Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Did you know that you can actually treat issues such as dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles with a product that is created by your own body? Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) skin rejuvenation is a natural way to help stimulate collagen regeneration which can tighten and smooth the skin. PRP can help fill in wrinkles, improve texture and tone, and take years off of your appearance.


The Centre for Cosmetic Surgery offers platelet-rich plasma therapy for patients looking for a minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. PRP stimulates the production of collagen, creates new blood cells, and regenerates damaged tissue to improve the overall quality and health of your skin. If you are looking for a treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and tighten loose or lax skin, platelet-rich therapy may be the right choice for you!

What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma contains concentrated levels of platelets, about three to five times the amount of platelets found in blood circulating in the body. To create platelet-rich plasma, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient’s arm and is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma. The PRP is then re-injected in small amounts into the dermal layer of the patient’s skin. PRP therapy is known as an autologous treatment because it is created from the patient’s own blood. This regenerative treatment helps reduce the visible signs of aging by stimulating the production of new collagen, regenerating damaged tissues, and increasing blood flow in the treated area.

Benefits of PRP Therapy

 
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooths uneven skin tone and texture
  • Minimizes the appearance of acne scarring & trauma scars
  • Tightens loose or lax skin
  • Tones and lifts the skin
  • Improves the quality of the skin
  • Natural treatment for hair loss
 

Skin Rejuvenation

Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and stimulate new cell growth. When the PRP is injected into specific areas of the skin, it acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow and regenerate tissue as well as speeds up the skin’s repair process. This repair process results in smoother, tighter skin, less scarring, and improved skin tone.

What Does The PRP Treatment Consist Of?

After separating the highly concentrated platelet rich plasma from your own blood sample, it will be prepared into a series of injections. These take a few minutes to administer and are mildly uncomfortable due to topical numbing. After the injections are complete, the less concentrated plasma is applied to the surface of your skin. A microneedling pen that is comprised of sterile needle tips needle is used to create controlled micro channels in your skin. This creates tissue injury which gives an added jump start to the PRP to stimulate tissue repair and growth. The microneedling procedure is relatively painless and take about 30 minutes to complete. When the injections are paired with microneedling, you get even greater results than microneedling alone!

What To Expect Before & After The Procedure.

While the PRP is being prepared your skin will be cleaned and numbed for the treatment. PRP therapy is an autologous treatment, meaning it comes from the patient’s own body, so there is little chance of an adverse reaction. Mild swelling and moderate redness will occur and will fade within 1-3 days. Occasionally, there may be some bruising which should resolve within 5 days. Typically, the downtime with this procedure is very minimal and the results are well worth it.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Three treatment sessions are generally recommended spaced 1 to 2 months apart with the best outcomes after 3-4 treatments within a 3-6 month time span. We also recommend maintenance treatments 2-3 times a year (every 4-6 months) going forward to keep your great results.

When Do I See Results?

Platelet-rich plasma improves the quality of your skin on a cellular level so the results of the treatment appear gradually. Most patients begin to notice an improvement in the tone and texture of their skin about a month after treatment with optimal results becoming visible about three months following the initial treatment. Results of PRP therapy treatments can last for 18 to 24 months. Results may vary.

Hair Restoration

Hair loss is one of the most disappointing cosmetic issues that can affect men and women and can lead to drastic deterioration in confidence. For those looking to reverse the effects of hair loss, PRP is a useful and all natural option. It is a technique that is all natural and non-invasive that has numerous studies and patient outcomes demonstrating its effectiveness of PRP hair restoration.

How Does PRP Work on The Scalp?

PRP is rich with essential nutrients and growth factors that are believed to help decrease inflammation and stimulate new follicular hair regrowth. PRP is most effective when used in conjunction with other treatment options and prescription home care which our providers can discuss with you at your initial appointment.

Am I A Good Candidate?

Men and women experiencing symptoms of hair loss will likely benefit from this procedure in conjunction with other treatment options. If you are experiencing these symptoms, an initial consultation with one of our providers is important to discuss your needs and goals. Unfortunately, PRP does not work for all types of hair loss so it is important to discuss this with a provider prior to treatments.

 

FAQ

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are composed of solid material that fills lines and skin folds. These fillers are indicated to soften deeper lines such as the folds around the mouth area, or to plump lips. They usually last from 6-18 months; repeated treatments are required to fill the area again.

PRP stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation rather than individual wrinkle improvement. PRP is used for volumizing faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows, improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use.

Restylane and Juvederm can be used with PRP as the two types of treatments are meant for different purposes; they supplement each other to give the best final outcome of a more youthful looking face. Restylane and Juvederm fill specific lines and folds; PRP improves overall volume, fullness, and skin tone. PRP acts to improve overall quality, tightness, and texture of the skin rather than filling individual deeper wrinkles.

Upon activation, platelets release growth factors and other molecules. These growth factors are regeneration-promoting signaling molecules, such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and others. These molecules are shown to regulate the healing cascade, including inflammation and cell proliferation.

The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform.
The number of procedures needed depends on each individual patient, the patient’s desired results and individual treatment plan. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended spaced 1 to 2 months apart with the best outcomes after 3-4 treatments within a 3-6 month time span. We also recommend maintenance treatments 2-3 times a year (every 4-6 months) going forward to keep your great results.
Most patients don’t report any discomfort from PRP treatments. The blood draw is over in seconds and we do everything we can to keep you comfortable. There may be some minor level of discomfort during the procedure, as well as some redness immediately following the treatment that should go away in about 2-3 hours.
PRP therapy is an autologous treatment, meaning it comes from the patient’s own body, so there is little chance of an adverse reaction. Mild swelling and moderate redness will occur and will fade within 1-3 days. Occasionally, there may be some bruising which should resolve within 5 days. Typically, the downtime with this procedure is very minimal and the results are well worth it.
PRP therapy treatments have no downtime associated with them. Most patients are able to immediately return to their daily activities following a treatment session.
 

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