Using your own blood product for healing and rejuvenation is a concept originating from wound healing and orthopedic research. When whole blood is separated into its components by centrifuge, the liquid portion containing platelets, plasma, and dissolved naturally-occurring growth factors can be isolated. This PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is highly beneficial in reversing many of the signs of aging. Typical benefits include increased smoothness, improved elasticity, and “that healthy glow”. These changes are related to the amount of PRP that penetrates the outer skin layer, thereby activating the existing multipotent stem cells to develop and stimulate new collagen, healthier connective tissue, more micro blood vessels, and new micro fat cells, all that regularly repairs older skin. Depending on the individual and the specific procedures, these effects improve for 2-3 months, and last for up to 2 years.
HOW IS PRP OBTAINED?
One or two tubes of blood are drawn from an arm vein. These are then spun in a centrifuge for 10 minutes, separating the platelets plasma and growth factors from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then applied to the treated skin, either topically or by injection. Major benefits include improved skin texture and tone, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, regrowth and thickening of lost or thinning hair, and improvement of scar treatments and stretch mark treatments.
HOW IS PRP GIVEN?
The skin normally functions to prevent things from entering the body. By introducing PRP through therapeutic breaks in the skin, the PRP can do its magic.
- PRP Injections: stand-alone treatments for the face, the most popular method in Europe, stimulates new collagen, enhances microcirculation and regrowth of new healthy skin. Also stimulates hair growth and hair thickening to areas on the scalp of lost or thinning hair. The growth factors start working immediately, and the injected platelets are activated and release additional growth factors that accelerates the desired effects.
- PRP with Injectable Fillers: the most popular method in the U.S., combines the volume replacement of injectable fillers with the skin-enhancing qualities of PRP. By directly injecting the PRP with the fillers, the full benefit of the PRP is delivered directly where it produces the maximal benefits. Addresses most of the major issues contributing to premature or undesirable signs of aging skin. Very effective for reduction of wrinkles, and for improving appearance around the eyes and mouth.
- PRP + Laser or RF (radiofrequency) Treatments: significantly reduces the recovery times associated with laser or RF treatments on the face neck chest hands or body, while meaningfully enhancing the results of the energy treatments. Topically applied PRP is maximally absorbed for 15-20 minutes following the laser or Radio Frequency treatment due to the desired therapeutic injury to the skin. The 30 minute topical PRP treatment significantly reduces the duration and amount of post treatment redness, while increasing the observed effectiveness of the overall session.
- PRP + Microneedling: also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure using a device that contains fine needles. The microneedling pen is programmable to puncture the skin thousands of times per minute in a highly controlled fashion – each puncture creates a micro channel that triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin to fill the channels. By applying PRP immediately before and after the microneedling, the desired bio-cellular products are introduced into and retained by the treated skin, producing the desired benefits.
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