At The Face Place in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that microneedling with PRP and PRF is growing in popularity. What started out as a simple way to treat minor scarring and improve skin tone has now developed into a much broader treatment that can help a wide range of skincare problems as well as treat hair loss. Let’s look at how the process works and why it results with such great results.
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First, we need to understand microneedling on its own. This is a treatment that uses dozens of tiny needles to create shallow impressions in the skin using a roller. As the needles roll across the skin, the uppermost layer of the dermis is agitated, which stimulates the skin’s natural regrowth and repair properties.
Over the course of the next several weeks, your skin will begin producing fresh collagen to repair the irritated area, which will result in healthier skin cells replacing the old and damaged ones over time and without any invasive procedures.
Next, we need to learn about PRP and PRF. These are both serums that are used in conjunction with needling in order to enhance your results and provide your skin with extra nutrients while it rebuilds itself.
PRP is a compound produced inside your body, and it can be separated from your blood. Your dermatologists will take a small blood sample from you at the start of the procedure, then place it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma for use during the procedure.
The platelet-rich plasma provides a number of beneficial micronutrients that your skin can use as it begins the healing process post-treatment. Since it is a naturally occurring chemical within the body, your skin is able to readily absorb it and put it to good use immediately in healing damaged skin and scars.
PRF is another compound produced naturally in your blood and contains many of the same nutrients as PRP, but is further separated out and generally known for being less intense than PRP. PRF is a milder treatment solution that is more targeted to help your skin kick-start its regrowth process.
By applying either PRP or PRF after needling is done, the serum is able to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers and go to work quickly.
If you are unsure about PRP or PRF, another option is a hyaluronic acid serum with peptides. HA is another chemical that our bodies produce to restore damaged skin, and there are now many synthetic versions available for use over the counter.
This specialized treatment with peptides is a more concentrated version that your dermatologist can apply immediately after needling for the best results.
As mentioned above, the actual needling process involves using a small roller with tiny needles attached to create abrasions across the skin’s surface. These tiny abrasions open up channels and stimulate the skin’s natural growth process. By adding PRP or PRF, the skin will recover faster and may require fewer treatments to reach your desired results.
After the needling is done, the skin will be red and irritated for a short period of time, but it should not be painful. Over the course of several days, the redness will go down and you should begin to see improvements in color, elasticity, and overall tone. As new collagen is produced by your body, you will also notice that fine lines and scars begin to improve in appearance.
Unlike more invasive treatments, this procedure is not designed to create dramatic overnight results. Instead, it uses the body’s natural processes to bring out healthier skin over time. The benefit of this process is that with regular maintenance and treatments, you can keep your skin looking healthy for years to come without needing intensive surgeries or painful chemical treatments.
Overall, you can expect to start seeing improvements in problem areas after a couple of weeks, and continued improvement as your body works behind the scenes to keep your skin healthy. Your doctor may recommend scheduling additional treatments several weeks or months apart to continue encouraging your body throughout this process and reapplying the PRP or PRF serum.
This treatment is best for people who want a minimally invasive way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dull skin, acne scars, and age spots. It can be used by people with just about any skin tone or condition, although your dermatologist may suggest a skin care regimen in advance to prepare your skin for treatment.
People who are pregnant or who have certain platelet disorders may not want to have this treatment done without additional guidance from a doctor. Those with chronic illness and HIV may be prevented from having this treatment done, but you should speak with your doctor directly about your options.
A more recent development in the science of dermal needling is for use with hair loss. In the same way that the tiny needles encourage your skin to restore itself, research has found that the same process can stimulate the scalp to encourage the regrowth of hair. Currently, this process is being used along with PRP and PRF for patients with alopecia with success as part of a larger treatment plan.
For those with a receding hairline or thinning hair, this treatment offers a quick and easy way to encourage healthy hair growth. Patients report more growth, thicker follicles, and less breakage from areas that are treated. Treatment along the hairline can easily be added to any regular facial treatment to completely transform your look over time.
If you think this procedure is right for you, the first step is a consultation with us. We can help you narrow down what areas you would like to see improvement in, and set up a long-term treatment plan to ensure you get lasting results that you’ll love. Contact us today at The Face Place in Baton Rouge, LA to schedule your consultation.