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What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

With all the trending skin care and makeup tutorial videos available today, you may have already seen a live demonstration of one of the newest skin treatments called Microneedling with PRP. You may have even seen our very own live demonstration recently displayed at our annual Open House for our fabulous medspa, The Beauty Clinic! Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), is an exciting new skin treatment that is great for patients wanting to improve their skin tone and texture and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used for other types of aesthetic concerns as well, and patients have been extremely thrilled with the dramatic transformations PRP has helped to reveal!

What is PRP?

PRP is a compound of a high concentration of platelets and growth factors derived from your own blood sample.[1] The procedure is actually quite simple. First, one of our trained medical staff draws a small sample of your blood directly into a special PRP separation tube. Your blood is then placed in a centrifuge where the main blood components (RBC’s, WBC’s, platelets, and plasma) are separated from the PRP. The PRP is then extracted from the tube and is ready to be used.

What is it used for?

PRP is used for a variety of aesthetic procedures. It can be used topically on the face in combination with microneedling. The microneedling device uses a group of tiny “microneedles”  to stamp the skin vertically which create tiny micro channels. The depth at which the needles are inserted is adjustable, helping to customize treatments to each patient and each region of the face. The mechanical stimulation of the microneedles to the lower depths of the skin stimulate collagen production and repair skin for a clearer and healthier glow. In addition, the micro channels from the micro needles allow topical treatments to penetrate the skin to a deeper level of skin repair and rejuvenation.[2]  The number of microneedling with PRP treatments needed depends on a patient’s skin concerns. Each microneedling appointment is typically scheduled about four weeks apart.  Some patients alternate their treatments, adding PRP to every other microneedling appointment.

In addition to the topical method of application, PRP can also be injected and used as an injectable filler. Similarly to the hyaluronic acid injectable fillers that most patients are familiar with, when injected, PRP promotes facial volume. The PRP stimulates the skin to produce collagen, helping to minimize wrinkles. Depending on a patient’s goals, follow-up treatments are usually needed every 6-12 months.

Finally, PRP can also be used to help repair and stimulate hair follicles to help diminish hair loss. The growth factors within the PRP stimulates hair regrowth and can be very beneficial for patients who want to target a thinning area. Some studies have shown thicker hair and increased numbers of hair follicles.[3] Both women and men are candidates for this type of application. Patients often need multiple treatments, and they are generally spaced about four weeks apart.

If you are interested in seeing how PRP can help you to alleviate your individual skin concerns, call us today for more information. We are happy to help schedule a consultation appointment with one of our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons, who can provide a facial analysis and personalized treatment recommendation for you!

 

[1] Eclipse Aesthetics (2017), http://eclipseaesthetics.com/products/eclipse-prp/

[2] Dermapen (2016), http://dermapen.com/mderma-pen/.

[3] Giordano et al. J Cosmet Dermatol (2017), Platelet-rich plasma for androgenetic alopecia: Does it work? Evidence from meta-analysis.

*Individual Results May Vary
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