Protein Rich Plasma Treatments (PRP)
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing. When used for skin rejuvenation, PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body's own repair process and stimulate new collagen and elastin.
Platelet Rich Plasma – How does it work?
Platelets are one of the components of blood. Their primary role is clotting, one of the key factors in the healing process of tissue repair and regeneration. Along with a concentration of platelets, the PRP contains a number of different growth factors used by the body to promote soft tissue and bone healing.
The human body responds to injury by increasing blood supply to the site, delivering platelets that release growth factors such as serotonin, thromboxane, and adenosine to start the healing process. They also help promote coagulation and stimulate formation of fibrin.
When platelet rich plasma is injected or applied, it releases these same growth factors. In turn, the growth factors trigger production of local progenitor cells and movement of inflammatory cells into the area. Because these are the body’s natural responses to injury, adding PRP treatment fuels the healing process.
PRP therapy has been used for the past two decades. Platelet rich plasma treatment has already been shown to work as a catalyst, enhancing production of both stem cells and fibroblasts.
As micro-needling creates a series of hundreds of microscopic channels into the dermis, PRP represents a way to enhance the healing of your skin cells. These two therapies work in synergy to create a treatment that delivers accelerated results capable of bringing better results than each part separately.
PRP is harvested from the patient's own blood and restored into the skin tissue during the micro-needling procedure. The idea is to stimulate the healing process right where it’s needed most.
There is little risk of rejection or allergic reaction, because PRP is made from the patient’s own blood.
Results may be seen immediately following treatment with more results showing over the next four to six weeks. The most significant of these results will occur over the next six months as your body utilizes the PRP to heal naturally.
The end result is a more rapid healing time and better collagen growth, creating a richer, smoother, glowing look to your skin.
How else can Platelet Rich Therapy be used?
PRP can be injected as well in areas that need extra help such as acne scars, crepey areas, etc.
It can also be layered after diode laser such as clear and brilliant to improve healing, collagen stimulation and improved brightness.
In addition, it also can be injected into the scalp to improve hair follicle stimulation in areas where hair loss occurs pending a blood test to see if you are a good candidate.