Is PRP skin rejuvenation and microneedling one of the same process? Well, this is one question that dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons have to reply to over and over again. And the answer to this is Yes and No. Microneedling is a widely used cosmetic procedure that has been used over the years as an anti-aging treatment.
During the microneedling procedure, your skin will be penetrated with a medically designed fine needle to stimulate the growth of collagen and that’s precisely the reason why microneedling is known as skin rejuvenation procedure.
Now having said that, PRP skin rejuvenation is an altogether different and specialized skin rejuvenation process, which interestingly uses microneedling procedure to be carried out. The process includes introducing active platelet-rich plasma to the desired skin areas using microneedling technique, thus doubling the effectiveness of the procedure and giving patients a wrinkle-free skin. The procedure is also known for its effectiveness towards body healing and hair growth (we will be discussing more about that below).
Nonetheless, PRP skin rejuvenation has quickly become one of the most appreciated and widely accepted cosmetic treatments for people looking to claim back their skin glow and youthful appearance.
How PRP Skin Rejuvenation can help you?
As discussed above, the microneedling procedure has been around in the cosmetic industry for quite a while and used to treat various skin problems including micropigmentation, wrinkles, scarring, and many others. PRP skin rejuvenation process, however, takes it a step further by boosting the efficiency of microneedling manifolds, helping patients to restore skin in its full glory and youthfulness.
While PRP can be used for variety of treatment and across different parts of the bodies, PRP skin rejuvenation for face is one of the most popular type of PRP treatment, where an experienced surgeon will inject many PRP rich microneedles on the face (you must have seen some rather intriguing images of faces covered in blood after the procedure), which is also the reason why PRP skin rejuvenation is also commonly referred to as “Vampire Facial”.
Well, don’t get frenzy because those images aren’t a true depiction of the process, rather it mostly shows another process where whole blood is massaged on to the patients’ face during microneedling. Contrarily, the PRP skin rejuvenation process will simply include injecting platelet-rich plasma using very fine microneedles, which at most will produce mild pink skin.
Who is a good candidate for PRP skin rejuvenation procedure?
Well, the ideal candidate will be in good physical and mental health. Generally, your surgeon will hold a pre-op meeting discussing your health issues as well as describing the process and informing you about the realistic expectations from the procedure. In general, a person in good physical and mental health; dealing with wrinkles and other signs of aging can be a good candidate for the PRP skin rejuvenation procedure.
However, you may not be the ideal candidate for this procedure if you:
- Have undergone skin radiation in the past one year
- Suffer from slow-healing wounds
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have acne and use Accutane
- Have rosacea or facial eczema
- Tend to scar frequently
Ultimately, the decision about your candidacy for PRP skin rejuvenation procedure will be decided by your surgeon after closely examining your health and medical history.
What is the typical process of the PRP skin rejuvenation procedure?
This process may be categorized into two broad steps including:
– Extraction of blood from the patient’s body
In the first step, the surgeon will extract a certain amount of blood from the patient’s body (generally from around belly or hips areas). The belly or hips area is chosen as these areas generally have the highest amount of fat tissues and thus are often rich in platelets. Once the blood is extracted from the patient’s body, it will then have to be segregated into its components including platelets, red blood, and platelet-poor blood. This is because only the platelet-rich plasma is to be used in the procedure and not the while blood.
Platelet-rich plasma is isolated by passing the blood through the centrifuge. The machine rotates the blood samples at high speed, isolating different components of the blood.
– Injecting PRP
The next step in the PRP skin rejuvenation procedure comprises squeezing the isolated PRP into medical injections and injecting it in the patient’s facial areas. It is to be noted that the process of injecting PRP into the body is a specialized task and must only be performed by certified and experienced surgeons to ensure safety as well as to get the maximum outcome of the procedure. Once the procedure has been completed the medical practitioner will apply special serum to minimize irritation and redness of the skin. You may have to deal with inflammation and swelling in parts of the body where injections are applied, however, these are temporary and will typically subside within a couple of weeks.
How much time is required to see complete benefits of PRP skin rejuvenation process?
Well, since PRP skin rejuvenation is a natural process unlike some of the other facial enhancement procedures that use synthetic agents, thereby, you may have to wait from few weeks to a couple of months to achieve the full benefits of the procedure.
Nonetheless, your surgeon will be able to determine the full extent of the time required for the procedure and if you may need any maintenance sessions after the core PRP skin rejuvenation process.
Is PRP skin rejuvenation procedure safe?
It is as safe as it can get. Perhaps the best part about the PRP skin rejuvenation process is that it’s a natural procedure where your own blood is drawn and reinjected into your body, which means no synthetic or foreign agent is introduced in the body. And since no foreign object is introduced in the body, there is little to no chance or body rejecting the agent. Also, there are very low chances of any allergic reaction due to the PRP skin rejuvenation process, as the patient will be injected with his own blood.