Micro-needling is the hottest anti-aging treatment of the year, and you need to know about it. You may have heard bits and pieces, and even myths about it, but microneedling isn’t gory, or scary.
MicroNeedling with PRP is a treatment performed on skin to help correct skin laxity, surface irregularities and wrinkles and provide overall rejuvenation. I recommend this treatment for most of my patients as it is extremely effective in combating every phase of the aging process.
The process of microneedling involves creating multiple, superficial wounds in the skin using a stamping device. These wounds seal in minutes and stimulate the growth of new collagen, which is the main building block of healthy, youthful skin. Each of these multiple wounds is like a pinprick, and vary in depth from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm.
As the procedure evolved, a number of skin nutrient additives were painted on the skin before and after needling, including vitamin C and vitamin E. But, the biggest leap forward was the addition of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to the regimen. PRP is the naturally occurring blood substance containing growth factors which promotes cell growth and tissue repair. Combining Microneedling with PRP to drive these growth factors into the skin is a treatment I completely believe in, and one that we perform frequently, and with great success, at my office.
PRP is derived from your own blood. During your appointment, a registered nurse will draw blood in order to separate the concentrated blood cells. Once the cells are separated and discarded, the PRP, which has a golden hue (not red), is painted onto the skin before micro-needling to help introduce the growth factors into the skin, maximizing collagen growth and tissue repair.
Micro-needling with PRP is performed by physicians, nurses, and trained estheticians under medical supervision. Downtime is different for each patient, but you can expect to look like you have a slight sunburn post appointment. Positive results are usually visible in two weeks. The process is usually repeated three times for maximal results. I have found it excellent for overall skin tone and appearance, and particularly effective for stubborn areas like lines in the upper lip and around the mouth.
We are also introducing actual PRP injections which is an extremely promising technique that topic we will discuss in the future.
Interested to know if you are a candidate for Microneedling with PRP?