PRP / Micro-needling

Our Bio-Regenerative treatments harness your body’s own innate ability to heal itself. This means more robust, tighter and glowing skin!

What is Micro-needling?

Micro-needling involves creating precise micro-injuries to the skin in order to incite your own natural healing process through the up regulation of collagen and elastin formation.  Micro-needling treatments have become synonymous  with Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).  The degree of collagen induction achieved with micro-needling is comparable to that of most fractional laser treatments but with significantly less expense and downtime.  

Traditional techniques of micro-needling have been around for many years but it has only been with recent technological advancements that we are now able to offer more gentle and effective treatments with little post-procedure downtime. 

Our new  Evo Pen is a very advanced, medical grade micro-needling device that is minimally invasive and very precise.  Its Swiss automation allows us to create thousands of micro-injuries to your skin during a short, comfortable treatment session. During the treatment session the micro-wounds serve as tiny micro-channels or portals into to the deep dermis.  These channels   allow us an opportunity to deliver healing therapeutic agents deep into the skin right where they are needed.. 

A Garden Analogy

Essentially the micro-needling serves to aerate your skin and the infused therapeutics serve to fertilize the skin (think PRP). This is where the magic lies!

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

One of our favourite bio-stimulatory and anti-aging skin infusions is Platelet Rich Plasma, referred to as PRP.   PRP is a supra-physiologic concentration of platelets, stem cells and nutritive growth factors that are derived from your own body.  We refer to it as Liquid Gold or Gold Broth because of its potent regenerative and anti-inflammatory benefits.  Because PRP is derived from your own body, it allows us to naturally heal ourselves with virtually no risk of intolerance or allergy.

The process of creating PRP is quite simple.  We simply draw a small amount of blood from your arm and we centrifuge it to separate the beneficial elements in your plasma, your PRP,  from the less beneficial elements.   Your PRP is then ready to do its magic in any variety of ways we choose!

  • We can inject it into select areas such as tear troughs or scalp skin
  • We can micro-needle it into your facial skin
  • We can add it to a Micro-Infusion Gold customized cocktail

PRP Treatments offered at Spring Skin

  • Facial skin through Micro-needling or as an add on with our Micro-Infusion Gold treatments to reduce pore size, soften fine lines, tighten, brighten and making your skin Glow.
  • Tear trough rejuvenation: injections with PRP can reduce crepey or dark lower eyelid skin to make it tighter, brighter and smoother. Its a great way to reduce dark under circles without the need for fillers
  • Hair bearing scalp: PRP injections into the scalp help with hair regrowth and to thicken existing hair by up to 30%. 4 to 6 treatment sessions spaced 1 month apart are recommended and you will begin to see the benefits after your first few treatments.  Once you finish your initial series then 2 maintenance sessions annually are recommended.
  • PRP Platinum Treatment: this treatment package bundles together our 3 favourite PRP treatments in one session:
  • PRP injection into the scalp
  • PRP injection into tear troughs
  • PRP infusion of facial skin during a micro-needling treatment session.

Conditions We Treat

  • Dull, sun-damaged skin
  • Acne scarring
  • Large pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hair loss
  • Dark under eye circles

PRP Treatment Process

  • A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm and this is centrifuged to isolate out supra-physiologic concentrations of platelets and nutritive growth factors ( your own PRP).
  • All make-up is removed from your face prior to prepping with surgical cleanser and applying topical anesthetic (freezing)  to your face.
  • After 15 to 20 minutes we begin the micro-needling procedure, infusing your skin with a potent solution of your own PRP. 
  • Additional PRP injections into scalp or tear troughs can also be added to your micro-needling session if desired.
  • At the cessation of the microneedling procedure a cool hyaluronic based mask is applied to sooth and hydrate your skin.
  • We then seal the micro-channels made in your skin with our  RHA skin booster serum full of anti-oxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides.
  • The whole procedure takes 45 minutes.
  • Post care instructions and post care skin products given

Recovery time and Side-Effects

The total healing time after your microneedling procedure depends on the depth of skin penetration used and the number of overlapping passes performed.  On average, most patients experience slight redness and swelling for a few days following the procedure.

You will have a sense of skin tightness for the first week but this is easily remedied with our home-care kits that are provided for you.  Within a few days you will begin to appreciate smoother, brighter and tighter skin – with  pore size significantly reduced.  The results continue to improve for 1 to 2 months afterwards with ongoing collagen induction and remodelling.

immediately post Micro-needling session
Post Micro-Needling Day 2: The glow begins!

How many treatments are recommended?

  • Facial rejuvenation: 2 to 3 sessions spaced 1 month apart
  • Tear trough / dark under eye circles: 1 to 2 injection sessions
  • Acne scarring / more significant skin concerns: 4 to 6 sessions recommended for best results
  • Hair bearing scalp treatments: 4 to 6 treatments for regrowth of hair and then 2 to 3 times annually for maintenance of results
  • When a series of treatments are recommended we will offer package pricing for you.

What is the difference between Micro-Needling and Micro-Infusion Gold?

What they have in common:

  • Collagen induction or CIT is common to both micro-needling and Micro-Infusion Gold.
  • Micro-channel formation to allow infusion of healing therapeutic cocktails, including PRP into your dermis are common to both treatment modalities

What differentiates them?:

Micro-Infusion Gold:  This technique uses shorter and finer needles that penetrate more superficially into the  dermis.  Micro-Infusion Gold treatments are integral to our Skin Boosting program to redensify, rehydrate and reverse aging of your skin.  Advanced  micro-droplets of HA filler and potent anti-oxidant cocktails are infused into the skin.  We can also add PRP to your personalized infusion cocktails to amplify your results.  Because the infusions are finer and more superficial there is little discomfort and therefore no topical freezing is required.  There is virtually no downtime with these treatments.

Micro-needling:

Our micro-needling Evo pen is automated and is able to create many more channels of greater depth into the skin to supercharge your collagen induction.  Topical freezing is required and your downtime will be a few days – but the aesthetic results are powerful.   Micro-needling combined with PRP infusion is the crown jewel of our Skin Regenerative treatment platform.

Why is PRP so popular?

  • It is a short, easily tolerated procedure
  • There is minimal downtime
  • It is a potent way to naturally regenerate and stimulate your own skin with your own inner pharmacy of stimulatory and nutritive growth factors, stem cells and platelets.
  • The results are cumulative in building smooth, glowing and healthy skin
  • It can reverse the effects of UV induced and chronological aging
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COVID-19 Procedures

We are Open!

Spring Skin COVID Protocol:

 

Welcome to Spring Skin. As COVID restrictions lift, know that we will continue to work diligently behind the scenes, implementing our safety protocols to safe guard you as well as our team and our community.

We continue to work closely with local as well as governing medical authorities so that we can continue to offer our personalized services in the safest way possible. We are following the guidance of the BC Ministry of Health closely.

Along with our usual universal precautions practices, we will continue to implement the following safety precautions:

  • All appointments will continue to be by appointment only so we can honour social distancing in our clinic. Please ensure you are on time in order to help with patient flow and social distancing.
  • For all medical appointments, including your visit at Spring Skin you will be required to wear a protective mask. If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  • Medical grade hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and we will ask that you sanitize your hands upon entry into the clinic.
  • We ask you to limit your visit with us to just yourself or one care-giver if required
  • We would ask you to limit the amount of personal items you bring in to the clinic and to refrain from bringing in food or drink containers
  • All of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID and they are trained and equipped with their PPE to ensure every one’s safety.
    • We wash our hands between each individual patient and each procedure.
    • All clinic surfaces, and equipment are disinfected before and after every patient visit

If you are scheduled for an appointment with us please call if you have:

  • Any cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have had contact with anyone who has these symptoms or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu?
  • Recently travelled internationally without being doubly vaccinated?

If yes to any of the above questions we ask you to defer your appointment with us at least 14 days.  We appreciate your cooperation and will be happy to assist you with any rescheduling required.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions please contact us by phone: 250-931-3110 or Email us: info@springskin.ca

Sincerely,
Dr Deborah vanVliet

At Spring Skin we offer a wide array of surgical and aesthetic rejuvenation procedures

The Spring Skin Express menu

Our MedSpa services are based in science and are bio-stimulatory, yet exact no downtime.  Below is a list of our regenerative medical grade services that require no prior consultation and can be booked directly online.

Aesthetic Consultation

Many of the Surgical, Light and Laser based treatments, as well as Injectable procedures offered at Spring Skin are more nuanced and require prior consultation with Dr vanVliet. 

If you are considering getting rejuvenation treatments but have questions about which service would be best – you may wish to schedule a personalized, Aesthetic consult with Dr vanVliet.   We are very patient centric and will work closely with you to help educate and guide you every step of the way.