PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is also known as Plasma Rich in growth factors is the latest tendency in anti-aging. Cosmetic regenerative PRP therapy provides growth factors from your own blood to optimize your wound healing and is used for several non-surgical cosmetic skin treatments to enhance the results. The most popular uses of PRP include:
- Improving skin texture
- Adding volume to the face, hands, and neck (PRP-HA)
- Treating fine lines and wrinkles around and below the eyes
- Plumping up undereye grooves
- Minimizing wrinkles and lines around the mouth
- Improving acne scars and stretch marks
- Treatment with PRP can be completed in less than 30 minutes. When the patient arrives, a small vial of blood is drawn, similar to the volume required for routine blood work. The blood is then spin in a centrifuge to separate the growth factors, and platelets from the rest of the blood. Once this unique mixture is obtained, it can be injected directly into the targeted areas or applied through micro needling.
- To achieve the best results, most of our patients have three treatments, spaced at 4 to 8 week intervals. During the first month, a noticeable improvement in skin texture can be seen. Maximum collagen regeneration occurs around 3 months after the initial treatment, resulting in in plumper, lifted skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. The results of the treatment are typically maintained for 12-18 months. Many patients opt to undergo touch-up treatments after one year to maintain their results.
Platelet-rich plasma treatments are ideal for individuals who are looking for a gradual improvement in their skin’s appearance and seek noticeable, natural looking results. It is appropriate for individuals with mild to moderate signs of aging. Candidates should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
This procedure is not suitable if you have certain blood disorders, platelet dysfunction, severe anemia, or blood or bone cancers. Patients who take blood thinning medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and other NSAIDs, should discontinue their medication for two weeks prior to their PRP cosmetic treatment and for one week afterwards.