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A combined approach to facial rejuvenation: microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
It’s a well-accepted principle in medicine that combining two related or supporting treatments can be extremely effective. In many cases, the results of these treatments, delivered together, are far beyond what they’re capable of delivering individually.
There are hundreds of easy examples. When a team of cardiologists is operating on a patient for 6 hours that’s almost never a single procedure. Physical therapy is almost always done after following joint or spine surgery. Many prescription and non-prescription medications are purposely taken together to maximize their effects. In cosmetic surgery, and the health and beauty industry in general, combining treatments is a time-honored tradition. People choose to get Botox and together because it helps them look well-rested and 10 years younger.
Regenerative Medicine – PRP
A highly promising example of this approach is combining a popular medical-spa treatment with a new regenerative medicine therapy. It’s an interesting story, and within a few short years we can expect to see much more of this type of pairing.
Specifically, we’re referring to a combination of microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. There’s currently no common “shorthand” term for the procedure, although some practitioners refer to it as collagen induction therapy. As we’ll see later this term is fairly descriptive of what the procedure is designed to accomplish. Informally this procedure is sometimes called a Vampire Facelift. It’s a catchy term, yet is often frowned upon by professionals since it doesn’t accurately describe what’s happening.
The overarching goal of this combined treatment is to increase collagen production in the skin of the face. This is done by artificially triggering the skin’s natural healing and re-structuring response, as we’ll see below. When done properly, facial rejuvenation is achieved as the skin tightens, firms, and literally re-builds itself from within. In the weeks following treatment, fine lines, wrinkles, and “tired,” sagging skin improve greatly, and may even resolve completely.
The so called Vampire type Facial outperforms standard microneedling treatments
Microneedling is about as good as a premium, full-face skin rejuvenation treatment gets. It (nearly) delivers it all, including tighter skin, increased volume, and wrinkle and pore reduction. Results resemble a combination of laser skin-resurfacing combined with facial fillers. The only drawback is that these changes are temporary, lasting between 3-6 months.
Now consider the Vampire type Facials. This improved procedure is a combination of microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. Right now, several celebrities with names and faces you’d recognize instantly are in love with it. The visible results are as good or better than microneedling, yet can last much longer. Overall skin firmness and tone is also superior according to many industry insiders and satisfied patients.
Many professionals refer to the procedure as PRP or platelet-enhanced microneedling, which describes it perfectly. A regenerative serum which causes healing and tissue regeneration is prepared for the procedure. This is done using a small sample of the patient’s own blood taken immediately before treatment, hence the term “Vampire type Facial.
Specialized equipment then produces a concentrated, purified solution containing millions of platelets. An intense healing response is triggered when microneedling is used to deliver this Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) deep into the skin. Effects includes increased collagen production for a fuller face and perkier skin.
Many doctors with experience using both treatments agree that PRP-enhanced microneedling can give longer lasting results. The combined procedure similar to a Vampire type facial procedure can last 2-3 times as long as microneedling alone, according to some well-accepted estimates.