As you age, unwanted imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles can make you feel old and insecure about your appearance. These issues occur when tissues begin to break down, making the skin look tired and lose volume and elasticity. Patients who wish to rejuvenate their skin, but prefer a less invasive procedure, can do so using microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is a nonsurgical treatment used for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction and can improve skin texture to provide you with a fresh and youthful look.
PRP is a safe, noninvasive treatment that can be used on most skin types to treat both the face and body. Patients who scar easily or suffer from certain skin conditions and poor wound healing may not be good candidates for this procedure. Ideal candidates looking to undergo this treatment should be in good health and concerned about the following imperfections:
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin texture
- Large pores
- Sensitive skin
PRP is one of the most popular microneedling combinations because it delivers natural growth factors already present in your own blood into the dermis. This promotes the regeneration process of soft tissues. The microneedling process then carefully injects the blood into the tissues, where it stimulates new collagen and cellular regrowth to rejuvenate your skin. During your consultation, Dr. Spies will evaluate your face to determine if PRP is the right treatment for you.
Because PRP is performed on an outpatient basis, no downtime is required, and you will be able to return to work the following day. You may experience some redness and peeling for three to seven days. Be sure to cleanse and moisturize your skin at least twice a day and avoid using exfoliators. Amanda, our aesthetician, will provide you with specific post-care instructions that will assist you in the healing process and ensure maximum benefit. You will also be asked to stay out of the sun and avoid any activities that can cause excessive sweating and heat production until your skin is completely healed.
PRP is long lasting and provides natural-looking results that will leave your skin looking great. Some patients may need to have several PRP treatments to meet their desired expectations and goals, although one session may be enough and will undoubtedly yield a noticeable effect.
As with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks involved with PRP, including:
- Redness or minor irritation that can be controlled with hydrocortisone cream