What are PRP microneedling and Its Benefits?

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As we age, our skin loses its natural ability to regenerate collagen, which is the protein that gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. As a result, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars start to appear, making our skin look dull and aged. Skincare treatments have become increasingly popular to combat these signs of aging. One of the most effective treatments is PRP microneedling. In this article, we will explore the process of PRP microneedling and its benefits. We’ll also discuss how the SkinPen, a collagen induction therapy device, plays an important role in the process. Whether you’re looking to improve the texture and tone of your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, or reduce hyperpigmentation, PRP microneedling may be just the treatment you need.

Benefits of PRP Microneedling

PRP microneedling offers a range of benefits for individuals looking to improve the appearance of their skin. Here are some of the main benefits:

Increased Collagen Production:

One of the primary benefits of PRP microneedling is that it stimulates collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a vital protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin, and as we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. PRP microneedling can help increase collagen production, leading to firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.

Reduced Appearance of Scars:

PRP microneedling is an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of scars, including acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks. The microneedling process breaks up scar tissue, and the PRP helps stimulate collagen production, resulting in smoother, more even-looking skin.

Improved Skin Texture:

PRP microneedling can help improve the skin’s texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections. The treatment can also help minimize the size of pores and improve skin tone and overall radiance.

Safe and Non-Invasive:

PRP microneedling is a safe and non-invasive treatment that does not require any downtime. Unlike more invasive treatments like surgery, PRP microneedling does not require general anesthesia, incisions, or a lengthy recovery period.

Long-Lasting Results:

PRP microneedling can provide long-lasting results, with improvements in the skin’s appearance continuing for several months after treatment. With proper skincare and maintenance, the results of PRP microneedling can last for up to a year or more.

PRP Microneedling: Combining SkinPen with Platelet-Rich Plasma

PRP microneedling is a treatment that combines the SkinPen microneedling device with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP therapy involves using a patient’s blood, which is processed to concentrate the platelets and growth factors, creating a serum applied to the skin. When combined with microneedling, the PRP can penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing its effectiveness.

During a PRP microneedling treatment, the provider will start by drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. The blood is then processed to concentrate the platelets and growth factors. Next, the SkinPen creates micro-injuries in the skin, allowing the PRP serum to penetrate deeper into the skin. Combining the micro-injuries and the PRP serum stimulates collagen production and improves the skin’s overall appearance.

PRP microneedling is an effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. It also has the added benefit of being a natural treatment, using the patient’s blood to promote healing. Additionally, like SkinPen alone, PRP microneedling has minimal downtime, with most patients experiencing redness and mild swelling for a few days following the treatment.

Overall, PRP microneedling is an excellent option for those looking for a natural way to improve their skin’s appearance. It combines the benefits of microneedling with the healing properties of platelet-rich plasma, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

SkinPen: Collagen Induction Therapy

The SkinPen is a small device that, when used by a licensed and trained provider, delivers astounding results in treating acne scars, pigmentation, and fine lines. The SkinPen contains many ultra-fine needles that penetrate the skin to get your skin to heal naturally, producing collagen and, in the process, softening imperfections in the skin. This process is known as collagen induction therapy, and it sounds scary because of all those needles, but it is painless.

You most likely will feel pressure during the treatment, but with the careful use of numbing cream and soothing after-treatment, you will not feel any pain. Many people describe the treatment as a mild vibration sensation. The SkinPen is the only FDA-cleared Class II microneedling device safe and effective for all skin types.

Collagen induction therapy is effective on acne scars, pigmentation, and fine lines. The treatment is minimally invasive and requires minimal downtime, usually less than a day, especially compared to other treatments. Additionally, the SkinPen improves skin appearance by promoting your skin to heal in its natural way of generating collagen.

If you want to learn more about SkinPen and how it can help you look your best, schedule a consultation with River Oaks Skin Institute. Our licensed and trained providers can help determine if the SkinPen is the right treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Microneedling?

PRP microneedling is a safe and effective treatment for most individuals, but it may not suit everyone. Generally, those who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment are good candidates for PRP microneedling.

PRP microneedling may not be suitable for individuals who:

  • Have active skin infections or diseases
  • Have a history of keloid scars or abnormal wound healing
  • Are you pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are currently taking blood-thinning medications
  • Have an account of blood disorders or autoimmune diseases

During a consultation, a licensed and trained provider can assess whether PRP microneedling is right for you based on your medical history and skin condition.

While PRP microneedling is a safe treatment option, it may not suit everyone. Working with a licensed and trained provider who can help determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs is essential.

What to Expect During and After PRP Microneedling Treatment

Before the Treatment:

Before the PRP microneedling treatment, the provider will conduct a consultation to evaluate your skin and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. If you are a good candidate, the provider will instruct you to stop using certain skincare products, such as retinol, at least a week before the treatment.

During the Treatment:

During the PRP microneedling treatment, the provider will apply a numbing cream to the area to minimize discomfort. The provider will then use the SkinPen device to create tiny microchannels in the skin, stimulating collagen production. Once the microneedling is complete, the provider will apply a layer of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to the treatment area. The PRP is derived from the patient’s blood, which is drawn and processed on-site before being applied to the skin.

After the Treatment:

Following the PRP microneedling treatment, patients may experience mild redness and swelling, which typically resolves within a few days. Patients may also experience some flaking and dryness as the skin heals. Avoiding sun exposure and using high-quality sunscreen following the treatment to protect the skin and optimize results is essential.


Results from PRP microneedling are typically visible within a few weeks as the skin continues to produce collagen. The full benefits of the treatment may take several months to appear, and multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results. Overall, patients can expect to significantly improve their skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance.


In summary, PRP microneedling is a minimally invasive and safe procedure that can provide a range of benefits for those looking to improve the appearance of their skin. By combining SkinPen microneedling and PRP, this treatment can stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of scars and imperfections, and improve the overall texture and radiance of the skin.

While PRP microneedling may not suit everyone, it is an effective treatment option for many seeking smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin. If you are interested in PRP microneedling, it is essential to consult with a licensed and trained provider to determine if this treatment is right for you.

At River Oaks Skin Institute, we offer various cosmetic services, including PRP microneedling, to help our clients achieve their desired results. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals is dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your cosmetic goals.

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