Microneedling with PRP has been gaining momentum as a go-to cosmetic treatment for people looking to rejuvenate their skin. The process, which involves rolling tiny needles over the skin and introducing platelets into the open channel, uses the patient’s blood, making it safe and effective. But what exactly is Clifton microneedling and PRP and who should get it?
What Is Microneedling with PRP?
Your blood contains plasma (the liquid part) and platelets (solid components), which promote clotting and are crucial for wound and injury healing. PRP is blood plasma with an increased concentration of platelets. In microneedling with PRP, your provider draws and concentrates your blood and then introduces it into your skin through the channels created by microneedling. PRP promotes cell reproduction and collagen production since it contains proteins like cytokines and growth factors. Because of this, it promotes self-repair, allowing your skin to heal and rejuvenate itself from common problems.
Benefits of Microneedling with PRP
A 2019 review on the effects of microneedling with PRP on acne scars showed that the process improved acne scarring, reduced the amount of recovery time required post-procedure, and provided higher patient satisfaction. Today, this procedure is used to treat:
- Uneven skin texture
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Sun damage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Surgical scars
Who Can Get Microneedling with PRP?
The American Academy of Dermatology confirms that microneedling is a safe procedure for all skin colors. Most people respond well to it with minimal recovery time. That said, many healthcare providers do not recommend microneedling for patients who:
- Scar easily
- Are pregnant
- Have undergone skin radiation within the last year
- Have a condition that prevents proper wound healing
- Have active acne-causing new scarring
- Have certain skin conditions like rosacea and eczema
Always have your doctor evaluate you and your medical history to determine if you are an ideal candidate for microneedling with PRP.
Microneedling with PRP Procedure
When you arrive for your procedure, your doctor will ask you to change into a gown. They will cleanse your skin and apply a topical anesthetic, which will need to be set for at least half an hour before the procedure. Meanwhile, your doctor will draw a small amount of your blood, usually from your arm, and run it through a centrifuge to separate PRP from the rest of it. They will then begin the microneedling portion of the treatment, completed using a derma roller. This part takes about 30 minutes. Next, they will massage the PRP into the treatment site.
Potential Side Effects
Microneedling is minimally invasive and can cause common side effects like mild redness, swelling, inflammation, and bruising. These effects should clear on their own within four to six days. On the other hand, because PRP is derived from your blood, the risk of infection, allergic reactions, and cross-contamination is greatly reduced. You may want to inform your doctor beforehand if you have a history of cold sores or herpes simplex to prevent an outbreak.
Typically, it takes several microneedling with PRP treatments to see results. Schedule maintenance treatments with your doctor to maintain the effects.
PRP has many applications, including hair restoration. Most importantly, however, it can rejuvenate and smooth your skin, to enhance your natural beauty. If you are interested in microneedling with PRP, contact Je Lu Ja Spa to discuss your skin concerns with Maged Boutros, MD. You can book an appointment online or call the Clifton, New Jersey office.