Microneedling, PRP, and vampire facials, OH MY! If you are looking to rejuvenate and help minimize what summer did to your skin, then you’ll want to keep reading. We are discussing all things microneedling. This non-invasive therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing response and can be used as a solo treatment or along with others.
Microneedling uses microscopic needles that are attached to a pen with a roller shaped head that prick tiny holes in the skin’s surface of the face and neck. Also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), the procedure stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These two assists in the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles, and also help tighten and firm the skin. The tiny holes also make it easier for the skin to absorb anti-aging and moisturizing treatments. A topical numbing agent is applied to the face before the procedure.
PRP and Microneedling
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) involves processing a small sample of your blood, making a higher concentration of platelets and growth factors. It is then applied to the treatment area by injection or topically. PRP helps stimulate the healing response along with the production of collagen and elastin. It is an effective anti-aging treatment and helps to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. It is used in hair restoration treatments, and in conjunction with other treatments like BOTOX and facials.
The Vampire Facial
The vampire facial is essentially a souped-up version of microneedling with PRP added to the process. Have no fear; the only similarities this facial has to vampirism is the blood. Microdermabrasion or microneedling is done to the face and neck, and then the PRP concentration is applied to the treatment area. This process aids in the healing and the deeper penetration of the PRP properties.
Choosing the Right Setting
Choosing which collagen induction therapy is right for you involves seeing the right professional. A non-dermatological setting may be attractive but have hidden dangers. Each state has different requirements, and many only mandate a medical doctor to be on call, versus on-site. Seeing a board-certified dermatologist ensures a thorough evaluation. This better helps determine which treatments you may or may not be a candidate for, so you get the proper care.
If you would like to sink your teeth into our vampire facial treatment, we are currently offering 15% off, so don’t delay! You can schedule a consultation for this or any of our other services by calling 210-255-8447, or request an appointment online HERE.
The name mother is synonymous with taking care of everyone else in the household, sometimes at the expense of yourself. You make sure that your home is running like a well-oiled machine, but to keep running, you have to take care of yourself and your health. Skincare and regular dermatology visits are no different.
You work hard, and now it’s time to take care of yourself.
Where Do You Start?
School's started and work is picking back up with everyone returning from summer vacations. It's easy to fall behind on every aspect of your life, but Alamo Heights Dermatology is here to help take care of your body’s largest organ- skin! We aim to provide patient education not only by appointment but through our blogs ranging from skin cancer to the effect of stress on your skin. We also have a list of the full basics here, but below is a snapshot of the most important skincare tips:
- Proper Sun Protection- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher when outside.
- Head to Toe Skin Checks- Check your body once a month from head to toe for any skin changes.
- Maintain Healthy Diet- Drink lots of water and eat healthy to maintain healthy skin.
- Exfoliate 2x a Week- Exfoliating removes dead skin cells.
- Don’t Smoke- Smoking causes premature aging.
- See A Dermatologist Annually- To discuss any current skin conditions, and get your skin checked.
If you have a skin condition, it’s essential to stick to daily care and to work closely with your dermatologist to ensure that you get the care you need and deserve! If you’re with struggling acne, eczema, psoriasis, warts, or moles, don’t put it off any longer.
Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to look into other procedures and treatments that can help get your glow back. Cosmetic treatments can reduce the signs of aging, eliminate or reduce imperfections, remove hair in unwanted places, and restore it where it is diminished. It’s important to talk with your dermatologist about what options are best for you. Some of the top procedures we perform, and their effects are:
- Ultherapy- Eases lines and wrinkles on the face, upper chest, and neck without cuts or surgery.
- PRP Therapy- Uses the body's growth factors in your plasma to stimulate hair growth and is used in anti-aging treatments by restoring the fullness of the face while tightening and firming.
- Chemical Peels- Help remove/reduce sunspots and other skin imperfections.
- Fillers- These replace lost volume to the skin due to aging.
- Facials- The face is cleansed, pores are de-clogged, and the skin is rejuvenated in a multi-step process. Extractions are also performed safely at this time.
Everyone’s skin is different, and it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself while you take care of others. If you are ready to take the next step in your overall skincare, our board-certified dermatologists, and experienced, compassionate staff are here to help. With comprehensive treatment options available, Alamo Heights Dermatology has all your needs covered. To schedule a consultation, call us at 210-255-8447, or request an appointment online HERE.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is a safe, regenerative process that is used for improving wrinkles and fine lines as well as hair loss. When you think of dermatology, you may not realize that hair loss is a problem that is covered under that umbrella. Facts are that a dermatologist can successfully treat most forms of hair loss, an issue that plagues millions of Americans every year.
Although having a family history increases your chances of hair loss, no one is immune. Those that experience it face more than just the apparent lack of or thinning of hair. It can also take an emotional toll.
PRP Therapy Explained
PRP therapy is a natural option whereby a person’s plasma is used. During the procedure, blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in a tube. The tube goes into a machine that separates the red blood cells from the plasma.
In hair loss treatments, the plasma, which contains growth factors that help heal and aid in tissue recovery, is injected directly into the hair follicles. For those with androgenetic alopecia where the hairs are dwindling, the growth factors help revive the hair follicles. Typical patients who respond well to the treatment can see a 20-30% improvement in terms of hair follicle number and density. PRP has even shown promise in rare forms of hair loss such as lichen planopilaris which causes scarring at the hair follicle.
It only takes about 10 mins, and requires little to no downtime. After a series of 3 initially monthly injections, treatment maintenance is spaced 4-6 months apart from each other. Side effects include minimal redness and swelling that lasts a day or two. Any discomfort is well managed with a zimmer chiller that chills the surface of the skin for the injections.
Is it Right for You?
PRP is for both men and women and is listed as one of the top recommended treatments by Forbes Magazine for keeping up appearances in the workplace. Read more here.
This therapy is not for everyone, and some may require a combination of hair loss treatments. A board-certified dermatologist should perform the procedure and will ultimately will help determine if you are the right candidate.
If you are experiencing hair loss, Alamo Heights Dermatology can help determine the best treatment option(s) for you. Our office offers a comprehensive treatment option list for all your dermatological needs. You can call us at 210-255-8447, or book an appointment online HERE.
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