What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors found in your body. It is produced when a practitioner takes a sample of your own blood and spins it down into its base components, one of which is growth factors. Growth factors stimulate cellular growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation, improving collagen and elastin production.
Why Microneedling and PRP together?
Microneedling improves the signs of aging, reduces pigmentation, and refines the texture and tone of the skin through the introduction of micro-injuries on the skin. When the skin is injured, it quickly kick starts all its healing mechanisms resulting in an increase in collagen and elastin. When we introduce PRP and its growth factors to this healing process we stimulate even further the skin’s response and healing abilities.
What should I expect during the treatment?
A topical numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area for any discomfort you may have. A sample of your blood is then taken and spun in a centrifuge to supply the practitioner with your platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then applied to the face and the microneedling is performed, allowing for absorption of PRP through the tiny channels produced by the microneedling pen.
What should I expect after treatment?
The recovery time for microneedling and PRP is minimal. You may notice skin irritation and redness for the first few days following the procedure. This is a natural response to the small “injuries” during treatment. You can go back to work or school after the procedure if you’re comfortable however, some people like to wait until the next day to resume day-to-day activities until the redness has subdued. You can apply a mineral-based makeup the next day. SPF 30 or more is required daily after treatment.