How does Microneedling with PRP work?
Microneedling — a minimally invasive treatment — uses a pen containing fine needles which your doctor will use to puncture your skin, creating small and controlled micro-injuries. These tiny punctures or “channels” trigger your body to produce collagen and elastin which ultimately help to improve your skin texture, appearance and overall health.
Microneedling does not harm the skin tissues which it punctures — the wounds are very small and quickly heal — and since only some of the skin is punctured, the surrounding healthy skin further minimizes trauma and aids in the healing process. Higher levels of collagen and elastin result from the natural healing of your skin and produce the desired improvements. For patients who desire an effective and very natural cosmetic treatment, this treatment is ideal.
Microneedling also increases the effectiveness of other treatments. The small channels which microneedling creates in the superficial layers of the skin can aid the the absorption of additional topical treatments. This advantage makes microneedling an ideal treatment to combine with PRP. PRP further enhances the results of the body’s natural healing process by reintroducing your body’s own natural growth factors — drawn from your blood — into the channels created by the microneedling, resulting in even more improvements.
What benefits does Microneedling with PRP provide?
Microneedling with PRP provides many skin benefits which include:
improved skin tone
smoothed wrinkles and fine lines
reduced pore size
reduced appearance of stretch marks
softened wrinkles and minimized appearance of scars
What is a Microneedling with PRP treatment like?
Although a Microneedling treatment sounds painful, is quite tolerable. Before treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort.
What areas can Microneedling with PRP treat?
While this treatment can be used on skin almost anywhere on the body, the most common areas treated usually include:
the back of the hands
Am I a candidate for Microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is safe and can improve all skin types and skin tones. There is minimal risk of pigmentation or hyperpigmentation after Microneedling with PRP. If you currently have open wounds on the skin or surface abrasions, you should wait to have Microneedling with PRP. Also, if you have used Accutane within three to six months of the procedure, if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have had radiation treatments within a year, you should wait to have Microneedling with PRP. Your doctor can discuss the optimal time to have this treatment if any of the above conditions apply to you.
Patients may have some redness, pinpoint bleeding or bruising at the puncture sites which can vary depending on the location of the treatment and the depth of the treatment. Any bleeding should subside very quickly if not immediately. Your treatment area may look slightly sunburned after your session. This typical and temporary side effect of treatment can last up to several days but will soon subside.
How many Microneedling with PRP treatments are required?
Your skin condition and desired results will determine how many Microneedling with PRP sessions you will need for the optimal outcome. Your doctor can evaluate your current skin condition and prepare a treatment plan for you during your in-person consultation.
How long do Microneedling with PRP results last?
Microneedling with PRP improves many skin conditions by encouraging your body to produce more collagen and elastin naturally. Collagen and elastin, however, will continue to break down and deplete as you age. As a result, you will need follow-up treatments to maintain the optimal levels of collagen and elastin you’ll need to maintain your results. Patients typically have follow-ups every four to six months after having achieved the desired optimal results from Microneedling with PRP treatment.