DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been used in medicine as a tool to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration for decades. Initially used in orthopedic surgery, PRP has seen a dramatic rise in its use in aesthetic medicine in recent years. PRP is a component of blood that carries specific traits that decrease inflammation and growth factors that promote the body to release stimulating enzymes. In a PRP treatment, we draw blood and then use a special device called a centrifuge to separate it into its basic components. Once isolated, we prepare the PRP for injection. We primarily utilize PRP for hair regeneration, skin revitalization and collagen redistribution. Generally, PRP requires a series of treatments; however we often see results after a single session. Our unique extraction technique utilizing the Eclipse PRP system sets us apart from other practices. The Eclipse system minimizes the inflammatory cells while maximizing the growth factors that are concentrated in your blood making it the perfect system for dermatologic application. Despite being a relatively new technology, we are strong proponents of its capabilities in the area of aesthetic medicine.
Conditions Treated With Platelet-Rich-Plasma Injections
Platelet-rich-plasma injections can be used to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including the following:
- Joint pain
- Nerve inflammation
- Postsurgical healing
- Skin rejuvenation
- Hair regeneration
Benefits Of Platelet-Rich-Plasma Injections
There are several benefits to PRP therapy. They include the fact that the platelet-rich plasma being injected is autologous (comes from the patient), so there is no risk of cross-reactivity, immune reaction or disease transmission. It is also minimally invasive (unlike surgery), and facilitates healing (unlike corticosteroids). The Platelet-Rich-Plasma-Injection Procedure During the PRP-injection procedure, which usually incorporates ultrasound imaging, a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. This blood is processed in a centrifuge to separate its various elements, and concentrate the platelets. The resulting plasma is up to five times more concentrated with platelets than “natural” blood. Once concentrated, the platelets are loaded, along with some of the patient’s whole blood, into a sterile syringe, and injected into the patient. Most patients require one to three PRP injections, about 4 to 6 weeks apart, in order to achieve optimal results. Occasionally, a fourth injection is necessary. Risks Of Platelet-Rich-Plasma Injections Although PRP injections are generally safe and effective, sterilization is of great importance. There is a slight chance of infection or blood clots, and the remote possibility of allergic reaction.
The term “vampire facial” refers to use of PRP in combination with microneedling of the entire face. This procedure has been around for awhile and our treatment uses the Eclipse Micropen. The small channels created by the microneedling allow deeper penetration of the PRP to enter the dermal layer of the skin leading to some tightening, improvement of texture, pigmentation and overall appearance of the skin. The procedure requires about 3 days of downtime where your skin will be red and some sun avoidance.