Microneedling is an elective cosmetic procedure used to help minimize the signs of aging. Microneedling/PRP is the same procedure with platelet-rich plasma added to the injection. Undergoing a microneedling procedure with PRP helps improve the healing process by decreasing the amount and time the skin appears red and swollen post-treatment.
Patients undergo traditional microneedling to treat age spots, wrinkles, scarring, and various forms of hyperpigmentation. Microneedling/PRP helps boost the benefits and effects of standard microneedling. This boost allows patients to achieve desired results faster. Though microneedling can be used anywhere on the body, it is typically only used to treat the face when PRP is added.
Most patients make good candidates for microneedling/PRP procedures. However, a few cases are when a patient might not be the best fit for the treatment. For example, microneedling with PRP may not be the best option for those who are pregnant, use (or have used) Accutane for acne, have active acne with new scarring, have skin conditions (eczema or rosacea), scar easily, undergone skin radiation in the last year, or have a history of poor wound healing. A medical professional can evaluate the patient’s medical history and determine if they are a good candidate for this procedure
As a cosmetic procedure, medical insurance does not cover microneedling with PRP. Therefore, all costs for the procedure must be paid out of pocket. Prices vary on the provider and location but average around $750 per procedure. The higher costs associated with microneedling with PRP reflect the base cost of microneedling and the added PRP treatment. Since more than one treatment is needed, patients may end up paying between $2,000 and $4,500 to receive anywhere between three and six sessions.
Though still expensive, microneedling with PRP is still cheaper than most invasive surgery options. Those wanting the procedure but might be lacking enough money should speak with the specialist or the clinic to discuss options. Some options may include payment plans, membership discounts, third-party financing, or complete package pricing.
Finding a Provider
A medically trained professional is required when having a microneedling with PRP treatments. The professional is trained and experienced in providing treatment, helping patients through the process, and dealing with unforeseen side effects. Request a consultation with prospective doctors to discuss treatment plans and ask about their experience and certifications.
Qualified doctors have all qualifications and paperwork related to insurance and licensing ready to share with patients. Additionally, they have a portfolio with before and after images of clients, along with recommendation letters.
The most common side effects of microneedling with PRP include bruises and inflammation. These symptoms occur near the treatment area, appearing immediately after treatment, and lasting about four to six days. To reduce side effects, avoid sun exposure, harsh skin treatments, and not pick or rub the treated area.
Because PRP contains the blood of the patient, there is little chance of experiencing cross-contamination or infection. More severe but rare complications include scarring and infection. Those with these symptoms or side effects should speak with their health care professional for additional treatment.
Using PRP along with microneedling treatments helps improve recovery time and the effectiveness of the treatment. As with most injection-based cosmetic procedures, it can take multiple treatments before seeing desired results. Once the course of treatment is completed, schedule follow-up appointments with the doctor for maintenance procedures and monitoring.
The first step to undergoing microneedling with PRP is to schedule a consultation with a licensed and experienced provider. Ask questions and discuss concerns, including costs, during the consultation. If satisfied with the provider, schedule an appointment to undergo microneedling with PRP.