You can hide many problems, but skin issues are not one of them. Your skin is not only the most noticeable part of your body, but it is also the outer barrier to the environment and is very important both cosmetically and in terms of your health. Acne is a rite of passage for many young people and normally resolves itself by the late teens. However, for many individuals, the effects of acne linger long after the condition goes away. Disfiguring scars caused by acne are a major source of embarrassment for many people. The good news is that a minimally-invasive option is available to minimize the appearance of acne scars. We’re talking about PRP and microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive skin enhancement technique that helps reduce the appearance of scars caused by acne, injury, or surgery. The treatment works by causing controlled injury to the skin’s surface, leading to skin renewal and the minimization of acne scars.
We begin your microneedling treatment by applying a topical numbing agent to your skin to enhance your comfort during your procedure. After this, we move a handheld device coated with many tiny, sterile needles over the surface of your skin in a series of movements. Each pass of the device creates many tiny punctures to a shallow depth in your skin. These micro-openings coax your body into a self-repair process that replaces old and damaged skin with fresh, new skin that displays fewer signs of acne scars.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, involves the extraction of your own blood to create a blood product with a high concentration of platelets. After this product is created inside of a centrifuge, it is available for application into areas of your body that require rapid healing. This technique was pioneered in Europe and popularized by celebrities like NBA athletes.
PRP Therapy and Microneedling
Microneedling enhances the penetration of virtually any topical agent because of the many punctures it creates in the surface of your skin. The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of your skin composed of dead skin cells, lipids, and cellular debris. This barrier prevents many larger molecules from penetrating deeper into your skin. Microneedling allows topicals to bypass this outer barrier, greatly enhancing their effectiveness.
Microneedling with PRP has been used to treat many issues, including acne scars. Since it involves the use of the patient’s own blood, microneedling with PRP is extremely safe and leads to no side effects, although the microneedling process itself can cause some minor skin effects.
The number of treatments you require depends upon your own unique condition and the extent of your skin issues. Most patients benefit from multiple microneedling with PRP treatment sessions. Each subsequent treatment offers additional results that build upon the previous treatment.