A healthy lifestyle and a dedicated skin care routine help preserve and protect your skin, but as time passes and collagen production slows, these solutions are no longer enough to maintain a youthful appearance. When it’s time to take professional measures, microneedling with PRP is a state-of-the-art treatment that can rejuvenate your skin without incisions, anesthesia or an extended recovery period.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic technique that involves the use of ultrafine needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. The body perceives these small punctures as wounds, which triggers its natural healing process and causes collagen production to soar. Microneedling essentially “tricks” the body into repairing itself. The renewed tissue is more taut and radiant, and over time, ongoing treatment sessions can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scarring, stretch marks, large pores and uneven pigmentation. We use the SkinPen from Bellus Medical, the first microneedling device cleared by the FDA, to maximize your safety and outcomes.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
PRP is a concentrated blend of plasma and platelets containing natural growth factors that play a critical role in tissue repair and regeneration. The PRP solution is created by extracting a small amount of your blood and spinning it in the centrifuge of our RegenLab PRP system. When the solution is applied to the treatment area, the channels created by microneedling deliver it into the body where it promotes rapid skin healing and collagen production. The combination of microneedling and PRP accelerates the body’s natural healing processes to achieve more rapid results than traditional microneedling.
What Concerns Can Microneedling With PRP Treat?
Microneedling with PRP harnesses the body’s innate healing abilities to improve a range of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin tone
- Lax skin
- Large pores
- Dull complexion
What Are the Key Benefits of Microneedling With PRP?
Microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for all skin types. The procedure is short and comfortable for most guests, with little to no downtime and mild post-procedure effects. The addition of growth factors when microneedling is combined with PRP boosts collagen production to promote faster healing and ongoing rejuvenation benefits. Because PRP is prepared using your own blood, there is virtually no risk of allergy, intolerance or rejection.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
At the beginning of your treatment, the area will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic will be applied for your comfort during the procedure. Your specialist will select an appropriate depth for the microneedling based on your skin type and concerns, and will draw a small amount of blood. The blood will be placed in a centrifuge to create a PRP solution containing a concentrated amount of the healing components and growth factors found naturally in your blood.
When the numbing medication has taken effect, your specialist will pass the SkinPen over the treatment area to create small punctures in your skin. These tiny wounds stimulate your body’s healing process and act as channels in your skin, allowing for maximum penetration of the PRP solution. Patients sometimes relate the sensation of microneedling to the feeling of sandpaper moving across their skin.
Is Downtime Needed After Microneedling With PRP?
You may experience some redness, swelling and discomfort following the procedure, similar to a mild sunburn, but downtime is not required. You can return to your regular routine as long as you feel comfortable with your appearance. Your specialist will provide instructions about caring for your skin after microneedling. Protective measures should be taken to keep the delicate skin safe as it heals, including avoiding sun exposure and using gentle skincare products. Your individual recovery time will depend on the extent of your treatment and the pace of your body’s repair process. Most guests heal in two to four days.
What Results Can I Expect?
You may notice your skin has a healthy glow soon after microneedling with PRP, but the treatment’s most potent effects need time to develop. Your initial improvements will evolve over the ensuing days and weeks as your body’s collagen production increases. You will typically see noticeable improvements to the texture, tone and quality of your skin several weeks after treatment, and may continue seeing improvements for up to six months. Long-term results can include reduced appearance of wrinkles or scarring, smoother and tighter skin, softened stretch marks, reduced appearance of large pores, a more radiant and even complexion, and better penetration of topical skincare products.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
You may see results with a single treatment, however a series of treatments is usually recommended for optimal results, particularly for advanced signs of aging and more serious skin concerns. Sessions are generally scheduled four to six weeks apart. Your specialist will determine an appropriate number of treatments based on the health of your skin and your desired outcome.
Can Microneedling With PRP Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Microneedling can be combined with other rejuvenation procedures, such as cosmetic injectables, to more effectively meet your aesthetic goals. Our skilled and knowledgeable providers will assess your individual needs and customize a treatment plan for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for Microneedling With PRP?
At Medical Grade Aesthetics, our mission is to offer the most advanced treatments to rejuvenate the skin, maintain a youthful appearance and help our clients feel confident in their skin. Microneedling with PRP is a safe and effective procedure for most guests seeking to improve signs of aging and other mild to moderate skin concerns. Call 608-856-6180 to reserve a consultation with a skin specialist and find out whether microneedling with PRP is right for you.