Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment: Rejuvenation From Within…
Submitted by Dr Gail Humble on June 10, 2011
Platlet rich Plasma or PRP is a treatment that involves injecting a concentrated source of platelet rich plasma obtained from patient’s own blood to into respective area of concern to promote tissue healing. PRP has been used not only for cosmetic purposes but also in treating orthopedic conditions such as joint degenerative conditions, tendonitis, plastic surgery, wound healing post surgery or burn injury to name a few.
PRP contains not only high concentrations of platelets but also seven different growth factors that stimulates tissue regeneration, collagen production and formation of new blood vessels to the treated area.
PRP treatment is a great option for:
- Improving wrinkles and lines at the surrounding eyes, mouth, forehead and neck
- Acne Scars
- Dull lifeless and sagging skin
- It can be used in Combination with Fractional Erbium or Non Ablative laser treatment for enhanced effect
- Hair loss treatment
- Patients looking for alternative to fillers. “The Vampire Face Lift”
The PRP procedure involve withdrawing patient’s own blood (~10cc) and centrifuging it to separate the red blood cells from the plasma (yellow colored blood component). The plasma obtained is then reinjected into concerned areas of the face to improve wrinkles, sagging, volume loss, and scars to achieve a rejuvenated, lifting affect. The treatment will not yield an instantaneous result however, will be appreciated over a period of time as new collagen and tissue repair occurs. Improvement can be seen as soon as one day with mesotherapy or dermarolling and PRP applied to the deep dermis, or as long as six weeks when it is used to revolumize the face. PRP can also be combined with different laser treatments for more dramatic results.
We have been finding that the combination of the Erbium resurfacing (Pixel) laser, along with PRP gives even more superior results than the Pixel laser alone. After resurfacing with the Pixel laser, blood is drawn and the PRP is separated out. The PRP is then loaded into a spray gun and sprayed over ones face. Because of the small ablative tunnels created by the Pixel no injection is needed and it is immediately absorbed into the deep Dermis. The healing time is significantly reduced and the results are phenomenal.
We also find that PRP can be combined with Thermage to significantly improve results. In this case The PRP is collected and then injected into the deep dermis thru a mesotherapy needle (a very small 30 gauge needle) prior to Thermage treatment. To find out more about Thermage, click here.
Finally, PRP can be utilized as a stand-alone treatment in one of two ways. The first is thru injection into the deep dermis as a mesotherapy treatment (mentioned above). The second is done with deeper injections. This technique utilizes the PRP to revolumize.
The PRP will rejuvenate skin wherever it is placed. It has amazing results when placed in the hands or the skin on the arms or the skin on the legs.
If you’d like to learn more about PRP and facial rejuvenation then contact Dr. Humble today
or call 310-379-4838