Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is known as a “natural filler” treatment that gives skin a younger appearance with less downtime. There are virtually no risks of allergic reactions or side effects because PRP is derived from your blood. PRP is actually blood plasma that contains high concentrations of platelets that stimulate stem cells to help the body regenerate and heal at a faster rate. PRP improves overall skin texture, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and plumps hollow areas. PRP can also help soothe acne scars.
Overview of PRP Treatment
PRP facial rejuvenation procedure takes about an hour to complete. A topical numbing cream one hour prior to treatment may be applied to the treated area to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Then, a quantity of blood is drawn and processed to separate the cells rich in concentrated plasma, platelets and growth factors. These cells are then extracted and injected into the skin using very fine needles.
Patients usually experience slight tingling during the procedure. Local anesthetics may be used to reduce discomfort during the injection process. Injecting PRP directly into the tissues allows your body to fully absorb and benefit from all the benefits of the PRP extracted.
While PRP may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, some patients who have tried PRP treatment find that PRP helps:
•plump up saggy skin
•Improve the appearance of the skin
•Reduces acne scars
•Another advantage: it does not require a recovery period.
PRP facial rejuvenation naturally stimulates collagen production in the body, and it takes about three months for maximum collagen renewal to occur.
Most patients notice an improvement in the texture of their skin in the first month after treatment.
PRP rejuvenation results are long lasting as most patients get confirmation sessions to stimulate collagen production and continue facial rejuvenation. For further improvement, we can combine the benefits of facial rejuvenation with platelet-rich plasma, Botox, fillers, micro-needling, and fractional laser.
Risks and recovery
PRP facial rejuvenation is one of the least risky treatments because the process involves injecting a substance that comes from your body. Bruising, swelling or slight redness at the injection site can occur
but usually disappears 3-7 days after the procedure and can be safely masked with makeup shortly after treatment. Other risks include infection and pain at injection sites.
Do not take aspirin, unless prescribed, for at least a week before the procedure.
For best results and to reduce the chance of bruising at the treated area, please avoid all nonprescription blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements for one week prior to your appointment.
Avoid taking fish oil, aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, Motrin, and Aleve.
Please tell your doctor if you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, or any other blood thinner for any medical condition.
Diet before the procedure:
You should have a light meal before arriving at the clinic and avoid caffeine.
You should drink at least 8 cups of water 24 hours before the treatment. Not getting water may result in suboptimal blood draws.
Avoid makeup, retinoids, glycolic acids and vitamin C products for a week before the procedure.
For 3 days after the procedure:
• Don’t wear make up
• Do not touch the injection site, except for gentle cleaning
• Do not swim or do any strenuous exercise
• Do not expose yourself for long periods in the sun
• Do not sit in the sauna, hot tub or jacuzzi
• Do not expose yourself to extremely cold or hot temperatures, or to large temperature fluctuations