WHAT IS THIS TREATMENT – HOW DOES THIS TREATMENT WORK?
PRP combined with RF microneedling involves penetration of micro needles into the dermis and deliver radiofrequency pulse into the targeted tissues. The micro needles create micro injuries to the dermis initiate a healing cascade. Injured cells release growth and wound healing signals to undifferentiated cells which results in a localized inflammatory response lasting from one to six hours after the procedure, then fibroblasts are stimulated to produce new collagen. This new collagen fills in the wounded areas, atrophic scars (acneic), and thickens the skin. This process of neo-collagenesis can last from weeks, to up to 6-8 months after the last procedure. The heat generated by RF produces a healing response that causes collagen production and remodeling, allowing the skin to thicken and adhere closer to the muscular structure of the body.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets which involved in the clotting process. As platelets are organized in the clot, they release several different growth factors and other cytokines to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells to repair the damaged area. When used in injured or damaged tissue, they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to healthier and younger state.
HOW IS IT BETTER TO OTHER TREATMENTS / TECHNOLOGIES IN THE MARKET TODAY?
- Lesions can be selectively treated according to the length of needle.
- There is minimal side effect in epidermis because of the insulation needle.
- Down time is short.
- Less pain.
- Combination with PRP makes the healing faster.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SKIN TYPES AND PATIENTS FOR THIS TREATMENT?
PRP combined with RF microneedling is indicated to tighten and lift skin, to treat wrinkles, large pores, stretch marks, and improve acne scarring.
Persons who have the following conditions may not be treated : skin infections or disease excluding acne, bleeding disorders, patients on anticoagulants, pregnancy, keloid constitution, pacemaker vascular stent or implant, skin malignancy.
DOES IT HURT?
A topical anaesthetic is applied the area to be treated to make the procedure more comfortable about 30 minutes before the procedure begin.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
It depends on treatment area, it’s about 60-90 minutes.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
- Immediately after treatment there maybe some pin point bleeding and sometimes swelling which can be minimize with cooling packs after treatment.
- Infection really rare, can be avoid by proper after care treatment. Even though the needles are sterilized, bacterial infection can still occur.
- Pigmentation is caused by picking the skin and excessive sun exposure after treatment.
- Folliculitis caused by sebum temporary increase that block pores, will quickly resolve.
- Redness is variable from patient to patient and usually settles in 24-48 hours.
- Small marks may persist for a few days and dryness of the skin for 3-7 days.
- Bruising is also a possibility as the needle is used to place the PRP into the skin, may take a week or so to resolve.
- Dehydration skin may happen, mostly unseen, only feel the skin is flaking.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME?
By leaving the entire epidermal layer intact, PRP combined with RF microneedling allows the patient to resume normal activities quickly.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER TREATMENT TO GET THE BEST RESULTS?
Aftercare plays an important role in reducing recovery time. Keep the area clean even from make-up following the initial treatment session. Use sunscreen to avoid pigmentation from sun exposure. Excericise and Massage should be avoided at this time. More aggressive treatment may result in skin flaking as the new skin layer regenerates, moisturizer are recommended.
WHEN SHOULD I START SEEING RESULTS?
It takes some time for your body to produce collagen about 1 – 4 weeks, the tightening effect and final result are going to appear gradually over 6-8 months
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Patients are require to complete a minimum series of 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Some issues will require more treatments.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Most will see improvement several weeks after the treatment but the full results will likely take months to be fully realized.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
The durability of the results will depend on a number of factors including the age of the patient but most will require a touch-up procedure or two after 1 year after a treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?
The cost can vary based on the number of treatments required and on the adjunctive procedures recommended. We now have discounted packages available for the face under $2000. Other body parts can be added.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Patients who desire skin tightening and those with fine lines and wrinkles or those with acne scars are ideal candidates. We would be happy to see you for a free consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedures.
DOES IT HURT?
Most patients have only minor discomfort after the topical local anesthetic that is placed takes full effect.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The procedure takes 1-1.5 hours depending on the treated area and on the other adjunctive treatments provided.
Call Rodeo Drive Cosmetic Centers located inside Dr. Mark Mofid’s practice in La Jolla today to learn more about fractional micro-needle radiofrequency and platelet rich plasma and to schedule your free consultation and skin assessment today at (760) 428-0478.