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When it comes to facial rejuvenation, non-invasive cosmetic procedures have become incredibly sought-after. A quick, non-invasive procedure that revitalizes the skin, is enhanced by the body’s own growth factors, and that does not require any extensive recovery time almost sounds too good to be true. Thanks to microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), it is a reality. Microneedling with PRP can be used to target a myriad of skin conditions including fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and stretch marks, among others. Dr. Michele Green in New York City was one of the first dermatologists to incorporate microneedling with PRP into the customized facial rejuvenation treatment plans of her patients from around the globe to provide an overall smoother, brighter, healthier complexion.

Also known as collagen induction therapy, PRP Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure for skin rejuvenation that takes advantage of the body’s natural growth factors and restorative processes to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. Dr. Green uses a handheld device to apply a set of micro-needles to the skin’s surface to induce the natural wound healing process. The platelet-rich plasma, packed with beneficial growth factors, is then applied to the skin to accelerate and enhance the process. The result is an improvement in both the skin texture and tone and a healthy, diminished signs of aging, and a healthy, radiant glow that lasts.

If you are looking for a way to revitalize your skin or reduce the appearance of signs of aging, stretch marks, or acne scars, microneedling with PRP may be the cosmetic solution for you. To prevent unwanted side effects and ensure ideal results, it is important to choose an expert to perform your microneedling treatments. Dr. Michele Green in NYC is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing patients with the best non-invasive solutions for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors, and is internationally renowned for her holistic approach and ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to treatment. Dr. Green develops customized treatment plans that integrate the cosmetic procedures and skincare products best suited to the unique needs of each individual patient to deliver optimal anti-aging, revitalizing results.

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What is PRP Microneedling?

Microneedling, a popular cosmetic procedure also known as collagen induction therapy, is a popular facial treatment for skin rejuvenation that entails the use of a handheld device containing tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This cosmetic treatment stimulates the natural wound healing process of the skin which boosts the production of new collagen and elastin. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a serum that is applied topically to the skin once the provider performing the treatment has created micro-channels in the skin with the microneedling device. PRP is collected by taking a sample of the patient’s own blood, spinning it in the centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood, and drawing up the plasma into sterile syringes for application. The growth factors in the plasma contribute to improving the results observed from a microneedling treatment. This innovative facial treatment can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, surgical scars, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and more, making it a powerful non-invasive cosmetic treatment option for patients looking for total skin rejuvenation. Additionally, since there is very little if any downtime involved with the procedure, patients are able to schedule a treatment session with ease.

How is Microneedling enhanced by Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

When microneedling treatment is performed, tiny micro-channels are created within the epidermis which can allow for deeper penetration of certain topical serums, such as Vitamin C treatment. One of the most popular topical treatments to use in conjunction with microneedling is that of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which uses growth factors derived from your body’s own blood 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 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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Which Skin Conditions does Microneedling with PRP Treat?

Microneedling with PRP, also known as collagen induction therapy, can be used to treat patient’s with any skin tone and skin type for a wide range of skin concerns. Below is list detailing some of the most common skin conditions treated with PRP microneedling in the dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green in New York City:

  • Acne Scars
  • Surgical Scars
  • Sun Damage
  • Hyperpigmentation and Discoloration
  • Irregularities in skin texture including large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Dull skin tone
  • Stretch marks
  • Age Spots

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

What does microneedling with PRP do?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that is designed to stimulate new elastin and collagen production within the skin, ultimately reducing or preventing the development of various 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 stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, creating a smooth, firm, supple appearance that is more even in both tone and texture. The effects of microneedling treatment 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 enhancing skin regeneration. PRP therapy combined with microneedling can be used to effectively improve the overall complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and other textural irregularities- even surgical scars! If you’re unsure as to whether or not microneedling with PRP is the right cosmetic procedure for achieving your goals, the best step is to consult with board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the world with the most cutting-edge treatments and innovative techniques, and will recommend the cosmetic procedures that will do the most for the look and feel of your skin.

Microneedling treatment for acne scars

Acne scars form as a result of irreparable damage to the underlying skin tissue that is caused by inflammation associated with acne lesions. As part of the wound healing process that occurs in response to inflammatory breakouts, new collagen production is induced. An acne scar develops when an an inappropriate amount of collagen, either too much or too little, is made during healing. Atrophic acne scars are the most common type of acne scar patients experience and are connected to volume loss due to underproduction of collagen. Microneedling with PRP is an excellent cosmetic treatment option for patients that are interested in resolving the appearance of their moderate atrophic acne scars. The procedure stimulates new collagen production that is necessary for restoring lost volume and evening the texture of the skin. Patients with severe atrophic acne scars often benefit from combining microneedling treatments with treatment sessions of subcision with dermal fillers. To achieve ideal results, patients typically require a series of microneedling treatments. When you consult with Dr. Green to treat your acne scars, she will work with you to determine which unique combination of cosmetic treatments will provide you with smooth, healthy, clear skin that lasts.

What is Microneedling with PRP like?

It can be difficult to anticipate what the procedure for microneedling with PRP will be like for the first time. Luckily, the process for having microneedling with PRP is fairly straightforward. Before any cosmetic treatment is performed, it is required to first have an initial consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss in-depth your skin concerns and overall cosmetic goals. Dr. Green will then evaluate your current skin condition and work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your wants and needs. Dr. Green will inquire about your skin’s natural sensitivities, health history, and any underlying skin conditions. If you are a good candidate for microneedling with PRP treatment, the procedure may be performed on the same day or scheduled for a later date, depending on preference and time allowance.

On the day of your microneedling treatment, a topical numbing cream should be applied to the skin of the treatment area one hour in advance of the appointment. Allowing the numbing cream to take effect will help to prevent any potential discomfort for the patient during the microneedling procedure. When you come in for a PRP microneedling treatment session, a small sample of your blood will be taken and placed into a centrifuge to be spun. The centrifuge then isolates the platelets, creating platelet-rich plasma. The plasma that is separated from the red blood cells is collected for application to the skin during microneedling. Then, Dr. Green will use a handheld microneedling device over the treatment area to create micro-injuries in the skin. The process stimulates new collagen production and the micro-channels created in the skin’s surface provide the perfect canvas for PRP treatment. After the area has been fully treated by the microneedling device, the PRP serum will be topically applied to the surface of the skin. The PRP is left on the face after treatment to maximize its absorption. The whole process in total takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

After treatment, it can be expected that skin will feel taught and firm. It is recommended that patients do not cleanse their skin until the next day after their treatment session in order to guarantee maximum absorption of the PRP treatment. When you have a PRP microneedling treatment with Dr. Green, she will provide you with specific aftercare instructions in order to achieve and maintain ideal cosmetic results. 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 using a daily broad spectrum, SPF 50 sunscreen, as skin will be very sensitive to the sun during the wound healing process post-treatment.

Who is a good candidate for Microneedling with PRP treatment?

A good candidate for microneedling with PRP is an overall healthy individual who is seeking to improve the appearance of a skin condition such as acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or stretch marks. A patient should refrain from having a microneedling with PRP treatment if they are experiencing any active acne breakouts, skin infections, or cold sore lesions. Additionally, any individuals who are currently taking the oral acne medication Accutane or that have any active symptoms of a a skin condition such as eczema or rosacea should avoid having a PRP microneedling treatment. Efficacy and safety of treatment has not been evaluated in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding and is not recommended. When you consult with Dr. Green in NYC to develop your customized facial rejuvenation treatment plan, she will work with you to determine the best cosmetic procedures for addressing your skin concerns and inform you whether you are a good candidate for having treatment with microneedling with PRP. If Dr. Green finds that microneedling with PRP is not a suitable cosmetic treatment for you, she will be able to recommend a non-invasive treatment as an alternative that will provide you with your desired cosmetic outcomes.

Is Microneedling with PRP better than Microneedling alone?

While microneedling treatment alone can provide a vast amount of skin benefits when it comes to facial rejuvenation, combining microneedling with PRP treatment maximizes the amount of new collagen produced and enhances the wound healing responses of the body, thereby optimizing the body’s ability to create new healthy skin cells and enhancing the skin rejuvenation results. The micro-channels in the skin that are created by the microneedling device allow skin to access the revitalizing components of the PRP once it is applied to the surface of the skin. 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. The majority of patients are able to significantly reduce the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation with fewer treatments of microneedling with PRP than with microneedling alone, although each patient presents with their own unique skin concerns and aesthetic goals. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to fully understand your specific skin concerns and help you determine which cosmetic procedure or unique combination of procedures would be best to address your needs and provide you with your ideal results.

How long does Microneedling with PRP last?

To get the ideal cosmetic results, microneedling with PRP is often done over the course of several treatment 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.

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How often should you do Microneedling with PRP?

Microneedling with PRP is safe to do every four weeks, and Dr. Green recommends a 4 week 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 to engage in three to five PRP microneedling treatments, spaced around four weeks apart, in order to maximize their cosmetic results and experience total facial rejuvenation. One of the greatest benefits of having PRP microneedling treatments with a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Michele Green in NYC, is that your facial rejuvenation treatment plan is monitored by an expert and can be adjusted as necessary. The non-invasive nature of microneedling treatment makes it easy to combine with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and a dermatologist like Dr. Green can customize your approach so that it is perfectly suited to your specific skin concerns and goals.

What else is PRP used for?

The growth factors that are found in platelet-rich plasma are associated with numerous skin benefits, making it an exceptional addition to a microneedling treatment session. The benefits of PRP, however, are not limited to facial rejuvenation. Male and female patients who are experiencing symptoms of hair loss or hair thinning can also improve their condition through the use of PRP. The process for collecting the PRP is similar when it is to be used for microneedling or for hair loss treatment. Dr. Green will consult with you regarding the hair loss/thinning prior to any treatment is performed. Once deemed an appropriate candidate for the procedure, a sample of the patient’s blood is collected and spun in the centrifuge to separate the growth factor-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma is then drawn up and injected by Dr. Green into the scalp. The PRP improves the health of the hair follicles, creating a healthy foundation for hair to grow from and pushing the follicles from the resting phase into the growth phase. A series of four PRP treatment sessions, spaced at one month intervals, is typically recommended for patients to observe the best, long-lasting results. If you struggle with hair loss, PRP may be the solution you’re after!

Does Microneedling PRP require downtime?

Microneedling with PRP is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves almost no downtime. Patients are able to resume their ordinary daily activities immediately following their microneedling treatment. To achieve optimal results, it is necessary to allow the residue from PRP treatment to stay on the skin for the remainder of the day post-treatment. After, skin can be cleansed with a gentle cleanser. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure for 24-48 hours following the treatment in order to allow the skin barrier to be fully restored.

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Can I wear makeup after Microneedling with PRP?

It’s best to avoid applying makeup to the treatment area for at least 24 hours after having a microneedling with PRP treatment session. In addition, patients should refrain from using their usual skincare products for three days, unless advised by Dr. Green. After microneedling, the skin is engaging in the natural healing process. During this time, skin is sensitive, and it is best to let skin breathe and use gentle, non-exfoliating skincare products. When you work with Dr. Green, she will be sure to address an appropriate post-treatment skincare regimen that maximizes the effects of the PRP microneedling treatment. Typically, patients are recommended to use a potent hyaluronic acid serum and gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer following treatment to keep skin hydrated, healthy, and protected while healing and stimulating new collagen production.

Can I workout after PRP Microneedling?

Since microneedling with PRP is a minimally invasive treatment that does not involve significant downtime, it is completely okay to resume normal daily activities upon completion of the procedure. However, it is best to avoid any strenuous exercise for the first 12 hours post-treatment. When you work with Dr. Green to have your PRP microneedling treatments, you will be provided thorough instructions to adhere to before and after your procedure.

How much does Microneedling with PRP cost?

The cost of your microneedling with PRP treatment will be dependent upon a number of contributing factors. 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. When you work with Dr. Green in NYC, she will help you to develop a personalized facial rejuvenation treatment plan that incorporates the cosmetic procedures and skincare products that are best-suited to addressing your skin concerns and within your budget.

Which cosmetic treatments can be combined 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 is a cosmetic treatment that works wonderfully to target a host of different skin conditions including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, surgical scars, and acne scars, among others. Additionally, since the treatment does induce new collagen production, it can help increase the skin’s elasticity, providing a skin-tightening effect. Microneedling with PRP is best suited to treating the appearance of very mild skin laxity. To treat skin laxity that is more severe, there are other skin-tightening procedures available that can be used to target the deeper layers of the dermis to stimulate collagen production.

Thermage is a radiofrequency treatment that helps tighten and contour skin in a single treatment session without the need for any invasive surgery (such as a face lift), no injections, and no downtime involved whatsoever. Through heat application, Thermage stimulates the body’s natural renewal process by inducing collagen production. This process results in a lifting and tightening effect, as well as provides smoother, firmer skin that is more youthful in appearance. When it comes to simultaneously addressing the appearance of fine lines and loose, sagging skin, Thermage is an excellent non-surgical option for both facial and body skin rejuvenation. Patients can treat areas such as the face, neck, décolletage, abdomen, thighs, and upper arms. 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 beauty. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will evaluate the degree of skin laxity that you present with and recommend the treatment best suited to you.

Does PRP microneedling help with jowls?

Microneedling with PRP is a cosmetic treatment that can improve the appearance of many skin conditions including, but not limited to, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, acne scars, and enlarged pores. As a result of the new collagen production that is stimulated in response to microneedling treatment, the procedure can help to improve the overall elasticity of skin. Jowls are the excess skin on the lower part of the face, often sagging in appearance, that can contribute to a prematurely aged look. To correct the appearance of sagging jowls, the optimal method of treatment should be associated with a strong skin-tightening effect. While microneedling treatment with PRP can improve skin elasticity, the jowl area typically requires a more targeted treatment to achieve ideal results. For patients that are looking to tighten their skin and reduce the appearance of sagging jowls, Dr. Green often recommends Thermage radiofrequency treatment.

Thermage is a non-invasive laser treatment for facial rejuvenation that is designed to tighten and firm skin in a single treatment session. By heating the deeper layers of the dermis, Thermage stimulates the production of new collagen. Collagen is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin that gives it a firm foundation and contributes to an overall youthful appearance. As part of the aging process, collagen levels are depleted over time. Thermage restores a youthful appearance by inducing new collagen production, resulting in firmer, tighter, smoother skin. There is no downtime associated with the procedure, with results lasting for up to two years in duration. If skin laxity or loose jowls are of concern to you, Dr. Green will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that is best suited to addressing your concerns and achieving your cosmetic goals.

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 the skin concerns they would like to address. Some patients observe improvement in their skin tone and skin texture immediately after their first PRP microneedling treatment, whereas others require several treatment sessions before achieving their ideal results. Immediately upon completion of the microneedling with PRP treatment, patients may experience some mild facial redness that resolves on its own.

Patients may begin to observe some initial results within the first three weeks after treatment. Patients can expect to see the final cosmetic results of a treatment session anywhere between four to six weeks after the procedure, as new collagen and elastin are being continually being produced. The majority of patients who are treated with PRP microneedling choose to undergo a short series of 3-6 treatments to optimize their cosmetic results. Every treatment plan is completely customizable so that it best suits your skin needs and goals, and Dr. Green will work with you to ensure you see the results that you’re after.

What are the side effects of microneedling with PRP?

As it is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, one of the greatest benefits of microneedling with PRP is that there are minimal, if any, side effects that patients may encounter when having the procedure. The most commonly experienced side effects of PRP microneedling are generally mild and resolve on their own shortly after treatment. These side effects include moderate skin redness, dryness, or irritation on the surface level of the skin. Provided that the microneedling with PRP procedure is performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, there is very little chance of encountering any serious side effects. More serious side effects can include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and even scarring. Although it may be less costly to have a microneedling treatment performed in a setting such as a medical spa, it is always advised to entrust a board-certified medical professional to perform your microneedling with PRP procedure in order to ensure that the results are satisfactory and that the procedure is executed to meet high standards.

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Does Microneedling with PRP really work?

Yes! When a board-certified dermatologist performs your microneedling with PRP treatment, the process effectively improves both the tone and texture of skin. Microneedling with PRP is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that has been approved by the FDA for facial rejuvenation. The treatment has been shown to boost the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin by activating the wound healing process. The process of new collagen production is further enhanced through the addition of platelet rich plasma. PRP contains powerful growth factors that provide the skin with renewed smoothness, firmness, and a healthy, radiant glow. Additionally, the treatment is able to target a myriad of skin conditions including the appearance of dull skin, acne scarring, age/sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks, and more. As an added bonus, most patients observe substantial skin rejuvenation results after just a single treatment session. After a short series of microneedling with PRP treatments, patients notice that their complexion is smoother, brighter, and healthier. To best protect your skin after having a PRP microneedling treatment, Dr. Green recommends using a potent hyaluronic acid serum and gentle, non-irritating moisturizer in the days following your procedure.

What is stem cell microneedling?

Microneedling with stem cells is a cutting-edge cosmetic procedure that takes advantage of the high concentration of growth factors found in stem cells to increase the facial rejuvenation results of collagen induction therapy. The process is similar to that of microneedling with PRP, except that the product containing stem cells is manufactured in advance and there is no need to collect any blood sample from the patient during the appointment. The same type of microneedling device is used to create controlled, microscopic punctures in the skin that stimulate the production of collagen. Stem cell treatment is applied to the skin instead of PRP and works to rejuvenate and protect skin as it heals. In terms of which treatment is better- microneedling with PRP or stem cells, the answer is that it depends. Both PRP and stem cells can boost the effects of your microneedling treatment.

The efficacy of your microneedling treatment will ultimately depend on the experience level and expertise of the provider that is performing your procedure. The reason is that other factors involved with treatment contribute to the overall outcome including the number of passes and depth of treatment. To prevent any unwanted or undesirable effects and to ensure the best cosmetic results, whether having stem cell or PRP microneedling, it is best to have treatment with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist. When you consult with Dr. Green in her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding your personal skin concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that encompasses your needs, combining a unique combination of in-office treatments and specially formulated skincare products to provide you with the ideal results.

Microneedling with Depigmentation Serum for Melasma

The micro-channels in the skin that are created during the microneedling treatment allow for enhanced absorption of specialized serums. Platelet-rich-plasma is an excellent option, but for patients that are primarily interested in treating hyperpigmentation, pairing microneedling with a depigmenting serum provides exceptional results. Whether it be melasma, sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or pigmented acne scars, a microneedling facial treatment with depigmenting serum is a safe and effective treatment for achieving a more even-toned complexion. The depigmenting serum used in the private dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green is a unique blend of powerful yet gentle skin-brightening agents that work against melanocyte activity in the skin. The result is an even-toned complexion with an observable reduction in hyperpigmentation. Patients enjoy that after their microneedling treatment with depigmenting serum, their skin is more radiant and has a healthy glow that lasts. If you are struggling with the appearance of pigmneted acne scars, melasma, sunspots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, consult with Dr. Green regarding microneedling with depigmenting serum.

Is PRP microneedling worth it?

Combining microneedling treatment with PRP allows for maximum absorption of the epidermal growth factors within the plasma, leading to an accelerated healing time as well as optimized results. Patients that are interested in improving their skin tone and skin texture, or reducing the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, sun damage, or signs of aging, may greatly benefit from a short series of microneedling treatments. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green at her private dermatology office located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in depth regarding all of your specific skin concerns and overall aesthetic goals. She will then work with you to create a customized treatment plan that incorporates the combination of cosmetic procedures and skincare products best suited to addressing your unique concerns and achieving your ideal results, so that whichever combination of non-invasive cosmetic treatments you engage with is guaranteed to be worth it.

What to expect after microneedling with PRP

Microneedling treatment is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, meaning that there are few potential side effects associated and a relatively short downtime. Following a PRP microneedling treatment, patients can expect to observe facial redness and swelling in the treated areas immediately upon completion of the procedure that resolve on their own within several days. It is important to limit sun exposure to the treated area after PRP microneedling, as the skin will be more photosensitive as it undergoes the healing process. Using proper sun protection and the appropriate skincare products are important during the healing process, too. A gentle cleanser, hyaluronic acid serum, and nourishing, non-comedogenic moisturizer are recommended, and patients should refrain from harsh skincare products like exfoliants.

Patients with a history of herpes simplex may have an outbreak following their microneedling treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, inform Dr. Green during your initial consultation so that she may prescribe Valtrex to prevent an outbreak. When you have PRP microneedling treatment with Dr. Green, she will provide you with the pertinent aftercare information to adhere to after the procedure. It is important to follow aftercare advisements post-treatment in order to guarantee the best cosmetic results are achieved.

Which is better: PRP injections or microneedling with PRP?

While PRP injections in the scalp have been used to help treat hair loss for years, facial PRP injections for skin rejuvenation are a relatively new cosmetic procedure. PRP injections for facial rejuvenation are placed in the deep dermis, affecting skin far below the layers where microneedling treatment typically targets. PRP injections can be used to target specific areas of the face to provide facial rejuvenation at the sites of injection, stimulating collagen production in the specific treated areas and creating a more youthful appearance. Facial injections with PRP entails a more invasive procedure than microneedling with PRP, and each offers their own unique benefits.

Since microneedling with PRP and PRP facial injections are two entirely different experiences for the patient, the best way to determine which would benefit you most and deliver the cosmetic results that you’re looking for is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Michele Green in NYC. Dr. Green has over 25 years of expertise and experience and will work with you to determine which treatment modality, injections or microneedling, would be most appropriate and beneficial for addressing your specific skin concerns and producing your personal aesthetic goals.

Where can I get microneedling with PRP?

It is always recommended to have cosmetic procedures, including microneedling treatment, with a board-certified dermatologist in a medical setting, such as the New York City dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green. A med spa may offer a variety of facial treatments, however, in many states aestheticians are not legally certified to perform microneedling with or without PRP. Additionally, there are many “at-home” microneedling devices that may be purchased online, but the majority of these have not been FDA approved, do not penetrate the skin at a depth sufficient for improving the skin in any way, and with improper technique may cause dangerous and unwanted side effects. For these reasons, it is always recommended that an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, perform microneedling treatments. Dr. Green is an expert in the field of minimally invasive cosmetic dermatology with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments available, including microneedling and microneedling with PRP.

How do I get started with PRP Microneedling today?

If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to achieve smoother, brighter, softer skin, then microneedling with PRP may be the perfect facial treatment for you. Acne scars, stretch marks, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores are among the many skin conditions that can be improved with microneedling treatments. The addition of platelet-rich plasma is one of the most popular ways to enhance the rejuvenating effects of a microneedling treatment. Combining the growth factors from the PRP with collagen induction therapy accelerates the wound healing process of the skin, leading to optimal cosmetic results. It is important to be selective when choosing a provider to perform your microneedling treatments in order to avoid unwanted side effects and achieve the best results.

Dr. Michele Green in New York City is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing some of the most discerning men and women from around the globe with natural-looking, long-lasting rejuvenation results. Her dedication to her patients and to her practice is well-reflected by the fact that she is consistently voted as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. As a world renowned authority in noninvasive facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels, RF microneedling, microneedling with PRP, and the latest laser technology. Dr. Green will work with you to determine the best customized beauty and wellness treatment regimen for you that will be guaranteed to improve the overall look and feel of your skin. Please contact us online today or call the NYC-based office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about microneedling with platelet rich plasma and how Dr. Green can help you to look and feel like the absolute best version of yourself.

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