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When it comes to facial rejuvenation, non-invasive cosmetic procedures have become incredibly sought-after, from dermal fillers to microneedling to radiofrequency treatments. Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists to incorporate microneedling with PRP into boutique Upper East Side practice. Fast procedures that revitalize skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and improve skin texture without the need for recovery time? It almost sounds like a dream. Thankfully, with procedures like microneedling with PRP, this dream can be a reality.

Microneedling with PRP is a very popular non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment in the world of dermatology. It uses the body’s natural growth factors and restorative processes to promote smoother, revitalized skin. Microneedling treatment, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses small micro-needles in the skin to engage the body’s healing process, encouraging new collagen production. When combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), the skin is further boosted by your blood’s own growth factors and cytokines which leads to healthy, glowing skin. Due to its incredible nutrients, PRP treatment is also a popular option for those experiencing male and female pattern baldness. When microneedling is combined with PRP, it can improve the appearance of discoloration or acne scarring, as well as create firmer, healthier skin.

If you are looking to reduce acne scars or fine lines, as well as improve the look and feel of your skin, expert NYC cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, is here to help. By combining PRP with microneedling, Botox, Juvederm, lasers, and other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, Dr. Green will customize a skin rejuvenation plan for you to give you the best skin possible. She specializes in the most cutting edge cosmetic treatments that require minimal down time for patients who want to avoid plastic surgery. Dr. Green has been consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. As an expert in anti-aging skin care and treatments and non-invasive lasers, PRP, microneedling, Botox, dermal fillers, acne scars, and cosmetic lasers, Dr. Green will help you get the best cosmetic results today.

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What is PRP Microneedling?

Microneedling is a popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses tiny needles to create “micro-injuries” in the skin. During a microneedling procedure, a microneedling device, commonly seen as a stamp, pen or roller, is applied to the top layer of the dermis. The application of microneedles to the skin induce the natural wound-healing process of the skin, which in turn leads to a boost in new elastin and collagen production. This skin stimulation process is able to reduce the appearance of atrophic acne scars, age spots, fine lines, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and large pores, leading to total skin rejuvenation. It’s an innovative cosmetic treatment with no downtime, making it an excellent facial rejuvenation alternative to plastic surgery.

How is Microneedling enhanced by Platelet-Rich Plasma?

When microneedling treatment occurs, tiny micro-channels are created within the dermis which can allow for deeper penetration of certain topical serums, such as Vitamin C treatment. One of the most popular topical treatments is that of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which uses your body’s own blood cells to further enrich the layers of the skin. During a PRP procedure, a sample of blood cells is placed in a centrifuge to create a unique plasma that contains a higher concentration of platelets than other components of blood. PRP is rich in a variety of growth factors that boost the skin, including:

  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), which regulates cell growth and stimulates fibroblast, a cell that expedites skin healing
  • Transforming Growth Factor (TGF), which promotes the the growth of new blood vessels.
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), which important signaling protein involved in both blood cell growth and development
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF), which promotes new connective tissues in the skin, as well as epithelialization in order to repair injured tissue.
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), which encourages collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis.
  • Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF), which speeds up skin regeneration.

Microneedling with PRP is the ultimate combination, as it creates maximum absorption of these nourishing growth factors through a process that renews the tissues and healing processes of the skin. It is safe for all skin types and skin tones, and requires essentially no downtime.

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What are the benefits of Microneedling PRP?

Microneedling PRP is an enhanced version of collagen induction therapy that maximizes the body’s ability to heal and transform skin. The benefits of Microneedling PRP are vast, and includes:

  • Reducing the appearance of “spider veins” and broken capillaries
  • Shrinking the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Reducing and even erasing acne scarring
  • Evening out skin tone
  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improving the appearance of age spots
  • Reducing the appearance of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • Reducing the appearance of stretch marks
  • Creating healthy, glowing skin
  • Increasing elasticity and firming the surface of the skin

Is PRP better than Microneedling alone?

While microneedling treatment alone has a vast amount of benefits when it comes to facial rejuvenation, combining microneedling with PRP treatment maximizes the collagen induction and wound healing responses of the body, thereby optimizing the body’s ability to create healthy, smooth skin. Thanks to the micro-channels into the dermis created by a microneedling procedure, the skin is able to access the revitalizing components of PRP. PRP is akin to stem cell therapy in that both can regenerate damaged tissues, but PRP is particularly useful for rejuvenating skin surrounding acute injuries, such as the micro-injuries created by a microneedling device. PRP is an incredible tool when it comes to the promotion of cell growth and skin tightening. Many patients are able to reduce the appearance of acne scarring or fine lines with fewer treatments via PRP microneedling than via microneedling alone, but of course Dr. Green will work with you to determine which procedure will be best for your needs.

How long does Microneedling with PRP last?

Microneedling with PRP is often done over the course of several microneedling sessions, and most patients start to see the effectiveness of treatment after their initial treatment takes place. The positive results of PRP microneedling are long-lasting; as the body is able to rely on its own healing processes, results for skin conditions such as acne scarring or discoloration are typically permanent, and further improvements can be made over the course of multiple treatment sessions. The cosmetic results of a single treatment session of microneedling with PRP typically last for approximately three to five months, though it is possible to produce long lasting effects by having several subsequent sessions to establish a healthy foundation for your skin. Dr. Green suggests yearly maintenance sessions of PRP to continue the production of new collagen.

How often can you do Microneedling with PRP?

Microneedling with PRP is safe to do every four weeks, and Dr. Green recommends a minimum of 4 weeks recovery time in order to ensure maximum collagen production between treatments. Though some patients see vast improvement in the quality and appearance of their skin after a single session, most patients opt for between three to five PRP microneedling treatments, spaced around four weeks apart, in order to experience total facial rejuvenation.

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When do you see results from Microneedling with PRP?

The answer to how long it takes to see results from PRP microneedling depends on the individual patient’s initial skin condition and needs. Some patients see results after PRP Microneedling treatment immediately afterwards, whereas others require several sessions before satisfactory results are present. Typically, patients require 3-5 sessions spaced about six weeks apart in order to fully achieve their desired facial rejuvenation.

What is Microneedling with PRP like?

The process for microneedling with PRP is simple and short. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation where she’ll evaluate the current state of your skin and develop a treatment plan based on your wants and needs. Dr. Green will be sure to ask you about your skin’s natural sensitivities, health history, and any underlying skin conditions, as PRP microneedling is inadvisable with certain conditions.

When you come in for a PRP microneedling treatment, a small sample of your blood will be taken and placed into a centrifuge. The centrifuge then isolates the platelets, creating platelet-rich plasma. While the centrifuge is processing the blood sample, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area, which prevents any discomfort during the microneedling procedure. Then, Dr. Green will use a handheld microneedling device over the treatment area to stimulate and open up micro-channels for the skin, creating the perfect canvas for PRP treatment. After the area has been fully treated by the microneedling device, the PRP will be applied to the surface of the skin. The PRP is left on your face after treatment, to maximize its absorption. The whole process in total takes approximately 30 minutes.

After treatment, your skin will likely feel taught and firm, and we recommend that you wait until the next day before cleansing your face in order for maximum absorption of the PRP treatment. Over the course of the next few weeks, your skin’s appearance will continue to improve as new collagen forms. During this time, Dr. Green recommends a daily high-SPF sunscreen, as skin will be very sensitive to the sun.

Does Microneedling PRP require Downtime?

Microneedling PRP requires very little downtime, as patients can resume ordinary activity immediately following treatment. Optimal results require the residue from PRP treatment to stay on the skin for the remainder of the day post-treatment, after which the skin can be cleansed as one normally would. It’s also best to avoid sunlight for 24-48 hours after treatment in order to allow the skin barrier to be fully restored.

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Can I wear makeup after Microneedling with PRP?

Typically, it’s best that you avoid any makeup on the treatment area for at least 24 hours after treatment, as well as any leave-on skincare products, unless advised by Dr. Green. As the skin is engaging its natural healing process, it will be highly sensitive, so it’s best to let the skin breathe. Dr. Green will be sure to address an appropriate post-treatment skincare regimen that maximizes the effects of the PRP microneedling treatment.

Can I workout after PRP Microneedling?

While normal daily activity is fine immediately after PRP microneedling treatment, it is best to avoid strenuous exercise for the first 12 hours post-treatment.

How much does Microneedling with PRP cost?

The cost of your microneedling with PRP treatment will be dependent upon a number of variables. The geographic location of the medical office in which you have treatment, the experience level of the provider who is performing the procedure, and the total number of treatment sessions you have will all contribute to the total cost of your microneedling with PRP treatment.

Which cosmetic treatments can be combine with Microneedling PRP?

Microneedling with PRP is a cosmetic procedure with minimal discomfort or downtime, making it easy to combine with other noninvasive cosmetic procedures to achieve total facial rejuvenation and a refreshed, radiant, youthful appearance. One of the most popular procedures that Dr. Green performs in her NYC office is Thermage for skin tightening. Thermage is the gold standard for laser skin tightening and is used to encourage the production of new collagen in the skin, with no downtime at all. Many patients choose to first have Thermage performed on areas that are most affected by skin laxity such as their face, the neck, and the jowls. A Thermage radiofrequency procedure takes approximately one hour to complete for a given treatment area. Thermage enhances skin elasticity within the skin and since there is no downtime whatsoever, scheduling an appointment for Thermage treatment can be done with ease. Patients who are looking to target an array of skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted hyperpigmentation, and skin laxity would benefit from a combination approach, using microneedling with PRP and Thermage treatments to produce their desired cosmetic results. During a consultation, Dr. Green will help you determine a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique concerns.

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States because of its unmatched ability to smooth dynamic fine lines and wrinkles that result due to repeated facial expressions. Botox is the more well known name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In extremely small doses, Dr. Green injects Botox directly into the specific muscles that cause wrinkles such as frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, furrows, platysmas bands around the neck, and more. As an Allergan platinum injector and one of the most well known Botox injectors in New York City, Dr. Green frequently combines Botox injections with other cosmetic procedures, such as microneedling with PRP, to provide her patients with total facial rejuvenation, helping them to look and feel like the very best version of themselves.

Dermal Fillers are often used as volumizers, helping to restore lost collagen and facial volume. The cosmetic effects of microneedling with PRP can be even further enhanced by combining treatment with dermal filler products, and Dr. Green frequently utilizes dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Sculptra, Restylane, and Belotero for her patients to provide them with phenomenal cosmetic results. Cosmetic dermal filler injectables are able to penetrate deeper layers within the skin than a microneedling tool is able to, restoring volume below the skins surface and helping to contour the face as well as smooth fine lines and wrinkles that are caused by broken down collagen. By combining microneedling with PRP and cosmetic dermal fillers, full facial rejuvenation can be achieved and a smoother, more youthful complexion.

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Does microneedling with prp tighten skin?

Microneedling with PRP helps to increase skin elasticity, providing a tightening effect. Having a PRP microneedling procedure can provide skin tightening benefits more quickly than a microneedling on its own.

Microneedling with PRP is best suited to treating the appearance of very mild skin laxity or sagging skin. To treat more severe skin laxity, there are other skin-tightening procedures available that target deeper layers of the dermis to stimulate collagen production.

Thermage is a treatment that helps tighten and contour skin in a single session with no surgery, no injections, and no downtime. Thermage stimulates the body’s natural renewal process by inducing collagen production, generating a lifting and tightening and providing smoother, firmer skin. When it comes to addressing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin, Thermage is an excellent non-surgical option for both facial and body skin rejuvenation. Results from Thermage are typically seen 2-4 months after treatment and can last for up to two years, making it an excellent low-maintenance option for effortless and natural beauty.

What does microneedling with prp do?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that is designed to stimulate collagen production within the skin, ultimately reducing or preventing the development of signs of aging. During the procedure, ultra fine needles are used to create micro injuries in the skin. The natural wound healing process of the skin causes collagen and elastin to be produced, creating a smooth, firm, supple appearance that is more even in both tone and texture. The effects of microneedling can be further enhanced by utilization of PRP- Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP is obtained from a sample of the patient’s own blood, and contains a number of growth factors that boost collagen growth and help with skin regeneration, among other benefits. PRP therapy can be used to improve the overall complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and other textural irregularities- even surgical scars!

Does prp microneedling help with jowls?

Jowls are the excess skin on the lower part of the face, often sagging in appearance and can contribute to a prematurely aged look. To correct the appearance of sagging jowls, the optimal method of treatment should produce a skin tightening effect.

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How long until I can see results from microneedling with PRP?

After having a treatment of microneedling with PRP, you can expect to observe cosmetic results anywhere between four to six weeks later. Many patients, however, notice that they have a reduced pore size immediately upon completion of a treatment.

Are there any side effects to Microneedling PRP?

The most common side effects associated with having a treatment of microneedling with PRP are generally mild and include a moderate amount of skin redness or irritation on the surface level of the skin. Provided that the microneedling with PRP procedure is performed by a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, there is very little chance of encountering any serious side effects. However, it is absolutely imperative that the procedure be performed under sterile conditions with a medical professional in order to prevent any severe side effects. Though it may be less costly to have a microneedling treatment performed in a setting such as a medical spa, it is always better to trust a board certified medical professional to perform your cosmetic treatments to ensure that results are satisfactory and that the procedure is executed to meet high standards.

Who is a good candidate for Microneedling with PRP treatment?

In order to be a good candidate for PRP microneedling, it is important that the patient doesn’t have any active acne lesions, infections, or cold sores. Furthermore, those who are experiencing any active symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea, or who those are currently taking the oral acne medication Accutane (oral isotretinoin), should simply avoid having a PRP microneedling treatment. If you are not a good candidate for having a treatment of PRP with microneedling, Dr. Green will be able to recommend a number of other excellent minimally invasive or noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatment options with you that will provide you with your desired cosmetic outcomes.

Does PRP Microneedling really work?

Microneedling with PRP is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment technique that has been proven to boost the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. The treatment is even further enhanced by the employment of unique growth factors in the plasma that provide the skin with renewed smoothness, firmness, and a healthy, radiant glow. Patient satisfaction is high for those who are treating the appearance of acne scarring, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles, with Microneedling with PRP. As an added bonus, most patients begin to see substantial skin rejuvenation in as little as one treatment session.

How do I get started with PRP Microneedling today?

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of skin concerns such as textual or pigmented acne scars, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, or skin discoloration, then PRP with microneedling may just be the perfect solution for you. Dr. Michele Green is a board certified expert in total skin rejuvenation and will work with you in her boutique New York City office, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to create a customized treatment and skincare plan that will be guaranteed to improve the overall look and feel of your skin. As a world renowned authority in noninvasive facial rejuvenation – in dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels, RF microneedling, microneedling with PRP and lasers to reduce the appearance of acne scarring – Dr. Green will have the best solution for you.

Dr. Michele Green takes pride in the relationships that she establishes with each of her patients and will work with you to find the best combination of treatments to revitalize your skin. Whether is is the correct skin care, or other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, Dr. Green specializes in non-invasive treatments with little recovery time. Please contact board certified comsetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green online today or call our New York City based office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about minimally invasive and noninvasive cosmetic treatment methods such as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Microneedling and how they can be used to help you look and feel like the absolute best version of yourself.

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