What is Microneedling with PRP?
Everyone should love what they see in the mirror. They deserve to feel confident and vibrant in their own skin. But as we all know, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes acne scars, sun damage, or wrinkles can make us feel a little less confident and a little more self-conscious.
This is why many people turn to creams, serums or harsh facial treatments. But there’s a better way to achieve clearer, brighter skin: microneedling with PRP. This treatment is safe, effective, and produces long-term results. Microneedling has helped people heal acne scars, erase sun damage, and fill out fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an easy way to heal your skin so you can regain the boost of confidence every glance in the mirror should offer.
In this post, we’ll discuss what microneedling with PRP is, how it works, and why it’s been so beneficial to the people who use it. We’ll also cover the most common questions about microneedling and provide some proof of its positive effects.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is a skin treatment that uses tiny needles and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to encourage brighter, smoother, clearer skin. The plasma is created by drawing a vial of blood from the patient and separating the different parts so that the platelets float to the top. Those platelets are then used to boost the body’s natural healing process.
This process can help to resolve a number of common skin problems. Unlike other methods of brightening and healing skin that require long-term, continuous use, microneedling with PRP can offer long-term results after healing. This is because the process encourages the body to heal itself naturally, creating a healthy glow that sticks around.
How Does It Work?
It may sound like a strange way to treat skin, but microneedling with PRP is actually focused on prompting your body to do the work.
When your body experiences a trauma, such as cutting your hand while chopping vegetables, it has an immediate healing response. It activates the collagen-producing cells in the body and sends a message requesting oxygenated blood to the area. Both of these are part of the body’s intricate healing process.
On a large scale, this process can cause scars, but microneedling is designed to stimulate this response on a much smaller scale. Microneedles cause microtraumas to the dermis layer of the skin, which starts healing the affected areas without the risk of scarring.
Platelet-rich plasma helps add more healing nutrients to the treated area and assists the body’s efforts. By adding extra platelets, you can speed up the healing process and give your body the extra boost it needs to begin repairing the damage. When microneedling with PRP, practitioners will separate a patient’s own blood in a centrifuge to gather their platelets for use. This helps to prevent common hazards of receiving blood such as infection or incompatibility.
Many people see significant improvements within the first year of regular microneedling sessions. It’s important to remember that healing takes time. Just as it takes weeks or months for a broken bone to heal, resolving common skin issues can require a continued effort to allow your body the time it needs to heal.
Is Microneedling with PRP Effective?
Microneedling with PRP can often produce better results in fewer treatments than other common options.
One 2016 study looked at the effect of microneedling with PRP on patients with acne scars. In the study, one group received microneedling treatments with distilled water and the other received treatments with PRP. Nearly 46% of people in the water group reported improvement in their skin condition, and 62.2% of people in the PRP group reported the same, showing that adding PRP to the treatment could improve results. There are also fewer reported side effects, such as skin redness or irritation, reported after microneedling than after other, more intensive procedures.
We’ve been happy to work with patients toward their skin goals by using microneedling with PRP. You can see a before and after photo of one of our satisfied microneedling patients below.
Patients considering procedures like microneedling often come with a host of questions. Here are some of the most common questions we hear and the answers:
- How often do I need to do microneedling? Microneedling is safe to receive once every 4-6 weeks.
- How long do I need to continue treatments to resolve my problem? The total duration of treatments varies from person to person based on their goals and the type of problem they’re experiencing. Typically, people see significant results after one year of treatments.
- How long are microneedling sessions? Our microneedling treatments typically last about one hour. The first 30 minutes are used for the microneedling treatment, and the second is used to massage the PRP solution into the skin and allow it to absorb.
- Can I wear makeup after microneedling? It’s necessary to wait 2-3 days to apply makeup after microneedling. This allows your skin the time it needs to heal before putting potential irritants on it.
- How much does microneedling with PRP cost? Prices for microneedling vary but typically are between $200-$700 per session based on the technology being used.
Get Started with Ethos
If you struggle with acne scars, wrinkles, or fine lines, then microneedling with PRP could be the solution you’ve been looking for. By aiding your body’s natural healing process, microneedling helps you achieve clearer, brighter skin.
Here at Ethos, we love speaking with potential clients. We want to help you look great and live life on your terms. If you’re interested in microneedling with PRP, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alexandra Mayer to see how we can help you heal.