As we age, we start to notice more and more impurities in our skin. That’s because our natural collagen production begins to slow and in response, our skin droops, sags, and wrinkles. If you, like many others, want to slow or even reverse some of the effects of this process, microneedling with PRP is a great option.
What is Microneedling with PRP?
It is the process of using a device that contains tiny needles to puncture the skin and stimulate the anti-aging response. The tiny needles’ micro-injuries help increase the production of collagen and elastin—two of your skin’s most powerful defenses against aging.
There are a lot of treatments that stop here, and while microneedling alone does have a lot of benefits, they are furthered with the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.
Platelet-rich plasma is a component of your blood containing a special kind of protein that is said to promote cellular growth. It’s isolated from your blood and concentrated prior to being used in cosmetic procedures. By using microneedling with PRP, your body will stimulate strong, healthy cells that help increase the effects of microneedling and boost healing.
Benefits of Microneedling
The benefits of microneedling are quite impressive and occur fairly quickly after treatments. While your skin will be mildly inflamed or pink for a week or so, it will look more radiant from the initial superficial responses. After any swelling goes down, your body produces more collagen for up to six months post-treatment. This will lead to softer, firmer skin, a reduction in wrinkles, decreased acne and acne scars, reduced pore size, reduced photo-aging and hyperpigmentation, and reduced size and appearance of scars and stretch marks.
When pairing microneedling with PRP treatments, patients report an increase in skin tightness, faster healing times, and quicker, more prolonged results.
Other Uses for Microneedling with PRP
While microneedling is most popularly used for anti-aging purposes, the boost in collagen offers a healing alternative for other skin ailments as well. People with minimal or severe scarring—from acne or other skin problems—also notice a substantial increase in skin’s overall appearance. It has even been shown to increase hair growth through the stimulation of sub-surface hair follicles. Due to the low risks involved, it’s a treatment worth trying.
Preparing for Your Treatment
If you decide to try microneedling with PRP, it’s important to listen to your doctor and prepare appropriately. While it is a minimally invasive procedure, you will still be creating open wounds on your face. It’s important to take the following precautions:
- Avoid extreme sun exposure the week before your appointment
- Stay well hydrated
- Arrange a ride home as a precaution—it’s always better to be safe, even with minimally invasive procedures
- Arrive to your appointment without any products on your skin
During your initial consultation, your doctor will make sure that you have all of the information you need to be prepared for your appointment.
Finding a Treatment Location
At Atlas Health Medical Group, we offer microneedling services with platelet-rich plasma using the only FDA-approved pen on the market—the SkinPen. This means that all of our treatments are safe, effective, and results driven. Atlas Health Medical Group is a network of naturopathic medical doctors that offer innovative treatments, including stem cell therapy, bio-identical hormones, nutrient IVs, and now, microneedling. We work with the highest standards of individualized care to get our patients the results they want and need. Visit our website today to learn more, or give us a call at (480) 648-1534.