Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): An overview

Making dry needlying procedure on woman's face in the cosmetology office

If you are interested in facial rejuvenation techniques, chances are high that you have heard about Microneedling and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. These are two separate cosmetic procedures, which are often combined for better results. If you are in Quebec and want to consider either of the two, check for top clinics like Médecine esthétique Clinicare for options. In this post, we are discussing PRP therapy and microneedling in brief.

What exactly is microneedling? 

Microneedling is a standard cosmetic treatment, which relies on a special roller that has very small needles. These needles prick the skin and trigger the natural healing process, boosting the production of collagen. 

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-Rich Plasma, simply called PRP, is a different procedure, where blood is taken from your own body, to separate the plasma. For that, the drawn blood is placed in a centrifuge. The obtained plasma, which is rich in platelets, is then used back into the skin, often with the use of procedures like microneedling, or through an injection. Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is also used for treating hair loss. 

How effective is Microneedling with PRP?

Microneedling with PRP has been shown to enhance the effects of standard microneedling. Microneedling is typically used for treating initial signs of aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. It is also effective as a treatment for hyperpigmentation. Together, the whole process is also famed as the ‘vampire facial’. In a vampire facial, microneedling is followed by PRP, which is applied topically on the skin. 

Who is the ideal candidate?

Microneedling with PRP is an option for most people. However, if you are pregnant, have active acne, have facial eczema, or tend to scar easily, you may want to avoid both procedures. 

What is the procedure like?

There are two steps in the entire facial rejuvenation procedure. The first step is microneedling, which may need 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the areas being treated. The aesthetician will use a derma roller, or an approved device, on the skin, causing minute punctures. Blood will be drawn from your arm, which will be placed in a centrifuge to get the platelet-rich plasma. PRP will be then used on the skin topically. Typically, microneedling is followed by PRP for better penetration. 

Check online to know more on Microneedling with PRP. Don’t step back from asking questions when you visit a clinic, for having realistic expectations from the procedure.