Dull skin and fine lines are some of the inevitable signs of aging. If you are bothered by these issues, then you may be looking for a non-invasive treatment that can restore and repair your skin. Microneedling with PRP injections is an innovative treatment we offer at Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA. This treatment offers multiple anti-aging and skin rejuvenation benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Microneedling With PRP Injections?
Microneedling with PRP injections stimulates your body’s natural healing response. This treatment is ideal for repairing, restoring, and rejuvenating damaged skin. And if you would like to minimize signs of skin aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment can also make your skin look younger.
Boosts Collagen Production
The natural aging process causes our skin to lose collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that maintains the healthy, youthful look of our skin. When we lose collagen due to aging, our skin gradually develops wrinkles, fine lines, and a dull appearance.
Microneedling is a collagen-induction treatment that creates micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries trigger the body to produce new collagen that supports the structure of the skin, in addition to healing scars and other types of damage.
Repairs Damaged Skin
Adding PRP injections to your collagen induction treatment helps further repair damaged skin. PRP contains growth factors and other blood components that can improve your skin health. On its own, collagen induction therapy can give you amazing results, but the addition of PRP enhances your results.
Targets Multiple Skin Concerns
Collagen induction therapy with PRP is a powerful treatment that can tackle multiple skin concerns in just one treatment. The treatment is not only good for repairing damaged skin, and it can also minimize the signs of aging. Those with age spots, fine lines, and uneven skin tone can benefit from this powerful treatment.
Offers a Convenient Treatment Experience
Microneedling with PRP injections does not require surgery, incisions, or general anesthesia. Your treatment session can be completed in as little as two hours. Our staff will make sure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your treatment.
And because the treatment is non-invasive, there’s no need to set aside time for recovery. You’ll be able to attend to your daily activities as you wait for your skin to heal from the treatment.
Delivers Long-Lasting Results
One of the most impressive benefits of our skin rejuvenating treatment is that it offers long-term results. The healthier, smoother, and firmer skin that you’ll achieve from this treatment will not fade in a matter of days or weeks. The treatment takes advantage of your body’s natural ability to rejuvenate your skin. You can expect results that only get better over time.
How Does the Treatment Work?
Collagen induction therapy works by triggering your body’s natural healing processes. Using a microneedling device, we create a series of controlled micro-injuries that are just deep enough to reach the dermal layers of your skin. Right after the treatment, your body starts producing new collagen and rebuilding healthy skin tissues. Over time, your skin becomes firmer and more elastic, while blemishes and fine lines gradually fade.
Adding PRP injections to your collagen induction therapy takes your treatment results to the next level. Platelet-rich plasma is a natural component of your blood that contains healing and growth factors. By adding PRP to your microneedling treatment, you can expect a faster healing process and improved skin cell turnover. This makes the treatment highly effective for acne scars and other types of skin damage.
Preparing for Your Treatment
It’s easy to prepare for your treatment. First, we’ll ensure that your treatment areas are free of infections, lesions, or acne breakouts. Your skin should be in its healthiest condition. Next, we will advise you to avoid direct sun exposure for about a day or two before your treatment. You may wear sunscreen if you need to go outdoors. Using skincare products with exfoliants and retinoids must be avoided before and after your treatment.
On the day of your treatment, you can keep your treatment area clean and free of cosmetics, lotions, and other products. If you have sensitive skin, you may take Tylenol about an hour before getting the treatment. Nevertheless, the treatment itself isn’t meant to be uncomfortable, and we will use a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort throughout our session. You’ll only feel superficial, temporary sensations.
Your Treatment Session
By combining PRP with collagen induction therapy, you can expect a more efficient treatment experience. We can complete your treatment in as little as 30 minutes. In general, your treatment session will involve taking a small amount of your blood for PRP extraction, numbing your target areas, and performing microneedling with PRP.
To start your treatment, we will extract PRP from your blood sample. A centrifuge is used to spin your blood and separate the PRP component. Meanwhile, we will prepare your treatment areas by applying a topical numbing agent. The PRP serum is first applied to your skin, then we’ll use a handheld SkinPen to create tiny injuries for the PRP to enter the deeper layers of your skin.
How To Care for Your Skin After Your Treatment
For the first 24 hours after getting the treatment, you should take good care of your skin. Right after your session, your skin will have micro-injuries that are still open.
To prevent irritation or inflammation, you should follow the following safety instructions:
- Avoid washing your face with hot water
- Avoid extreme heat
- Clean your face with gentle soap
- Use gentle moisturizers
- Avoid direct sun exposure
- Do not exfoliate your skin
- Avoid harsh skincare products
By keeping your skin moisturized after your treatment, you can accelerate the healing process and see the benefits of your treatment much sooner. Your unhealthy and damaged skin cells will soon shed or peel away, and you’ll see a fresher layer of moisturized, healthy-looking skin. Using gentle products during your skin’s healing process will also help ensure that you achieve the best results.
When Will You See the Results?
It’s possible to notice subtle results in as little as one to three days after the treatment. However, these are only initial results that may gradually fade in the coming week. The final results of your treatment may not show until two to four weeks after your treatment. This is usually the time that it takes for your body to produce new collagen and repair your skin.
Over time, the improvements in your appearance will get better as new collagen forms in your skin. The treatment will not stop the aging process, but it can delay or prevent fine lines from forming or deepening. And by taking good care of your skin and overall health, you can experience the best of what our rejuvenating treatment has to offer.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Our team will personalize your treatment plan based on your skin condition and concerns. If you have superficial issues such as uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, one to two treatments may be all you need to see visible results.
However, if you have more advanced concerns like acne scarring and fine lines, you may need a series of three to five treatments to achieve significant changes in your skin.
Will You Need Maintenance Treatments?
Treatments are usually scheduled a month apart until you have achieved your desired results. We can then schedule touch-up treatments based on how well you are maintaining your results. For example, you may need touch-up treatments every three to four months if you are trying to minimize signs of skin aging. You may also combine the treatment with other anti-aging solutions.
In some cases, the results of your treatment are permanent and you will not require maintenance treatments to tackle the same issue. If you have atrophic acne scars, for example, your faded acne scars are not expected to come back because the new collagen produced by the treatment can be sufficient to heal your acne scars.
Restore, Repair, and Rejuvenate Your Skin
PRP microneedling offers amazing benefits when it comes to improving the overall appearance of your skin. If you are ready to look your best by tapping into your body’s natural healing processes, this treatment might be perfect for you. Contact Prizant Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA to learn whether you are a good candidate for our skin rejuvenation treatment. We’ll carefully examine your skin and listen to your concerns so we can provide you with the best treatment experience.