Microneedling with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is becoming increasingly popular with celebrities who tout its remarkable anti-aging and rejuvenation benefits. But does it live up to the hype, and will it provide noticeable results for you? Let’s dig into what is being called the “PRP facial” available at Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center in Los Angeles.
Micro-needling uses tiny needles to puncture your skin superficially, which activates your body's own healing process, thereby triggering natural collagen and elastin production. PRP is often used in conjunction with microneedling to boost its effects. A simple blood draw is all you need to improve your results from microneedling.
Microneedling with PRP improves skin health and youthfulness. Microneedling is most commonly used on the face, neck and chest, but it can be used on other troublesome areas across your body where the skin has lost elasticity.
While microneedling can provide wonderful results, you will notice even smoother, more rejuvenated skin when you combine microneedling with PRP. Microneedling itself stimulates the healing processes within your skin, but the addition of PRP further boosts collagen production by allowing plasma that is rich in stem cells and natural growth factors to seep into your skin's cells. When PRP is added, the procedure is the same except that the plasma is applied to the skin before microneedling.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. It is taken from your own blood through a small blood draw. We then separate the plasma from the blood cells via centrifuge. PRP is high in growth factors and proteins that rapidly repair injuries to the skin, heal damage and further improve the amount of collagen in your skin cells. The stem cells in PRP work for several months following treatment to repair skin damage and rejuvenate the tissues.
Hair restoration with PRP is another growing trend for improving thinning hair and stimulating the scalp. When PRP is introduced to a dormant hair follicle, it stimulates hair growth. Men and women benefit from this treatment and avoid costly hair transplant surgeries.
Before the treatment is started, we will cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply a topical numbing gel. We will take a blood draw from your arm and separate out the blood cells from the plasma via centrifuge. The PRP will then be applied before the FDA-cleared SkinPen is used for microneedling. The entire treatment usually takes less than hour. Following the treatment, you can continue your normal activities with no downtime. We do, however, recommend you avoid direct sunlight, as your skin will be sensitive and more prone to sun damage.
Microneedling with PRP can be used on all grades of acne scars to fade or heal them. It can blend very superficial scars into the surrounding tissues and treat the pits associated with acne. Depending on the grade of your acne, you may be able to see a decrease of one to two grades by using a combination of microneedling and PRP.
As you age and experience increased environmental toxins, your skin gradually produces less collagen and elastin, which are the two important pieces in the anti-aging puzzle. Without enough synthesis of these, your skin begins to look thin, fragile, dull and wrinkled. Microneedling with PRP can address all of these concerns while also smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles as well as fading sun spots, melasma and other sources of hyperpigmentation.
Choosing microneedling with PRP comes with more benefits than just smoother, younger-looking skin. Other benefits of this fast, non-invasive procedure are that it provides long-lasting results and a personalized response from using your own plasma.
Despite all of this information, you may still have numerous questions about this treatment and how it will make you look and feel. Getting your questions answered can help you feel more comfortable with the procedure and more confident that your skin will look and feel better than ever. The frequently asked questions and answers below are a good start, but the best way to know exactly how a PRP facial will affect you is to schedule a consultation with one of our providers.
Microneedling with PRP does not use injections beneath the skin but rather very superficial needles to puncture the topmost layer of your skin. It does not require surgery or any other invasive methods to give you great results.
Because microneedling is so superficial, you should have no downtime and be able to continue with your normal activities as soon as the procedure is done. You may have some redness and peeling initially, and you should use plenty of sunscreen and stay out of sunlight as you heal.
Your exact needs may vary based on your personal skin concerns. However, most individuals need three microneedling with PRP sessions to experience the best results.
Microneedling has been used safely for years. Because it does not require incisions or injections, the chance of complications is minimal. PRP is incredibly safe because it uses plasma taken from your own blood. We also use the SkinPen from Bellus Medical, an FDA-cleared micropen.
Are you ready to experience firm, rejuvenated skin? You’ve likely seen many practices in Los Angeles offering microneedling and PRP facials. Why choose Lasky Aesthetics? Our center is owned by a board-certified dermatologist, a board-certified plastic surgeon, and two board-certified facial plastic surgeons. This oversight and expertise ensures the best quality treatments and care, and their attention to detail has brought in some of the best skin care providers in the Los Angeles area.
Contact us today at the Lasky Aesthetics and Laser Center to find out more about microneedling with PRP or to schedule your first appointment.