Microneedling is a popular cosmetic treatment that uses a roller with tiny needles to puncture the skin repeatedly. These minor wounds stimulate the body to make more collagen to help heal scars and reduce the signs of aging.

Microneedling with PRP uses your platelet-rich plasma to increase the stimulation of collagen growth. This can give in more significant results, such as diminished wrinkles, sagging, and scars, and an overall improvement in the complexion.

In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of microneedling with PRP and what you can expect in terms of discomfort, downtime, and results.


What Is Microneedling With PRP?

Microneedling with plasma-rich platelets (PRP) is also known as the “vampire facial” since it involves applying growth factor-rich serum from your blood.

The concentration of platelets is higher in PRP than in other components of the blood. Platelets are vital for healing wounds, as they help blood clot. PRP also contains proteins that promote tissue repair.

Essentially, platelet-rich plasma stimulates extra collagen and elastin production, which can enhance skin rejuvenation.


What Are the Benefits?

Although it takes time for your body to create collagen, the addition of platelet-rich plasma speeds up the process so that in just a few weeks, you can see a wide variety of benefits, including:

  •   Reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  •   Firming sagging skin
  •   Brightening or evening out skin tone
  •   Improving skin texture
  •   Increasing collagen production
  •   Improving mild loss of facial volume
  •   Increasing moisture retention in the skin
  •   Decreasing pore size
  •   Improving acne scars
  •   Reducing signs of sun damage


Who Is a Good Candidate?

Since the blood used in microneedling with PRP comes from the person receiving the treatment, few contraindications exist. Most people are good candidates for the procedure. However, it is important to follow aftercare instructions, including avoiding direct exposure to the sun.

Those with signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles or acne scars and uneven skin tones, can particularly benefit from a boost in collagen levels.

However, microneedling with PRP is not recommended if you’re pregnant, scar easily, have certain skin conditions, have a chronic infection or illness, or have undergone radiation in the past year.


Does It Hurt?

A topical numbing agent is applied to the skin before treatment to help prevent pain.

Although everyone’s threshold for pain is unique, during the microneedling portion of the treatment the punctures are done quickly at surface level, so you should only feel a minimal amount of discomfort.


Is There Any Downtime?

Downtime will vary for each person, but after a microneedling with PRP procedure, you can expect some minor irritation and your skin to be red, dry, or flaky for the first few days.

You should be able to return to work the next day, but avoid strenuous exercise that could increase the risk of swelling. Sweating can irritate your skin.

Avoid swimming pools, saunas, tanning beds, and direct exposure to the sun for a few days. Wearing makeup or using too many skincare products is also not recommended during this time.


How Long Do the Results Last?

After microneedling with PRP, you can expect to see visible signs of skin rejuvenation for approximately one year. You may require more than one treatment to get the results you want. After that, maintenance treatments will help you retain your new, more youthful appearance.


Contact Us to Reveal a More Youthful You!

Limelight Laser and Medical Spa in Cleveland offers a variety of non-invasive, rejuvenating, and corrective treatments and technologies that can provide you with the best results for your face and body.

To learn more about microneedling with PRP and our other services, please call us at (513) 774-2043 or fill out our online form.