Is your skin looking tired and dull?
Do you have sun damage, acne scarring or other blemishes that bother you?
Are you looking to rejuvenate your skin?
Do you want a fresher look?
I can help refresh your skin and improves its appearance with PRP and / OR hyaluronic acid micro needling.
What is micro-needling?
Micro-needling is a revolutionary skincare treatment that aims to lift, tighten and rejuvenate the skin. Micro-needling is performed using a derma pen, a handheld device with a tip full of fine needles that is designed to be used at home or in-clinic by a medical professional. The needles are quickly and repeatedly inserted into the skin at a depth of 0.5 to 2.5mm, creating 100’s if not 1000’s of tiny puncture wounds into the upper layers of the skin. These tiny puncture wounds create microtrauma in the skin and stimulate growth factors and fibroblasts in the dermis to produce more connective tissues – collagen and elastin.
As we age less collagen and elastin are produced in the skin and the appearance becomes saggy, loose and dull. Aging and sun exposure also results in fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots (pigmentation) in the skin. These can be treated with skin creams and serums, but this only moisturises the outer dead skin cells that form the epidermis. Micro-needling creates channel through the skin to the deeper dermis that allows for greater penetration of the nutrients in the creams and serums.
What skin conditions does micro-needling improve?
Fine Lines and wrinkles
Scarring such as from acne
Hyperpigmentation from sun damage
Uneven Skin Texture
Dull Skin Tone
What serums are used during micro-needling?
We use either hyaluronic acid (HA) or platelet rich plasma (PRP) as our serums of choice for micro-needling. The benefit of the serum is that the derma pen glides across the skin during treatment so the entire face and neck can be treated easily. HA and PRP can penetrate to the dermis where the keratinocytes are producing new skins cells, nourishing and hydrating this process for healthy abundant skin cell production. PRP also further stimulate collagen production leading to firming healthy looking skin.
What is PRP micro needling?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) uses your own blood plasma, which is full of growth factors that help to repair injured tissues including skin damage. Some blood is taken from your arm and then spun in a centrifuge to produce the plasma. This in then injected into your face using fine cosmetic needles or using micro needling such as a derma pen.
Is there a reason why I shouldn’t have PRP micro needling?
There are very few reasons why you can’t have PRP treatments except for active infection or inflammation in the proposed treatment area. There are minimal side effects to using PRP as you are using your own biological tissue.
What areas can be treated with micro needling?
We can treat any area of the face or scalp (for hair loss) with PRP.
I need to have blood drawn from my arm?
Yes, we will do this at the start of the treatment, then centrifuge it to produce the PRP.
How many micro needling treatments are needed?
It takes roughly 3 months from the time the skin cell are produced in the deep layer of the dermis to the point that they migrate to the epidermis and are sloughed off. Thus, we recommend a micro-needling treatment once every three months as a maintenance. It may be required to have monthly treatments for the first 3 months to help nourish and stimulate healthy skin cell production.
Do I need to do anything before the treatment?
It’s advisable to stop using any Vitamin A or retinol containing creams and avoid fish oil or any anti-inflammatory tablets for 3-5 days before treatment to reduce the risk of skin irritation or increased risk of bleeding. Make sure you skin is bare for the treatment – no makeup or foundation whatsoever.
What’s happens during a treatment?
We will first apply numbing cream to the face. This takes 15-30 minutes to be absorbed and numb the skin. You may still feel slight discomfort during the treatment as we cannot fully anesthetise the skin. Next, we will take blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge to create the PRP. Finally, we will sterilise the skin with chlorhexidine before starting your micro-needling treatment. After the micro-needling we will apply a soothing hyaluronic acid face mask to cool and calm the face. The micro-needling allows the HA serum to be absorbed to the dermis to hydrate and nourish the new skin cells.
Is there any after-care advice?
As we with other cosmetic treatments such as BOTOX or fillers do not apply make up for 24 hours. Do not go swimming, exercising or take strenuous activity for the first 24 hours post-treatment. Failure to follow this advice increases the risk of post treatment infection. Avoid active skincare for at least 7 days post-treatment, except for applying a hyaluronic acid serum. Avoid extended periods in the sun and apply a broad-spectrum SPF.
Is there any downtime after this treatment?
During the first 24-48 hours after your treatment, you will experience redness and your skin will flake. Avoid using micro-needling if you wish to attend an event within 48 – 72 hours post-treatment.
Can I make a face cream from PRP?
Yes, we can put some of your PRP into a base serum which you can keep in the fridge at home and use for 90 days. This can be done as a separate service or after a prp appointment and will incur an additional charge for the base cream.