Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, a type of regenerative medicine, can be very effectively used as part of a patient’s anti-aging regimen. There are a wide range of cosmetic and wellness possibilities with this amazing skin rejuvenation therapy.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is contained within a patient’s own blood and is a concentration of platelets – a specific type of cell that circulate throughout the blood, providing a critical role in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP stimulates the development of new collagen, which, in turn, acts to naturally smooth and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles and more. PRP can even be used for hair restoration as the growth factors in the PRP naturally stimulate hair growth.
Because PRP treatment involves the use of the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of allergic reaction.
The process to collect PRP first involves taking a blood sample from the patient. That blood is then put into a centrifuge; a machine that spins the blood to separate it into its various components. Once out of the centrifuge, the practitioner is then able to collect the platelet-rich plasma to prepare it for injection into the tissue.
For anti-aging, the process involves a micro-needling facial followed by the application of PRP onto the skin. The skin absorbs the PRP, which then goes to work regenerating healthy collagen and tissue.
PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is a quick, non-invasive treatment that offers beautiful results.
PRP Rejuvenation Treatment Protocols
Most patients, who experience the best results, have 3 or more treatments. After each treatment, the full effect appears within a few weeks, up to a few months.
The Doctor may suggest that they inject a filler along with PRP if immediate results are important to the patient.
Post treatment, the patient may experience a bit of pain, swelling or bruising which will recede within a few days.
Who is Not Eligible for PRP Rejuvenation Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) rejuvenation injections are considered safe for most people.
It is not recommended for individuals with the following medical conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Any type of blood cancer
- Cardiovascular disease involving taking a blood thinner
- Skin cancer in the area to be treated
PRP treatment may not be the best option for individuals who:
- Are pregnant
- Use or have recently used Accutane for the treatment of acne
- Have active acne resulting in new scarring
- Have certain skin conditions such as facial eczema or rosacea
- Scar easily
- Have a history of poor wound healing
- Have undergone skin radiation in the last 12 months
The Doctor will evaluate individual circumstances and determine whether the patient is a good candidate for rejuvenation therapy with PRP.