Facial skin rejuvenation through the introduction of concentrated amounts of blood platelets has become more popular in recent years. Micro-needling is also a preferred cosmetic treatment for correcting wrinkles and discolorations. These two procedures are often combined into a single treatment for optimal results.
Our clients sometimes ask us why both of these treatments are considered effective and why they are often performed together. There are some major considerations for the client, the most prominent being the question of how the body produces healthier skin tissue as a result of being subjected to such seemingly odd procedures. During a consultation at our office, we will outline both treatments and explain why they may be more effective if combined into a single procedure.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma is exactly what it sounds like. The client’s own blood is used in the treatment. The blood is drawn from the client and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, fibrin mix, and plasma from the red cells. The mix is concentrated further by removing some of the plasma. The PRP solution can then be used to treat areas where discolorations or fine wrinkles exist. The platelets contain proteins and growth factors that accelerate the creation of healthier skin tissue. The procedure is often combined with micro-needling.
The Micro-Needling Procedure
Micro-needling is performed by creating a multitude of tiny micro-channels in the facial skin. These channels fill up with lymphatic fluid, blood, and liquid scar tissue. The body responds to the injuries by producing collagen and by rushing nutrients to the site. After a series of treatments, the skin is composed of healthy cells, and the overall appearance of the face has dramatically improved.
A Combination Approach
Combining the two treatments means that the platelets applied to the skin will aid tremendously in accelerating tissue creation. Clients need to understand that this combining of the two treatments may not be necessary, however. It really depends on the overall skin tone, texture, severity of wrinkling, and the cause of any hyperpigmentation.
There is no chance of rejection, allergic reaction, or contamination when PRP therapy is performed. The blood belongs to the client, so it is a very safe procedure. However, PRP cannot be administered by just anyone. A licensed professional must draw blood and produce the PRP mix. Likewise, micro-needling is not a procedure that can produce significantly positive results when performed at home.
If you desire a more evenly toned, smoother face, talk to us at Metairie Plastic Surgeons, happily serving the New Orleans areas, about micro-needling and PRP therapy. We’ll give you all the facts about these two procedures and explain fully how they can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Metairie.