When to Consider PRP/Microneedling for Your Skin

When to Consider PRP/Microneedling for Your Skin

Age, trauma, and hormones change the way your skin looks and feels. 

When you were a teenager, your beautiful, clear complexion was suddenly marred with blackheads and pimples that might have left permanent scars. As you age, you have the added challenge of thinning, sagging skin that’s prone to wrinkling.

If you’ve tried gentle cleansers, exfoliating cleansers, moisturizers, and masks, but you’re still unhappy with your dull, tired, or mottled skin, we can help. 

At OBGYN Care in Houston, Texas, we’re an aesthetics practice headed by Sharon Smith, MD, aka Dr. Sharon. She and her team of experts transform the quality and look of your skin with a combination of microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), sometimes referred to as a Vampire® facial. Here’s how — and why — it works.

Wounding rebuilds your skin

Counterintuitively, perhaps, some of the most effective and groundbreaking developments in health and aesthetics in recent years are based on a concept called hormesis. In hormesis, you expose an organism (you) to a minute amount of a pathogen or stress.

This short-term exposure to a stressful situation actually triggers a rebuilding and healing process that makes the organism stronger. How does that apply to microneedling?

Microneedling is a therapy that deliberately and precisely creates wounds in your skin with dozens of extremely thin, sterile, single-use needles. The needles create wound channels that reach from your epidermis down into your skin’s inner layers.

The wounding is a short-term, controlled stressor that prompts your skin to begin the healing process. First, your body increases blood circulation to the area to whisk away damaged cells and old proteins.

Then your skin starts to rebuild the miniature wounds by producing fresh new proteins, such as collagen and elastin. Collagen is a long-strand protein that forms a supportive matrix for your skin, so it’s thicker and stronger. Elastin makes your skin more elastic and pliable.

Your own blood provides nourishment

We enhance your skin’s collagen production and rebuilding process by drenching the wound channels with a serum that’s made from your own blood. First, we extract a small amount of blood from your arm, and then purify it and separate out the healing platelets in a special centrifuge.

We then brush this platelet-rich plasma directly onto your microneedled skin. The PRP is filled with growth factors that accelerate healing and collagen production. 

Without microneedling, the PRP would sit on the surface of your skin. But with microneedling, the PRP’s healing proteins seep deeply into the wound channels, where your body uses them to create strong new skin cells and blood vessels.

PRP and microneedling work synergistically

A Vampire facial does more than improve the surface look of your skin. The synergism of the wound channels and the healing growth factors rebuild the skin cells from the inside out. PRP with microneedling can make your skin:

Your face may be tender and pink after your treatment. Because PRP and microneedling use stress and trauma to rebuild stronger, more beautiful skin, it takes about a week before you start to see results. The benefits of your Vampire facial last for up to a year. 

Rebuild your skin to resolve issues of acne, scarring, and aging by booking a microneedling and PRP session today. Contact our Houston, Texas, office by phone or online form.

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