At DRC360, we’re excited to offer our clients the latest in skin rejuvenation: Microneedling with PRP (also known as the Vampire Facial®). This procedure uses SkinPen, the most advanced medical-grade automated microneedling device on the market. Microneedling with PRP can be performed on the face as well as the body.*
Automated microneedling (also known as epidermal collagen induction therapy, or ECIT) is one of the latest innovations in aesthetic medicine. The treatment uses the tiny needles in the SkinPen to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate collagen and elastin production.
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At DRC360, we add Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, to the procedure to greatly enhance the microneedling benefits. This complete treatment is also known as the Vampire Facial.
We obtain Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, by drawing a small amount of blood. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma, which we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells. Plasma contains a high concentration of platelets, stem cells, and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells.
PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic dermatology also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results. The latest treatment is PRP Hair Restoration.
When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create. The PRP supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.
PRP has many other applications. For example, PRP can be used to:
Microneedling with PRP is a very safe and effective treatment for adults with all skin types who wish to improve their skin quality. The depth of the SkinPen can be adjusted to meet the client’s individual needs and objectives. Due to its low-risk profile, microneedling with PRP is a good option for people who are not good candidates for lasers, such as those with darker skin types. SkinPen with PRP is also a very powerful tool for treating scars on the face and body.
First, we apply a topical numbing gel to the treatment area for optimal comfort. Then we insert a new sterile cartridge containing 12 microneedles into the MicroPen and select the appropriate depth setting based on your skin’s unique needs.
We apply your prepared PRP solution to the treatment area before and after the microneedling procedure to ensure that the PRP gets fully absorbed. We can also apply other therapeutic serums to further address your specific skin condition, such as melasma, hyperpigmentation, or wrinkles.
Since we apply a topical numbing cream prior to the treatment, discomfort is significantly lessened. Microneedling feels like light sandpaper being moved across the skin. Also, the post-treatment hydrating gel will help with recovery.
About one hour total. The numbing process takes about 30 minutes. While you are numbing, we draw your blood and centrifuge it to obtain the PRP. The microneedling takes about 30 minutes, depending on the treatment area.
The downtime is minimal with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. A post-treatment kit will help speed your recovery.
You’ll notice an immediate “glow” to your skin and it will continue to improve over the next few weeks. The full results can be seen up to 6 months post treatment as collagen production continues.
We recommend a series of treatments about four to six weeks apart to see the best results. You can then do the treatment about once a year to maintain these results.