To enhance the appearance of your skin there are a host of options available. PRP and microneedling are excellent skin rejuvenation options, to refresh and revitalize the skin. Furthermore, they can be combined offering major advantages and even better results.
Why Skin Rejuvenation?
As age ages our skin retains less moisture and becomes prone to issues such as dryness, discoloration and wrinkles. Skin rejuvenation treatments such as PRP and microneedling are popular procedures for people looking for non-surgical alternatives.
What is PRP Facial Rejuvenation?
PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy is a skin rejuvenation procedure that is used in cosmetic circles to repair and rejuvenate the skin. The platelets contain growth factors that promote the growth of new tissue, regenerate cells and improve the overall condition of the skin. PRP therapy is a minimally invasive, no downtime treatment that leaves no scars.
PRP can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. It can also tighten and tone the skin, and fill in hollows below the eyes.
How PRP Works
PRP involves drawing blood from the patient. It is then placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets and plasma from the blood. This mix contains a high concentration of platelets. When they are injected into the skin, they stimulate the body’s repair system to heal and grow new cells.
PRP is injected into select areas of the face to target specific problems. Common treatment areas include the cheeks, between the brows, the forehead and beneath the lower eyelids.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation technique that stimulates the growth of new healthy tissue. Microneedling jumpstarts the tissue-growth process, making it a great solution for people wanting to restore healthy skin.
Skin needling is a form of collagen induction therapy that creates controlled injury points below the skin. As a result, it stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin fibers. This improves the thickness of both the epidermis (outer layer) and dermis (inner layer).
Microneedling can be used to correct skin problems such as wrinkles, pigmentation, enlarged pores and scarring.
How Microneedling Works
Microneedling is performed using a pen-shaped device that contains ultra-fine needles. During treatment the skin needling device is moved across the skin, creating microscopic channels that are several millimeters apart. In response, the body produces new collagen and elastin fibers as part of the wound-healing process. The added collagen and elastin fibers thicken and plump the skin. They reduce the appearance of textural irregularities such as fine lines, wrinkles and scars.
Recovery after microneedling varies, but there may be some inflammation and redness after treatment. This typically clears within 24-48 hours. Microneedling is a safe, virtually painless procedure that takes 30 minutes to complete, depending on the area being treated.
Can You Combine PRP with Microneedling?
Yes! PRP and microneedling can be combined, and there are major advantages to doing both procedures at the same time.
When done simultaneously, PRP is injected after the microneedling procedure and penetrates through the micro channels, working deep below the surface of the skin. Microneedling prepares the skin and enhances the effectiveness of the PRP treatment. That’s why the results are more dramatic.
Patients typically get better rejuvenation results when PRP and microneedling treatments are done together. Also combining both procedures is a more effective way to treat stubborn scars.
PRP with microneedling can be used to treat a range of skin conditions including wrinkles, fine lines, scarring, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, rough skin texture and stretch marks.