At any age, patients may wish for more even, glowing, and healthy-looking skin. This is especially true as patients grow older, when visible signs of aging including fine lines and poor elasticity become more noticeable. Many treatment options are available for these patients, and one option that Dr. Skura frequently recommends is deep microneedling with PRP. This treatment option combines two methods of triggering new skin cell, collagen, and elastin development for healthier and more youthful-looking skin. In Chicago, Illinois, patients can receive deep microneedling with PRP treatments at Art Aesthetica.
Microneedling is much as it sounds. The treatment involves using a series of ultrafine needles to make tiny holes or micro-injuries in the skin. This small and controlled amount of damage triggers the natural healing response, which promotes new skin cells as well as collagen and elastin. This results in firmer and more youthful-looking skin. Deep microneedling is a specialized form of the procedure in which longer microneedles are used for more thorough results.
At Art Aesthetica, deep microneedling is combined with PRP. This involves the topical application of platelet-rich plasma derived from the patient’s own blood. PRP encourages new cell growth, furthering the effectiveness of microneedling. At the same time, the PRP can further penetrate the skin’s layers thanks to the micro-injuries created through the microneedling process.
Deep microneedling with PRP can be beneficial for a range of concerns, including:
- Fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Poor elasticity or crepey texture
- Scarring, including acne scars or burn scars
- Discoloration and uneven skin tone
- Stretch marks
After completing a consultation to ensure you are a suitable candidate, the process begins by first preparing the PRP. This involves drawing blood and preparing it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma.
Microneedling then takes place, which involves stamping the skin with microneedles using a small handheld device. A topical numbing solution may be applied prior to microneedling to maintain your comfort.
Once deep microneedling is complete, the PRP can be applied topically.
While deep microneedling with PRP does not require downtime, visible side effects including redness and slight swelling usually occur. This means that patients can drive themselves home and return to their routines, but many choose some social downtime due to the visible side effects. Other common side effects include sensitivity or tenderness as well as bruising at either the treatment area or the blood draw site. Side effects typically subside within a few days. Dr. Skura will advise you to avoid direct sun exposure or applying products including makeup to the area until initial healing is complete. Specific aftercare instructions will be explained during your appointment.
To learn more about deep microneedling with PRP, schedule a consultation with Dr. Skura at Art Aesthetica in Chicago. During your consultation, Dr. Skura will review your health history, aesthetic concerns, and treatment goals to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. To schedule your consultation, contact Art Aesthetica.