I’ve had microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) done several times and I can’t believe I haven’t posted about it. It’s time to change that! I thought I’d share a few photos and my experience with microneedling. This procedure helps to reduce visible scars and pores, reverse sun damage, and minimize fine lines. I also find my skin is brighter and more even-toned from the treatments. Sometimes, you may also hear the procedure referred to as collagen induction therapy with PRP.
Preparing for microneedling with PRP
First, my skin is cleansed and then numbing cream is applied all over my face. The numbing process takes about 45 minutes. In this photo of me, you can see gauze was set over the numbing cream and that just helps it penetrate more quickly.
The numbing cream is removed and then the PRP serum is applied to my skin. PRP is a component of your blood that contains proteins, that help your blood to clot. It also supports cell growth. Read more about PRP here.
After applying PRP, the microneeding device is moved across my face focusing on each area. The depth and number of passes on each area of my skin varies. Usually, on my forehead, the setting is .3mm – .5mm. On other areas like my cheeks, the setting has been up to 2.5mm. It really depends on the device being used and what I’m hoping to accomplish.
The procedure lasts about 30 minutes and since my skin is numb, I don’t feel anything. When the numbing cream takes full effect, there’s no pain. I just hear the vibration of the pen. The pen has tiny needles that rapidly create microscopic holes in my skin. I know this sounds creepy! However, these injuries trigger an immune system response and your body will build new collagen to repair the damage. Over a period of several weeks, the new cells yield a rejuvenated appearance and glow.
Most people repeat the microneedling 3 times every 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes the cycles are shorter or longer depending on each individual plan. Also, I’ve seen procedures where PRP is injected into different areas of the face before microneedling but I haven’t tried this. With my procedures, PRP is applied topically and the needles push the serum into the tiny channels that are opened in my skin. Any device that has been used on me has sterile, individually-sealed, disposable needle cartridges so there is no risk of contamination.
Once my entire face is done, any remaining PRP is applied along with sunscreen so my delicate skin isn’t damaged on my way home. Despite being in the car with tinted windows, UVA rays can penetrate glass so sunscreen is really important to use.
After the procedure
Some people get dry skin and flake or peel a few days after microneedling. My skin doesn’t peel but it will get dry. The high rate of cell turnover causes flakey and peeling skin. Sometimes, I’ve experienced tiny pinpoint bruises and minor swelling. The bruises are usually in bony areas like my forehead and fade away after a week.
Within 3 or 4 days, my skin tone and texture is back to normal. If anything is still noticeable after a few days, it’s bruising but I don’t always bruise. The results of the microneedling with PRP facials are noticeable to me after one session but I usually do several sessions a few weeks apart at the beginning of the year and a couple treatments for maintenance later in the year. The photo below was taken about a week following an aggressive microneedling treatment.
I’ve read other posts about microneedling and people go on about the discomfort but the only real discomfort I’ve experienced is hives. And hives are not a common reaction.
Post-procedure skincare products
The only thing that’s ever bothered me was when I got hives (and that’s temporary and uncommon). The most aggressive treatments aren’t painful and I don’t find the side effects bothersome. I usually do the procedure on a Friday or Saturday morning and have no worries about going to work on Monday. I think people make a bigger deal out of this one than it actually is. Granted, the thought of what’s happening may be a bit disturbing but it’s really no big deal.
Recommendations in Phoenix, AZ
If you live in the greater Phoenix area, I recommend two places for the procedure:
Shapiro Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Klinic (my home away from home) – Ask for Jacqueline at the Skin Klinic. I’ve been a patient for 5+ years and I know everyone in the office.
Advantage Beauty and Health – I discovered this clinic through Local First Arizona and have visited a few times. It’s a lovely clinic with charming and experienced staff. They provide a wonderful microneedling with PRP treatment! Ask for Emily.
Have you ever tried microneedling with PRP or are you planning to? I would love to hear about your experience or concerns you have about the procedure. Please leave a comment below.