Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Topical
Microneedling is one of the industry’s most promising skincare innovations, thanks to its minimal invasiveness and impressive versatility. By harnessing your skin’s power to heal itself, Microneedling encourages the growth of new collagen for improved tone and texture. Over time, lines, wrinkles, and even some types of scars can fade significantly.
Microneedling is a deceptively simple procedure that can yield big results. The Microneedling tool looks a bit like a pen with extremely small — nearly microscopic — needles on one end. Your skincare provider moves the device over your skin, creating a few small punctures. These stimulate your skin to engage its healing capabilities, boosting its production of natural collagen. This is especially noteworthy because the body’s collagen production naturally diminishes over time. Microneedling can help bring collagen back to youthful levels.
Microneedling is a versatile procedure that can be used to reduce the appearance of the following:
- Lax, sagging skin, especially along the jawline
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Thin or “creepy” skin
- Certain kinds of scars, including acne and chicken pox scars
- Enlarged pores.
What is it used for?
This procedure is most often used to reduce signs of aging on the face, such as fine lines or wrinkles, as well as to smooth the appearance of acne scars.
With Platelet-Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a popular addition to microneedling. This approach uses your own blood platelets to enhance your results. Blood platelets serve many important purposes, including aiding in the healing process by helping blood to clot. They also contain growth factors which constantly replenish the tissues throughout your body.
Platelet-rich plasma is frequently used for aesthetic purposes. The treatment begins with a simple blood draw like you’d have in a medical laboratory. Once the blood has been drawn, your provider places the vials into a machine that separates the platelets from other elements of the blood. After the platelets have been purified, they’re ready to use. They can enhance your microneedling procedure by providing an abundance of growth factors to help your skin revitalize itself. After completing the microneedling process, your practitioner massages the platelets into your skin, where they use the “micro-channels” created by the microneedling device to access the deeper layers of skin. This can speed up and improve the healing process.
What to expect during your appointment
Microneedling with PRP is a quick process compared to other cosmetic procedures.
Arrive at your provider’s office at least ten minutes before your appointment. This will give you time to finish up any last-minute paperwork or payments.
When you’re ready, your nurse or doctor may give you a gown to change into. After cleansing your skin, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic. This will need to set for at least 30 minutes before microneedling begins.
The actual procedure involves two steps. The microneedling portion lasts about 30 minutes. During this time your doctor will apply a professional-grade derma roller or FDA-approved device to your face and move it in sweeping or circular motions.
A syringe of blood will be drawn, usually from your arm, while your face is numbing. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the blood. The PRP solution is then massaged into the treatment area, either during or after microneedling. The microneedling treatment opens channels into your skin, allowing for good penetration of the PRP.
In the past, PRP has been injected into the skin, but it’s becoming more of a common practice to use it along with microneedling.
Once the procedure is finished, your doctor will apply a serum or balm to help soothe any redness and irritation. They may also use a portion of the blood drawn known as platelet-poor plasma. You may also have the option to put on makeup to camouflage any temporary side effects.
Unless an adverse reaction occurs, you’re free to go home at this point. Although many people are comfortable enough to drive home, arranging a ride home in advance can help alleviate any uncertainty.
When will you see results?
Using PRP alongside traditional microneedling treatments results in smoother, firmer skin. But as with other microneedling procedures, these results won’t last forever.
After you finish your course of treatment, you’ll need to follow up with your doctor once a year for potential maintenance.
If your doctor determines that you need a maintenance session, be prepared to spend the same amount per session as you did for your initial treatment.
You may be able to extend the results of your treatment by:
- Avoiding direct sun exposure
- Wearing sunscreen every day
- Cleansing your skin with a gentle cream or gel product only (exfoliants may irritate your skin after receiving this procedure)
- Moisturizing your skin properly
- Avoiding any picking or scratching of your face