Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Microneedling is a noninvasive procedure whereby micro needles are used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and tighten skin. The micro needle stimulates collagen production in the skin without damaging the skin.
When microneedling is combined with PRP, the therapy may then be referred to as a “vampire facial” or “collagen induction therapy”.
Microneedling with platelet rich plasma (a.k.a. Vampire Facial), is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation therapy in which tiny needles create micro tissue damage triggering growth factor and the wound healing cascade. Neovascularization (blood vessel formation) and neocollagenesis (collagen production) are stimulated while the needles also mechanically break down undesirable tissue.
PRP is then applied to skin, which is a blood cell derived high platelet concentration solution (platelet rich plasma) harvested from the patient’s own blood. The epidermis (top skin layer) is preserved in Microneedling with PRP which lessens recovery time and side effects.
PRP therapy is a type of autologous platelet rich plasma cell therapy in which blood components (like red blood cells and platelets) are separated to create a solution with the beneficial effects of augmenting natural healing. Platelet rich plasma therapy is used in soft tissue concerns seen in plastic surgery, but also in numerous other sports injuries, tendon injuries, and muscle injuries.
MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP FAQ
Everything you need to know about your microneedling with PRP treatment.
What cosmetic concerns does a microneedling with PRP procedure treat?
Microneedling with PRP encourages the body to recycle old/damaged skin cells, produce more collagen and elastin, and rejuvenate skin aesthetic.
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Microdamage stimulates collagen and elastin to plump the skin.
- Facial Skin Laxity: Microneedling increases the production of collagen and elastin to firm skin.
- Uneven Skin Tone: Hyperpigmented collections are broken down to be recycled via microneedling.
- Uneven Skin Texture: Microneedles destroy areas of damaged and dead skin cells.
- Acne Scars: Microneedles breaks down scar tissue.
- Stretch Marks: Microdamage breaks down old cells and PRP promotes new cell growth.
Who is the ideal candidate for a microneedling with PRP procedure?
The ideal candidate for a microneedling with PRP procedure is seeking to improve the appearance of minor imperfections like fine lines/wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, or uneven skin texture and tone.
Microneedling with PRP is not recommended for individuals who have utilized Accutane in the past six months, those with wounds or skin infections, anyone who has undergone radiation in the past year, those with a history of keloid scarring, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the average recovery associated with a microneedling with PRP procedure?
Most patients recover within five days following a microneedling with PRP procedure. Redness, dryness, and some skin flaking are typical during the first few days of the healing process. Avoiding tanning beds, swimming, and strenuous activity for at least one day is recommended. Careful skincare and limited sun exposure are also highly encouraged.
What are the potential side effects of a microneedling with PRP procedure?
Possible side effects of a microneedling with PRP procedure include prolonged erythema lasting two to three days, warm, tight, itchy, and dry skin, or the development of patches of hypopigmentation.
What can someone expect from the results of a microneedling with PRP procedure?
The results of a microneedling with PRP treatment will not be apparent immediately, and will slowly evolve over four to eight weeks as the body heals. Skin will appear tighter, smoother, and more even with a brighter complexion. Maintenance treatments are usually performed every six months.
What is the average cost of a microneedling with PRP procedure?
Microneedling with PRP costs anywhere from $700 to $4,500. The actual cost of a microneedling with PRP is dependent upon location, provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.
What to Expect?
Microneedling stimulates collagen production by creating micro-injuries in the skin and can be combined with PRP to enhance results. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after microneedling with PRP.
- Avoidance of Accutane for 6 months.
- Discontinue use of Retin A and other topic medications for 3-5 days.
- Avoid skin resurfacing and hair removal treatments for 5-7 days.
- An anti viral medication may be prescribed.
- Reschedule if a rash or blemish develops.
- Skin is cleansed.
- Topical numbing agent applied.
- Microneedling device is rolled over the area to be treated.
Immediately after treatment
- Skin will feel taut.
- Do not wash the face for 5-24 hours.
1 to 2 days after treatment and beyond
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.
- Do not wear sunscreen or makeup for 12 hours.
- Resume regular skin care regimen in 2-3 days.
- Avoid sun exposure for 10 days.
- Avoid alcohol-based toners for 10-14 days.
- Results after 4 to 8 weeks, which is the amount of time it takes for collagen production.
- Maintenance treatments every 6 months.