Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, known as PRP, takes minimally-invasive cosmetic enhancement to an extraordinary new level. When combined with advanced microneedling treatment, PRP therapy gives both women and men a new way to enhance the skin and address common conditions such as wrinkles, mild acne scars, and uneven pigmentation without the need for surgical intervention. During your consultation at Premier Plastic Surgery & Spa, Dr. John Michael Sarbak or Dr. Amy Simon will talk with you about this innovative treatment and help you determine whether PRP therapy is right for your goals.
- What is PRP Therapy?
- Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
- What Does the Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Involve?
- Recovery After PRP Therapy
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy has traditionally been used as a treatment for patients affected by musculoskeletal injuries. Recently, the procedure was discovered to be advantageous in cosmetic enhancement treatments, as well. PRP therapy utilizes components of your own blood to improve skin conditions in specific areas of concern. These components, called blood platelets, are crucial for natural healing and stimulating the growth of healthy skin. Once a small amount of blood has been taken, the platelet-rich plasma will be separated from the red blood cells and used in conjunction with microneedling help the skin repair itself and yield a healthier, more youthful appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
When used in combination with microneedling, platelet-rich plasma therapy can provide patients with a number of potential benefits. With PRP therapy our plastic surgeons can improve skin affected by:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven tone
- Sun damage
- Mild acne scarring
- Large pores
PRP therapy can also enhance skin texture and result in a smoother, more refreshed look and feel. In addition, the procedure does not involve surgery or extended recovery times, and can be performed right here in our office.
What Does the Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Involve?
Once you have met with your plastic surgeon and you are determined to be a good candidate for PRP therapy, he or she will design a customized treatment plan. The first stage of the PRP treatment involves the collection of the platelet-rich plasma. We will need to take only a very small amount of blood, from which the red blood cells will be removed. The platelet-rich plasma that has been separated from the red blood cells will then be carefully prepared for application on the areas of skin targeted for treatment. Once the PRP is placed on the skin, the microneedling device will be guided over the area, creating small perforations for the PRP to travel through. In the final stage of the procedure, yet another layer of PRP will be applied to the skin. This process makes it possible for the skin in the target area to rejuvenate itself, creating healthier skin cells and promoting the growth of new collagen.
The PRP and microneedling treatment does not require the use of general anesthesia. A topical numbing solution is typically all that’s necessary to minimize discomfort. While some patients may need only one PRP treatment session to achieve good results, others may need a series of treatments to optimize the outcome. Dr. Sarbak or Dr. Simon can talk more with you about your specific needs once your skin is evaluated in the initial consultation.
Is There a Recovery Process from PRP Therapy?
Most individuals are able to resume their daily routines right after the PRP treatment, depending on the size and extent of the target areas. Some degree of swelling and redness will likely be present at the treatment site; however, this should fade within the next 12 to 36 hours.
The initial results of treatment should continue to improve over the ensuing months as new collagen continues to grow and replenish the skin. This procedure has helped many individuals revitalize their appearance and achieve a more youthful, healthier look.