by Stephanie Schlageter
To combat the many signs of aging like dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and lack of firmness, as well as those skin woes that might be a holdover from youth, such as acne scarring and other blemishes, combining two non-surgical treatments provides astonishing long-lasting benefits. This effective treatment pair is Micro-Needling and PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, and together they can offer you reduction in fine lines and wrinkles paired with a youthful glow and minimized pores that even a facelift cannot match.
Micro-Needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, and PRP, using your own platelet rich plasma to promote new tissue growth, renew skin from deep below by engaging your body’s own healing functions. By damaging the skin in a controlled manner, then massaging in plasma containing a concentrated amount of your own proteins and growth factors, collagen and elastin production are stimulated as the skin becomes renewed and recharged.
So, how does that work, and more importantly, does it hurt?
The combination of Micro-Needling and PRP is advanced, yet simple. And it’s one of the most effective natural solutions to tired-looking skin and the problems associated with aging. First, your blood is drawn and spun through a centrifuge, which isolates your platelet rich plasma. To prepare your skin for the next step, topical numbing cream is applied to ensure you are comfortable during Micro-Needling. A Micro-Needling tool is used to make microscopic penetrations in your skin. The tool looks like a pen, but it has many fine needles at the end. During and immediately after Micro-Needling, your PRP is applied to the treated areas, which absorb the PRP readily thanks to the tiny punctures that were made by the needles.
After the treatment, you will have some redness and swelling for a few days, but you can return to normal activity right away. You’ll want to stay out of the sun and discontinue use of medical grade skin care products for a couple of weeks. Most people need a series of 3-6 Micro-Needling and PRP treatments to reverse damage to the skin. However, you will see your skin improve with each treatment.
The effects of this dynamic duo are incredible. Your skin will be smoother, firmer, and practically dewy. Unlike a surgical facelift, which does not treat the condition of the skin’s surface, the combination of Micro-Needling and PRP can tackle just about all issues of aging. And these treatments pair well with other treatments, too, such as Juvéderm and BOTOX injections.
The only downside? Your makeup just might start to miss you.