PRP, “Platelet Rich Plasma”, is a minimally invasive procedure performed completely in our office with minimal down time or discomfort. A small amount of the patient’s blood is extracted and processed on site to produce a solution which contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors. This solution is then both injected into the skin and applied topically. The PRP has been shown to cause the release of additional growth factors which stimulate the treated area to produce collagen and other components of skin. It also stimulates the regeneration and synthesis of blood vessels, fat, muscle cells and bone.This results in the injected areas appearing revitalized, fresh and glowing. Since PRP is made from your own blood, there are minimal side effects. Swelling and discomfort are mild and there is no risk of allergies.
Microneedling in Detail
Topical application of the PRP solution is preceded by a process called Microneedling, where a specialized device uses a series of small quickly moving needles to create thousands of “micro channels” or holes in the upper layers of the skin. By itself, this procedure will stimulate collagen formation resulting in a thickening of the upper layers of the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and shrinking of the pores. When used in combination with PRP, Microneedling is even more effective. Topical application of the PRP solution after Microneedling permits the growth factors to access the deeper layers of the skin, enhancing the effects of collagen growth and cell turnover. A “PRP facial” with Microneedling provides your skin with a wonderful youthful glow with minimal downtime, as the PRP actually speeds the healing process.
The PRP Injecction
Often we will combine PRP injection with PRP Microneedling. For example, we use both procedures together for the rejuvenation of the under eye areas. Fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes makes one look old and tired. After a course of PRP with micro needling, the under eye areas become tighter, fuller and revitalized.
For optimal results, we recommend 5 to 6 treatment sessions, spaced apart by 2 to 4 weeks.
What to Expect After a PRP and Microneedling Procedure
Most patients experience some mild swelling for a day and redness for 3 to 4 days after the procedure. The redness can usually be covered by make-up and most patients can return to work with 1 to 3 days after the procedure. Bruising can happen, especially if PRP injections are used during the procedure. Most of the time bruising is mild and can be covered up with make-up. Duration of bruising varies with the individual, but is rarely more than a week. Although patients may experience some mild discomfort during the procedure, there is no pain after the PRP treatment.