Among the latest advancements in skin rejuvenation is the process of combining multiple components into a single treatment session. For instance, taking a microneedling (collagen induction therapy) procedure and combining it with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy.
Microneedling is typically used to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen by moving a handheld device containing tiny, very fine micro needles across the skin, causing very small micro-wounds. At Buffalo Plastic Surgery, we are happy to offer the only FDA cleared microneedling device named SkinPen.
PRP treatments are often used to help in the repair of injured tendons or ligaments. They can also be used to enhance skin texture and lines in the face, particularly in delicate areas where conventional laser treatments and dermal injectables may be ineffective.
Microneedling Combined with PRP Treatment
When these two popular treatments are used in combination, it’s often referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy. It can be used safely all over the body, including the face and can be performed on any skin type or color.
Collagen Induction Therapy works exceptionally well in treating scars, such as those from acne or surgery. It also helps diminish wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks, and brings a fresh, rejuvenated look to sun-damaged skin or skin with over-sized pores.
What Should I Expect from Microneedling with PRP Treatment?
The treatment involves taking a small amount of your own blood and spinning it for about 15 minutes in a centrifuge and apply various purification techniques. This separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood.
The platelets and plasma are critical for initiating the cell specialization and multiplication required during the healing process. They also contain large amounts of naturally found growth factors that help the body to regenerate soft tissue.
The plasma rich platelet solution is applied to the skin after the microneedling process is complete. The PRP helps rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the healing of the skin tissue as well as triggering the body to create new collagen. The whole treatment can usually be performed in about an hour.
What Happens After the Treatment?
After the procedure, your skin will be red and have small areas of bruising. This usually goes away after 3 days, and most patients see total recovery within that time frame.
You will immediately see results, and then you’ll see continuous improvements over the next four to eight weeks, as it usually takes that long for the body to produce adequate collagen.
In order to maintain the best results possible, additional sessions are recommended, scheduled about a month to 6 weeks apart. As all procedures that aim to rejuvenate the skin, maintenance will be key to keep your skin its best.
Microneedling, along with PRP therapy, has enjoyed a constant rise in popularity over the last few years, in no small part because the results have been outstanding. Your face will be smoother, your skin will be tighter, and you can improve on unsightly scars, discolorations, and uneven skin texture. If you still have questions about microneedling with PRP therapy, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dawli at Buffalo Plastic Surgery. She will be able to guide you in deciding if this popular treatment is your best path to achieve your unique personal goals.