I Absolutely Recommend Microneedling + PRP
I’ve suffered from acne for over a decade, and although I’m finally getting to the point where I’m beginning to get it under control, there’s still something I’m dealing with: acne scars.
Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment where thousands of tiny needle punctures are made in the skin (using a device called a dermapen) to ultimately heal issues like acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
Wait, what? How?
You see, each puncture is registered in the body as a “wound” (albeit a small one), signaling the body to produce collagen and elastin to heal this wound. This leaves the skin more plump, smooth, even-toned, and youthful.
There are tools you can purchase to perform various types of microneedling on your skin at home, but the most effective way to do it is to have a medical microneedling treatment done by a professional.
I went in for a treatment with Dr. Lara Devgan (the best of the best) at her beautiful office in NYC.
To prep the skin, a numbing cream was first applied to my face by one of Dr. Devgan’s sweet assistants. After about 15 minutes, she removed the cream using alcohol wipes. At this point my face was feelin’ pretty silly.
Dr. Devgan then entered the room and took a sample of my blood. Microneedling itself does not require this step, but I was also receiving an add-on called platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
PRP is a golden-colored serum that’s extracted from the blood. When applied to the skin during a microneedling treatment, PRP can increase results exponentially. That’s probably why it’s also referred to as “liquid gold”. This stuff is no joke.
Once she had a sample of my blood, Dr. Devgan placed the tube in a machine, which separated the PRP from the rest of it using a spinning motion. Then it was time to get started.
I closed my eyes and sat back in a nice black chair as Dr. Devgan began the treatment. She did multiple “passes” over my skin with the dermapen, and between each pass applied product to my skin -- alternating between using products from her own skincare line, and the PRP.
After 15 minutes or less, I was all done! Quick, easy, and (mostly) painless. I did feel a bit of pain on the bonier areas of my face (like near my temples), but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. For the most part I felt almost nothing at all.
Immediately after the treatment, my face was pretty red. I have sensitive skin in general, so it’s likely I experienced more redness than most.
After 2-3 hours, the redness had gone down to a point where it was barely noticeable. For the next 24 hours, I just looked like I had a slight sunburn.
By 48 hours, the redness was totally gone -- and I could wear makeup again. Yay!
Around day 3, my skin felt a little rough and dry. This is a totally normal occurrence as the skin is beginning the healing process. It was only noticeable to me, and subsided by the next morning.
By day 11, I started to notice some positive changes. My skin started to feel smoother and more hydrated with a little bit of a glow. My areas of hyperpigmentation had begun to fade.
Most results are seen at the 6-week mark, which is where I am right now. They’re subtle, but to me, they’re everything. My scars are less noticeable, discoloration has improved, and the overall look of my skin is just better.
I think that my skin will require a few more treatments before it gets to the point I’m hoping for, but depending on your skin, one treatment might just be enough for you!
I would absolutely recommend a microneedling + PRP treatment to anyone who can get it. Especially with Dr. Devgan and her team. A+++!