Microneedling and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in Beverly Hills
Enjoy the Benefits of Skin Rejuvenation
So often, what's hot in skin rejuvenation involves new, cutting-edge devices—such as fractional lasers and radiofrequency or ultrasound applicators—to smooth, tighten, and tone, but currently what's new is old: microneedling. This technique uses acupuncture-sized needles to create tiny columns of injury that stimulate collagen production over time, and can be combined with other treatments, such as PRP, at Beverly Hills' Skin Care & Laser Physicians.
Stemming from ancient Chinese practices developed centuries ago, modern medical microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), has advanced quietly over the past several decades with an increasing body of literature supporting its use in the treatment of acne and traumatic scars; fine lines; skin laxity; stretch marks; enlarged pores; uneven skin tone; and increased drug penetration into the skin. Dermatologists can now tailor the depth of injury to your skin and its needs. When combined with platelet-rich plasma, aka PRP—a component of your own blood rich in growth factors, stem cells, and other signaling molecules—it can further boost microneedling's beneficial effects.
Importantly, medical microneedling—either with or without PRP—is more sophisticated and precise than the treatment offered in spas that use over-the-counter rollers administered by non-physicians. In the right hands, the procedure is cheaper and safer than many higher-tech therapies with less downtime. It is colorblind and cold, so it is safe for people whose skin darkens unevenly, like skin of color or people who suffer from skin conditions that flare with heat like melasma.
Microneedling was one of the hottest topics at a recent annual meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the largest group of cosmetic and medical dermatologic surgeons in the country. Dr. Amelia Hausauer, a board-certified dermatologist and the ASDS aesthetic fellow at Skincare and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, explains, "Microneedling represents an intersection between regenerative and aesthetic medicine. Let's harness and augment your body's own ability to heal itself. Let's harness it in a way that makes your skin radiant and even-toned."
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Regrowth
More than 80 million men and women in the United States have some degree of heredity hair loss or balding, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. That's an estimated 50 percent of men—two thirds by their mid-30s, 85 percent by age 50—as well as 21 million women in the United States alone. Considering these numbers, finding innovative, new treatments is critical; platelet rich plasma (PRP) is one such therapy, generating lots of scientific buzz.
As a component of your own blood, PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors and signaling molecules that were originally used in orthopedics to heal athletic and other joint injuries, but more recently have found a home in dermatology because of PRP's ability to stimulate fibroblast proliferation and induce collagen and elastic fiber production. There is also mounting evidence that these same growth factors stimulated by PRP control the hair cycle and can be helpful in treating male or female pattern hair loss.
This is a growing field with rapid scientific advancements, but hats off to any therapy, such as PRP, that has no medication side effects, no risk of allergic reaction, and potentially restores fuller hair like you once had.