Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, sun damage, and acne scars are frustrations that can appear through different stages of life. At The Face Place in Baton Rouge, these are challenges we tackle every day through our non-invasive treatments.
Microneedling is a solution that we use for all of these skin concerns and more. When we combine the treatment with PRP and PRF, we can often get even better results. We are always looking for ways to elevate our treatments, and by using your body’s natural healing elements, we can give you a complexion that looks years younger. While PRP and PRF have similarities, we will help you know the difference between the two so that you can be better prepared for your first appointment.
An Introduction to Microneedling
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling by itself involves the use of a device with fine needles to create small punctures in the skin. This stimulates the body’s healing process. When your body heals from a wound, it naturally produces more collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissues. While microneedling does not damage the skin, it still prompts that same response, which can lead to skin that is firmer and brighter with an improved texture and tone.
What Can Microneedling Be Used For?
Microneedling can help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. It’s effective for enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation issues. By enhancing collagen production, it contributes to a youthful and radiant complexion and is suitable for various skin types. We also love using microneedling for acne scars because of the smooth skin it can help to achieve.
What Types of Microneedling Are Available?
- RF Microneedling: RF microneedling combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy. This enhances skin tightening and collagen production, targeting deeper layers of the skin.
- PRP Microneedling: Microneedling with PRP involves applying platelet-rich plasma to the skin during microneedling.
- PRF Microneedling: During PRF microneedling, platelet-rich fibrin is applied to the skin to help boost microneedling results.
- Microneedling With Other Add-Ons: Microneedling can be combined with add-ons like hyaluronic acid. These nourish and hydrate the skin, enhancing the overall results of the treatment.
PRP and Microneedling
What Is PRP With Microneedling?
Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that is taken from the blood of the patient and then used to improve the results of microneedling. When used alongside traditional microneedling, PRP can help the skin to regenerate even more, speeding up the healing process and making the results even more pronounced. During this treatment, PRP is used topically after microneedling and can penetrate deeper into the skin because of the microchannels made by the tiny needles.
What Is the Extraction Process of PRP?
The extraction process for microneedling with PRP begins with drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma, which is rich in platelets. The resulting PRP is concentrated with growth factors that are essential for skin rejuvenation and healing.
How Can PRP Improve Microneedling Outcomes?
PRP microneedling can enhance the results of traditional microneedling because the growth factors intensify the skin’s repair process, leading to more pronounced improvements in skin texture, firmness, and overall appearance. This combination can be particularly effective for more pronounced skin concerns like deep wrinkles and significant acne scars.
PRF in Microneedling
What Is PRF?
PRF microneedling involves using platelet-rich fibrin, a second-generation platelet concentrate. PRF differs from PRP in its unique composition; it includes a higher concentration of platelets, leukocytes, and a fibrin matrix. This unique composition makes PRF well-suited for the gradual and natural release of growth factors during the microneedling procedure.
How Is PRF Extracted?
The extraction of PRF for microneedling is a delicate process. Blood is drawn and then spun at a specific, lower speed in a centrifuge. This method allows the blood to clot naturally, forming a fibrin matrix rich in platelets and white blood cells without the need for anticoagulants.
What Are the Benefits of Using PRF?
Integrating PRF into microneedling offers several benefits. It significantly enhances skin repair and rejuvenation, aiding in more efficient healing. The slow and sustained release of growth factors from the fibrin matrix in PRF can help in more effectively treating skin concerns like acne scars. This makes microneedling with PRF a sought-after choice for those who want to improve their skin’s health using their own growth factors, but who don’t want any added ingredients.
What Is the Right Microneedling Treatment for You?
PRP and PRF can both be great additions to your microneedling treatment. The choice that is right for you can depend on factors like the severity of your concerns, the cost of treatment, your preferences, and what we recommend for your situation. We always get to know our patients and their aesthetic goals before we recommend any treatments so that we can make sure you get the results you are looking for.
Renew, Tighten, and Refresh Your Skin With Microneedling
At The Face Place in Baton Rouge, LA, microneedling treatments are designed to cater to a variety of skin concerns and skin types. Whether you are interested in enhancing skin texture, reducing signs of aging, or addressing specific issues like acne scars, there’s a microneedling option for you.
Our expertise in various techniques, including PRP and PRF microneedling, ensures that we can provide a treatment that best suits your skin’s needs. To discover how these treatments can benefit you, feel free to contact us today by filling out our online form or calling us at (504) 432-6370.