Micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure popular with patients seeking younger and softer skin. The procedure often includes a topical treatment, as the channels created through micro-needling allow the patient’s chosen treatment to penetrate deeply into the skin. That being said, not all Micro-Needling treatments are created equal. Depending upon the technique used and the typical applied can provide completely different results. For example, Micro-Needling with Platelet Rich Plasma, or “PRP,” has quickly gained popularity as one such topical treatment, thanks to a number of studies proving its efficacy in treating a wide variety of issues.
Micro-needling introduces controlled, microscopic skin injuries into the neck, face, and body. Needle length is adjustable, allowing for pinpoint accuracy (no pun intended), and each needle is thinner than a strand of hair. With this device, Dr. Vallecillos introduces thousands of microscopic injuries into the upper layers of your skin, stimulating your body’s natural healing factors. Collagen and elastin rush to the upper layers of the skin, repairing damage and improving the skin’s appearance.
Platelet Rich Plasma Explained
Rich in growth factors and cytokines, PRP stimulates both healing and new skin growth. PRP is concentrated, platelet rich plasma derived from the patient’s own blood sample. Running the patient’s blood through a centrifuge separates the platelets. Next, the platelets go through the centrifuge to separate the PRP from the PPP (Platelet Poor Plasma).
Micro-Needling with PRP Procedure
After Dr. Vallecillos prepares the treatment area, he performs the micro-needling procedure. Then, he applies the PRP topically, where the micro channels formed during the micro-needling treatment allow the PRP to penetrate into deeper skin layers. Combining these two procedures provides a more even distribution of the PRP, greatly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Using platelets from the patient’s own blood sample significantly influences healing. Researchers have proven the efficacy of micro-needling with PRP to treat acne, atrophic scars, stretch marks, and even hair loss.
What to Expect
Since the procedure uses the patient’s own PRP, side effects of this procedure are minimal and typically confined to mild swelling and redness lasting three or four days. Some patients may experience light bruising, typically lasting less than a week. There may be mild discomfort during the procedure, but no pain during recovery.
Patients notice visible improvement in their skin within two to four weeks.