PRP with Microneedling: Definition, Benefits, Cost, Precautions, & More!

PRP with Microneedling - All You Need to Know

It seems that vampires had known the secret to rejuvenated skin all along. With the latest skin care technique – PRP with Microneedling – patients can find all-natural solutions for a variety of their skin issues. With PRP or Platelet-rich plasma, patients will be donating their own blood to serve the treatment’s purpose. 

Microneedling is a simple yet elaborate cosmetic procedure, where tiny needles are painlessly used to prick the skin and infuse the product.

Mixed with a PRP technique, microneedling can lead to impeccable results.  

Since the treatment is the latest trend, let’s dive deeper into the PRP microneedling procedure, its benefits, precautions, and more. 

What is PRP with Microneedling? 

Microneedling is a rejuvenating cosmetic procedure in which collagen is attracted to the center of the face by rolling fine needles all over the skin.

A microneedling PRP procedure follows the same method, and on top of that, it also infuses previously filtered platelets of the patient’s blood to treat the affected area. 

Combining PRP with a microneedling procedure makes the whole treatment much more effective. Before the microneedling begins, the blood plasma needs to be separated from the platelets. 

what is Plasma - PRP with Microneedling

Platelets reduce blood clotting and are crucial in healing bruises and skin wounds, and come infused in much richer volume than the standard plasma consistency.  Only licensed practitioners will know how to separate the platelets from the blood with a spinning centrifuge. 

What makes PRP so efficient for a youthful appearance is its high protein, cytokine and growth factor levels, all of which aid in repairing skin tissue. 

What a licensed physician will do during the treatment is use the microneedling tool to prick the skin and infuse the PRP into the skin. When the skin pores absorb the PRP product, they will trigger collagen production and provoke cell reproduction. 

The Pros of Getting a Microneedling with PRP Treatment

Microneedling with PRP is used to treat certain blemishes, spots, marks, scars, lines, and bruises on the face. Even without the aforementioned, the treatment can be simply used for aesthetic purposes.

Practitioners will use microneedling with PRP to reduce: 

  • Acne blemishes and scarring 
  • Surgery marks 
  • Wrinkles and severe frown lines 
  • Sunspots and burned skin 
  • Enlarged pores 
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Uneven skin texture 

Combining the two treatments in one can double the positive results, which can then prolong the effects of the treatment. 

According to recent studies, using PRP with microneedling can also:

  • Decreased acne scarring 
  • Reported higher patient satisfaction 
  • Reduced the time needed for recovery 

Microneedling with PRP can take longer to show results since the body requires time to activate the collagen in the face.

Full effects will be visible in a week following the initial treatment. 

Microneedling with PRP: Precautions  

Like everything involving needles, there are some risks to microneedling with PRP, too. 

The procedure is minimally invasive and not considered dangerous. However, patients should know how to care for their skin before, during, and after the procedure, to reduce the risk of complications. 

PRP microneedling is not recommended to pregnant women and patients who:

  • Use isotretinoin for acne treatment 
  • Have active severe acne 
  • Have psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema 
  • Bruise and scar easily 
  • Have a blood or platelet disorder 
  • Had major surgeries within the past six months 
  • Have been diagnosed with HIV 
  • Are suffering from a chronic illness 
  • Are seeking treatment for infections, like herpes

You can minimize the risks by consulting with your certified physician before making the official PRP microneedling appointment. 

Microneedling & PRP: The Side Effects 

The effects of a single microneedling with PRP procedure are visible a week after the first appointment. If the patient experiences some discomfort, including soreness and tenderness, worry not – these are expected side effects and are the most noticeable immediately after the treatment.

All these are expected to fade after 4-5 days of the procedure. Still, if the patient still suffers from irritations even after a week of the treatment, it is recommended they seek medical assistance. 

Other common side effects that can occur after a micro-needling and PRP treatment are: 

  • Facial swelling 
  • Milia – white papules on the skin 
  • Skin pore oozing 
  • Moderate acne flare-up

To relieve painful results, patients are advised to take Acetaminophen. 

PRP with Microneedling: Cost, Effects, Follow-up Appointment 

A single microneedling with PRP treatment will cost you somewhere between $800 to $1500. Most usually, patients will require more than one treatment so the estimated cost for maximum results will cost you approximately $3000. 

The effects last from three to four months, depending on how many times the patient has gotten the treatment. It’s imperative to take great care of the skin with lotions and creams after every treatment for more long-lasting results.

A follow-up treatment is recommended after the first four to six weeks. 

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Dr. Carol Eisenstat

is a highly trained and skilled board-certified anesthesiologist with a passion for facial aesthetics. She completed an accelerated 7-year combined Bachelor of Science – Medical Doctor program from CUNY – Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and SUNY-Stony Brook University. Her education was achieved with high honors and she graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction.

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