By the time most of us have reached our early forties, the unmistakable signs of facial aging have begun to take a toll on our skin. Prematurely aging skin can leave you feeling like your best years are behind you and lead to feelings of diminished self-esteem. Microneedling with PRP therapy — also known as microsurfacing — can help turn back the clock on your aging face to help you look like a younger version of yourself.
We live in exciting times that are producing rapid innovations in the field of cosmetic dermatology. There is no longer any reason to simply let nature take its course. You have the ability to intervene and slow, or even partially reverse, the effects of aging.
What Is Microneedling?
This is a relatively new treatment with roots in ancient times. It has been known for centuries that controlled skin injuries lead to the stimulation of new skin tissue to renew the appearance of the skin and minimize common skin imperfections.
The treatment involves the use of a device coated in extremely tiny needles that pierce the skin. While these tiny punctures are barely noticeable, they trigger a skin rejuvenation process that minimizes common signs of aging like lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation.
How Many Microneedling Treatments Would I Require?
The number of treatments that you need depends upon your own unique situation. Factors like your age, genetics, lifestyle, and other factors will affect how your skin responds to a microneedling treatment. However, most patients benefit from numerous microneedling treatments that build upon the results of previous sessions. Your skin will continue to remodel itself in the weeks and months after your previous treatment.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a type of medical innovation that was popularized by sports superstars like Kobe Bryant. Athletes were finding that certain injuries healed more slowly than others due to age and other factors. They were looking for something to speed up the healing process.
The PRP treatment involves the creation of a blood product that is produced by the patient’s own blood. We withdraw a certain amount of blood from the patient prior to their procedure. We then spin this blood in a centrifuge to concentrate platelets in it. The resulting product contains a wealth of growth factors that help to dramatically speed up the healing process.
What Is Microneedling with PRP Therapy?
Microneedling enhances the benefits of PRP by allowing it to take advantage of the thousands of microscopic punctures created by the treatment. This allows the PRP product to enjoy far greater skin penetration and as a result, a dramatically increased effectiveness.