About Microneedling with PRP
St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery is proud to offer microneedling, a process that punctures little holes in the skin on your neck, face, or torso to stimulate skin restoration. As an extra bonus, your platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may be administered to the same region to help cells heal and enable the skin to begin growing new cells. Both of these procedures together are usually known as the vampire facial and can lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, large pores, along with other skin problems. The feel of your skin could be significantly enhanced to look smoother and more even in tone without damaging the epidermis. If you'd like to find out more on microneedling with PRP procedure, schedule a private consult with plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL.
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Ideal Candidates for Microneedling with PRP
A good candidate for microneedling with PRP is anybody seeking to modify the look or feel of the top layer of their skin. Uneven skin tone, dry skin, harsh texture, loose skin, age spots, acne, wrinkles and scarring are skin conditions which may benefit from a microneedling with PRP therapy. This therapy may also be employed to fight the effects of sun damage that might have caused skin to have a rough feel or hyperpigmentation.
Procedure Technique for Microneedling with PRP
Before the microneedling part of your session, a member of our team will take a sample of your blood for your PRP collection. The blood will then be transferred to our laboratory for the separation process during which the platelets, growth factors, and stem cells can be made into PRP. For your microneedling therapy, our office utilizes modern technology to make miniscule holes into your skin. The tiny needles used won't harm your skin but instead will help stimulate the creation of collagen. When the microneedling is finished, the PRP serum will be put on the epidermis to sink in. Once the PRP is completely absorbed, we'll clear away the serum and cleanse the skin.
What to Expect from Microneedling with PRP
After your therapy, you might encounter some ordinary effects such as swelling, redness, and bruising. Dr. O'Brien recommends that patients avoid the use of makeup, cleanse with exfoliating face washes or swim in chlorinated pools for about three days after treatment. Activities such as these may expose the treatment area to strong bacteria and chemicals which may cause negative side effects. You also ought to avoid exposure to the sun or use protective steps when planning to be outdoors. Full results are generally noticed within the first month as the skin works to fix and heal itself.
Frequently Asked Questions for Microneedling with PRP
How much does microneedling with PRP cost?
Treatments of microneedling and PRP will be priced based on the size and number of areas receiving treatment. In your consult to create your personalized treatment plan to fit your needs and goals, cost can be estimated. St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery frequently offers discounted packages of multiple microneedling with PRP plus monthly specials. Ask about current specials and which payment methods we accept when you schedule an appointment.
How effective are microneedling with PRP treatments?
Microneedling with PRP treatment results may not be visible immediately; however, the healing factors from the PRP (platelet-rich plasma) serum helps to boost growth for stronger, healthier skin. To see your optimal results, you might need to get an initial series of treatments and then maintain your results with semi-annual treatments. Your aesthetician will discuss what to expect in your consult so you are happy with your results.
How many microneedling with PRP treatments should I get?
At first, you might prefer to schedule multiple treatments performed every 2 – 3 weeks. Based on the initial condition of your complexion and your goals, your aesthetician will develop a treatment plan to restore the health of your skin. Between treatments, you can get another skin treatment to nourish the new growth and remove dead skin cells.
How often should I get microneedling with PRP treatments?
Following the initial series, you should get maintenance sessions at least 2 – 4 times a year. How often you need treatments will be based on the health and age of your complexion as well as your goals, so we will help create your custom plan. Your aesthetician will make recommendations on how frequently you should schedule maintenance sessions to keep your complexion strong and healthy.
Should I get microneedling with PRP or injectable wrinkle treatments?
Although microneedling with PRP provides long-term results like stronger, healthier skin, other treatments deliver faster improvements. Based on your concerns, you might want microneedling with PRP by itself or you could get it with a wrinkle treatment, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or BOTOX. In your consult, your technician will develop your personalized treatment plan to fit your goals.
Restore and Revitalize
This innovative procedure can be quite helpful for people seeking to get back the original look and texture of the skin. Microneedling can help make skin appear smoother, younger, more luminous, and firmer. We urge patients to find out more about this therapy by speaking to a member of our skilled team or by setting up an appointment at our St. Petersburg, FL practice today.