is a cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a handheld device called a dermapen. It is designed to improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
During a microneedling session, the practitioner creates controlled micro-injuries to the skin’s surface using very fine needles. The depth of the needles can vary depending on the desired outcome and the specific area being treated. The procedure can be performed on various parts of the body, including the face, neck, hands, and other areas with skin concerns.
The tiny punctures created by the needles stimulate the body’s natural healing response. The skin perceives these micro-injuries as damage and initiates a wound-healing process. As a result, collagen and elastin production increase, leading to skin rejuvenation and improvement in texture and appearance.
A vampire facial, on the other hand, combines microneedling with the application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In this treatment, blood is drawn from the patient, processed to isolate the plasma rich in platelets (which are cells in your blood that can aid in healing), and then applied to the face. This is done to enhance the effects of the microneedling process. The use of PRP is thought to increase the healing process and further boost collagen and elastin production. The vampire facial can lead to more pronounced results, but it might involve slightly more discomfort and downtime due to the PRP application.
Microneedling can be used to address a range of skin concerns, including:
Fine lines and wrinkles: The increased collagen production can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting smoother and more youthful-looking skin.
Microneedling can help improve the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen growth, which can fill in the indentations left by acne.
The procedure can aid in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots or age spots, by promoting skin cell turnover and renewal.
Microneedling can help improve the overall texture of the skin by promoting the growth of new collagen fibers and enhancing skin elasticity.
The procedure may be beneficial in reducing the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen and elastin production, improving the skin’s texture and elasticity.
Before the procedure, the skin is typically cleansed and a numbing cream may be applied to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.
A microneedling pen, which consists of tiny needles, is gently rolled or moved across the skin’s surface. The needles create small punctures, known as microchannels, in the skin.
The depth of the microneedles can be adjusted depending on the specific skin concerns being addressed. The healthcare professional performing the procedure will determine the appropriate depth and intensity based on the individual’s skin type and desired outcomes.
The micro-injuries created by the needles trigger the skin’s healing response. This process stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that helps keep the skin firm and elastic. Collagen induction can help improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines, and promote a more youthful complexion.
Following microneedling, topical treatments like serums or growth factors may be applied to the skin. The microchannels created during the procedure allow for better absorption of these products, enhancing their effectiveness.
After the procedure, the skin may appear slightly red or irritated, similar to a mild sunburn. This usually subsides within a few days. It’s important to follow any aftercare instructions provided by the healthcare professional, which may include avoiding direct sunlight, using sunscreen, and keeping the skin moisturized.
Microneedling is commonly performed on the face but can also be done on other areas of the body, such as the neck, hands, or décolletage. The number of sessions needed varies depending on individual goals and the specific skin concerns being addressed.
Micro-needling of face
Vampire facial with PRP