Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy) and Cosmetic PRP

What is Microneedling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy)?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive, non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses several thin needles to create controlled micro-injuries of the skin. This stimulates the body to release cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodelling of collagen and elastin, two proteins that provide structure to the skin. Growth factors also support tissue healing and new blood vessel formation, producing a healthy glow and rejuvenated look. Microneedling is used to treat acne scars, melasma, and surgical scars. It can also improve hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone (redness, sun spots), fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles or other signs of aging in the face, chest, décolletage and other areas of the body. Microneedling can be done alone, or it can be combined with platelet rich plasma (PRP).  It is safe for most skin types. Dr. Cottom is also trained in manual facial injections of PRP, which can be combined with PRP microneedling treatments.

At CFNM we use the SkinPen, the only microneedling device that is approved by the FDA as well as Health Canada, and classified as a class II medical device with validated studies for the treatment of acne scars, melasma, and surgical scars. The tip contains 14 sterile needles in a self contained closed system. We use a numbing cream on the treatment area, making any discomfort minimal, with most reporting only a mild sensation during treatment. After the procedure the skin will appear pink/red, like a mild to moderate sunburn, possibly with mild swelling. Typically this lasts for less than 24 hours, but varies per skin tone and individual.

Platelet Rich Plasma for Facial Rejuvenation (PRP Facial)
Considering Botox or fillers, but aren’t sure about side effects or don’t want the consistent upkeep? PRP facial is for you! PRP uses platelets from your own blood, making this a natural solution that slows the signs of aging. By using a product made by you, the risk for unwanted reaction is reduced. The platelets contain a high concentration of growth factors and nutrients that signal the growth of new cells, collagen, and blood vessels. Studies have shown pairing PRP with microneedling improves the appearance of scars and textural differences faster than microneedling alone. The remodelling of the collagen matrix creates a smoother surface with improved texture and structure, tightens and tones skin, reduces fine lines, and produces a healthy glow thanks to new increased blood flow and hydration. Because the healing continues with time, your results will continue to build and improve over 3-6 months.

PRP facials involve the use of the SkinPen micropen, which is used over the treatment area after redistributing the PRP onto the skin. Dr. Lauren Cottom ND performs both PRP micropen facials as well as facial injections of PRP, which can be used tackle deeper scars, wrinkles, and facial folds.


What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a regenerative therapy that uses the patient’s own blood to create an injectable solution containing a high concentration of platelets. To concentrate the platelets, the blood sample is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets along with some plasma (PRP) are then injected back into the treatment area. PRP contains nutrients in the plasma as well as from the platelets, which help to speed the healing process by providing a high concentration of healing factors, but also by stimulating the body to bring nutrients to the area. Growth factors released by the platelets help bring stem cells to the injured area, which can then become different types of cells that the body needs to heal. For example, chondrocytes to help heal cartilage, and endothelial cells to help promote new blood vessel formation. The benefits of PRP include increased blood flow and circulation, enhanced tissue repair and wound healing, collagen and elastin matrix remodeling, and faster recovery from injury.

How are these procedures performed?
A quick blood draw is performed, and the blood is processed in office to create the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This solution is then redistributed over the treatment area by injecting the PRP into the treatment area, either by SkinPen or manual needling. A topical numbing agent is used to reduce discomfort. The controlled micro-injury signals healing processes in the body, drawing nutrients and growth factors to the treatment area. Following hair treatments, the doctor will massage the scalp to help break up adhesions while stimulating the flow of blood and lymph to the target area.

How many treatments will I need?
Optimal results occur with a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart, depending on the target area.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of microneedling? Call to schedule a new patient consultation with Dr. Lauren Cottom ND.

acne scars and wrinkles treated with SkinPen microneedlin

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