Facial rejuvenation with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive procedure aimed creating controlled micro dermal injury to stimulate your body’s immune system to repair the micro-injury. Thus, allowing the human body to heal itself without the need for harsh drugs or surgery. PRP essentially “jump-starts” your immune system and stem cells naturally – it’s the healthiest, most natural way to improve the appearance of your skin – reducing fine lines, wrinkles, scars and other effects of aging.
How is the procedure done?
This is done with the use of a micro-needling device – needles are used to puncture the skin at various depths to create controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that stimulates neovascularization (more blood flow) and neocollagenesis (collagen production) to fill these microscopic wounds.
Platelet rich plasma or PRP is then applied topically over the microscopic wounds
to provide the skin with the needed growth factors to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, hyper-pigmentation and other signs of aging. Think of PRP as your own custom beauty serum – as it is derived from your own blood. PRP is a highly concentrated autologous product that is rich in growth factors, cytokines, and protein – each of which help regulate and induce increased blood supply, collagen production, cell proliferation and differentiation.
PRP stimulates the patient’s immune system/stem cells naturally and “wakes them up” causing them to produce more collagen, which is what makes the skin more youthful. The plasma contains molecules and proteins that provide nutrients to the skin’s cells, so it’s the healthiest, most natural way to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and other effects of aging. Microneedling with PRP jump-starts the body’s healing response – the PRP provides the skin with the resources it needs to stimulate collagen production, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Is it painful?
A mild topical numbing agent is applied to the treatment area. Since the microneedling only penetrate the top layer of skin, there are very few sensory nerves to trigger pain. Over all, it is very comfortable – some patients even remark that is it relaxing. Several patients have fallen asleep during their treatments.
How many treatments?
For long lasting results we recommend at least 3 treatment spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The provider will discuss this in more detail with you depending on your areas of concern.
How long will the benefits last?
Those who have had the Platelet-Rich Plasma Facelift treatment find their faces look even better several months after they have had the treatments. That’s because the plasma stimulates their skin’s stem cells to produce more collagen, grow new cells and literally rejuvenate their skin. The new cell growth in your skin generated by the Platelet Rich Plasma takes weeks to months, which is why it looks so much better after more time passes. Botox and other filler treatments break down with time, but the Platelet Rich Plasma lasts and looks better as long as 18 months to two years.
How much down time is there?
Patients will notice redness and tightness of the skin for approximately 24 hours after their treatment and many return to work the next day. However, those with sensitive skin may notice redness and tightness that lasts up to 72 hours.
Are there any side effects?
Platelet Rich Plasma literally stimulates new cell growth in the patient’s body wherever it is injected. It helps the body heal itself the natural way without using chemicals or foreign substances of any kind. The possibility of an allergic reaction or infection is almost nil because the plasma comes from the patient’s own body.