Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Washington DC
With so many skin rejuvenation options, the demands for non-surgical treatments, natural-looking results, and less downtime are increasing.
Dr. Somenek is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Washington DC offering the combination of two new innovations, using Rejuvapen Micro Needling of the skin with growth factor enriched Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP from Eclipse).
What is Microneedling with PRP?
Also referred to as collagen induction therapy, this procedure begins with the PRP and growth factors being obtained from a blood sample drawn from your body. During the microneedling treatment, the Micropen needles penetrate below the skin surface, creating invisible microchannels. This process stimulates the production of new collagen in the skin, generating a fresh skin surface over time.
Unlike older generations of micro needling rollers, the Rejuvapen micropen uses a unique spring loaded, stamping technology where the skin is rapidly pierced at ninety degrees at a physician designated controlled depth. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The benefits of micro-needling are a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging. Eclipse Micropen also has a positive effect on hyper-pigmentation as well as on hypo-pigmentation, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks and generally creates a fresher appearance or glow to the skin. It does this without the heat trauma of lasers or other devices. Repeat treatments with the micro needling is extremely effective for acne scars, especially when combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP) application.
Patients report less pain and shorter recovery periods and greater efficacy as a result. Dr. Somenek recommends a series of treatments depending on the area treated with the recovery time being approximately 2 days of redness. Rejuvapen can be used on all skin types, including patients with darker skin that are not candidates for laser therapy, such as those of African American, Asian, and Latino descent for example.
Platelet Rich Plasma (Eclipse PRP) is applied both during and after the microneedling treatment. It is applied both topically and injected under the skin using Dr. Somenek’s microcannula technique. This way, the stem cells and growth factors nourish the superficial and deeper layers of the skin, enhancing the overall result. Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells, and many growth factors are present in PRP. The PRP promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. In this way, PRP softens wrinkles and creates smoother skin texture and tone.
Is Micro-Needling with PRP Safe?
Micro-needling is proven to be safe for most patients and skin types, with the most common side effect being a flushed or red appearance akin to a sunburn. As PRP is created from the patient’s own body, it is easily recognized and processed without major complications.