How Does PRP Work?
PRP, also known as platelet rich plasma, is a treatment used as a dermatological remedy on the face. PRP involves using the patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing process in the skin. PRP’s are slathered onto the face of the patient. Micro needling is then used to incur minor damage to the skin. The plasma then soaks into this skin to start the healing process and generate more collagen. PRP treatment is sometimes referred to as the “vampire facial” thanks to the light damage it incurs to the skin.
Conditions Treated by PRP
PRP is a cosmetic treatment used to treat a wide range of skin conditions. It can be particularly effective at addressing the signs of aging, including skin laxity, sagging and wrinkles. PRP can also be very effective at rejuvenating tired and dull skin. While it does require some recovery time, patients typically recover within a few days looking more refreshed and rested than before. If you would like to explore your options with this rejuvenating facial, speak with your dermatologist today about receiving PRP treatment.
What Equipment is Used?
Needle and vacutainer, similar to what is required for a basic blood test.
What Will The Procedure Feel Like?
PRP is created by having a small vial of your blood drawn by the clinician and spinning the sample in a centrifuge which isolates the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma portion is then drawn into a syringe and injected into the area under the eyes or other areas of volume loss. Most patients find the treatment to be very tolerable.
Do I Have to do Anything to Prepare in Advance?
Patients should avoid aspirin and NSAIDs for one week prior to treatment. Use of topical treatments may be continued up to the day of treatment.WHAT WILL I LOOK LIKE AFTERWARDS?It is expected to have mild swelling after the treatment which usually resolves after one to three days. Patients may experience a feeling of pressure in the area. Bruising may occur and last up to a week.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
We recommend a series of three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are typically needed one or twice per year.
When Will I See Results?
With a series of treatments, the majority of patients report being satisfied or very satisfied with results, noting improvement in dark circles, wrinkles and laxity.