Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Rejuvenation
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is known as a “natural filler” treatment that gives a more youthful appearance to the skin with minimal downtime. There are virtually no risks of allergies or sensitivity as PRP is derived from your own blood. PRP is actually blood plasma containing high concentrations of platelets that stimulate stem cells to help the body regenerate and heal at a faster rate. PRP improves overall skin texture, decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and plumps hollowing areas such as tear trough grooves, cheeks, and temples. PRP can also help smooth both acne and surgical scars.
Overview of the PRP Treatment
PRP Facial Rejuvenation takes about an hour to complete. A topical numbing cream may be applied 1 hour before the treatment to the treatment area to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Next, 1-4 vials of blood are drawn and centrifuged to separate out a layer of concentrated plasma rich cells, platelets and growth factors. This layer is then extracted and injected into the skin using very fine needles. Patients typically experience mild stinging during the procedure. ProNox (laughing gas) may be used to further minimize discomfort during the injection process for an additional cost. Injecting PRP directly into the tissue allows your body to absorb and fully utilize all the benefits of your extracted platelet rich plasma.
PRP facial rejuvenation naturally stimulates your body’s own collagen production, and it takes about three months for maximum collagen regeneration to occur. Most patients notice an improvement in their skin texture in the first month after the treatment. It is recommended to have 2-3 treatments spaced at 6- 8 week intervals. The results of PRP rejuvenation are long term with most patients receiving touch up treatments at one year to further stimulate collagen production and continued facial rejuvenation. For more immediate improvement, we can combine the benefits of the PRP facial rejuvenation with Botox, fillers, microneedling, and laser skin resurfacing.
Risks and Recovery
PRP Facial Rejuvenation is one of the lowest risk treatments because the process involves injecting a substance sourced from your own body. Mild injection site bruising, swelling or redness can occur but usually resolves after 3-7 days following the procedure and may be safely concealed with make-up shortly after the treatment. Other risks include infection and pain at injection sites. It is recommended that patients start taking Arnica, a homeopathic medication that naturally decreases bruising and swelling following procedures.
Post care for injection of PRP
For 3 days after the procedure:
For treatments involving the face or lip area:
Post care for topical application of PRP (combined with microneedling or laser)
Potential Side Effects:
In some very rare cases, slight side effects may occur: redness, local swelling, edema, local pain. These should not last more than a few hours, but can last up to a few days. These are normal treatment consequences. In case of local infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Nevertheless, immediately contact your treating provider with any questions. Multiple treatments are needed for optimal results.