Microneedling and PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) are two of the few age-defying practices that are proven to work without requiring a big financial investment or spending many days in recovery.
Compared to other procedures that provide dramatic results against fine lines, sunspots, acne scars, or a dull skin tone, microneedling and PRP involve the use of your own blood cells and microscopic wounds to boost collagen production and carry the right nutrients to your skin.
Our team at Integrative Medicine, Laser, and Aesthetics in Carmel, Indiana, uses microneedling to create small punctures in your skin to trigger collagen production. Our specialists then use platelet-rich plasma extracted from your own blood to speed up the healing process and increase skin cell turnover.
The result? Your face will look visibly younger without the use of any substances that may have adverse effects or trigger allergies.
Microneedling and PRP satisfaction rate in clinical studies
Skin care specialists and celebrities often endorse these two practices, but what do clinical studies have to say about them?
In a study that focused on microneedling, over 80% of the participants described their microneedling experience as “excellent,” and none of the people who received the treatment reported experiencing adverse effects.
But it doesn’t end there. When microneedling and PRP are combined, the results are superior to the results of microneedling alone, even when paired with a strong topical antioxidant, such as Vitamin C.
Who benefits the most from PRP and microneedling?
Not all skin issues can be treated with these two procedures. However, you may be a good candidate if you have the following skin concerns:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
Microneedling and PRP aren’t recommended if you suffer from hypertrophic or keloid scars, are pregnant, or if you had radiation therapy recently.
When it comes to risks, there aren’t many, as long as the trauma done to your skin is done in a professional setting with sterile needles, though some skin sensitivities may occur.
PRP and microneedling aftercare and long-term effects
Depending on the size of the needles used, it can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for the redness to disappear. But if you want to conceal the redness right away, you can do so with the help of a foundation made with sensitive skin in mind.
To get the best results, you may have to go through three sessions, spaced four weeks apart. The good news? The results are permanent.
Once microneedling and PRP erase a scar or a sunspot, the spot doesn’t come back. However, that doesn’t mean these two therapies can prevent other scars, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation from appearing. They only reduce the appearance of current skin concerns.
Interested in learning more about these non-invasive yet effective skin treatments? Request an appointment with one of our specialists to find out if you make a good candidate.