Wendy Bowers, R.N. Specializing in Aesthetic Medicine
William Scott, Jr. D.O. Medical Director
Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
How is this different from regular microneedling?
What is this procedure used for?
Traditional Microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and other forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP injections may boost these effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.
Microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, At A Fresh Face we apply PRP to the face, neck, decollate, scalp and hands.. You may have seen online photos of a celebrity or influencer’s face covered with blood after this procedure. These pictures show an older method of applying whole blood to the skin while Microneedling. With recent advances in treatment, only the PRP from the blood is applied to the face. The result is a milder pinkness or redness on the face.
You may be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you’re in sound health and looking to treat minor signs of aging. It may not be the best option for you if you’re:
- Use Accutane for acne
- Have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea
- Scar easily
- Have a history of poor wound healing
- Have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
Your provider will evaluate your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for Microneedling with PRP.
How do you prepare for your appointment?
Your provider will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your treatment. This may include:
- avoiding direct sun exposure or tanning the week before your appointment
- drinking lots of water in the final days before your appointment
- arranging a ride home from your appointment
- arriving with a bare face (you may cleanse that morning
What to expect during your appointment
Microneedling with PRP is a quick process compared to other cosmetic procedures.
Arrive at your provider’s office at least ten minutes before your appointment. This will give you time to finish up any last-minute paperwork or payments. After cleansing your skin, your provider will apply a topical anesthetic. The anesthetic is usually applied 30 minutes to an hour prior to your treatment.
The actual procedure involves two steps. The Microneedling portion lasts about 30 minutes. During this time your provider will apply a professional- grade derma roller or FDA-approved device to your face and move it in sweeping or circular motions. A syringe of blood will be drawn, usually from your arm, while your face is numbing. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from the blood. The PRP solution is then massaged into the treatment area, either during or after Microneedling. The Microneedling treatment opens channels into your skin, allowing for good penetration of the PRP. In the past, PRP has been injected into the skin, but it’s becoming more of a common practice to use it along with Microneedling.
Once the procedure is finished, your provider will apply a serum or balm to help soothe any redness and irritation. They may also use a portion of the blood drawn known as platelet-poor plasma. You may also have the option to put on makeup to camouflage any temporary side effects. Unless an adverse reaction occurs, you’re free to go home at this point. Although many people are comfortable enough to drive home, arranging a ride home in advance can help alleviate any uncertainty.