Micro-Needling with PRP
Micro-needling with PRP Overview
Micro-needling therapy introduces controlled, microscopic skin injuries via micro-needles, inducing the body to increase production of collagen and elastin, repairing and improving the skin’s appearance. Needle length is adjustable for pinpoint accuracy in treating the diverse areas of the face, eyes, neck, and body. This technique is also used in combination with topical treatments, as the micro-channels allow deeper penetration of the patient’s chosen treatment.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is concentrated, platelet-rich blood plasma that stimulates healing. Growth factors and cytokines found in PRP stimulate healing and new skin growth. In this procedure, a vial of the patient’s own blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets for use in the treatment.
In numerous studies, this procedure proved highly effective in treating not only fine lines and wrinkles, but also acne and atrophic scars and stretch marks. Over 72 percent of atrophic scar patients experience excellent results with this treatment, and just fewer than 17 percent reported good results, with 11 percent showing no change. In an acne study comparing results with PRP to those with vitamin C, the PRP group experienced superior results, reporting excellent improvement at 2.5 times the rate as the vitamin C group.
Additionally, there is reasonable evidence that would suggest that micro-needling with prp to ones scalp leads to tangible hair growth.
- Preparation: Two weeks prior to your treatment, discontinue use of blood-thinning medications. This includes NSAIDs, aspirin, and supplements such as vitamin E and Gingko biloba.
- Anesthesia: Anesthesia is not necessary for superficial micro-needling treatments in conjunction with PRP, which patients compare to the feeling of sandpaper against skin. However, a topical anesthetic cream to improve comfort is available. Discuss this option with Dr. Vallecillos during your consultation.
- Preoperative Consultation: This is the time to ask questions and share your desired results with Dr. Vallecillos. The doctor will walk you through the various options to treat your skin complaints and help you make the right choice for your individual needs.
Micro-neeedling with PRP Procedure
If the patient elects to use the numbing cream, Dr. Vallecillos applies it one hour before treatment. Then, a small blood sample is taken from the patient and placed in the centrifuge to obtain the PRP. Next, the doctor applies a topical gel such as sterile saline as a lubricant to help the microneedle device glide smoothly over your skin.
Dr. Vallecillos places the microneedle device against the skin, gliding it across the entire treatment area and creating thousands of microscopic channels. Next, he applies the PRP topically, where it is quickly absorbed into the skin. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes.
Most candidates require more than one treatment, scheduled four to six weeks apart.
Micro-needling with PRP FAQs
Who is a candidate for PRP Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling with PRP is safe for nearly every skin type. Patients looking to improve acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other textural skin issues are ideal candidates for this procedure.
What is the recovery time?
Since it is minimally invasive, there is no recovery time for this procedure. Although redness persists for up to three days, many patients report complete healing within 24 hours. Skin is also extra sensitive to sun for a few days after your treatment.
Are there risks or side effects associated with Micro-Needling with PRP?
There are very few risks. Side effects include redness, which typically disappears within 24 hours, sun sensitivity for a few days, and possible skin peeling for two to three days. Peptide ointments can aid healing.
How long do the results last?
Patients typically notice an immediate glow to their skin, with visible improvement occurring within two to four weeks. Those receiving single treatments see results for three to four weeks. However, results in patients receiving multiple treatments last six months or more. The recommended interval for maintenance treatments is every six to 12 months.
Patient Before and After Photos
Real patients, real results!
Hair Restoration Treatment with PRP Micro-Needling
Micro-needling with PRP is very effective at stimulating hair growth also. The following pictures (images from Eclipse Micropen) show the progression of hair growth for a female patient over the period of one year. PRP Hair Restoration is effective for both men and women.