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Dr. Amber Bocknek

Microneedling and PRP/PRF

Microneedling and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) are both cosmetic procedures that aim to improve the appearance of the skin.  Let's explore the similarities and differences between microneedling and PRP:

Microneedling:

Mechanism of Action:

  • Process: Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves the use of a device with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the skin's natural healing processes, leading to the production of new collagen and elastin.  Serum of growth factors from health donors are infused through the small openings made by the needles to stimulate the skin

Benefits:

  • Collagen Production: Microneedling promotes collagen production, which is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.
  • Improves Texture: The procedure can improve the texture of the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, and enhance overall skin tone.

Common Uses:

  • Acne Scars: Microneedling is often used to address acne scars and other types of scars.
  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines: It is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Microneedling can contribute to overall skin rejuvenation.

Procedure:

  • Devices: Microneedling can be performed using various devices, including dermarollers and motorized pens equipped with sterile, disposable needles and a donor-derived growth factor serum.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP/PRF):

Mechanism of Action:

  • Process: PRP involves drawing a small amount of the patient's blood, processing it to concentrate the platelets, and then injecting or applying the PRP to the treatment area. Platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration.

Benefits:

  • Collagen Stimulation: PRP promotes collagen production and accelerates the healing process.
  • Tissue Regeneration: The growth factors in PRP can enhance tissue regeneration and repair damaged skin.

Common Uses:

  • Facial Rejuvenation: PRP is often used for facial rejuvenation to improve skin texture and tone.
  • Hair Restoration: It can be used to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth in cases of thinning or hair loss.
  • Genitalia – men and women: PRP injections are utilized in uro/gynecology to improve sexual sensation, ability to have an orgasma and performance.

Procedure:

  • Blood Draw: A small amount of the patient's blood is drawn.
  • Centrifugation: The blood is processed in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets.
  • Application: The PRP is then applied or injected into the targeted area.

Similarities:

  1. Collagen Stimulation:
    • Both microneedling and PRP promote collagen production, contributing to improved skin texture and firmness.
  2. Natural Healing Response:
    • Both procedures harness the body's natural healing response to enhance skin rejuvenation.
  3. Minimally Invasive:
    • Both microneedling and PRP are minimally invasive procedures, with limited downtime compared to more aggressive treatments.

Differences:

  1. Procedure Type:
    • Microneedling involves the use of a microneedling device, while PRP involves a blood draw and centrifugation to obtain platelet-rich plasma.
  2. Application Method:
    • Microneedling physically punctures the skin, creating microchannels for product absorption. PRP is either injected or applied topically after the skin has been prepared by microneedling or another method.
  3. Primary Use:
    • Microneedling is often used for improving skin texture, reducing scars, and addressing wrinkles, while PRP has diverse applications, including facial rejuvenation, hair restoration, and uro/gynecology purposes.

In summary, while microneedling and PRP share the common goal of promoting collagen production and improving skin health, they achieve these outcomes through different mechanisms. Combining these treatments is a popular approach for achieving comprehensive skin rejuvenation. Individuals interested in these procedures should consult with a qualified healthcare professional or dermatologist to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on their specific skin concerns and goals.



At a glance - microneedleing

Downtime
2-3 days

Procedure length
40 minutes

Discomfort
minimal

Session protocol
4 treatments done monthly

Maintenance
Every 3-6 months
Can be done monthly for exceptional results

At a glance - PRP

Downtime
Local recovery 7-14 days IF bruising
Makeup is permitted
Swelling x 1-3 days

Procedure length
40 minutes

Discomfort
Anaesthesia options are provided

Session protocol
4 teatments, done monthly

Maintenance
Every 3 months year 1
Every 4-6 months subsequently