Skin RejuvenationMicroneedling is a time-tested cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the skin by using fine needle rollers that create micro wounds in the skin. When combined with plasma rich platelets (PRP) therapy, the synergistic effects are substantial. On one side the microneedling device triggers the producing of new collagen in the skin, while on the other, the PRP growth factors are able to reach the deeper tissue layers because of the fine needle pricks in the skin. Vinings Surgery Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove, provides microneedling with PRP to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
How does it Work?Microneedling by itself is a minimally invasive skin renewal process that stimulates the inner healing and repair mechanism of the skin as well as generates fresh collagen fibers for sustainable volumizing of the skin. When PRP, which is a natural blood component, is applied along with the fine needle roller treatment, it produces additional skin enhancement benefits. The platelets in PRP play the role of blood clotting, which is essential for healing of injuries and wounds. PRP has a high concentration of platelets as well as it contains proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors. These elements promote the skin tissue repair and renewal. Cellular regeneration is most effective when microneedling with PRP is performed as a combination.
Cosmetic Benefits of the TreatmentIf you are bothered by the appearance of aging signs, pigmentation, blemishes or marks on your facial or body skin, you may benefit the most from microneedling with PRP treatment. Your plastic surgeon may recommend this procedure to treat or improve:
- Fine lines and minor wrinkles on the face
- Enlarged pores
- Sun damage
- Irregular skin texture
- Dull skin tone
- Certain types of acne scars and surgical scars
Research Studies to Determine the EfficacyA 2016 research study showed the efficacy of microneedling with PRP for acne scars and other skin blemishes. A trial involving 50 people studied the results of microneedling alone for the treatment of acne scars. An improvement rate of 46% was found with this treatment. Thereafter, the same group was treated with microneedling in conjunction with PRP. This led to an improvement rate of more than 62% in the appearance of acne scars. No serious or lasting side effects were reported by any of the participants in the study. Another review of microneedling with PRP for acne scar was performed in 2019, which involved the results of several research studies. The review showed that when PRP was added to microneedling, it led to:
- Improvement in acne scars
- Reduced downtime (compared to only microneedling)
- Higher patient satisfaction