There are many treatments available to help rejuvenate skin. Each promises results to one degree or another. So, with all the treatments and products out there, what makes microneedling with PRP treatments different? In short, they work together to take the natural regenerative abilities of the human body and turbocharge them beyond what any other treatment can offer.
Microneedling is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment designed to increase skin elasticity and collagen production. It uses tiny needles to create microscopic abrasions in the skin, and, as these micro-injuries heal, produce new collagen and elastin to fill in the damaged tissue. This results in tighter, more elastic, and younger-looking skin.
Platelet-rich-plasma is another non-surgical treatment meant to increase skin regeneration. It works by taking a sample of the patient’s blood, running it through a centrifuge to separate the regenerative platelet particles from the red blood cells, and using the concentrated platelet solution on areas of the skin that need rejuvenation. These platelets are the same material naturally produced by the body to heal injuries. By concentrating these platelets, the healing effects are magnified to the point where they become regenerative. The platelet solution may be used either as a topical cream or as an injection.
Microneedling can be performed with or without PRP, depending on your specific needs and treatment goals.
Is Microneedling Right for Me?
Microneedling, with or without PRP treatments, can treat some of the following conditions:
- Acne or surgical scars
- Wrinkles or fine lines in the skin
- Skin discoloration
- Uneven skin texture
- Sunburn damage
- Oversized skin pores
Are you interested in learning more about microneedling? This low-risk non-invasive procedure can have amazing results. Call us at 949-481-9850 to schedule a consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling With PRP?
Microneedling and PRP treatments, when used together, have dramatic regenerative effects on the skin. By merging the two treatments, the targeted skin will regenerate faster and to a greater degree than with either procedure alone. Unlike creams or other topical treatments, microneedling with PRP will regenerate your skin from thousands of locations at once, using the increased surface area created by microneedling to rejuvenate multiple layers of skin. Compared to surgical options, microneedling with PRP is faster, easier, cheaper, and does not require extensive recovery time.
How Is Microneedling Performed?
Microneedling with PRP begins with a practitioner using a microneedling pen on the targeted areas of skin. This tool will cause thousands of microscopic holes in the skin. Because topical numbing is applied for 30 minutes prior to the treatment, this results in very little pain.
If combining microneedling with PRP, a blood sample will be drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge and the plasma will be applied during the treatment. This is done the same way doctors draw blood for medical testing or donations. The blood sample will go through a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the blood. The platelet solution will then be spread over the treated area like a topical cream (filling in the microabrasions caused by the earlier microneedling treatment). Alternatively, it may be injected around the treated area to promote deeper regeneration. Either way, the regenerative effects of the platelets will be distributed throughout the treated area, and rejuvenation will begin.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From Microneedling?
Microneedling treatment, with or without PRP, has minimal recovery time. Patients can return to work immediately after treatment with a tinted sunscreen. Side effects may include skin irritation, skin flaking, and minor bruising, all of which should fade in three to five days. You should avoid direct sunlight on treated areas for about a week to provide optimal results.
What Results Can I Expect From Microneedling With or Without PRP?
After treatment, you should expect to see firmer and more elastic skin within two to six weeks. Treated scars should fade, though the degree will vary. Your skin tone should continue to improve gradually over the next six months. Some patients gain satisfactory results with a single treatment, while others will require multiple treatments to achieve their desired results. It is recommended for most patients to have a series of treatments once a month.
Interested in Microneedling and PRP in Ladera Ranch, CA?
Are you curious about microneedling in Ladera Ranch, California? Contact Mission Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center if you want to find out more or learn about the cost of microneedling or PRP treatment. We have been serving the Orange County area since we opened in 2007 with a vision to provide high-quality medical care. Call us at (949) 481-9850 or fill out our online contact form.