About Microneedling with PRP
Would you like to know more about the "vampire facelift" many people are talking about to rejuvenate their skin? Technically, you would be asking about the microneedling with an infusion of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure we apply for excellent results. Microneedling by itself is a treatment that punctures small holes into the skin on your face, neck, or chest to stimulate skin repair. As an additional benefit, your own PRP can be applied to the same area to help tissues heal and permit the skin to grow new cells. These two treatments together can decrease the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, large pores, scars, fine lines, and other skin conditions. The texture of your skin may be greatly improved to appear smoother and more balanced. If you would like to learn more about the microneedling with PRP treatment, contact our plastic surgeon, Dr. Karen Leong, in Upland, CA to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
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An ideal candidate for microneedling with PRP would be any individual looking to alter the appearance or texture of the surface of their face. Dry skin, uneven skin tone, coarse texture, age spots, loose skin, wrinkles, acne and scarring are skin conditions that could benefit from a microneedling with PRP treatment. This procedure can also be utilized to combat the effects of sun damage that may have caused skin to have a rough texture or hyperpigmentation.
Prior to the microneedling portion of your treatment, someone from our medical staff will draw your blood for the PRP collection. The drawn blood will then be taken to our lab for the separation process where your stem cells, platelets, and growth factors will be turned into PRP. For the microneedling treatment, Dr. Leong employs innovative technology to create small holes in your skin. The little needles used will not damage your skin but will instead help stimulate the production of collagen. Once the microneedling is done, the PRP serum will be placed on the skin to sink in.
What to Expect
Following your microneedling with PRP, you could experience swelling, bruising, and redness for a few days on your treatment areas. We recommend that you do not wear makeup, use abrasive skin cleansers, or submerge in pools for around 72 hours following the session. Doing so could expose your skin to harsh chemicals and bacteria. You also need to limit sun exposure or use protective measures when going outside. Final results are usually seen within several weeks as the skin works to repair and rejuvenate itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling with PRP cost?
When you add PRP to microneedling, it does substantially increase the cost if this treatment. The fees can be estimated for you during your consultation when it is determined if you qualify for microneedling with PRP and how many sessions will be required to meet your aesthetic goals.
Why do I need to wait to wash my face?
You may think that a "vampire facelift" would mean that you have a bright red, bloody face after this appointment. When you see pictures of blood on the face from this technique, you are actually seeing the micro-injuries from the microneedles impacting the skin. PRP serum is a gold color. While we will clean up your face as gently as possible, you will not want to scrub off the PRP. Let it sink in for a few hours to get the most out of your treatment.
Will microneedling with PRP scar my face?
While a microneedling treatment can be aggressively performed on your face, there should be no cause for alarm about it scarring your face. The micro-injuries made by the SkinStylus are very tiny, and it will actually improve scars that exist on your face (like pitting from acne or surgical scars). Redness and swelling will be apart of the skin healing process. Be gentle with your skin for a few days and call Dr. Leong if you have questions or concerns.
How much blood will you need to draw?
A vial of blood is needed to make PRP serum for a full-face treatment. It really is not a lot of blood. It will be just like getting a blood test at your primary care physician's office. If more blood is needed than a vial, Dr. Leong will discuss with you up front how much she will draw.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $950
- Recovery Time
- 5 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
Restore and Revitalize
This microneedling with PRP procedure can be very useful for individuals looking to restore the look and feel of their skin. It can help make skin look younger, smoother, firmer, and luminous. We invite you to learn more about this treatment by talking to a skilled member of our skin care team or by arranging a consultation at our Upland, CA facility today.