PRP versus skin needling

When it comes to total skin rejuvenation, two treatments immediately spring to mind – Platelet Rich Plasma – or PRP – and skin needling – or micro needling. Often confused because they both involve needles, these two treatments can significantly restore, repair and revitalise tired and ageing skin. 

So, what’s the difference? Which treatment should you choose? And what’s going to deliver the best result? Here’s everything you need to know: 

 

How they work

While they both involve needles, PRP and skin needling are two very different treatments. PRP is actually a form of cosmetic injectable. It involves drawing a small sample of your blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge for approximately five minutes to separate the plasma from the other blood particles. The platelet rich plasma is then reinjected back into the treatment area to stimulate collagen and elastin production.  

Skin needling meanwhile doesn’t involve injecting a product into your skin, rather it works by penetrating the top layers of your skin with micro-needles that create pin-point injuries in the deeper layers. This then triggers the body’s natural healing response, stimulating new collagen and elastin formation. 

Where they treat

PRP and skin needling are both used to treat the face, neck, décolletage and hands. PRP however, is extremely effective for difficult to treat areas, such as the delicate under eye area where clients often notice signs of ageing first but where no laser can be used.  

Results

In terms of benefits, PRP and skin needling deliver very similar results including: 

  • Reducing wrinkles and fine lines 
  • Tightening and improving elasticity 
  • Shrinking pores 
  • Boosting collagen  
  • Improving the appearance of scars 

That being said, each treatment has its strengths – PRP is particularly good for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, while skin needling is great for reducing active acne and acne scarring.  

The two treatments do vary in terms of length of results. Results from skin needling typically last one to three months, while results from PRP typically last 12 to 18 months.  

Downtime

Another big difference between PRP and skin needling is downtime. While both relatively painless treatments, PRP requires one to two days of downtime, whereas skin needling has none so you can return to your regular activities immediately.  

The bottom line is, both treatments are fantastic for total skin rejuvenation and pack an even more powerful punch when combined together. Still unsure which treatment is right for you? Book a consultation with our masters today to learn more about our PRP and skin needling treatments and how we can help you master the artistry of you.  

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