Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a great, natural treatment for improving skin texture and elasticity, particularly under the eyes. The treatment uses your own plasma as a seed to stimulate further production of collagen and naturally improve the look of your skin. Areas of skin that are treated with PRP feel firmer, appear tauter and regain that youthful glow.
Quick Facts About Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments
- Platelet Rich Plasma contains a high concentration of your own platelets and growth factors taken from your own blood.
- Injected under the skin or applied over the skin, it can induce the formation of new collagen fibers to help skin texture.
- It is often combined with skin needling.
- You may experience mild discomfort with minimal downtime.
- Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are frequently used for acne scarring, facial rejuvenation, stretch marks and cellulite.
- Treatments can be used on any area of the body, including under the eyes.
- The cost is $400-$600 per treatment. You may need 1-3 treatments, 4 weeks apart. The procedure takes about 30 mins in the office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that contains a high concentration of platelets. Containing growth factors, these platelets are cells that are involved in cell regeneration and healing injuries. The normal concentration of platelets in your blood is 200,000 per micro liter. The platelet count in PRP has 1.6 to 8 times the level in your blood. PRP is enriched with your own platelets, growth factors and natural stem cells.
How do PRP treatments work?
A PRP treatment is a simple and safe procedure in which blood is taken (just like a blood test), and then spun in a centrifuge machine. This allows the blood to separate and the platelet rich plasma to be extracted. Platelets help to repair and rejuvenate by delivering growth factor proteins to areas where they are needed. Platelet rich plasma is then re-injected into the areas to be treated. You will experience a mild discomfort when the PRP is injected under the skin.
Why is PRP good at improving your skin texture, acne scarring and loose skin?
Plasma is rich in platelets, stem cells and growth factors, and these things stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. The stimulation of collagen helps to improve skin texture and acne scarring while at the same time tightening the skin. We recommend 3 treatments that are one month apart from each other to achieve good results. In a few weeks you will notice that the skin texture and acne scarring is improved, with long-lasting results.
What forms of PRP do we offer?
Regen PRP offers 1.6 times the level of platelets found in your blood, while harvest PRP offers 8 times the level of platelets found in your blood. We will use regen PRP for mild-moderate scarring and general skin texture improvements. We will use harvest PRP for severe scarring, stretch marks and cellulite improvements.
What can I expect during the treatment?
The PRP is injected with a fine needle into the dermis (the second layer of skin). The area treated will usually swell, lasting between a few hours to 2 days, and you may experience bruising. You will start to notice a change in your skin a few weeks after the treatment. Since Platelet Rich Plasma uses only your own plasma, there is no chance of rejection or adverse reactions.
Will I still need anti-wrinkle injections, fillers and laser treatments?
PRP works extremely well in conjunction with injectables and laser treatments. They all work to keep skin looking refreshed and youthful. It is preferable to complete the treatments on separate occasions.
What areas can be treated?
PRP can be used on any area where improvement in texture is desired. Almost everyone can benefit from having a treatment under the eyes. Other popular areas are décolletage, neck, hands and for full-facial rejuvenation. PRP is used for stretch marks, acne scarring, skin tightening, fat transfers and other areas of medicine (such as tendon injuries, burns and ulcers). The treatment has garnered media attention since becoming a popular mainstream choice for skin rejuvenation.