Patients who are concerned with the cosmetic effects of aging can benefit from microneedling. Microneedling is a minimally-invasive collagen induction therapy in which needles are used to create small punctures on the surface of the skin. This induced damage creates a healing response leading the body to create new collagen and elastin at the injured site.
Microneedling is most commonly used on the face but can also be used on other areas of the body. It is often viewed as a better option than lasers because of its relative cost-effectiveness and suitability for patients with varying skin tones. Some patients may not be good candidates for microneedling, such as those that are:
Microneedling is commonly used to achieve the following results:
The cosmetic benefits of microneedling are well-established. However, when platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is added to a microneedling treatment, the benefits are even better. Rather than stopping after the microneedling and allowing the body to heal the micro wounds on its own, the addition of PRP improves healing and tissue regeneration.1 The addition of PRP to microneedling treatments also decreases the redness and swelling that are common after microneedling.2
Platelet-rich plasma stimulates the body’s innate healing cascade. When we experience a soft tissue injury, our body responds by delivering a rush of platelet cells. When these platelets are activated, they release several types of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that play a fundamental role in cell regeneration and tissue healing.
But PRP takes the natural healing response one step further by separating platelets from other blood components and concentrating them. This specially prepared platelet-rich plasma contains 5 to 10 times the concentration of platelets found in whole blood. The concentrated PRP is then delivered into and around the site of injury, stimulating and significantly strengthening the body’s healing response.3
Microneedling with PRP is a two-step process. First, the practitioner completes the microneedling treatment on the targeted area of the skin. This typically takes about 30 minutes. Then, a syringe of blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge which separates the platelets from the other blood components. The specially prepared platelet-rich plasma is then massaged into the treated area. Since the microneedling already created tiny punctures on the skin, the PRP penetrates in the same way an injection would.4
The addition of PRP to a microneedling treatment improves wound healing, speeds healing time, and reduces the redness and swelling that’s common after microneedling.
Research has shown that when PRP is combined with microneedling for anti-aging repair, it reduces fine lines and decreases pore size. In a study comparing PRP microneedling to vitamin C microneedling for treating acne scars, the PRP microneedling was the more effective option.5 In another study using PRP with micropigmentation, researchers found that the best time to massage PRP down micro-channels is 5 and 30 minutes after the micropigmentation procedure.6
Since PRP is an autologous therapy, using the patient’s own blood product, there is no risk of cross reactivity, disease transmission, or immune reaction.
To create a platelet-rich plasma preparation, the following steps are performed:
The entire process takes approximately one hour, including preparation and recovery time. For a complete demonstration of each step of the process, view our instructional video.
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Our patented design creates high-concentration and high-quality platelet-rich plasma that can be used to stimulate the healing process. This results in tissue regeneration at the targeted site, effectively accelerating normal healing processes.REACH OUT TO LEARN MORE
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