Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and certain forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP may boost these effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, most studies with PRP and scars seem to be focused on treatment of the face.The term vampire facial is typically used to refer to microneedling with PRP used topically, afterward.
Most patients are good candidates for this type of the procedure, with few contraindications to treatment existing.
It may not be the best option for you if you:
use or recently used Accutane for acne
still have active acne resulting in new scarring
have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea
have a history of poor wound healing
have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
Your doctor will evaluate your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for microneedling with PRP.
The actual procedure involves two steps. The microneedling portion lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the areas treated. During this time your doctor will roll a professional-grade derma roller or FDA-approved device on the desired areas on your face.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.The PRP solution is then massaged into the treatment area, usually after microneedling. The microneedling treatment creates small controlled micropunctures in the skin, allowing for penetration of the PRP.In the past, PRP has been injected into the skin, but it’s becoming more of a common practice to use it along with microneedling.
Once the procedure is finished, your doctor may apply a serum or balm to help soothe any redness and irritation. You may also have the option to put on makeup to camouflage any temporary side effects.Unless an adverse reaction occurs, you’re free to go home at this point. Although many people are comfortable enough to drive home, arranging a ride home in advance can help alleviate any uncertainty.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQ
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a type of Regenerative Injection Therapy use to treat many soft tissue injuries (tendons and ligaments).
How is PRP therapy performed?
What musculoskeletal conditions can be treated with PRP?
Is PRP painful?
While everyone’s pain tolerances vary, patient’s report a range of discomfort from mild to moderate with PRP injections. A needle is used to draw blood from a vein in the arm initially and then small needles are used to perform the actual injection(s).
How many injections will I need?
This is no universal answer to this question. Typically 1 to 3 injections. Much of this depends on the chronicity and location of your problem. Some patients can successfully be treated with one injection while others require multiple injections over a time period to eliminate or reduce pain to an acceptable level.