In this article, we will be discussing the ins and outs of microneedling therapy and the benefits of pairing it with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) infusion. This procedure began gaining attention in the 1990s and has become increasingly popular in recent years as a minimally invasive solution to a myriad of skin concerns. You may be wondering if this treatment is a good fit for you so keep reading to learn more.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves administering controlled, small channels into the skin often using a motorized device that has a sterile tip of oscillating clustered needles attached (which is properly disposed of after the service and NEVER reused). These created channels then trigger a healing and reparative response within the skin that promotes tissue reconstruction, collagen induction, and improvement of overall skin appearance. This treatment also makes it easier for nutrients to penetrate and be properly utilized by the skin through the channel pathways which is why it is often paired with PRP infusion.
Depending on the desired outcome of the service, there are many contributing factors that go into the treatment plan. These factors are broken down into the targeted area, needle depths, amount of passes within the area, number of treatments needed, and whether or not you’d like to include PRP – all of which will be discussed with your provider prior to the service.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling?
Microneedling has become an increasingly popular service for the improvement of:
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Stretch Marks
- Hair Restoration/Alopecia
- Hyper/Hypo Pigmentation Concerns
- Skin Tightening
This low risk, effective and minimally invasive treatment option has become a great alternative to more intensive procedures for these concerns.
Is Microneedling Painful?
The pain level associated with microneedling can differ from person to person. A motorized micro-needling device has been compared to that of a tattoo gun without the ink. The discomfort level can be dependent on the contributing factors previously listed above including targeted area (some areas are more sensitive than others), needle depth and the number of passes within the area.
Often times, a topical numbing cream or ointment is applied to the treatment area before performing microneedling. If you choose to receive more of a nano-needling technique or a lighter needle depth, topical numbing is not usually needed.
What is PRP and Why Should I Include It with Microneedling?
PRP or platelet-rich plasma is naturally occurring in the human body and is derived from taking an intravenous blood sample from the client and putting it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. Then the platelet liquid concentration is extracted and then lightly massaged over skin during the treatment for it to penetrate into the open channels. Since it is obtained directly from your blood, reactions or complications are extremely rare.
PRP infusion paired with microneedling has been proven to be very beneficial in the healing and regenerative process of the skin following the treatment. PRP is naturally rich in growth factors – these are essential for wound healing, strengthening the skin, improving firmness, promoting collagen production, maintaining elasticity and much more. Although the process microneedling itself promotes growth factor generation in the skin, we can improve the overall results of the treatment and the skin’s capabilities by adding PRP (think of it like the protein smoothie following your intense workout.)
The entire process includes taking the blood sample, extracting the plasma, performing the microneedling portion then placing the plasma into the freshly created channels.
What Happens Before and After Microneedling with PRP? What Risks Are Involved?
Proper aftercare and expectations for your microneedling with PRP treatment will be discussed with your provider. The channels will stay open for 4-6 hours following the treatment so it is important to follow all immediate and long term post-care directions for optimal results.
Here is a general overview of the healing process:
- Avoid direct sun exposure, sunburns and/or spray tanning 48 hours before
- Any active acne breakouts cannot be treated
- Thursdays or Fridays are great appointment days to allow weekend recovery
Immediately After Treatment:
- Pink or Red Skin
- Potentially dried blood left on the skin
- Compared to a ‘sunburn’ sensation
48-72 Hours After Treatment:
- Noticeable Reduction in Tenderness/Inflammation/Redness
- Flaking or Light Peeling
5-7 Days After Treatment:
- Skin should be mostly if not completely healed
*Benefits of the treatment will continue to improve skin for up to 90 days*
Potential risks are uncommon but can include:
- Further Scarring
- Pigment Issues
Conclusion – Microneedling w/PRP
Microneedling paired with PRP infusion is a wonderful treatment that offers many benefits for a multitude of skin concerns. It is minimally invasive, requires a very short amount of downtime and has a high reward. If you think this treatment is right for you, it is important to choose a provider that is certified, highly knowledgeable and experienced like us here at CaTara Medical Spa. We pride ourselves on following all safety and cleanliness regulations with excellence to ensure the best outcome and reduce potential risks. Schedule a free consultation to discuss if you are a good candidate for this treatment.