Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to treat skin problems through the mechanism of collagen regeneration. It is mainly used on the face to erase scars, reduce wrinkles, and diminish pores. This treatment option will glow up your skin and heal injuries (if any) within a short period of time.
Thea Aesthetic Clinic will provide you with further information about the benefits and risks of microneedling with PRP as a cosmetic procedure.
Why is microneedling used?
Traditional microneedling aims to treat skin problems such as wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and to whiten the skin. Adding PRP injections will optimize these effects and reduce the treatment time. Although microneedling is recommended for many different body parts, PRP can only be used for the face.
Conventionally, this plasma will be applied directly on the face after microneedling. Seeing this is likely to gross out the patients and the people watching, even scaring them off. Nonetheless, thanks to the help of advancements in today’s aesthetic science, specialists can inject plasma into the skin in effortlessly and the face will only turn slightly pink or reddish. If you are in good health conditions and want to remove mild signs of aging, consider microneedling with PRP.
However, this cosmetic procedure is not recommended if you are pregnant, using anti-acne creams such as Accutane, suffering from eczema or rash, prone to scarring, have poor healing or have had radiation therapy within 12 months prior to when you want to receive this treatment.
At Thea Aesthetic Clinic, your medical history will be evaluated by an expert to decide if you are a good candidate for microneedling with PRP.
Where is the best place for microneedling with PRP?
Even though this is a minimally-invasive procedure, make sure to find reputable aesthetic clinics. Also, opt for well-trained experts in this field to ensure proper performance of the procedure. These specialists will also give you skincare guidance after the procedure. It is best that these specialists are dermatologists or cosmetic surgeons. Therefore,during your visit, do not hesitate to ask about the background experience and education of the doctor who will be taking care of you.
What to prepare before microneedling with PRP?
At Thea Aesthetic Clinic, an experienced expert will give you detailed guidance on what to do to prepare for the treatment. These can include:
- Avoid sun exposure for a week before the treatment.
- Drink plenty of water a few days prior to the procedure.
- Make transportation plans for going home from the clinic.
- Come to Thea Aesthetic Clinic with your bare face (without makeup and skincare products).
What can you expect from microneedling?
Microneedling with PRP typically doesn’t take as much time as other procedures usually do.
Come to your appointment at least 10 minutes early to complete all the required paperwork and payment. After that, it will take 30 minutes for you to change into appropriate clothes and for your doctor to clean your skin and apply topical anesthesia before the procedure.
Microneedling with PRP takes about 30 minutes. During the procedure, your doctor will move a high-quality, specialized roller all around your face in sweeping or circular motions.
Next, your doctor will take blood from your arm with a syringe then split the PRP from your blood using a centrifuge and then administer it to the treatment site using specialized techniques.
Lastly, your doctor will apply a serum or a soothing cream to relieve the red patches on your skin. By then, you can wear makeup to cover the side effects or temporary irritations on your skin and drive home on your own.
Possible side effects and complications
The most common side effects of microneedling with PRP include bruising and skin inflammation. These usually appear right after the procedure and stay for 4 to 5 days. During this period, minimize your exposure to the sun and other extreme weather conditions.
As PRP is taken from your own blood, there is almost no risk of cross-contamination or infection. However, in rare cases, scarring may occur.
When can the results be seen?
Microneedling with PRP will give you smoother, firmer skin. This effect is permanent. Nonetheless, it’s advisable to monitor your skin conditions for at least a year and contact your doctor for ways of maintaining your skin.
The results will last longer if you practice good skincare habits daily by using sunscreen and a gentle cream or gel as well as moisturizing your skin regularly and protect it from damage or scratches.