If you’ve been looking into skin rejuvenation methods, odds are you’ve come across the concept of microneedling and microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP). While they both work to combat signs of aging and are often used interchangeably, they are different processes that serve different purposes for your skin. So which procedure is better to address your skin concerns?
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a process done to stimulate your body’s production of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. After getting your skin numbed with numbing cream, small microscopic injuries are made on your face. They are small enough not to cause any serious damage but strong enough to stimulate your body’s collagen production and rejuvenate your skin.
Microneedling is a short and non-intensive process that only takes about 45 minutes and has a very short recovery time. Most patients recover within 24 hours, and microneedling helps make a meaningful difference for those suffering from:
- Dark Spots
- Acne Scars
- Surgical Scars
- Stretch Marks
- Sun Damage
What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is a group of proteins or “growth factors” derived from the patient’s own blood that helps stimulate growth. PRP is derived using a dual-spin processing system to separate the platelets from your blood cells and the plasma. PRP is used in various cases to help relieve pain for and treat skin conditions, muscle injuries, and torn tendons, and has now begun to transcend the skincare industry.
How Does Microneedling With PRP Benefit You?
Microneedling with PRP — also known as a “vampire facial” — only takes a few seconds longer than a regular microneedling treatment but will include a layer of your PRP to further stimulate skin rejuvenation. The skin openings will allow the body to absorb the PRP into deeper layers of the skin, and when you’re done, you wash off the PRP whenever it works for you. Some patients choose to wait a few minutes, while others prefer to wait a day; there is no set time limit.
Essentially, PRP helps to stimulate your cell growth much faster than regular microneedling does. It acts as a messenger between your cells and their growth factors and lets your body know it’s time to speed up the process.
Which One Gives You the Best Results?
So which skin rejuvenation tactic should you undertake for the best results? Either method works well on any skin type and skin tone, and you can get them done on your face, neck, chest, and body. Both processes also require multiple treatments, but patients will begin to see results a few weeks after the first treatment.
That being said, most patients who undergo PRP enriched microneedling usually see quicker effects for more intense skin issues — like wrinkles and fine lines — and PRP procedures tend to last longer than micro-needling procedures without it. PRP procedures can last about 12-18 months, whereas regular microneedling treatments last about 3-5 months.
Whichever Procedure You Choose, South Jersey Aesthetics Can Ensure You Get the Best Results
At South Jersey Aesthetics, we know that growing old always tends to come along faster than we want it to, but fortunately, there are ways to combat your skin aging concerns. No matter what procedure you undergo, residents looking for facials in South Jersey can rest assured knowing their treatment is handled by one of the finest professionals in the industry.
Contact us today to learn more about our anti-aging procedures or other non-invasive treatments!.