You know about microneedling and why it is an excellent solution for those who struggle with aging skin, acne, scarring, loose skin, discoloration, and so much more. The procedure involves you or a practitioner utilizing an instrument with tiny needles to lightly prick the outermost layer of your facial skin to promote elastin and collagen production, which helps reverse aging, heal scars, improve complexion, and helps to tighten skin.
However, what you may not know about is the involvement of microneedling with plasma-rich platelets or PRP. That procedure involves utilizing part of the individual’s blood receiving the work, which will help with skin rejuvenation. You will learn about that procedure, as well as the benefits, risks, and potential side effects.
What Is Microneedling With PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is a procedure that involves utilizing the instrument to pick the skin as well as applying the platelets, which can help make the procedure more effective. The blood composition is liquid and solids where the plasma makes up the liquid, and the platelets make up the solid. The role of platelets is that they are there to help with clotting, which is essential to prevent blood loss from wounds. If wounds are so profound, that is when you need to go to the hospital for stitching, as the platelets alone will not stop the bleeding. However, PRP is the plasma with a higher concentration of platelets than the other parts of blood.
The way it works is that the practitioner will draw a blood sample and then uses a centrifuge which is a tool that spins to separate the PRP from the other blood components. The importance of PRP is that it contains essential proteins such as cytokines and other growth components as it helps the skin heal quicker.
The first thing that the practitioner will do is to use the microneedling instrument to puncture the outermost layer of the skin. Then they will apply the PRP into the pierced holes, which will help promote collagen and elastin production and heal with the reproduction of cells. Now, let’s go over the benefits of microneedling with PRP.
What Are The Benefits Of Microneedling With PRP?
If you have scars, blemishes, huge pores, skin that is not even, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and wrinkles and lines, you will benefit from having microneedling with PRP. That is because the platelets will help not only helps with quicker skin renewal and collagen and elastin production and help your skin heal faster.
Studies have shown that for those who had microneedling with PRP for acne scars, this procedure not only helps to improve the scarring drastically but also decreases the healing time that people need after the procedure. So if it helps to reduce the duration of downtime after the procedure, then that is a big deal. That means it will decrease the number of days of discomfort, peeling, redness, and swelling. However, just like there are benefits to everything, there are risks. So let’s now go over that.
What Are The Risks Of Microneedling With PRP?
You have to remember that when it comes to microneedling, there is puncturing of small holes in the skin, which has the potential to allow bacteria to seep into it. Therefore, an infection can happen, and viruses can enter the pores and cause cold sores from herpes. Because PRP involves using the blood of the individual receiving the treatment, it is usually safe. However, the practitioner will provide additional aftercare instructions to the client receiving the treatment to help minimize risks.
Anyone who experiences extreme side effects and pain after the treatment will need to see their doctor. And, microneedling with PRP is not appropriate for pregnant women, platelet or blood disorder, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, active acne, herpes on the face, bruising disorders, or any significant chronic illness, and HIV. In addition, those who had a significant surgery in the last six months or use isotretinoin for acne treatment are not candidates either.
Before agreeing to have microneedling with PRP, it is essential to talk to a dermatologist and understand the risks and benefits. It may not be ideal for you, and it is also important to remember that the procedure is more costly than microneedling alone. Let’s now talk about the side effects to expect.
What Are The Side Effects Of Microneedling With PRP?
The good news is that the side effects experienced from microneedling with PRP go away quickly, as one of the benefits of this procedure is that it helps with quicker recovery. However, during healing, you will have some redness, swelling, oozing, mild acne flare-ups, and milia, which are the white skin papules. Once again, the side effects should not last for very long, and you can always take Tylenol to help with the pain. However, if the pain is severe or you notice much oozing when it is colored, you need to see a doctor, which means you likely have an infection.
Microneedling alone can help correct your skin ailments, including scarring, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, large pores‘, and loose skin. That is because it helps to promote collagen and elastin production. However, microneedling with PRP will help promote the production more, but it can help speed up the healing after the procedure. One thing to know is that this procedure is not appropriate for everyone, including pregnant, who have chronic conditions or take certain medications. Talking to your dermatologist and general practitioner is the best thing to see if you are a candidate. However, you must also know about the risks, benefits, and side effects, so you do not go into it blindly either.
There is always a chance that you could end up experiencing severe side effects, such as ending up with a nasty infection if you are the perfect candidate. The odds are not high that it will happen, but the more you know about what to expect with the microneedling‘ with PRP procedure, the better equipped you will be.