Platelet-rich plasma, referred to as PRP, is considered liquid gold in the cosmetic world. Platelets are blood cells that come from plasma, the liquid portion of whole blood. These blood cells play a key role in our body’s necessary growth healing functions. We are able to utilize PRP to support and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Microneedling is a skin care treatment mainly focusing on the face and neck that uses tiny needles to prick your skin, encouraging collagen production. This treatment improves fine lines, wrinkles, pores, scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, and “tech neck,” leaving your skin smoother and younger looking.
We use your own platelet-rich plasma to expedite healing and stimulate even more collagen and elastin for firmer, plumper skin. PRP’s healing benefits pair beautifully with the rejuvenating elements of microneedling. Microneedling with PRP recovery time may vary for each patient, but most patients recover within 5 days of the treatment. During this recovery time, you make experience redness, dryness, and flaking skin as your skin processes.
PRP injections use concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood to accelerate the healing of various parts of the body. In the medical world, this includes injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In the cosmetic world, we use the same process to accelerate healing of the face, skin, and hair.
PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is an effective and non-invasive anti-aging treatment that is injected directly into the skin . It can help improve your skin tone and texture, tighten skin, and soften lines. This procedure is beneficial for those who struggle with specific problem areas.
Microneedling with PRP is a non-invasive facial cosmetic procedure that involves using a small mechanical pen to make tiny channels in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process. During this treatment, PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is taken from your blood and added to the channels just created on the skin of your face. This helps to revitalize your skin by reducing signs of aging, minimizing scars, and creating new collagen and elastin. As people age, collagen levels fall, and collagen fibers become weaker and thinner.
Despite the procedure also being referred to as the ‘Vampire Facial’, microneedling with PRP is safe to use and has very little downtime.
Call us at (301) 215-5955 to book a consultation for microneedling with PRP at one of our DC and Northern Virginia area locations.
Where Else Can PRP Injections Be Used?
In addition to getting microneedling with PRP done, many other areas can be treated with PRP injections.
The top three areas are under the eyes, in the nasolabial folds, and to treat hair loss.
Under the Eyes: Eye bags are generally formed from strain around the eyes which can occur mainly due to lack of sleep, fluid retention, allergies, dermatitis, and/or heredity. The strain in your eyes takes away the blood and nutrients in that area. When PRP is applied, the tissue generates blood and nutrients for its active metabolism and growth to help regain the lost elasticity resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Nasolabial folds: The nasolabial folds run from the nose to the corners of the mouth and are a natural feature of the face. As our skin ages and thins with time, lines start to form in this area and become etched on the surface. PRP can improve the appearance of these because it is a biological stimulator of collagen production. This means that it encourages the renewal and regrowth of one of the components in our skin that have started to diminish.
Hair Loss: If you have thinning hair, the growth factors found within PRP can help stimulate your hair follicle activity to promote new hair growth. PRP injections can help increase hair count, hair thickness, and lengthen the growth phase of the hair cycle. This treatment works well as a prevention measure for continued or early hair loss but works better on those whose hair loss is recent.
What Happens During The Procedure?
During a microneedling with PRP procedure, the mechanical action of the microneedling pen creates tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing to process to fill in the channels by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply. By combining microneedling with PRP, the healing process starts faster and the recovery time is only between 4-6 days.
Check out this video showing a real patient a Microneedling with PRP treatment to treat acne scars and fine lines!
PRP is gathered by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm and placing it into a sterile tube to extract it. The PRP supercharges the benefits of microneedling, virtually eliminating side effects and speeding up recovery time.
Microneedling With PRP Before And After
Results from your microneedling with PRP appointment usually happen fairly quickly, but the exact improvements you will see on your skin will depend on your specific skin care treatment plan outlined during your consultation. Below are some before and after photos of the procedure:
Microneedling With PRP In Washington, DC
It’s incredibly important to get your microneedling with PRP done at an office where there are trained professionals. Your face deserves the best possible care. At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, our skin care professionals have the experience to make each patient feel safe and confident in their results. We prefer to take a holistic approach to achieve your facial rejuvenation goals and make sure to include you in every step of the decision-making process.
Unfortunately, there are countless reports of inexperienced cosmetic providers that perform microneedling with PRP incorrectly, which damages the patient’s skin. Ensuring that you are going to a professional that you can trust for your treatment is vital for your safety. Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery’s skin care experts place you in great hands, so you don’t have to worry about any part of your procedure going awry.
Microneedling with PRP (also known as the ‘Vampire Facial’) uses a small mechanical pen to make tiny channels in the skin at a precise depth to trigger the body’s natural healing process. Microneedling will trigger the production of new collagen and elastin, improving the skin’s texture and tone. Unlike many ablative procedures, Microneedling with PRP has very few contraindications, is safe to use on all ethnicities, and has very little downtime or side effects.
The Microneedling procedure can take between 20-40 minutes with a recovery time of 4-6 days. First, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube and then separated out from the other elements of the blood using a centrifuge. The PRP is applied topically to your face during and after the microneedling procedure, which penetrates the top layer of the skin without damaging it. PRP also speeds up the healing process.
Your Chevy Chase aesthetician will work with you to determine how many sessions you will need to achieve your desired look. Depending on the severity of the texture of your skin, you may need anywhere from three to six sessions.
We Asked a Real Chevy Chase Patient About Her Microneedling with PRP Experience:
What does it feel like? Most of it isn’t that bad. It’s sort of a sandpapery feeling- maybe more of a vibration.
What was your recovery like? I had redness for a couple days, but nothing major. You’ll leave the appointment fairly red and with your plasma still on your face, so I wouldn’t plan anything directly after.
Any helpful hints? Get the numbing cream and follow up with the ZO Skin Health product line they recommend for you. I’ve never had face creams work this well.
Best part? I have a plumpness and evenness to my skin I’d thought gone forever. My wrinkles and crows feet have softened, so I’ve been ok going without Botox (a huge milestone for me).
Would you do it again? Yes, absolutely.
“My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible, and I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem.My skin looks healthier, plumper and more even, and certainly has a more youthful glow. I’d highly recommend IPL, microneedling with PRP and PRP injections, or any other combination that Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery recommends specifically for you.”
If you are interested in Chevy Chase Microneedling with PRP or the Vampire Facial, contact us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your concerns and we can work with you to develop a custom skin care plan, including different treatments and at home care options.
Many of our patients come to us for all their skincare needs, from fillers, to Botox, to peels, and more. But most patients have quite a few questions about what procedures are right for them, what each procedure involves, and how it all works. Our doctors answer many of these burning questions in their recent Q & A
Q: I would love to know more about pre-cancerous facial peels. Is it a good thing, a bad thing, when do you do it? A: Carefully targeted facial peels, in conjunction with a good skincare regimen, can help protect the skin from possible skin cancers. With proper skin preparation such that the cells are turning over and repairing themselves, coupled with sufficient protection, the skin can be stronger and healthier than if you did nothing.
Q: Who should use retinol? Do you use it around your eyes? A: Retinol and all the retinoids are vitamin A or vitamin A derivatives. They work by helping the skin cells turn over and regenerate. They are essential in any good skincare program and most people should use them. They come in a variety of strengths or forms (0.25% Retinol to 0.1% tretinoin (Retin-A)) and should be chosen based on a patient’s skin evaluation, degree of damage, and desired effect. They are safe around the eyes bearing in mind that this is a very sensitive area, so a lower strength or decreased volume of product is often warranted.
Q: Is there an over the counter product women can reach? Or perhaps is there an ingredient that we should look for? A: Fortunately, we are able to pack and ship our ZO Skin Health products from the office directly to you! However, if you haven’t been evaluated before and are looking to enter the realm of skincare gently, we recommend searching for Retinol-based products. Although it’s important to keep in mind that over-the-counter products do not have the same strength as what we carry. Additionally, we recommend that you limit the amount spent on OTC products because of this very reason. A good exfoliator, a repair-based product, and a protection product will do until you can get a proper evaluation.
Q: When is it too late to get Botox? What about Microneedling—which is better for deeper wrinkles? A: It is never too late for Botox treatments to help soften and reduce facial lines and wrinkles. For deeper wrinkles, sometimes other procedures or treatments can help when combined with Botox such as filler to help fill the wrinkle from the bottom up or fat grafting. Microneedling can also assist in softening small and/or superficial lines and wrinkles. Microneedling (and microneedling with PRP) can be performed on most patients, and it is almost never too late to use the techniques for the softening of fine lines and wrinkles. Microneedling does this by stimulating collagen production which in turn helps thicken the skin and give it more fullness, resulting in the reduction of lines.
Q: How do you get rid of brown spots/age spots? A: Pigmented spots on the skin can arise for a variety of reasons. We recommend a skincare evaluation which can help determine the cause. Most commonly, flat brown or age spots are due to aging and sun exposure. These types of spots can be lightened with topical lightening creams such as hydroquinone, but may also be lightened or removed with IPL treatments (Intense Pulsed Light). Topical creams used daily or IPL done monthly can markedly reduce the discoloration.
Q: I heard not to get lip injections because if you don’t continue with it the wrinkles around your lips will be even worse, is that true? A: Lip injections are mainly to increase the fullness and replace the volume of the lips to give the patient more “red area” of the lips where lipstick would be placed. Lip fillers can also be used to fill the lines on the upper and lower lip regions that radiate from the lips. Regardless of where fillers are placed in the lips, they tend not to be permanent and slowly resorb over time. Once fully resorbed, your lips will return to about the same as when you started placing fillers, they should not change much in appearance from there.
Skincare is a vital part of any self-care routine and every person’s skincare needs are different. When you’re working to find the best skincare routine for your skin you’ll want to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon or master skincare specialist. Our team at Bruno | Brown can evaluate your skincare needs, make recommendations, and help you reach your skincare goals using fillers, botox, resurfacing treatments, or just simple skincare products.
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), micro-needling with PRP uses a mechanical pen to make tiny channels at a precise depth in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process, which creates new collagen and elastin. Unlike some other types of treatments, micro-needling has very few contraindications and is safe to use on all ethnicities and skin types with very little recovery time or side effects.
Some benefits of the micro-needling procedure can include:
Reduced appearance of scars
Minimized appearance of age spots and fine lines
Improvement in appearance of rosacea
Skin tone and texture of skin becomes firmer, and more even
New collagen and elastin produced
Pore size shrunken
Reduced stretch marks
What is Involved in a Micro-needling with PRP Procedure?
First, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube and then separated out from the other elements of the blood using a centrifuge. The PRP is applied topically to your face during and after the micro-needling procedure, which penetrates the top layer of skin without damaging it. PRP also speeds up the healing process. Learn more about micro-needling fromThe American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the skin’s repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. The procedure can take between 20-40 minutes with a recovery time of 4-6 days.
One PRP patient goes into further detail on what to expect after treatment:
“You leave the office with PRP on your face (it’s clear and looks like you’re walking around with a light gel facemask on). Your face is red right after the procedure, but I was able to pretty effectively cover the redness with makeup the day after.”
Micro-needling with PRP, also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), is a non-invasive procedure involving a mechanical pen that creates tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process in order to create new collagen and elastin. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons goes into further detail on the micro-needling process used for this treatment.
During this procedure, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. The PRP is then applied topically during and after the micro-needling procedure in which the top layer of skin is penetrated without being damaged.
Micro-needling with PRP: What to Expect
This procedure can take as little as twenty minutes with a recovery time of just 4-6 days. You should expect to experience some redness and mild peeling. One PRP patient goes into further detail on how the treatment:
First, Sara will put numbing cream all over your face and neck. Once it’s kicked in, you don’t feel much of anything other than a vibration. For me, it was nearly painless during the procedure. Once the numbing cream starts to wear off it feels like you’ve been sunburned and your face feels hot.
You leave the office with PRP on your face (it’s clear and looks like you’re walking around with a light gel facemask on). Your face is pretty red right after the procedure, but I was able to pretty effectively cover the redness with makeup the day after.
What are the Benefits to Micro-needling with PRP?
Treated stretch marks
Minimized appearance of age spots
Reduced signs of premature aging
Improved appearance of rosacea
Improvement in skin tone and texture
Reduction of scares
Firmer, more even skin
New collagen and elastin produced
Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. While this procedure does penetrate the top layer of the skin, it does not cause damage and results can last up to one year.
Microneedling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the signs of aging and minimizes the appearance of age spots and scars.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
Your Bethesda Microneedling with PRP procedure, also popularly known as the vampire facial, is a non-invasive procedure involving a mechanical pen creating tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin to trigger the body’s healing process which fills these channels with new collagen and elastin and forms new capillaries. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons further discusses the microneedling process used for this treatment.
The ‘vampire’ part of this treatment comes after these channels are formed when your own PRP supercharges the procedure’s benefits. PRP is obtained by drawing a small amount of your blood to use topically on the skin, to speed up recovery and virtually eliminate side effects.
This procedure can take as little as twenty minutes with a recovery time of just four to six days, where you’ll experience some redness and mild peeling.
Microneedling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until your desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. While this procedure does penetrate the top layer of the skin, it does not cause damage and results can last up to one year.
Some benefits of this procedure can include:
Improvement in skin tone and texture
Reduction of scars
Firmer, more even skin
New collagen and elastin produced
Pore size shrunken
Treated stretch marks
Minimized appearance of age spots
Reduced signs of premature aging
Improved appearance of rosacea
Choose Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery for your Microneedling with PRP Procedure Near Bethesda
At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, we take a holistic approach to the microneedling with PRP procedure and consider your overall complexion rather than just focusing on a specific problem area. This maximizes your rejuvenation results. A testimonial from one of our microneedling with PRP patients reads:
“My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible. It’s great that the regimen was custom designed for me based on what my skin needed. I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem. My skin looks healthier, more plump and even, and certainly has a more youthful glow.”
We look forward to hearing from you to schedule your microneedling with PRP procedure soon.
Micro-needling with PRP is gaining popularity fast, and it’s no secret why. It can have enormous benefits for your skin; it’s been reported that even Kim Kardashian and Tiger Woods have tried it!
Micro-needling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure that works to reduce the signs of aging and minimizes scarring.
What is Micro-needling with PRP?
Micro-needling with PRP is a non-invasive procedure which only takes 20 – 40 minutes with a recovery time of 4 – 6 days. During this procedure, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is obtained by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. The PRP is then applied topically during and after the micro-needling procedure in which the top layer of skin is penetrated without being damaged.
The pen used for micro-needling creates tiny channels, called micro-channels, at a specific depth in your skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process. The added benefits from applying the PRP allow new collagen and elastin to be produced in the papillary dermis and new capillaries are formed for an improved blood supply. This procedure kick-starts the body’s healing process with rejuvenation.
According to US Magazine, “The cutting-edge beauty treatment has been used since the early 90s on top sports athletes who had suffered soft tissue damage, but has now come into fashion as an alternative to facial fillers and Botox.”
Micro-needling with PRP will consistently trigger the bodies repair process until the desired level of skin rejuvenation is achieved. Results from this procedure can include new collagen and elastin creating improved skin tone and texture, increased skin firmness and elasticity, reduction of scars, pores, hyperpigmentation, age spots, stretch marks, and improves the appearance of rosacea. These results can last up to one year.
The experience of your plastic surgeon translates directly to the quality of your results. Choose a plastic surgeon you can trust like Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery for your micro-needling with PRP procedure. We are committed to providing effective results.
Love them or hate them, one thing we can agree on is that the Kardashians have really good skin. Kim and Kourtney swear by the virtues of the Vampire Facial (aka Microneedling with PRP) for flawless skin.
Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure that reduces the signs of aging, minimizes scarring, boosts collagen production, reduces hyperpigmentation and pore size, prevents premature aging, treats stretch marks, minimizes the appearance of age spots, helps improve texture and improves the appearance of rosacea.
Combining micro-needling with the body’s own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma derived from your own blood) is used to kick-start the healing process. The rejuvenation action that is started by the micro-channels is dramatically enhanced by the growth factors contained in the PRP.
My best friend Sarah Howard recently got a vampire facial and documented her experience. I love that she tells it like it is! Scroll down to hear about her treatment and check out her website, Beauty Banter, for beauty news and the best products!
The PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) facial, also commonly referred to as the blood facial or the vampire facial, is the thing that complexion dreams are made of… read the rest of the blog here.
Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery provides top-rated plastic surgery in the DC Metro area with award-winning plastic surgeons, Drs. Bruno and Brown.
When friends started to ask me if I’d been getting more sleep, or if I’ve been doing something different, I knew I was on the right path.
I’ve been a patient of Drs. Bruno and Brown for years now, having had a few different procedures done. I’d trust any recommendation they might have, so when some new PRP treatments came out, I was definitely game to give it a go. I’m so thrilled with the results that when they asked me to write about my experience, I was delighted to do so.
Microneedling w/ PRP x 5
PRP Injections x 2
Feels like:Most of it isn’t that bad. I’ve heard it described as a cat licking your face. Not being a cat person, or having ever had a cat lick my face, I’m not sure, but it seems pretty accurate. It’s sort of a sandpapery feeling. That said, when you get to certain spots on your face where there are nerve bundles, expect to do some sudden table clenching. Recovery time: I had redness for a couple days, but nothing major. Helpful hint:Get the numbing cream, and follow up with the ZO Skin Health product line they recommend for you. I’ve never had face creams work this well. Also, you’ll leave the appointment with your plasma still on your face, so perhaps schedule that coffee date for another time. Best part?It’s given me back a plumpness and evenness to my skin I’d thought gone forever. My wrinkles and crows feet have softened, so I’ve been ok going without Botox (a huge milestone for me). Would I do it again?Absolutely.
Feels like:An injection is all I can say, but it’s quick. Around the mouth hurt the most to me. Recovery time:Expect some fairly spectacular raccoon-like eyes for 3 days or so, but it’s easier to cover up after that. My bruising was completely gone in about a week. Helpfulhint:Walk straight past that regular concealer and go for the stage makeup unless you plan on developing incredibly convenient food poisoning for the next couple days. Best part:My eyes look less tired andcrepey, which is great, but I’m really thrilled with the results around my mouth. I’ve never been a smoker but was cursed with ‘smoker lines’ that just drove me nuts. These have been considerably smoothed out. I’m delighted. Would I do it again?Absolutely.
Feels like:A rubber band snap- not painful to me at all. Recovery time:None for IPL Helpful hint:None! You’re in good hands with Sara, and this was the fastest, easiest part of my treatment plan. Best part?This worked really well on one lingering sun spot. Would I do it again?Absolutely.
The treatments are spaced about six weeks apart. I noticed an improvement about five weeks after my first treatment. About 4-5 weeks after the second treatment was when I started to see dramatic improvements and the compliments began to fly.
The Best Part:
My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible. It’s great that the regimen was custom designed for me based on what my skin needed. I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem. My skin looks healthier, more plump and even, and certainly has a more youthful glow. I’d highly recommend IPL, microneedling w/ PRP and PRP injections, or any other combination that Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery recommends specifically for you.
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