Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in the Dallas Area
Before discussing Magic Needle® and its benefits for Dallas-area patients, it's a good idea to look into wrinkle-smoothing options as a whole. There's no denying the popularity of injectable dermal fillers such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Perlane® , made from a naturally occurring chemicals found in your body. But however popular these fillers might be, it's important for patients in Dallas and beyond to have as many treatment choices as possible. One viable alternative to fillers made from hyaluronic acid is called the Platelet-Rich Plasma Facelift. This patented system utilizes a small sample of the patient's blood to create an activated platelet-rich plasma that is then injected into the selected treatment area to help stimulate new cell tissue and dermal growth.
This is an ideal procedure for patients who prefer to achieve the effects of a facelift without the introduction of any foreign materials or substances into their body. However, for some patients in Dallas and beyond, a phobia or even mild fear of needles might make them reluctant to take advantage of the cosmetic advantages of this procedure. That's where the Magic Needle® comes into play. Approved by the FDA in October 2011 and innovated by Needle Concept, the Magic Needle® was designed to minimize trauma to subcutaneous tissue during the injection process, minimizing pain and further reducing recovery time from the procedure.
What Makes the Magic Needle® Different?
A Magic Needle® isn't technically a needle, but a cannula, which is more like a flexible tube with a rounded tip, gentling the process of entering tissue and offering the injector greater depth control and helping to prevent ecchymosis, which is a temporary skin discoloration caused by blood escaping into the tissue from ruptured blood vessels. The tool's flexibility also enables the injector to utilize a sliding technique that results in reduced procedure times and a broader range of coverage for the treatment area.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRP Using the Magic Needle®?
If you are a good candidate for a Plasma® treatment, then you should be a great candidate for a Plasma® treatment utilizing the Magic Needle® because the primary difference is that the procedure will feel gentler and you'll experience even less downtime afterward.
Candidates for Plasma® treatment utilizing the Magic Needle® are looking to resolve lines that have formed below and around the lower eyelid area. The delicate area under the eye would typically be all but impossible to fill, but with the Magic Needle, the cannula simply glides through the soft tissue, leaving no need for any recovery time.
Candidates interested in utilizing the Magic Needle® for their Plasma® treatment may also have some degree of fear or concern about needles, or may simply want the benefit of a reduced recovery time and less painful procedure.
Dr. Turner can lay claim to being the first cosmetic plasma injector in Dallas six years ago, using harvested plasma before various companies developed new user-friendly generations of the product. This gives her historic insight into the treatment and a true appreciation for the conveniences, including Magic Needle®, available today.
When Will I See Results, and How Long Will They Last?
Plasma® treatments conducted in a clinical trial resulted in improvements to nasolabial folds within 14 days, and the positive results continued throughout the 12 weeks of the study.
Dallas patients who visit our office typically receive two to three treatments in the first six months to ensure that the patient is responsive to this approach to treatment. If the patient is responsive to these Plasma® treatments, they may elect to return for additional treatments to enhance and prolong the positive effects.
Utilizing a Magic Needle® when conducting these Plasma® treatments won't result in a drastically different outcome, but because the coverage area is enhanced due to the cannula's flexibility, Magic Needle® patients may experience a slightly enhanced outcome. The main improvement is in the immediate experience of the procedure itself.
Is a Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Using the Magic Needle® Painful?
The entire purpose of the Magic Needle® is to minimize pain and discomfort during the injection process. The cannula's rounded tip eases entry and ensures that the tissue is not damaged and allows for a sliding technique that does not traumatize the tissue. With a standard rigid hypodermic needle, the injector must follow a straight-line trajectory. However, the flexibility of the Magic Needle® affords the administrator a greater range of movement and control, resulting in a faster, more pleasant experience for the patient.
The cannula also results in significantly less bruising and, in some cases, no bruising at all.
How Much Does a Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Using the Magic Needle® Cost?
Costs for a platelet-rich plasma treatment utilizing the Magic Needle® vary based on each patient's unique treatment needs, but know that candidates for this treatment can use CareCredit to help finance the procedure. Ask our staff for additional information about CareCredit or apply online.