How’s this different from regular microneedling?
Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that’s primarily used to minimize the signs of aging.
During a standard session, a dermatologist uses a special roller or device with needles to prick the skin and stimulate new collagen production.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), as an injection or topically, can be added to the session for an additional cost. It may improve the healing and decrease the duration of redness and swelling seen after microneedling.
Microneedling with PRP has been shown in some studies to improve outcomes in those undergoing microneedling for acne scars, but the evidence is currently inconclusive.
What’s this procedure used for?
Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from age spots and wrinkles to scarring and certain forms of hyperpigmentation. PRP may boost these effects and help you achieve your desired results faster.
Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, most studies with PRP and scars seem to be focused on the treatment of the face.
Most patients are good candidates for this type of procedure, with few contraindications to treatment existing.
It may not be the best option for you if you:
- are pregnant
- use or recently used Accutane for acne
- still have active acne resulting in new scarring
- have certain skin conditions, such as facial eczema or rosacea
- scar easily
- have a history of poor wound healing
- have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
Our doctor will evaluate your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for microneedling with PRP.
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