How Microneedling PRP Might Just be the Fountain of Youth
If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, you may just be in luck. Many experts and patients are labeling the new Microneedling PRP procedure as just that. Continue reading below to find out all about this unique procedure, including why it works so well at turning back the clock – for your face, at least.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for “Platelet Rich Plasma.” Plasma is one of the four main things making up everyone’s blood. Platelets are another, along with red and white blood cells. Platelets are what is responsible for the body’s natural healing process, thanks to the fact they contain a ton of proteins called growth factors.
To make sure that the plasma used in this procedure has a high concentration of platelets, a special process is used that separates the red blood cells from the white.
What is the Process?
The process of PRP is simple. The steps are broken down below.
Step 1: Blood will be drawn from the person who is getting microneedling down. It is placed into a tube containing a special separator gel.
Step 2: The vial of blood is placed in a machine called a centrifuge. This spins and blood so the platelets can be separated from one another.
Step 3: The special PRP is now ready to be used, and is extracted from the vial using a small, thin needle.
Step 4: The plasma is delivered into the patient through the Microneedling process. Most often, this is the face.
Benefits of PRP
There are several benefits to choosing PRP microneedling in addition to the benefits of having the procedure done without the plasma delivery. The benefits are as follows:
- There is little to no risk of having an allergic reaction since the PRP is derived directly from the blood of the person undergoing the procedure.
- The procedure carries little discomfort.
- Minimal downtime is necessary.
- Helps to promote natural collagen production in the skin, which is responsible for the strength, elasticity, and youthfulness of skin.
- The growth factors found in platelets also helps to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which are vital to skin health.
After the Procedure
Most people have little to no discomfort after the procedure, although some have mild swelling and bruising as a result of the microneedling. It is highly recommended that you avoid any public appearances like parties or public speaking events for 24 hours after receiving the procedure, just in case.
Since both microneedling and the complimenting PRP work with your body’s natural healing mechanisms, results are not immediate. Your skin will continue to improve over the course of a few months. During this time, you will notice your skin is firmer, smoother, and more youthful in appearance. If you have stretch marks, acne scars, or uneven skin tone, you should also notice a considerable improvement in these areas also.
For best results, most practitioners recommend three to five procedures with a minimum of four to five weeks between each session.