PRP is the latest buzzworthy beauty treatment - and it's all over social media. The Kardashian's love it, Angelina Jolie can't stop talking about it and bloggers everywhere are singing its praises. So what's the big deal?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and when it comes to anti-aging benefits, you can think of it as liquid gold. Like many aesthetic treatments - PRP was first used in the medical community. It is found in our blood, and the healing properties originated from research in wound healing and orthopedic research.
The treatment involves a technician drawing about 10mL of blood, centrifuging it to concentrate the blood plasma (the pale-yellow liquid component of blood that normally holds the blood cells in suspension) into a gel-like substance, then using it in an aesthetic treatment. The PRP jumpstarts your body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate skin recovery. There’s virtually no chance that your body will reject or react negatively to the injection, because it immediately recognizes the substance as its own cells.
PRP can be used in several ways:
- PRP Injections: stand-alone treatments for the face. It helps stimulates new collagen, enhances microcirculation and regrowth of new healthy skin. The growth factors start working immediately, and the injected platelets are activated and release additional growth factors that accelerates the desired effects. It can take a few weeks to months to start seeing results, but they are extremely natural looking.
- PRP with Injectable Fillers: This is one of the most popular methods, combining the volume replacement of injectable fillers with the skin-enhancing qualities of PRP. By directly injecting the PRP with the fillers, the full benefit of the PRP is delivered directly where it produces the maximal benefits.
- PRP + Microneedling: also known as collagen induction therapy, or a Vampire facial, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure using a device that contains fine needles. The SkinPen is programmable to puncture the skin thousands of times per minute in a highly controlled fashion – each puncture creates a micro channel that triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin to fill the channels.
- PRP + Hair Restoration - PRP can also be injected into the scalp to help thicken the hair and repair the hair's natural growth process. It is also used during our NeoGraft Hair Restoration surgery cases.
Scientific studies dating back three decades have documented that PRP stimulates new collagen growth and can soften or even eliminate the visible effects of sun damage and aging in your skin. Wrinkles are diminished, scarring minimized, hollows plumped and skin texture smoothed. Most patients see an immediate improvement in their complexion and skin condition. But because the full, natural healing process takes time, results will appear gradually and progressively over a four to six week period.
Are you ready to see if PRP is the right treatment for you? Schedule a free consultation today!