About Microneedling with PRP
Our Pittsburg, PA practice offers microneedling, a process that punctures little holes into the skin on your face, neck, or chest to stimulate skin repair. As an extra benefit, your platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be applied to the same area to help tissue heal and enable the skin to grow new cells. These two treatments together are often referred to as the vampire facial and can lessen the appearance of lines, wrinkles, scars, dark spots, large pores, and other skin problems. The texture of your skin could be greatly improved to appear smoother and more even without damaging the skin. If you would like to learn more about the microneedling with PRP treatment, schedule a one-on-one consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. James Fernau at our Pittsburg facility.
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A great candidate for microneedling with PRP would be anybody looking to modify the appearance or texture of the surface of their face. Dry skin, uneven skin tone, harsh texture, age spots, loose skin, wrinkles, acne and scarring are skin conditions that could benefit from a microneedling with PRP treatment. This therapy can also be employed to combat the effects of sun damage that may have caused skin to have a rough texture or hyperpigmentation.
Prior to the microneedling part of your treatment, someone from our medical staff will draw your blood for the PRP collection. The drawn blood will then be taken to our lab for the separation process where your stem cells, platelets, and growth factors will be made into PRP. For the microneedling treatment, our practice utilizes modern technology to create miniscule holes in your skin. The tiny needles used will not damage your skin but will instead help stimulate the production of collagen. Once the microneedling is finished, the PRP serum will be put on the skin to sink in. After the PRP is fully absorbed, we will remove the serum and cleanse your skin.
What to Expect
Following your microneedling with PRP therapy, you might experience some common effects such as swelling, redness, and bruising. We recommend that you do not wear makeup, use abrasive skin cleansers, or submerge in chlorinated pools for about 72 hours after treatment. Activities such as these may expose your skin to harsh chemicals and bacteria which could lead to adverse reactions. You also ought to reduce sun exposure or use protective measures when going outside. Final results are generally seen within several weeks as the skin works to repair and heal itself.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does microneedling with PRP cost?
Microneedling with PRP treatments will be priced according to the size of the area(s) being treated. After your initial consultation to develop your treatment plan based on your needs and concerns, cost can be discussed. We also often offer discounts on packages of several treatments like microneedling with PRP as well as treatment specials. You can ask about these and payment methods we accept when you are scheduling your consultation.
How effective are microneedling with PRP treatments?
The results from microneedling with PRP treatments may not be visible right away, but the growth factors in the platelet-rich plasma serum will help to stimulate the growth of healthier, stronger skin. To get your best results, you may need to receive several treatments initially and then maintenance sessions. Dr. Frenau will go over realistic expectations during your consultation so you know what to expect after your treatment.
How many microneedling with PRP treatments should I get?
Initially you may want to get a series of treatments scheduled every few weeks. Depending on the starting condition of your skin and your specific concerns, Dr. Frenau will create a microneedling with PRP treatment plan that restores the health of your complexion. In between microneedling with PRP treatments, you may want to schedule a facial or other skin treatment to remove dead skin layers and nourish the new growth.
How often should I get microneedling with PRP treatments?
After an initial series of treatments, you may want to schedule maintenance microneedling with PRP sessions 2 – 4 times per year. This will vary based on the health of your skin and goals, so X will help you develop your unique microneedling with PRP treatment plan. They will be able to recommend how often you should get treatments so your complexion remains fresh.
Should I get microneedling with PRP or injectable wrinkle treatments?
While microneedling with PRP will provide long-term rejuvenation and strengthen the treated skin, injectable wrinkle reduction treatments provide more immediate results. Depending on your goals, you may prefer microneedling with PRP alone or you may want to combine it with an injectable wrinkle treatment, like BOTOX, Juvéderm, or Restylane. During your consultation with Dr. Frenau, he will build your custom treatment plan to match all your needs and goals.
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Restore and Revitalize
This innovative procedure can be very helpful for individuals looking to restore the original appearance and feel of their skin. It can help make skin look younger, smoother, firmer, and more luminous. We invite you to learn more about this treatment by talking to a member of our skilled team or by setting up a consultation at our Pittsburgh, PA facility today.