Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
How does PRP work?
PRP has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation. PRP therapy is a treatment which uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume. PRP occurs naturally in our bodies. For a PRP treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the client and placed in a sterile tube, then spun in a centrifuge to separate red and white cells from platelets and plasma (clear fluid). This plasma now has a higher than normal number of platelets, thus making it platelet-rich plasma.
PRP has a long history of use in sports and orthopedic medicine as well as dentistry and reconstructive surgery. We are now seeing that it can also significantly benefit cosmetic facial rejuvenation, dermatology and skin wound healing.
How can PRP be used to rejuvenate skin?
When injected into the skin, PRP grows new collagen and newer studies show that it can also soften sun damage while smoothing and tightening skin. It is an effective treatment in correcting common age-related skin concerns such as dark circles and hollows under the eyes, fine lines, sagging, decreased firmness and uneven tone. PRP can also be successfully used to treat thinning hair and hair-loss particularly male pattern baldness.
What are treatments like?
Injections are quick—only about 15-20 minutes—and relatively painless. There may be some mild swelling, redness and bruising which typically dissipate in 1-3 days. Since PRP is made from the client’s own cells, there is virtually no risk of side effects.
What about results?
Results typically begin to show 3-4 weeks after treatment and continue to improve over time. For best results, three treatments are generally recommended, spaced about 1-2 months apart. Clients typically report smoother skin texture and improved tone, decreased wrinkles and fine lines and an overall firmer appearance.
How is PRP different from dermal fillers?
PRP works differently from dermal fillers. While dermal fillers fill individual wrinkles or treatment areas with natural substances such as hyaluronic acid, PRP improves overall skin tone and texture.
Can PRP be used with other treatments?
PRP works very well in combination with several treatments such as epidermal blading, microdermabrasion, oxygenation therapy and radio frequency skin tightening. It can also be combined with other cosmetic injectables.