PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) has been used for a number of years in orthopedics and sports medicine, to treat muscle and ligament injuries, pain problems, and skin lesions. Due to the success of PRP in medicine, the procedure was then developed into an ant-aging treatment designed to induce new collagen production, reduce wrinkles, and diminish the visible signs of aging by growing new healthy tissue.
PRP is considered to be a safe, natural treatment because, rather than using a synthetic substance, it uses cells and growth factors from your own blood to slow and even reverse the aging process for a more youthful and radiant appearance. Collagen is what gives skin a firm, youthful appearance. As we age, less collagen is produced, causing sagging, wrinkles and soft tissue depressions in the skin. Once injected under the skin or applied topically onto the surface of the skin, PRP therapy counteracts aging by stimulating new collagen production in the exact areas of concern where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. PRP can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and scalp.
The number of treatments needed varies per patient. We recommend 1-3 treatments administered at four-week intervals until the desired result is achieved, followed by 1-2 maintenance treatments per year. While some result is visible immediately at the time of treatment, there is usually a return to baseline in 3-5 days as the PRP is absorbed back into the body prior to the complete action of the cellular regenerative process. Most patients see improvement after 8 weeks with results lasting up to 2 years.
Procedure: Approximately 20- 30 ml of blood are drawn from the patient in the same way blood samples are taken for routine lab tests. The tubes of blood are put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the PRP. Once injected under the skin or applied topically onto the skin after microneedling, the PRP releases growth factors and activates multi-potent stem cells to generate new, younger tissue. This new tissue synthesis includes new collagen for firmness and elasticity, new fatty tissue for plumpness and smoothness, and new blood vessels for a healthy rosy glow.
Discomfort & Risks: The injection and/or topical application of PRP is very safe because cells from the patient’s own blood are used, which means there is no chance of the body rejecting the cells.