Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): a topical treatment can be added to SkinPen® Microneedling or Procell™ MicroChanneling, or most any treatment for an additional cost. The blood will be drawn, usually from your arm by a phlebotomist, while your treatment area is numbing. The vial is then put into a centrifuge, which separates the PRP from other components of the blood. It may improve the healing and decrease the duration of redness and swelling. PRP may boost the effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no limitations for these microneedling with PRP treatments at ReDerm MD Medical Spa. Just about anyone would benefit from this skin-improving process. You can have microneedling regardless of your skin color or skin type, as well, because it doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, as many laser skin procedures can. Patients cannot have any skin infections or active skin cancer growths. That’s about the only restriction.
Microneedling can be used across the face and body. That’s one reason we use the SkinPen at ReDerm. We can adjust the depth of the microneedle penetration to match the area of the skin. For instance, skin on the forehead is much thinner than skin on the cheeks, so we adjust for both. We perform microneedling with PRP on these areas:
- Upper arms
- Backs of the hands
Platelets in human blood are amazing little healing powerhouses. We put them to work in platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Here’s how it works. We take a sample of your blood and place it in a centrifuge. We separate out the red blood cells. This leaves a concentrated mix of plasma, white blood cells, and blood platelets.
Then we perform microneedling on your target areas. After the microneedling, your skin has hundreds of microscopic channels down into the dermis, making it the perfect time to apply PRP to those areas. The PRP can make its way down into the skin and add the power of platelets and white blood cells to the skin improvement mix.
Blood platelets are the key to healing wounds, and PRP has four times the number of platelets than in regular blood. Platelets promote healing, tissue regeneration, and new cellular growth. When PRP is reinjected into the facial skin, the serum triggers a wound response in the body, which then creates new collagen and elastin for months following your procedure. Since collagen and elastin are responsible for making human skin firm, yet supple, this is how PRP acts to rejuvenate skin.
It’s thought that the numerous protein growth factors in PRP play a key role:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) — Promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, and collagen production.
- Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF) — This is the regulator of normal physiology in nearly every type of cell in the human body.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) — Promotes growth and generation of vascular endothelial cells.
- Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-b) — Promotes growth of skin cells and blood vessels necessary for wound healing.
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) — Promotes growth of new skin cells, would healing, and collagen production.
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2) — Promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessels.
Because the SkinPen opens up hundreds of microscopic channels through the epidermis down into the dermis layer of the skin, it’s the perfect time to apply topical products, as they can easily get past the outer layer of the skin. PRP is the ultimate topical product. The growth factors and platelets can get down into the dermis and really get to work improving the skin in the area. PRP gives microneedling a real boost.
Your skin will be smoother, firmer, and will have more volume once the platelets and growth factors get to work. These changes will last for up to a year. But the aging process will continue, so you’ll want to plan regular maintenance PRP treatments to keep the collagen and elastin boost ongoing.
Since your body builds new collagen, elastin, and skin cells, you need to give it time to get down to business. Our patients like to schedule microneedling with PRP in a series of 3-6 treatments. This provides great skin firming and improved texture. These treatments should be spaced about every 4-6 weeks, as this is about the duration of the increase in collagen and elastin.