Microneedling is a procedure that can improve the look of your skin, from lines and wrinkles to stretch marks. There are several forms of microneedling that may work, depending on your unique skin and needs.
Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure that involves using small needles to perform controlled damage on the skin. The needles used on the skin can be made of different materials and come in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. The size of the needles used may depend on the specific area of skin being treated, such as the face versus body skin. Delicate skin, such as that around the eyes, may warrant finer needles. When shorter, thinner needles are used, they cause less damage to the skin and can minimize bleeding during the procedure. If you are on the fence about various procedures used to rejuvenate skin, such as chemical peels or lasers, you may want to try microneedling first, since it is the most gentle on skin. Some form of topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling is similar to conventional microneedling, but it adds RF. The addition of RF helps increase the amount of controlled damage to the skin. One of the advantages of RF over other treatments, such as lasers, is RF can be used on a wide variety of skin tones. RF does not rely on color, unlike many types of lasers. Adding RF to conventional microneedling also allows the controlled damage to reach deeper into the skin without causing unnecessary damage, like deeper chemical peels. RF microneedling can be a better choice than conventional microneedling for people who have more significant skin issues, such as deeper lines or more extensive acne marks that change the texture of their skin.
Microneedling With PRP
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be added to RF microneedling to further improve the skin. Before the microneedling procedure, your blood will be drawn, much like a blood draw for lab work. The blood is placed into a special machine (centrifuge) that separates the plasma from the red blood cells. Plasma and platelets rise to the top of the red blood cells, making them easy to acquire. After the RF microneedling session, the PRP is either injected directly into the skin or applied on top of the skin. If it is applied to the skin, it can be absorbed into the small holes already created by the procedure. PRP is used to enhance microneedling because the PRP contains healing factors that can promote better skin.
There are various forms of microneedling that can be used to improve a wide range of skin issues. This non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment, whether used alone or with RF or PRP, can be safer for the skin than other treatments and improve the look and texture of your skin.