Sometimes referred to as a "vampire facial," platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments are one of the newest and the most natural methods of facial rejuvenation available today. At Dr. Konstantin's office here in NYC we offer microneedling PRP, so our patients can take advantage of the most advanced rejuvenation methods at our disposal. If you're looking for an effective, nonsurgical procedure that requires little recovery time, microneedling PRP may just be the perfect solution for you.
Platelet rich plasma is a fraction of your own blood that contains biologically active ingredients that will stimulate the body's natural growth factors, resulting in increased collagen production. This, in turn, leads to overall healthier and younger-looking skin. In order to administer the PRP, we utilize a microneedling device. This technique involves small needle injections that allow us to evenly disperse PRP over the patient’s face and maximize the rejuvenating effect.
Dr. Konstantin performs a live microneedling PRP treatment.
How It Works
As we become older, our skin undergoes significant changes. Mostly, there is a notable decrease in collagen production, which leads to thinner, lackluster skin. Microneedling combats this concern by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. A microneedling device contains multiple tiny needles that create very small pinpricks in the surface of the skin. The skin responds to these controlled injuries by making new collagen-rich tissue. The new skin is more uniform in tone and texture, firmer, and tighter looking.
PRP takes this skin rejuvenating treatment a step further by utilizing what is essentially the most significant part of the blood when it comes to tissue rejuvenation. What is platelet rich plasma exactly? Well, "plasma" is simply the liquid portion of blood that serves as a medium for the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are blood cells that cause blood clotting and participate in the healing of injured tissue.
By using the patient's own blood to release growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells, we effectively allow the skin to rejuvenate itself. If you're interested in microneedling in NYC, you'll be happy to know it's not only available and effective, but practically risk free.
Skin Rejuvenating Effects of Microneedling With PRP
According to a 2008 study, skin treated with 4 microneedling sessions spaced 1 month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin 6 months after completing treatment.1 Although the research on microneedling PRP is very limited because the treatment is so new, patients and doctors alike have seen significant positive results. This treatment's popularity is only increasing due to its safety, convenience, and effectiveness. The benefits of PRP include:
Improving skin elasticity
Improving skin tones
Treating blemishes, age spots, sunspots, scars, wrinkles, and large pores
Stimulating production of new collagen for smoother, firmer, more toned skin
Speaking from Experience
"In my experience as an NYC facial plastic surgeon, platelet rich plasma is one of the most fascinating and effective nonsurgical methods of facial rejuvenation that I’ve seen thus far."
– Dr. Konstantin
Your PRP Treatment With Dr. Konstantin
You can prepare for your PRP treatment by following these simple recommendations:
Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning a week before your appointment.
Do not take blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Do not use heavy makeup on the day of your treatment.
Microneedling in NYC by Dr. Konstantin utilizes PRP for a safe and effective rejuvenation treatment. Recovery for this procedure is relatively minimal, allowing patients to resume their normal lives as soon as the very next day. Immediately after the treatment, expect some redness and irritation of the skin. Don't plan any important social functions for the day of treatment. This natural response to the small “injuries” made by the needles typically subsides within the first few days following the procedure. You’ll want to avoid sun exposure and any additional skin treatments during this time. Side effects are very rarely an issue since no foreign substance is being introduced into the body. Results are noticeable within a few days after the procedure, with the potential to last up to 6 months before a follow-up treatment is recommended.
See how Dr. Konstantin blends art and science to help you reach your aesthetic potential
Dr. Konstantin is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in artful treatment of the aging face, eyelids, and neck. He performs more than 1,000 facial cosmetic procedures annually, making him one of the busiest facial plastic surgeons in Manhattan.