What to Expect from Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Microneedling. It sounds scary to some, because of that needling thing. But when you consider the prefix “micro”, perhaps that effect is mitigated.
And it should because there’s really nothing scary about microneedling.
Using a device fitted with ultrafine needles which is passed over the face, the production of collagen is induced. That’s why this treatment is also known as collagen induction therapy.
When platelet-rich plasma is added to the therapy, the process also serves to tighten the skin and speed healing, due to the powerful properties of PRP which employs the natural healing magic of your own blood.
What Does It Do and How?
Microneedling is an effective treatment for a wide range of skin challenges. Hyperpigmentation, scarring, the signs of aging and other issues may be treated with it.
While microneedling may be used to treat other areas of the body, PRP is designed to treat only the face.
When PRP is added to this therapy, a small amount of your blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge to separate it from the other blood elements. While this is being done, a numbing agent is applied to your face. By the time your face is numb, the PRP is ready to apply via microneedling.
Who’s a Candidate?
Anyone in good health is a candidate for microneedling with PRP. But there are some exceptions. This therapy isn’t for you, if you’re:
- Are using Accutane to treat acne
- Suffering from a chronic skin condition like rosacea or eczema
- Someone who scars easily or doesn’t heal well
- Coming out of a course of radiation therapy for the skin which was completed within the past 12 months.
If you’re not sure, we’ll review your medical history with you during your consultation to determine whether microneedling with PRP is right for you.
How to Prepare
Before your treatment, you’ll be advised of what to do in the weeks before your session.
Direct sun exposure and tanning can interfere with the success of the therapy, so stay out of the sun and the tanning bed. In addition, up your water intake to improve the quality of your skin, going in.
Come to your appointment without makeup or moisturizer and arrange for a ride home after treatment. Most people are fine to drive afterwards, but it’s always good to be prepared, just in case.
Following your session, your technician will apply a serum to soothe any irritation which has resulted from treatment.
Some bruising and inflammation may occur right after your session. This will subside within 4 or 5 days. While you’re healing, be kind to your skin. Stay out of the sun and don’t use anything harsh to cleanse or treat it.
DRC360 represents a new way of dispensing healthcare. We take a comprehensive approach, offering a suite of leading-edge aesthetics treatments in tandem with primary care and an anti-aging physician.
If you’d like to know more about microneedling with PRP, contact us for a consultation. DRC360’s Gold Circle of Care awaits!