PRP Injections

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma is one component of our blood.  It contains valuable ingredients including platelets, growth factors, adhesive proteins, coagulation factors, cytokines, and chemokines.  All these ingredients contribute to wound healing and rejuvenation.  It has been used for its healing properties for many years by heart surgeons, sports medicine doctors, dentists, and wound care specialists.  In recent years, dermatologists and skin care specialists began using it for facial rejuvenation and hair restoration. When injected back into the tissues, collagen type I and II are synthesized and neovascularization, or growth of new blood vessels, begins.  In turn, we support the health of the skin, stimulate structural integrity, and restore the lost glow.

During the treatment, a small amount of whole blood is taken from the arm.  The blood is separated in a centrifuge, or a device that rapidly spins the blood, separating it by its density.  Then we extract the PRP and prepare it for injection.  There are many uses for PRP in rejuvenation.  Often, it is injected directly into areas of need, such as the hollows or dark areas under the eyes.  In other cases, it is applied to the surface of the skin and deposited into the superficial layers of the skin using a microneedling (link) device.  It is also used in micro-channeling devices like Aquagold (link) and for hair restoration (link).

The process for rejuvenation starts immediately but develops gradually over weeks to months.  We often perform a series of treatments over many months to years.  This treatment is perfect for those who want to rejuvenate their skin but are not ready to undergo more invasive treatments or injectables.

Tip:  PRP is one of the most underappreciated treatments and provides excellent prevention!  If we could get every single one of our patients do one or two of these treatments every year, they would avoid the need to do more invasive treatments later in life.

Results

The goal of PRP injections is brighter and fuller tissues. It is important to know that these results develop overtime and changes are gradual between each treatment. However, after the series is complete, the results are more dramatic. After an optimal result is reached, we maintain as necessary with follow-up treatments every 6-18 months.

Side Effects & Recovery

PRP is injected with tiny needles, meaning swelling and bruising are possible. Swelling is common because we are injecting a larger volume of PRP into the areas of concern. Swelling may last a few days but generally resolves quickly. Bruising is generally subtle, but there is always a chance for concealer-required bruises that last up to 1 week.

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