Micro-needling and PRP Treatments
Helios laser is center is now offering the only FDA cleared microneedling device – the Skinpen©. It is also known as collagen induction therapy. This is a great treatment with minimal downtime. It works for general collagen building, surgical scar revision, treatment of lines and wrinkles, and is great for treating acne scars on ALL skin types. For acne scarring and general collagen building – it requires a series and is enhanced by the optional application of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma after the treatment.
Microneedling works by using a mechanized microneedling pen to create tiny punctures in the skin which triggers the body to create collagen, elastin, new capillaries and new skin cells. The vibration of the microneedling pen reduces the pain and discomfort of the treatment .You numb for half an hour with a topically applied cream. Most patients find it tolerable and often, less uncomfortable than lasers. Patients will be given a home care regimen with detailed instructions before they leave. Consultation is required. Microneedling is not appropriate for patients with Melasma as it can push the pigment deeper into the skin.
PRP will also be offered as an add-on at Helios Laser Center. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. While the patient is numbing, their blood is drawn in to a sophisticated, sterile collection system and then centrifuged to separate out the platelet rich plasma. The PRP will be withdrawn from the collection system in a sterile fashion and will then be applied to the microneedled area AFTER the procedure is over. PRP is full of growth factors and nutrients which enhance the treatment. A highly advanced centrifuge, especially designed for handling PRP, has been purchased.