Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that’s primarily used to minimize the signs of aging. Traditional microneedling is used to treat everything from wrinkles to scars.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a substance that’s thought to promote healing when injected. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special “factors,” or proteins, that support cell growth.
Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, PRP is designed for the face only.
During a standard microneedling session, a medical-grade device with needles to prick the skin and stimulate new collagen production. PRP injections can be added to the session for an additional cost. Microneedling with PRP is said to create more tightness in the skin and speed the healing.
You may have seen online photos of a celebrity or influencer’s face covered with blood after this procedure. This is where the nickname “vampire facial” comes from. However, these pictures show an older method of applying whole blood to the skin while microneedling. With recent advances in treatment, only the PRP from the blood is applied to the face. The result is a milder pinkness or redness on the face.