Why People Love Microneedling with PRP
- Posted on: Feb 14 2021
Microneedling is not a new skin treatment, but it is a procedure that has evolved over time. Years ago, the technique, intended to provoke an increase in collagen production, was referred to as dermal rolling. It involved rolling a needle-clad drum over the skin. Each tiny needle would puncture the skin a fraction of a millimeter deep. The puncture would trigger the body into a regenerative response, which stimulated tissue repair using collagen. Collagen, as you may know, is the protein that heals cuts and scrapes. It is also a chemical that is vital to the skin’s firmness and overall youthfulness. In our St. Louis office, our skilled team performs microneedling in an innovative new way.
Today’s microneedling treatments are performed in a clinical setting using sterile needle-clad device tips. These tips are longer than those found on dermal rollers, which may be the first difference. Another is the technique used to perform the procedure. A dermal roller, as it sounds, rolls across the skin. This may allow some of the tiny needles to enter the skin in a non-vertical pattern. The result could be shallow tears that result in redness and mild inflammation. Tears could cause minor scars to develop, as well. Our microneedling device is a flat needle-clad surface. The device is automated, so needles “stamp” the skin at adjustable depths. The automated movement of the applicator tip ensures that needles enter the skin vertically. Aside from the safe manner of treatment and the outstanding results people get from microneedling, there are specific reasons patients appreciate microneedling with PRP.
Microneedling with PRP Enhances Natural Skin Rejuvenation
Microneedling alone stimulates fibroblast cells to make more collagen. PRP, platelet-rich plasma, is a natural tissue regenerator derived from your blood. People used to call this technique a Vampire Facial because its first customers, including Kim Kardashian, posted pictures of themselves with reddened, blood-tinged faces. This isn’t accurate. Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors and other healing substances that naturally repair the body. After drawing a small tube of blood from the arm, we process the tube in a centrifuge. This machine spins the tube at high-velocity to separate the colorless plasma from red blood cells. The substance is then applied to the skin shortly after microneedling has created tiny channels.
Quick Results with Few Side Effects
We cannot say that there are no side effects associated with microneedling treatments. Every person may respond differently. In general, we expect a patient to develop mild redness and swelling. Sometimes, minor bruising occurs. These side effects may last less than 24 hours. They may last about a week. If these side effects occur, you should avoid strenuous exercise, heat, and alcohol-based products. The gentler you are with your skin, the faster your natural glow may return.