Microneedling With PRP: A First Timer’s Guide to Success
Micorneedling With PRP McLean
Microneedling with PRP is an extremely effective treatment that improves fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, tone and texture irregularities, sun damage, and stretch marks.
It can also be a great way to achieve a glowing and a clear complexion before an upcoming event.
PRP, also known as platelet-rich-plasma, is an especially valuable component because it has an abundance of growth factors that increase collagen production and cellular rejuvenation.
Although many patients are familiar with microneedling with PRP — think Kim Kardashian after her Vampire Facial — they may wonder exactly what to expect before, during, and after a microneedling with PRP treatment.
Here’s everything you need to know about the treatment process.
What’s Microneedling With Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Microneedling uses ultra-fine needles and an automated micropen to create microscopic injuries in the skin.
Compared to at-home derma rollers that have much shorter needles, a professional microneedling treatment involves longer needles that can penetrate the collagen-rich dermis.
As a result, this controlled damage initiates a wound healing effect and stimulates new collagen and elastin.
PRP is often added to the equation because it can be readily absorbed by microchannels and augment collagen production and remodeling of the skin.
The end result is a tighter, smoother, clearer, and more even complexion.
What Happens at the Appointment Before Microneedling With PRP?
On the day of your procedure, arrive to the office 10 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
Next, you will change into a gown, and the treatment area will be cleansed before application of a topical anesthetic.
While the numbing cream takes effect, a sample of blood will be drawn and then placed into a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma.
What to Expect During the Procedure?
The actual microneedling portion takes approximately 30 minutes, during which time, the micropen and sterile tip of needles will glide in a sweeping or circular motion over the face, neck, chest, or hands.
PRP may be massaged into the skin during microneedling or after it has been completed.
What Happens After Microneedling Has Been Performed and PRP Applied?
The final step of microneedling with PRP is application of a serum or balm to soothe skin, which may be pink or red with some pinpoint bleeding.
After receiving oral and/or written post-care instructions, patients are able to leave the office and resume normal activities.
They should take care to avoid sun exposure and rigorous activity/sweating for 72 hours post-procedure.
To learn more about microneedling with PRP, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.