Micro-Needling with Growth Factors, PRP and PRFM

micro-needling

Are you looking for a non-surgical way to rejuvenate your skin without extensive downtime and without compromising your natural appearance? At Glow Medispa in Seattle and Kirkland, we offer microneedling to subtly rejuvenate your skin, and we pair this beneficial treatment with growth factors to aid in creating healthier, more beautiful skin from the inside out.

What is Microneedling?

Micro-needling has long been used in the aesthetics industry to gently rejuvenate skin without surgery or downtime. At Glow Medispa, we utilize an automated, pen-like micro-needling tool with multiple tiny needles in a sterile, single-use tip for increased patient safety. This treatment can target multiple skin imperfections, such as:

  • Fine lines 
  • Acne and acne redness
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Anti-aging

Not all skin imperfections respond to this treatment. The best way to find out if micro-needling is right for you is to schedule a consultation at our Seattle or Kirkland office.

How does Micro-needling work?

As the micro-needling device is moved over treated areas, the needles penetrate below the surface to a specific depth, creating microchannels through the epidermis into the dermis where all of the collagen and elastin is. Growth factors from your own blood (PRP) or from a serum are used topically during microneedling, so that the growth factors travel through the channels into the dermis. This process stimulates the production of new collagen, which creates tighter, smoother skin over time. Micro-needling also gently exfoliates and opens up the skin, allowing for better penetration of beneficial products such as growth factors.

What does Micro-needling do for your skin?

Micro-needling is a great way to brighten the skin, diminish pore size, and reduce acne and redness caused by acne. It is also a fantastic way to stimulate collagen production, to keep your skin thick and springy and prevent the normal collagen loss that happens with age.

What is Micro-needling with Growth Factors?

Many spas offering micro-needling merely use hyaluronic acid as a glide. At Glow we always use growth factors with micro-needling to enhance results. This growth factor serum  absorbs below the skin surface, stimulates collagen production and aids in the skin healing process. Growth factors can help aid in improving circulation below the surface, restoring a youthful glow to the skin. While micro-needling is a safe and effective standalone treatment, growth factors can help enhance results.

What is Micro-needling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM)?

Micro-needling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) is also called a PRP Facial. The big advantage of undergoing a blood draw for this procedure is to use the natural growth factors circulating in your own blood. The magic of PRP and PRFM is that it can be reinjected into the skin to produce a more robust result than with micro-needling alone. We can use these products to rejuvenate any part of the face, but we especially like it for the under-eye area. Because PRP and PRFM are triggering collagen production, the results are much longer-lasting that that of fillers.

How long does Micro-needling take?

The procedure takes about an hour. The skin is cleansed and a topical numbing cream is used to numb the area being treated for about 30 minutes, followed by the microneedling treatment.

What to expect after Micro-needling Treatment?

The skin will be red and mildly swollen after the procedure. The redness will fade over the next 1-2 days. Sunblock should be applied immediately after treatment (UVA/B, >SPF30) and should be used consistently during healing. Avoid petroleum products such as aquaphor, neosporin, etc, as they promote acne break-outs. Over-the-counter skin care products often can contribute to poor healing and acne. It is always best to use the recommended products post-procedure to avoid this as much as possible. Break-outs can be treated with prescription topical clindamycin if necessary. Thankfully, acne breakouts after microneedling are rare. Avoid swimming, strenuous activity, exercising and sun exposure for 24 hours. Hydrocortisone is discouraged due to side effect of hirsutism and epidermal atrophy. If there is any itchiness a topical benadryl cream can be used.

are there any side effects?

Micro-needling is a popular aesthetic treatment due to its ability to target skin imperfections at the source with minimal risk of complications. Most patients are able to return to normal activities with only slight flushing or reddening of the skin, which typically fades within a few days. Dr. Dee, Dr Otto and our medical team will let you know what you can expect as well as if multiple sessions may be necessary to create the best results for your condition.

how long does micro-needling take to heal?

Usually there is mild redness only for about 24 hours. Most people are completely healed within a day or two.

how often should you do micro-needling?

We recommend micro-needling about three times a year for maintenance and prevention of collagen loss from aging.

how long does it take to see results from micro-needling?

This depends on what type of micro-needling is being done. If microneedling with growth factors is being done for acne or redness from acne, then results can be seen within only a few weeks. Most micro-needling with growth factors is done for collagen maintenance and prevention. Though this is a critical part of anti-aging, there are minimal visible results from this. More powerful treatments like a PRP Facial or Genius RF Microneedling are needed to see dramatic results.

how long do results from micro-needling last?

Micro-needling stimulates collagen for about 4-6 months. Your body then breaks down collagen at about 1-2% per year, so any collagen you build does last a long time. It is estimated that you have to do about three procedures per year to make up for the 1-2% natural breakdown.

how much does micro-needling cost?

Micro-needling costs range from around $200 to $800 per session. Make sure you are getting micro-needling with Growth Factors, and not just a hyaluronic acid glide for best results. At Glow Medispa, our price is $450 with discount packages available.

additional faq

What are the benefits of Mirco-needling?

  • Replace the natural loss of collagen over time
  • Anti-aging
  • Treat acne and acne redness
  • Fine lines on the surface of the skin
  • Improve skin texture and tone
  • How to reduce redness after Micro-needling?
  • We recommend Sente Dermal Repair Cream and Zerafite Soothing and Calming moisturizer to reduce redness after micro-needling. EltaMD Laser Enzyme gel is also great for this purpose.

What to do after microneedling?

  • Use sunblock (UVA/B, >SPF30) and reapply often!
  • For dryness, use a high-qulaity medical grade moisturizer such as Zerafite moisturizer and hyaluronic acid serum such as Skinmedica HA5.
  • Avoid petroleum products such as aquaphor, neosporin, etc, as they promote these break-outs.
  • Avoid over-the-counter skin care products, as they often contain petroleum and other acne-causing ingredients.
  • Avoid make-up! The only safe cover-up is Jane Iredale powder, specifically formulated for post-procedure.
  • Avoid swimming, strenuous activity, exercising and sun exposure for 24 hours.
  • Hydrocortisone is discouraged due to side effect of hirsutism and epidermal atrophy. If there is any itchiness a topical benadryl cream can be used.

What skin care creams to use after Micro-needling?

  • Jane Iredale makeup may be worn immediately post procedure. Avoid other makeup brands as we have seen acne break-outs.
  • Sunblock should be applied at least 1 hour before going outdoors. Sunblock should be re-applied after going into water and at intervals according to product instructions. We recommend Elta MD sunblock.
  • Avoid retinoids, glycolic acids, vitamin C products, sunscreens and serums the first night.
  • During the first 3 days: use a gentle cleanser, sunscreens and gentle moisturizers. Please use only recommended products on your skin, as these will help you heal faster.

Led by Dr. Kate Dee and Dr. Des Otto, Glow Medispa is your premier destination for skin rejuvenation, laser, and spa services in West Seattle and Kirkland. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and discover the benefits of micro-needling with growth factors.

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Led by Dr. Kate Dee and Dr. Des Otto, Glow Medispa is your premier destination for skin rejuvenation, laser, and spa services in West Seattle and Kirkland. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and discover the benefits of micro-needling with growth factors.

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