Microneedling is a cosmetic treatment often used to reduce the signs of aging and the visibility of scars by stimulating collagen production. A microneedling pen is used to prick the skin with, you guessed it, microneedles, creating hundreds of tiny holes in the skin! The tiny pricks do two things:
1) The tiny needle pricks send your skin into healing mode, which then generates fresh collagen and elastin during the healing process. As we’ve discussed before, this reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and more.
2) The little holes from the needles create channels into your skin that allow skincare products and solutions (like PRP) to penetrate deeper into your skin, delivering more powerful results.
The liquid in a person’s blood is plasma, the solids are platelets. Platelets are what help blood clot and are vital to the healing process. PRP is plasma that has a very high concentration of platelets, as well as proteins and cytokines which help skin tissue repair itself.
PRP is always taken from the patient receiving the treatment. After drawing the patient’s blood, is it put into a device called a centrifuge which spins the PRP out of the blood. During the microneedling treatment, the PRP solution is infused into the micro-punctures in the skin to allow the PRP to penetrate the treatment area. The PRP’s job is to aid in the healing process and encourage healthy collagen production. PRP boosts the effects of microneedling, helping to achieve your desired results faster.
Practitioners use mirconeedling with PRP to treat several different issues such as:
· Acne scars
· Wrinkles and fine lines
· Uneven skin texture
Your provider will discuss with you during your consultation what issues you are looking to treat and area of your face will benefit from microneedling with PRP. Don’t worry, while hundreds of tiny needle pricks sound like a very painful procedure, your face is numbed with topical cream prior to the microneedling to prevent any discomfort.
Recovery from microneedling is usually quick. Redness, dryness, and some skin flaking are typical during the first few days of the healing process, and there may be some mild bruising, which usually clears in four to five days. Avoiding tanning beds, swimming, and strenuous activity for at least one day is recommended.
Most importantly, in order to achieve the results you want safely, microneedling should only be performed by a trained professional in an appropriate setting. As with all medical grade skincare treatments, it is best to leave them to professionals and skip the DIY.