Americans spend billions of dollars each year to maintain a youthful appearance. Plastic surgery spending topped $16 billion in 2016 alone and is likely to increase as cosmetic procedures become more mainstream. Fortunately for those who do not want to go under the knife, there are minimally invasive treatments that also provide great results, often at a much lower cost than surgery. One such procedure is microneedling.
Microneedling is a treatment in which tiny needles puncture the top layer of skin. Experts say it can have real benefits when done correctly, such as reversing signs of aging and fading acne scars.
Patients who wish to experience more dramatic results often opt to add Blood Enhanced Growth Factor (BEGF) injections or serums to their microneedling treatment. You may have seen photos of celebrities’ faces covered with blood after this procedure. Though this may seem off-putting, BEGF is relatively risk-free when performed by professional cosmetic surgeons.
Plasma – the liquid part of blood – contains small solid components, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Blood Enhanced Growth Factors have more platelets than normal blood, making it ideal for treating injuries and healing damaged skin.
Doctors create Blood Enhanced Growth Factors by drawing blood from a patient, separating the platelets from other cells and increasing their concentration during a process called centrifugation. The platelets are then combined with the remaining blood.
While professional athletes have been using Blood Enhanced Growth Factors for years to speed up the healing process after an injury, it has more recently been used in combination with cosmetic procedures to enhance aesthetic results.
Microneedling with Blood Enhanced Growth Factors is popular because it can address many cosmetic concerns that may be difficult to treat with other minimally invasive techniques. It is commonly used to:
Most patients undergo three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. You may notice results right after the first procedure.
Your doctor will give you instructions for how to prepare for your treatment, such as:
Microneedling is a quick process compared to many other cosmetic procedures. When you arrive, your doctor will cleanse your skin and apply a topical anesthetic. Once this has set for 30 minutes, our professionals perform the microneedling procedure using the SkinPen®– the world’s only FDA-cleared microneedling device – with careful application performed in circular motions.
You will have blood drawn to create the Blood Enhanced Growth Factor solution, which will then be massaged into your skin. Once the treatment is over, your doctor will apply a serum to help soothe any irritation.
Blood Enhanced Growth Factors are recommended for patients who are in good health and want to treat minor signs of aging. It may not be the best option if you:
Though microneedling and Blood Enhanced Growth Factors are considered relatively risk-free procedures, you may experience side effects, including:
After the treatment, it is recommended to keep your skin well-hydrated and apply sunscreen several times per day to protect your face.
Most of us want to look younger without the potential side effects of invasive plastic surgeries. Microneedling with Blood Enhanced Growth Factors can help you achieve the results you are looking for with less risk. Virginia Surgical Arts offers this treatment to our patients who want to recapture their youth. We will do everything we can to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible.