As we age, our skin begins to change. This change is often unwanted, and it can include a loss of elasticity, the development of wrinkles and fine lines, sagging, and more. For those who long for a smoother, more youthful complexion, microneedling with PRP may hold the answer.
Microneedling with PRP: An Overview
During a microneedling session, your provider will create “micro injuries” all over your face. This is done with a dermapen which allows the provider to adjust the depth at which the tiny needles penetrate the skin. These micro injuries signal to the body that repair is necessary, triggering the production of collagen. This leads to a naturally rejuvenating effect.
By tapping into your body’s natural healing potential, microneedling can revitalize the skin and reverse some of the most common signs of aging. These effects are enhanced by the addition of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. PRP is collected from your blood, purified, then massaged into the areas that have been treated with microneedling. Because PRP is rich in human growth factors, it can stimulate a natural healing process, significantly improving your recovery and optimizing your results.
The Benefits of Microneedling with PRP
Microneedling with PRP is popular among patients near Oshkosh, WI. Here are several reasons why:
- It taps into your innate healing capabilities, microneedling with PRP produces natural-looking results.
- The inclusion of PRP usually means that results are more evident more quickly.
- PRP also makes recovery much easier, minimizing swelling and discomfort.
- This treatment offers remarkable results without requiring surgical intervention.
Meet Our Team
At the Wisconsin Institute of Plastic Surgery, our dermatology physician assistants, Colleen Van Egeren, PA-C and Megan MacCarthy, PA-C, have 34 years of combined experience treating various skin conditions. As dermatology specialists, they would love to talk with you about your needs and recommend a skincare treatment program just for you.
What Can Microneedling Treat?
There are a number of conditions that can be effectively treated via microneedling with PRP. Some of the most common reasons why patients seek this treatment include:
- Wrinkles, fine lines, and creases
- Uneven skin tone
- Dull, lifeless complexion
- Acne scars
While microneedling with PRP can be an effective treatment for many of our patients near Oshkosh, WI area, it is not recommended for everyone. Specifically, we would recommend avoiding it if you:
- Are currently pregnant
- Have a history of poor wound healing or of significant scarring
- Currently have a skin condition, such as an active acne outbreak
When you join us for an initial consultation, our dermatology physician assistants will help you determine whether you are qualified for this procedure.
Regular Microneedling vs. Microneedling with PRP
While it is possible to get microneedling without PRP, we believe the addition of PRP significantly enhances the benefits of this treatment. The most significant advantage for patients is that PRP helps promote the natural healing process, which means that it minimizes symptoms and side effects, shortens your recovery time, and optimizes your aesthetic results. The addition of PRP has also been linked with increased benefits to patients seeking to mediate the appearance of acne scars.
Your Microneedling with PRP Appointment: What to Expect
If you have never had a microneedling procedure before, it is only natural to have some questions about what the appointment is like. Here is a general outline of what you can expect.
Before Your Appointment
After we confirm that you are eligible for treatment, we will carefully cleanse your skin. From there, we will apply a topical numbing cream, which ensures that, even as we create micro-injuries across your face, you do not feel any pain or discomfort.
During Your Appointment
Our skin specialists will collect a blood sample from your arm, just as you would experience during a routine physical. The blood is placed into a centrifuge where it is purified, the PRP extracted. The microneedling itself is performed with an FDA-approved dermapen, after which the PRP is gently massaged into your skin. The microneedling with PRP appointment is generally fairly quick, lasting somewhere around 30-60 minutes. Thanks to the topical numbing agent, you should not experience any pain from the procedure.
Recovery from Microneedling with PRP
Following microneedling with PRP, we recommend that you avoid vigorous exercise (or anything that will result in significant sweating) for at least 72 hours. Other than that, you should feel ready to head back into your normal activities. Most patients return to work the day after their microneedling appointment.
You may experience some redness or mild swelling for a few days. These side effects will subside on their own, but feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Learn More About Anti-Aging Treatments near Oshkosh, WI
Ready to learn more about the benefits of microneedling with PRP? Our dermatology physician assistants have over 32 years of experience in skincare and can help answer all your questions. Learn about the other dermatology services we offer near Oshkosh, WI and schedule a consultation with us at (920) 944-6614.