lower layers of skin, resulting in a concave scar. Collagen works to fill those scars in, resulting in smoother skin.
Many clients looking for a more glowing and youthful complexion may achieve the results they’re looking for after just one treatment while others may opt for several sessions or a set maintenance schedule to keep results consistent. You and your skincare professional can work together to decide the best course of treatment to attain the results you’re looking for.
What to Expect
Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, there is little prep and little to no downtime. Many clients can resume their normal routines immediately after. About a week before, you may be asked to stop taking any blood-thinning supplements and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.
On the day of your session, you’ll start with a clean face. Your provider will apply a numbing agent to your face to ensure you’re comfortable during the treatment. While the numbing agent does its job, a small blood sample will be taken and put into the centrifuge. As the microneedling device is gently passed over your face, the micro-channels will be opened to accept the PRP.
After the first step, the PRP will be placed on your skin that will then absorb the plasma, further triggering your natural healing process. Results will continue to improve over the next few weeks as collagen builds and new cells are regenerated. You will look refreshed, rested and rejuvenated.
Call for a Consultation
Age doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your appearance and self-esteem. When you like what you see in the mirror, you have more self-confidence and can put your best face forward in any situation. Call the caring and expert staff at Open Door Med Spa in Mansfield, TX to talk about the innovative and effective ways they have to help you look and feel your best.