Platelet-Rich Plasma has gone from a relatively obscure role as a “secret ingredient” used by orthopedic surgeons to help patients heal better and faster to one of the most asked-for skin rejuvenation treatments available today. PRP shines in that starring role because it is both effective and very versatile. But it also earns applause when it co-stars with other treatments, microneedling in particular. Here’s why.
What’s So Great about PRP?
It’s all about you, literally. PRP is derived from a small sample of your own blood, so there’s never a question about safety or potential adverse reaction. It’s a simple, in-office process to prepare the PRP. We usually use it as an injectable, placing the plasma exactly where its growth factors can do their best work stimulating production of new collagen and blood flow for healthier, smoother looking skin.
The Platelet-Rich Plasma contains growth and healing properties which promote increased collagen production and faster cellular turnover. Because PRP uses your own blood, it makes a great alternative to or combined with traditional fillers that help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
PRP can help with overall skin rejuvenation, but we specifically use it to improve:
- Sun damage and other pigmentation problems
- Wrinkles, including deep facial lines
- Stretch marks
- Hair Loss
What’s So Great about Microneedling?
Microneedling is another popular skin rejuvenation technique that has been around for some time. At Image Surgical Arts, we offer the most advanced type of microneedling, Vivace RF. Unlike alternative methods, Vivace combines traditional needling with radiofrequency (RF) technology plus blue and red light to treat skin faster and more effectively.
Vivace RF microneedling is safe for all skin types and tones, so as with PRP, everyone is a good candidate. We use Vivace to expertly:
- Diminish the appearance of stretch marks and other types of scarring
- Tighten skin
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce red, rough skin from rosacea
Combining PRP with Microneedling
You might say PRP and microneedling are made for one another. After all, they have so much in common, yet each brings its own special something to the relationship. We can’t say it’s pure magic because every patient is different and responds to treatments in their own way. But we are impressed enough by this combination to recommend it, and that speaks volumes.
Did you notice how similar the lists above are, in terms of skin issues that PRP and microneedling can address? When we add PRP to microneedling treatment, patients usually see faster initial healing and enhanced longer-term results as the body goes to work producing new skin cells.
It’s easy to add PRP, too. Collecting your blood sample and processing it takes only a few minutes. And since microneedling is generally used to treat larger areas, we don’t inject it, we just smear it over the treated area – in an entirely professional manner, of course! In all seriousness, the reason we apply PRP topically after microneedling is because the tiny pinpricks create microscopic funnels that draw the PRP below the skin’s surface. The PRP can get right to work helping to promote healing and new skin cell production.
Get Dual Results - Ask for PRP
Since platelet-rich plasma is so amenable to combining with microneedling, we nearly always offer this option to our patients at Image Surgical Arts. But you don’t have to wait for that, ask about adding PRP when you schedule your personal consultation with our team.