If you’ve never heard of microneedling, some preconceived notions might pop up when introduced to the name of the procedure. You might think, “what in the world is that?” It may sound daunting, but don’t let the name fool you, or scare you away. Microneedling is simply a cosmetic treatment that uses a small roller with tiny needles to stimulate blood flow and circulation within the skin, which encourages collagen production to minimize scarring, redness and other signs of aging.
On its own microneedling is a great option for bringing rejuvenation to your skin, but add in PRP (platelet rich plasma) and you’ll get to the holy grail of skin renewal. PRP is an advanced procedure and technique that utilizes your body’s own blood to restore your tissue and skin. The plasma contains proteins called “growth factors,” which are responsible for stimulating growth in living cells. When combining the two, PRP microneedling can treat everything from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to scarring and age spots. This safe, natural, holistic alternative for resurfacing the skin, using micro needles without an aggressive machine, produces optimal results.
During a PRP microneedling session, medical skin care experts begin by taking a sample of your blood, usually in a place like your arm (this ensures your body will recognize the blood, so there is no chance of rejection), then your blood sample is placed into a centrifuge machine to separate the platelet rich plasma from other components. Once the PRP is ready, your practitioner will use a microneedling tool to gently prick your skin, making microscopic holes on the skin’s surface (even smaller than an acupuncture needle). The PRP is then applied to the small pockets to encourage collagen production and cell reproduction.
Results, Results, Results
PRP microneedling produces varying results for different skin types, but ultimately, the procedure benefits any skin type or color for months even after having it done. You’ll notice glowing skin, smoother and tighter skin, smaller pores, lighter spots, and less redness, that will only continue to improve with time.
Receiving a PRP microneedling treatment is non-invasive and surprisingly painless – it almost feels like a gentle vibration or dry brush on your skin. Compared to ablative laser skin resurfacing, and harsh cosmetic procedures, this will feel like a walk in the park! The only discomfort you may experience is from your initial blood-draw. Other mild side effects may include bruising, tenderness, tingling, numbness, lumpiness, and/or a feeling of pressure or fullness at the injection sites and/or in the treated area(s) that can occur immediately following the PRP injection. Cold gel packs or ice may be applied immediately after treatment to reduce swelling.
Downtime after PRP microneedling is minimal, so you can get right back to your normal day-to-day routine within 24 hours. If you’ve ever had an abrasive chemical peel, or any sort of serious skin procedure, you know the likelihood of having to stay home and out of the public eye is quite high for days, weeks, or even months, depending on the type of procedure. After PRP microneedling, you may look pink, similar to that of a mild sunburn, and this quickly begins to fade and heal. Usually, you can return to work, and any other activities the next day; but make sure you use a high SPF sunscreen for maximum protection.
Your Skin is Remarkable
Our bodies are powerful, and do incredible things – and our skin is no exception. Through something like PRP microneedling, your body can deliver its own method of anti-aging. Remember the tiny needles that are used to prick your skin? These needles create “micro-injuries” that actually trick your body into triggering its own healing process. If you add in PRP, your results will include cell replication, a surge in collagen and elastin production, and new capillaries to the treated areas in your skin. You’ll be left with a more youthful appearance including firmer, more even skin tone and texture. Sounds amazing, right? Take our word for it, it is!
If you feel like your skin is lacking elasticity, feeling depleted, and isn’t as full of life as it once was, you may want to check into PRP microneedling. You’ll be surprised just how much of a difference one treatment can make, and how easy it is to have done. We’ll even bet after you have a treatment, you’ll likely find yourself hooked! Follow-up and repeat treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks, and for best results, we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, depending on the area and treatment goal.
If you are considering having a PRP microneedling treatment, let our team of medical professionals help you in your skin care journey. We are happy to discuss the procedure in more detail, pre-and-after care, and create a customized skin care routine for your specific needs.
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