PRP treatment involves using the patient’s own blood as a resource to isolate the platelets with a centrifuge. Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and certain forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP boosts these effects and helps you achieve your desired results faster.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment entails drawing blood from the patient like a standard blood draw at the doctor’s office. The blood is separated into 3 layers which leave the PRP available for use during the microneedling process. PRP contains proteins and several growth factors that regulate and activate cell migration and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
After cleansing your skin, a topical anesthetic is applied. Then a syringe of blood will be drawn, usually from your arm, while your face is numbing. The blood is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from other components of the blood. During microneedling, the PRP solution is then massaged into the small controlled micropunctures in the skin, allowing for penetration of the PRP.
Recovery for this procedure is relatively minimal. You can go back to work the next day if you wish.There may still be some redness and other signs of minor irritation, but you’ll want to avoid applying products to your skin for 24 hours. Cleanse once a day and moisturize as needed after 24 hours. You’ll want to avoid alcohol-based products and exfoliants during the recovery stage. Proper sun protection is also very important. Until your skin has completely healed, avoid rigorous activities that might cause excessive sweating and heat production. Examples include running, playing tennis, and heavy workouts. This usually should be avoided for at least 72 hours after your treatment.