Most people can’t deny that when they feel good about their skin, they are happier with their appearance overall. Having smooth, clear, glowing skin is typically associated with youth, health, and beauty. When men and women are embarrassed about rough skin texture, wrinkles, and other flaws, it can make them look – and feel – older than they really are. Furthermore, feeling self-conscious about your skin can wreak havoc on your social life, prohibit you from advancing in your career, and hold you back from enjoying your relationship.
The exceptional team of skin care and dermatology experts at Advanced Dermatology is proud to offer the most innovative, effective, and advanced cosmetic and medical treatments to help Houston-area patients get the gorgeous look they’ve always wanted and finally feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin. One of the most exciting treatments offered at all of Advanced Dermatology’s locations, including Katy, Pearland, Sugar Land, and League City, is microneedling. This breakthrough skin rejuvenation treatment is often paired with PRP therapy, boosting its effects, and enhancing patient’s results. To find out whether microneedling with PRP is right for you, learn more about the procedure here, including what it is, how it works, and how much downtime you may need after your treatment.
What does microneedling with PRP do?
Microneedling is a fantastic nonsurgical treatment option for men and women looking to restore healthier, more youthful skin with little downtime and fairly quick results. Oftentimes, patients choose to add PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy to their microneedling treatment. Some of the most common concerns that can be improved or corrected with microneedling plus PRP include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Rough skin texture
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Age spots
- Loose skin
- Scars (including acne scars)
During your initial consultation at Advanced Dermatology, one of our knowledgeable and experienced providers will thoroughly evaluate your skin, discuss your specific concerns in detail, and answer all of your questions at length in order to determine if microneedling with PRP is right for you. In some cases, patients may benefit from a combination of microneedling and subsequent treatments, such as chemical peel or facials, while others may be better suited to a different treatment option altogether based on their skin concerns, the severity of their complaints, and other factors.
How does microneedling with PRP work?
Microneedling utilizes state-of-the-art tools and technologies to puncture tiny holes in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing response and trigger the regeneration of new, healthy skin cells as well as the production of collagen, which is a vital component of firm and youthful skin.
While microneedling can produce stunning results on its own, the addition of PRP therapy offers patients the opportunity to enhance their outcomes even further. PRP is a component of the blood that contains platelets, growth cells, and other elements that help encourage and speed up the body’s healing process. When a patient’s platelet-rich plasma is applied to an area that has been treated with microneedling, the results can be incredible. In fact, PRP therapy is often used to amplify the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, hair loss, and other complaints.
During a microneedling with PRP treatment at Advanced Dermatology, one of our licensed and experienced practitioners will begin by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm. The blood is then placed into an advanced machine, called a centrifuge, which separates the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the blood. In the meantime, the microneedling treatment will be performed in one of our comfortable and private treatment rooms. Finally, the prepared PRP serum will be applied to the skin and allowed to absorb fully. After treatment, patients should begin to see subtle changes within about a week, with the full results becoming visible after about 3 – 4 weeks.
How long is microneedling with PRP recovery?
When compared to many other skin rejuvenation treatments, microneedling with PRP therapy has a relatively quick and convenient recovery. However, it is important for patients to know what to expect after microneedling with PRP and practice appropriate post-treatment care. Microneedling side effects, which can include redness, swelling, and bruising, are typically relatively mild and resolve within a few days. While most patients can resume the majority of their daily activities following microneedling with PRP, there are some restrictions. Your provider will likely recommend that you refrain from wearing makeup, using harsh skin cleansers, and swimming for about 72 hours after treatment. It is also essential that patients avoid sun exposure, which is always a good idea, whether they have undergone a cosmetic procedure or not.
Can you exercise after PRP injections?
When having PRP therapy applied as a topical serum for skin concerns, it is likely that your provider will recommend avoiding strenuous physical activity and exercise for about 48 – 72 hours after treatment. For other PRP uses, including orthopedic injuries and hair loss, the recommendations may be different. The best way to ensure proper healing and ideal results are to follow your provider’s postoperative guidelines closely, including temporarily pausing your exercise routine when recommended.
Am I a good candidate for microneedling with PRP therapy in Houston, TX?
Most men and women who are in good health, do not smoke, and have concerns about the texture, tone, evenness, and overall appearance of their skin can benefit from microneedling with PRP therapy. However, with the wide array of cosmetic and medical skin care treatments available, it is important to be evaluated by a highly qualified, experienced, and skilled provider to determine which procedure may be most appropriate for addressing your specific concerns.
Call the friendly team at any of the Houston, TX Advanced Dermatology locations, including Pearland, Sugar Land, League City, and Katy, to schedule your microneedling consultation today, and learn more about how getting the gorgeous, youthful, glowing skin of your dreams may be easier than you think!