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.
24 year old treated with PRP Microneedling / facelift
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Are there any side effects to Microneedling PRP?
Side effects from microneedling PRP are generally mild and include redness or irritation on the surface of the skin. Provided that the microneedling with PRP procedure is performed by a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, there is very little chance of serious side effects. However, it is absolutely imperative that the procedure be performed under sterile with a medical professional in order to prevent any severe side effects.
In order to be a good candidate for PRP microneedling, it’s important that the patient doesn’t have any active acne lesions, infections, or cold sores. Furthermore, those with active symptoms of eczema or rosacea, or who are currently taking the acne medication accutane, should avoid PRP microneedling treatment. If you are not a good candidate for PRP microneedling, Dr. Green will be able to discuss other excellent skin rejuvenation treatment options with you.
Does PRP Microneedling really work?
Microneedling with PRP is a proven cosmetic technique to boost the body’s natural collagen and elastin production, enhanced by unique growth factors that provide the skin with renewed smoothness, firmness, and healthy glow. Patient satisfaction is high for those treating acne scarring, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles, and most patients begin to see skin rejuvenation in as little as one treatment.
If you’re frustrated by acne scars, enlarged pores, fine lines or discoloration, PRP with microneedling may be the perfect fit. Dr. Green, in NYC, is an expert in skin rejuvenation and will work with you to create a custom skincare plan that improves the look and feel of your skin. An expert in cosmetic injections, dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels, acne scarring, and lasers, Dr. Green will work with you to find the best combination to revitalize your skin. Please contact board certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about acne scar treatment methods such as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Microneedling from our New York City based practice.