Platelets are a very important component in our blood. They help us with clotting and healing in our bodies. Platelets also carry multiple growth factors – important components for cell recovery and natural tissue regeneration. When injected into our own damaged skin tissue, growth factors can smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, soften scars and improve rough skin. This technology is called Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP. By using your own blood platelets, this procedure is considered very safe and is very well tolerated.

 

Anyone can benefit from PRP, making patients of all ages a good candidate. Younger patients in their 30s and 40s may want to use this procedure as a preventative option. PRP can significantly improve skin texture, tone and overall quality of the skin. The most exciting aspect is that it is your body, your blood and your plasma! Nothing artificial, nothing modified, making this technique the most natural way of rejuvenating your skin.

 

PRP is also widely used in sports medicine and for post-operative wound healing.

How does it work?

PRP works by concentrating platelets and fibrin from your blood and re-injecting them to correct a targeted skin imperfection. Platelets contain granules which contain clotting and growth factors. During the healing process, the platelets are activated and aggregate together. They then release the granules which contain growth factors which stimulate the inflammatory cascade and healing process, followed by rejuvenation.

What can I expect?

At your appointment, a small amount of blood will be drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to separate the components. The process takes 15 minutes. Through this process the platelet rich plasma is harvested. The concentrated platelets will then be injected to correct a targeted area. This process stimulates the body’s natural capacity for repair, skin tissue recovery and regeneration.

 

The full procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, and is completed in 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Results are usually visible over 1-3 months. Touch-up treatments are recommended after 18 months to boost and maintain the results.

 

Potential side effects of PRP treatment are minimal and rare. As Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is prepared from your own blood, minimizing any type of adverse risk. Generally there is short-lasting pinkness or redness of the skin following injection of the platelet rich plasma. Bruising, swelling and irritation of the skin are also a possibility, as a needle is used to inject PRP into the skin. These are temporary conditions and will typically resolve on their own within 72 hours.

Benefits from Platelet Rich Plasma injections?

PRP can be used to treat a number of problem areas, including:

 

  • Skin tone and texture
  • Dark circles under the eye
  • Fine lines and wrinkles of lower eyelids
  • Scars
  • Chest, neck and cleavage wrinkles

 

If you have any questions or concern, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Or, come in for a consultation to find out if PRP is the right treatment for you.