Collagen is one of the building blocks of your skin. This important molecule gives your skin youthful strength, firmness, and volume. As you begin to age, your body loses its ability to produce collagen at the same level it did in the past. This leads to loss of firmness, areas that have hollowed or sunken, along with fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. Your skin can begin losing its youthful vitality, leaving you looking years older than you feel.
Microneedling has been used in Europe for decades as a method of stimulating your body’s natural ability to produce collagen, revitalizing your complexion, and restoring skin quality. With microneedling overseen by Dr. Allen Gabriel, your skin can be rejuvenated restoring skin texture, tone, and suppleness.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed using a hand-held device which contains a series of ultra-fine needles. The device is used to create controlled damage to your skin, stimulating your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. This process calls on your body’s immune system to repair these new microchannels, producing fresh, healthy skin cells rich in collagen and elastin.
Microneedling is an excellent choice to address a number of skin and anti-aging concerns such as:
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance known to stimulate deep healing of the cells to which it is applied. The process for PRP begins with drawing a vial of your own blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma. The resulting PRP is rich in proteins and growth factors that foster the production of healthy new cells. When applied to your face after microneedling, it can further stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, enhancing the effects of any procedure, including microneedling.
PRP was first used in orthopedic medicine and reconstructive surgery in order to increase and stimulate healing and recovery. When used in cosmetic procedures, PRP has the ability to enhance the effects of the procedures with which it is used including:
Microneedling may sound a bit intimidating at first blush, but don’t let the name scare you. The controlled damage created by microneedling is wonderfully beneficial for your skin causing skin to tighten, pores to be refined, fine lines and creases to diminish, and skin tone and texture to be dramatically improved. On its own, microneedling is a powerful tool for skin rejuvenation. When combined with protein-rich PRP, the revitalizing effects of microneedling are taken to another level, harnessing your body’s own natural healing power and enforcing it with the growth factors of PRP. This is a powerful combination to produce noticeable improvements in the quality, texture, and vitality of your skin.
Like all procedures, the cost of microneedling and PRP can vary depending upon individual need. Microneedling as a single procedure is very affordable. Adding PRP usually can increase the price by a few hundred dollars. While some patients respond to just one treatment, a series of three to six treatments is often recommended to achieve optimal results.
All procedures performed at the medspa at Allen Gabriel, MD are overseen by Dr. Gabriel himself, ensuring that you are receiving expert care during each treatment. Dr. Gabriel seeks to build a relationship with each of his patients, allowing him to help you achieve your vision of glowing, vibrant skin. Not only will you be treated by the very best in Vancouver, you will be welcomed into a luxurious, serene environment from the moment you walk in the doors of our state-of-the-art facility. It’s clear why Dr. Gabriel is the only choice for facial rejuvenation in Vancouver, Portland, and beyond.
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