Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injected treatment in which the patient’s own blood is used for its healing properties to treat a variety of skin concerns. This treatment can be used alongside microneedling (known as the “vampire facial”) or laser resurfacing procedures to treat acne scars, stretch marks and aging skin. PRP promotes new, healthy collagen production thereby improving the texture and quality of the skin. In addition to its rejuvenating effects, the addition of PRP to any resurfacing procedure hastens recovery time making it an excellent choice for those individuals who need to get back to work quickly.
How it Works: Blood is taken from the patient and spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components. The component known as plasma contains platelets. Platelets are involved in the clotting and healing process, but also act as stem cells. This stem cell function is utilized to promote new collagen in the skin. PRP utilizes the power of your own body to “heal thine self”. No foreign material is injected, which is attractive to many patients, virtually eliminating risk for allergic reaction to this procedure. PRP treatment has a short recovery time, with minimal downtime and natural results.
PRP has been shown to improve skin texture, thickness, and volume, and has the ability to improve the appearance of scars and promote hair growth. See our site on Hair Loss Treatments to learn more. PRP has been used in many other fields for its regenerative properties including its use in the treatment of joint disease.