BLOG: Microneedling, PRF and why your skin needs both!

Updated: May 14

As the relaxing, sunny, long summer days come to an end you may find that you're transitioning into fall with beautiful sun-kissed skin that is perfectly hydrated without any sun spots, lines or wrinkles. And if so, I salute you! However, if you're over the age of 30 (sigh) and living amidst the chaos of 2020, your skin (like your patience) has been put to the test! Either way, keep reading. If your skin is already fabulous, great. Read on for great tips on how to keep it that way. If your skin is struggling or, perhaps, changing and no longer responding to the same old routine, you'll want to know these scientifically proven ways to get your skin looking and feeling GREAT!

My favorite treatment to recommend is microneedling...AKA Collagen Induction Therapy. Say that out loud and think about it. Collagen. Induction. Therapy. Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth, and stretchy texture. After the age of 25, you lose about 1% of your collagen per year. WHAT??? It's sad, but true. What can you do to help your body keep making it? MICRONEEDLING!!

It is safe for all skin types (Fitzpatrick skin types I-VI) and I haven't met a client yet that wouldn't benefit from it. That doesn't mean I think my clients have terrible skin. It means that everyone would benefit from kickstarting their skin to produce more collagen! Add in PRF (platelet rich fibrin) and it becomes a game changer!

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a clinically proven, non-ablative skin rejuvenation treatment that allows for treatment to deeper parts of the skin without removing or damaging the top layers. Microneedling provides unparalleled collagen induction to help re-grow, rejuvenate and repair your skin.

How does it work?

Microneedling utilizes the skin's own self-repair process by creating thousands of precise micro channels under the top layer of the skin. These controlled micro injuries trigger new collagen and tissue fibers to the treated area, as well as directing new blood flow to the skin. Collagen is an essential protein that helps keep the skin looking youthful, with a firm, smooth, and stretchy texture. In addition, microneedling allows for temporary penetration of topical treatments to the lower layers of the skin where they normally have difficulty penetrating. The result of the treatment is the filling in of wrinkles, fine lines and scarring without damaging the top layer of the skin.

The procedure typically takes 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the area treated, number of areas and the severity of damage on the skin. After one treatment, patients see marked improvement in scars, wrinkles, skin discoloration, stretch marks, or large pores. More importantly, with the SkinPen microneedle, there is little or no downtime following the procedure.

Types of Microneedling

There are two types of microneedling, cosmetic needling and medical needling. Cosmetic needling can be done at home using a store bought device or roller. Cosmetic needling uses short needles (less than .5 mm long) to fractionally stimulate the epidermis and upper-dermis, your skin’s outer layers.