For many of us, the new year is a time to set and achieve new goals, including goals that help us feel better as people. Considering how our physical appearance is intertwined with our sense of self-confidence, it makes sense to focus at least some of our “new year energy” on setting — and achieving — aesthetic goals, too. And that includes taking steps to reduce those pesky signs of aging.
With offices in Arcadia, Miami, Bradenton, Homestead, Sarasota, Venice, Longboat Key, Bradenton, and Northport, Florida, and Midwest City, Oklahoma, Luminary Dermatology helps patients achieve their aesthetic goals and feel more confident, with innovative treatments like microneedling with PRP.
Here, learn how this state-of-the-art treatment that combines two techniques can help you look and feel your best.
Both microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be used alone to treat specific aesthetic concerns, but when used in combination, each technique enhances the other for even better results.
Microneedling uses a special device that’s studded with tiny, thin needles. During treatment, we pass the device over your skin while those tiny needles create a series of “microchannels” in the upper layers of your skin. In turn, these micro injuries cause “controlled damage” that spurs natural healing responses, including ramped-up production of a protein fiber called collagen.
Collagen is abundantly present in youthful skin, providing a scaffolding that helps your skin look and feel firm and naturally lifted. As we age, though, we produce far less collagen, and our skin starts to sag, droop, and look more worn and tired.
Because of its ability to trigger natural healing and rejuvenation, microneedling is ideal for:
Microneedling also improves circulation in the treatment area, bringing in added oxygen and nutrients while helping diminish the effects of inflammation.
Platelet-rich plasma is a liquid solution that’s taken from a sample of your own blood. Once we extract the sample, it’s processed in a special device that separates the plasma and platelets from the rest of your blood.
This process increases the concentration of platelets, tiny blood components that contain growth factors, which are proteins heavily involved in tissue healing. After the sample is drawn and processed, we apply it to your skin during microneedling. This extra step allows PRP to penetrate into the microchannels to deeper layers of tissue where healing processes actually occur.
Microneedling with PRP can be an effective way to help your skin look its best at every age. However, because the treatment relies on natural changes inside your skin, it can take several weeks to see the full results. Scheduling your visit now ensures your skin will look radiant by the time warm weather arrives.
Better still, while many people think of microneedling with PRP as a facial treatment, it can be used in other areas, too. Treatments can be repeated as needed to provide your skin with the extra support it needs as it ages.