Many patients are looking for significant anti-aging results without having to go under the knife. Even though cosmetic surgery is extremely effective, patients do not always want to deal with the additional expense, complications, and lengthy downtime sometimes associated with surgery. Fortunately, a number of minimally-invasive techniques are available for those who might wish to postpone cosmetic surgery, extend the effects of previous surgery, or avoid it altogether if they are dealing with minor signs of facial aging or problems like scars and sun damage. PRP therapy with microneedling is one such treatment.
Before considering any type of cosmetic procedure, you will need some good information to get you started. You will likely have a number of questions that you want answered before scheduling a consultation or appointment. What is this treatment? What is it used for? What should I expect at my appointment? What do I do after my treatment? Our team is here to help you every step of the way.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an innovative skin rejuvenation technique that has its roots in ancient times. For centuries, it has been known that the delivery of controlled skin channels to upper layers of the skin can force a skin rejuvenation process to reduce problems like sun damage and facial aging. This stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen to fill in wrinkles and smooth the skin.
What Does It Treat?
Microneedling is able to treat a wide range of skin conditions. It helps to improve the appearance of scars that are caused by acne, injury, or surgery. It can also help with enlarged pores, dull skin tone, uneven pigmentation, stretch marks, lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots.
How Does Microneedling Work?
The treatment works by coaxing your body into producing new collagen. New skin cells rise up to replace old, damaged ones affected by signs of aging, sun damage, and scars. The improvement created by microneedling occurs very subtly and gradually after the treatment session. There will be some initial skin inflammation, which is a normal part of the healing process. After this inflammation dies down, the actual skin remodeling process will begin. Your body will create a fresh collagen matrix that rises up to replace damaged skin tissue on the surface.
What are the Advantages Over Other Treatments?
Microneedling offers results that are quite soft and natural compared to certain other procedures that can lead to results that may seem drastic or unnatural. We are working with the healing abilities of your own body to stimulate the natural production of collagen. Your results will build over the following weeks and months after your procedure. You will not emerge from your appointment with a dramatically different face. Over the following weeks and months, you will simply look more like a younger version of yourself. Your lines and wrinkles, scars, and age spots will be significantly diminished.
Another big advantage of undergoing a microneedling treatment over other types of procedures is that less skin damage is required to stimulate healing. The tiny channels are basically microscopic openings that are barely visible with the naked eye. There is no wholesale destruction of upper skin layers with microneedling. Since less skin damage is involved with the treatment process, less healing is required. Almost all microneedling patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after their treatment.
What is a Microneedling Treatment Like?
A microneedling treatment begins with a cleansing of the skin in the treatment area. Next, we may apply a topical anesthetic so that you are completely comfortable throughout the process. We use a small device that is passed over your skin repeatedly. The process forms thousands of virtually invisible openings in surface layers of skin to trigger the formation of new skin tissue.
Can I Have More Than One Treatment?
Unless you are dealing with very minor sun damage, scars, hyperpigmentation, or wrinkles, you would likely benefit from additional microneedling treatment sessions. One of the most appealing aspects to the treatment is that it offers results that are cumulative. Each treatment session will continue the improvements that were started with a prior treatment session. We will evaluate you after an appropriate time has passed to see if you require more treatments.
Does It Work with Other Treatments?
Yes! For example, microneedling can be used in conjunction with the application of topical skin care products. Many topicals have a problem when it comes to the skin: They are not able to pass through the front door. In other words, your skin has a barrier effect that prevents any topicals with larger molecular sizes from penetrating very far. Obviously, this greatly hampers their effectiveness.
Microneedling can enhance the effectiveness of topical products by allowing them to bypass the outer barrier function of your skin. The microscopic openings created by the process act as tiny channels to funnel topical products into deeper layers of skin, rendering them many times more effective than they could ever be on their own.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a blood product created from the patient’s own blood to help to speed the healing process. We withdraw a certain amount of blood from the patient, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate blood platelets. We then concentrate them in a special serum. Platelets are rich in certain growth factors that can help with the healing process. PRP has applications as diverse as sports injuries and hair regrowth.
Prior to a PRP treatment, you should make us aware of any medications that you are currently taking, including nutritional supplements or herbal products. Follow our instructions carefully, particularly regarding prescriptions that can interfere with healing or promote side effects.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
You will be given a complete list of specific instructions to help you prepare for your appointment. They may include refraining from prolonged sun exposure or tanning beds for a set amount of time prior to your appointment. You should also drink plenty of water in the days prior to your treatment.
What is a PRP Treatment Like?
When used on its own as a standalone treatment, we begin by drawing a small amount of blood from your body and using a centrifuge to separate out PRP from the rest of your blood. We will then inject PRP into multiple injection sites under your skin. The injected platelets will begin breaking down, releasing their growth factors to stimulate natural cell proliferation and soft tissue rejuvenation. You should be able to resume work or daily activities immediately after your treatment.
What is PRP Therapy with Microneedling?
PRP therapy with microneedling is a treatment that combines the best aspects of microneedling and PRP therapy. The PRP serum is able to take advantage of the thousands of microscopic skin channels created by microneedling to bypass your skin’s protective barrier. Increased skin penetration means increased effectiveness.
When used together, the microneedling is usually performed first. Once the many tiny micro-channels are created in the skin, we can apply the PRP onto the treatment area. The tiny openings allow the PRP to penetrate deep into the skin, maximizing the benefits.
What is PRP Therapy with Microneedling Used to Address?
Conventional microneedling is used for the treatment of everything from fine lines and wrinkles to age spots to scars. PRP therapy can help to boost these effects so that you achieve faster and better results.
Although the treatment is quite effective, it is not for everyone. Microneedling with PRP is not for women who are pregnant, anyone using Accutane for acne, those with rosacea or eczema, and those who scar easily.
Would I Make a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy with Microneedling?
We can help determine if you would make an appropriate candidate for PRP therapy with microneedling at your initial consultation with our team of professionals. One of the best things about this treatment is the fact that it is entirely non-surgical. This means that most people who are interested in it tend to qualify for it. Even those who don’t qualify for more invasive procedures like surgery may be good candidates for PRP therapy with microneedling. The treatment is basically just encouraging the body to heal itself, and the PRP helps to further heal and restore the area for optimal results.
What Will Happen After My Procedure?
After your treatment is complete, we may apply a special type of balm or serum to assist in soothing any irritation or redness. Any temporary skin changes can be camouflaged using makeup. Avoid using any exfoliants or alcohol-based products while your skin is healing. You should also avoid prolonged sun exposure that can hinder your healing. Until your skin heals completely, avoid vigorous physical activity that could lead to heat production or excessive sweating. This includes playing sports, running, and heavy workouts. Vigorous physical activity can increase your odds of developing adverse events, while excessive sweating can create skin irritation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you would like to receive more information about how PRP therapy with microneedling can help you with your condition, please feel free to schedule your initial consultation here at Sculpt Medical Spa. We would be more than happy to assess your skin, learn about your skin complaints, and come up with a customized treatment for you. Our aim is to help our clients achieve their cosmetic goals, and PRP therapy for microneedling may be just what you have been looking for to achieve yours. You won’t know for sure until you come in for a consultation.