If you stay on top of beauty trends, you may have heard that many people are combining microneedling and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) to get great-looking skin. These treatments are giving patients skin that is:
- Clear of acne and rosacea
- More evenly toned
- Free of fine lines
- Free of brown spots
- Finer (smaller pores)
At Hush L.A. Medspa in Hollywood, California, our highly trained experts use the highest medical standards.
What microneedling does
With microneedling, your aesthetic expert uses a handheld device called the SkinPen®. At the end of this FDA-cleared device are thin, sterile needles. After your expert numbs your skin with a topical agent, they use the SkinPen to create tiny, vertical wounds in your skin in a carefully controlled pattern.
Your body responds to these microwounds by triggering inflammation, which naturally gets rid of debris, including old and damaged collagen. Your skin then begins rebuilding tissue, including new blood vessels, which will infuse the area with oxygen and nutrients. Finally, your skin will remodel itself with fresh, new strands of collagen and elastin.
The entire collagen-remodeling process can take up to six months. While you may notice a glow to your skin right after your procedure, your skin will continue to rebuild, tighten, and firm over the next few weeks.
You may only need three treatments with the SkinPen, spaced about a month apart, to completely rejuvenate your skin. Your skin will maintain its new look for up to a year, at which time you may need a follow-up treatment.
How PRP therapy supercharges microneedling
Platelet-rich plasma, which is a serum that’s made from your own blood, can supercharge your microneedling treatment by adding extra healing agents. First, your health expert withdraws about 2-4 tablespoons of blood from your arm in a process that’s much like taking a blood test.
Then your health specialist spins the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the rest of your blood’s components. Platelets are cell fragments that contain growth factors and other healing substances that your body uses to repair wounds and regrow tissue.
Then your health specialist brushes your skin with the PRP serum. Finally, they use the SkinPen. When the tiny needles puncture your skin, the platelets and growth factors fill up the wound channels. With the PRP, the tiny wounds can heal quicker and the remodeling process can progress faster.
Minutes to a newer, fresher you
Your aesthetic expert will only need about 45 minutes from start to finish to treat your face. Of course, if you’d like to treat your neck or other areas, your treatment may take longer. You may experience minor swelling, redness, and tenderness for a few days after your treatment, but you should be back to normal quickly.
As your body rebuilds your skin with new collagen and elastin and infuses the treatment area with blood vessels, you’ll notice that your face looks and feels plumper, tighter, and more lifted.
To find out if you’re a candidate for microneedling with PRP therapy, book an appointment online or over the phone with Hush L.A. Medspa today.