About Microneedling with PRP
The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is pleased to offer microneedling with the Eclipse MicroPen, a treatment that punctures small holes in the skin on your neck, face, or torso to stimulate skin restoration. As an additional bonus, your platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be administered to the same region to help cells heal and permit the skin to begin growing new cells. Both of these procedures together can decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, large pores, along with other skin conditions. Your skin may be significantly enhanced to look smoother and more even in tone without damaging the epidermis. PRP therapy involves using your own plasma and platelets, which stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The collagen is the ideal factor to rejuvenate your face and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It improves skin volume and brightens your entire face. Overall volume, skin tone, and fullness are improved with PRP treatment. If you'd like to find out more about microneedling with PRP, schedule a private consult with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul S. Gill and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Anita A. Gill at their office in The Woodlands, TX.
Skin rejuvenation is one of the most popular treatments among the aging population. As people grow older, they notice the development of various signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. These signs appear as early as the late twenties.
The primary cause of these changes is the weakening of a person’s skin as they grow older. Over the years, the skin loses its elasticity and tone because not enough elastin and collagen are being produced. This causes the skin to sag, form wrinkles, and become puffy. These can make a person appear tired all the time and add years to their looks. Fortunately, there are many innovative techniques that help people combat the signs of aging.
PRP Treatment in The Woodlands – The Future Looks Younger Than Ever
Of the many anti-aging treatments available on the market, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is the most sought after. This nonsurgical procedure may be your ideal treatment for skin and facial rejuvenation in The Woodlands. It involves using blood platelets from the patient to help stimulate the growth of new cells, improve complexion and texture, and restore any lost volume in the face.
When centrifuged, human blood separates into four components: plasma, platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. During PRP treatment, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and centrifuged for about 10 minutes. The separated plasma and platelets are extracted and reinjected into the patient’s skin, where they help stimulate the production of new cells and collagen. Since the components of PRP treatment are taken from the patient’s body, there are no chances of rejection or allergies.
How Is PRP Therapy Better Than Other Fillers or Injections?
There are various skin rejuvenation techniques available. Some of these include the use of fillers made of hyaluronic acid, which fill the folds and lines in the skin. These fillers also improve skin volume and are used to make lips plumper.
PRP therapy involves using the patient’s own plasma and platelets, which stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The collagen is the ideal factor to rejuvenate your face and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It improves skin volume and brightens your entire face. Overall volume, skin tone, and fullness are improved with PRP treatment.
What Are the Results of PRP Treatment?
After undergoing PRP treatment, most people experience some amount of swelling around the areas where the injections were administered. The most immediate change noticeable is an improvement in the elasticity and turgor of the skin. Collagen production is typically noticeable after about three months of the treatment. Once collagen production has started, the skin becomes softer and smoother, and there is an improvement in facial volume. The patient’s face appears brighter and a more youthful appearance takes over.
PRP treatment has an organic nature, which makes it the best option for patients looking to rejuvenate their looks in the Houston area.
To Find Out More, Contact Our Office
Do you want to find out more about the cutting-edge PRP treatment process? If so, contact the office of Houston dermatologist Dr. Anita Gill. During a consultation with Dr. Gill, you will be able to ask any questions you may have.
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A fitting candidate for microneedling with PRP is any individual seeking to alter the look or feel of the top layer of their skin. Uneven skin tone, dry skin, coarse texture, loose skin, age spots, acne, wrinkles, and scarring are skin conditions that may all benefit from a microneedling with PRP therapy. This procedure may also be utilized to fight sun damage that might have caused your skin to have a rough feel or hyperpigmentation. To determine if this treatment is appropriate, you will need to arrange a consultation with either Dr. Gill, who will explain the nuances of the technique so that you can have an idea of what will happen during the treatment. Microneedling is a safe procedure and does not require any preparation beforehand.
Before the microneedling portion of your session, a member of our team will take a sample of your blood for your PRP collection. The blood will then be transferred to our laboratory for the separation process during which the platelets, growth factors, and stem cells can be turned into PRP. For your microneedling therapy, The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology employs innovative technology to make small holes into your skin called the Eclipse MicroPen. A numbing agent is first applied to the targeted areas on the face. Most numbing agents consist of a substance known as lidocaine. The little needles used won't harm your skin but instead, will help stimulate the creation of collagen. When the microneedling is done, the PRP serum will be placed on the epidermis to sink in or can be injected. The healthy skin surrounding each tiny wound from the MicroPen allows for a faster healing process, which in turn stimulates the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells. Microneedling also allows for the proliferation of new capillaries, thereby, improving blood flow.
What to Expect
After your procedure, you could encounter some swelling, bruising, and redness. We recommend that you avoid the use of makeup, cleansing with exfoliating face wash, or swimming in a pool for about three days following the session. Activities like this could expose the treatment area to strong bacteria and chemicals, which may cause negative side effects. You also need to avoid exposure to the sun or use protective steps when planning to be outdoors. Full results are usually noticed within the first month as the skin works to fix and heal itself.
In the weeks after the treatment, your skin will gradually improve, and you will notice that your skin has become brighter and more vibrant. This is due to the collagen and elastin fiber production promoted by microneedling. The skin will continue to improve, causing scars, marks, sun spots, and fine lines to gradually disappear. Once collagen production has started, the skin becomes softer and smoother, and there is an improvement in facial volume. Your face should appear brighter and more youthful. PRP treatment has an organic nature, which makes it one of the best options for patients looking to rejuvenate their skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling with PRP cost?
Microneedling with PRP treatments will be priced according to the size of the area(s) being treated. After your initial consultation with Dr. Gill to develop your treatment plan based on your needs and concerns, costs can be discussed. The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology often offers discounts on packages of several treatments, like microneedling with PRP, as well as treatment specials. You can ask about these and payment methods we accept when you are scheduling your consultation.
How effective are microneedling with PRP treatments?
The results from microneedling with PRP treatments may not be visible right away, but the growth factors in the platelet-rich plasma serum will help to stimulate the growth of healthier, stronger skin. To get your best results, you may need to get several treatments initially and then maintenance sessions. Dr. Gill will go over realistic expectations during your consultation so you know what to expect after your treatment.
How many microneedling with PRP treatments should I get?
Initially, you may want to get a series of treatments scheduled every few weeks. Depending on the starting condition of your skin and your specific concerns, Dr. Gill will create a microneedling with PRP treatment plan that restores the health of your complexion. In between microneedling with PRP treatments, you may want to schedule a facial or other skin treatment to remove dead skin layers and nourish the new growth.
How often should I get microneedling with PRP treatments?
After an initial series of treatments, you may want to schedule maintenance microneedling with PRP sessions 2 – 4 times per year. This will vary based on the health of your skin and goals so Dr. Gill will help you develop your unique microneedling with PRP treatment plan. She will be able to recommend how often you should get treatments so your complexion remains fresh.
Should I get microneedling with PRP or injectable wrinkle treatments?
While microneedling with PRP will provide long-term rejuvenation and strengthen the treated skin, injectable wrinkles treatments provide more immediate results. Depending on your goals, you may prefer microneedling with PRP alone or you may want to combine it with an injectable wrinkle treatment, like BOTOX, Juvéderm, or Restylane. During your consultation with Dr. Gill, she will build your custom treatment plan to match all your needs and goals.
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Of the many anti-aging treatments available on the market, PRP therapy is the most sought after. This nonsurgical procedure may be your ideal treatment for skin and facial rejuvenation in The Woodlands. It involves using blood platelets from your blood to help stimulate the growth of new cells, improve complexion and texture, and restore any lost volume in the face. This microneedling procedure can be quite useful for people seeking to get back the original look and texture of the skin. Microneedling can help make skin appear smoother, younger, more luminous, and firmer. We urge patients to find out more about this therapy by speaking to a skilled member of our skin care team or by arranging an appointment at our The Woodlands, TX practice today.