Microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment in which thin needles are rolled over the skin to create micro-tears that stimulate collagen production as a healing response. The injection of platelets extracted from your blood can stimulate collagen production even more.
Our team at Colorado Skin Care often uses microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and treat hyperpigmentation for their patients in Englewood, Colorado.
Read on to determine why PRP and microneedling are often combined to achieve a smoother, imperfection-free complexion.
PRP and microneedling 101
First, one of our specialists uses a microneedling tool to create tiny holes in your skin’s surface.
Next, they will draw your blood and place it into a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood components. The plasma in your blood has the highest concentration of growth factors and cytokines, which are proteins that aid skin healing.
After the plasma is separated, our practitioner uses a fine needle to inject the platelet-rich plasma into the previously treated areas with microneedling. The procedure may sound painful, but our specialists use a topical anesthetic to make you feel comfortable throughout the procedure.
Following the procedure, our specialists may recommend a serum to reduce any redness you may experience. The risks of the process are minimal, though some people may experience skin sensitivities after the treatment.
Recovery and results
Depending on the needles’ size, you may need to wait anywhere between 24 and 48 hours for the redness on your skin to dissipate. In the meantime, you may need to avoid direct sun exposure, which can irritate the skin.
Everyone responds differently to collagen and the beneficial proteins found in the platelet-rich plasma, so results vary. However, you should notice results soon after the redness disappears.
Your skin’s appearance will continue improving even weeks after the treatment, as the collagen continues rebuilding and healing your imperfections.
Who’s a good candidate for PRP with microneedling
If you have recently undergone radiation therapy, are pregnant, or have keloid scars on the area you want to treat, you may not be a good PRP candidate.
Good candidates don’t have any ongoing skin infections and want to diminish their fine lines or fade hyperpigmentation on their skin.
If you want to improve the appearance of your skin, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our specialists at Colorado Skin Care can help you find the best treatments to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.