(aka Vampire Facial)
Microneedling (aka Vampire Facial) is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that’s used to treat skin concerns by way of promoting collagen production.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, this treatment may help those looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks
Microneedling is most often used on your face to target:
# Acne scars
# Age spots (also called “sun spots”)
# Fine lines and wrinkles
# Large pores
# Other types of scars
# Reduced skin elasticity
# Uneven skin tone
Although microneedling is primarily used on the face an awesome benefit of microneedling is that this treatment isn’t exclusive to the face. It can be done on any area of skin that needs to be repaired - particularly areas that display stretch marks or acne scars, like the legs, chest, back, and butt. As few as four to six sessions could make a difference in these problem areas.
On top of microneedling’s ability to smooth and correct damaged skin, it also has the added bonus of tightening loose skin, which makes it great for older men and women. (Remember: The older you are, the less collagen you’re naturally producing.)
A recent study in the International Journal of Dermatology confirms that microneedling is a new way to achieve “skin rejuvenation, tightening, and scar remodeling,” and that it offers a “simple and effective treatment for photo aged skin” with minimal side effects and downtime. Older skin can also greatly benefit from the right fuel, so add these beauty foods to your diet to get that glow.
Microneedling is also suitable to be used in certain other anti-aging procedures, such as eyelid surgery and sun spots.
You may be an ideal candidate for microneedling if you’re in good health and have certain skin concerns that haven’t responded to home treatments or other types of dermatological procedures, such as peels.
How is Microneedling Administered
During the microneedling procedure, your clinician makes small pricks under the skin with a pen-like tool. The clinician will move the tool evenly across your skin so that the new skin that rejuvenates will be even too.
Before getting started your clinician will use a topical anesthetic to reduce the chances of pain. This is done about a half hour before your treatment.
At SkinSense all microneedling treatments are performed by our qualified aesthetic clinician who has been trained, and examined, on the procedure at the National Laser Institute in Phoenix, U.S.A.
How Does Microneedling Work
Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen.
The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture.
It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.
Concentrated serum, that promotes and speeds up the generation of new collagen, will also be applied during Microneedling procedure.
After microneedling, your skin works fairly quickly to rejuvenate new tissue. In theory, you should see pleasing and positive results within a couple of weeks.
Microneedling with PRP (the Vampire Facial)
In micro-needling with PRP, the physician pricks the skin to stimulate collagen production and then inserts your own body’s platelet rich plasma to stimulate the normal growth of new skin cells, such as those needed to smooth out scar tissue.
PRP is an abbreviation for platelet-rich plasma.
Platelet-rich plasma is your blood plasma that has a higher concentration of platelets than normal and a high concentration of natural growth factors.
Let’s break that phrase down a bit more:
# Plasma is the colorless liquid part of the blood that contains blood cells and other components.
# Platelets are the tiny, irregular, disk-shaped components found in human blood that stick to each other and to epithelium (thin skin tissue) to form clumps that assist the body in blood-clotting.
Since it is your own blood that’s used in the treatment, the chances you will experience serious adverse reactions are very small. As with other types of injections, the chance you experience infection or damage to nerves or tissue are about the same as cortisone injections.
Microneedling with PRP, aka vampire facial, is available at SkinSense in Vanuatu. In addition to the standard microneedling treatment charge the cost of drawing your blood and extracting the PRP incurs an additional charge.
How Many Treatments are Required
To maintain the results of your microneedling treatment, you’ll need multiple sessions and perhaps other complementing treatments as well.Your SkinSense clinician will discuss and advise you on the best plan of action based on your individual goals.
Proven Benefits of Microneedling
The primary appeal of Microneedling (aka vampire facial) is its ability to stimulate natural growth of collagen and elastin, both of which are the keys to new, youthful looking skin.
Collagen is arguably the most vital way to improve the look of skin, and this goes far beyond reducing wrinkles. By stimulating collagen growth with microneedling, you can also reverse sun damage and discoloration, including the hyper pigmentation that comes with melasma.
With microneedling's ability to trigger the generation of new skin cells and collagen, just a few sessions of microneedling will noticeably reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, and deep wrinkles on the forehead. Some doctors would even go so far as to say that the procedure is the most powerful way to stop aging in its tracks and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles from forming.
A recent study on the effects of microneedling, determined nearly 100 percent of acne-scarred participants reported a marked improvement in the visibility of their acne scars with at-home microneedling using a 1.5-mm handheld deramroller. However, for severe acne scars, you may need even longer needles for maximum results and you’ll want to find a dermatologist or clinician (like those at SkinSense) who are properly trained to perform Microneedling therapy treatments.
Professional grade microneedling devices can be as long as 3 mm, which is twice as effective and will treat deep acne scars that occur beneath the surface of the skin.
In case you’re wondering how microneedling compares to fractional laser treatments when it comes to resolving acne scars, a head-to-head comparison published in the journal Dermatological Surgery in 2016, found both treatments to be comparable and effective, but gave credit to microneedling for being better tolerated, with fewer side effects and less downtime.
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