PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP):
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. It has been used medically for years to accelerate wound healing; repair tendon, ligament and joint damage; heal diabetic ulcers; and help regrow muscle and bone. When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection or micro-needling, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response recruits collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated. Due to the stem cell response and specific growth factors contained in PRP, it has also shown promise in hair restoration.
The potential benefits of PRP have led to a recent widespread interest in its use for anti-aging, regenerative and hair restoration purposes. The healing properties of the blood components in PRP can be used in cosmetic treatments for:
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Tightening and toning skin
- Mild collagen and volume loss
- Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles
- Acne scarring
- Hair Rejuvenation
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be seen. New collagen and blood vessels begin to grow after three to six weeks, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction happens over the next three to six months. The effects of PRP can last 12 months to two years, depending on the individual. While it creates a longer-lasting effect in the skin, it does take time to work. For individuals looking for an immediate effect, PRP can be combined with hyaluronic acid fillers for quick volume correction. Fillers provide a matrix for building new collagen and can be used to accelerate and sustain the benefits of PRP. Cosmetic wants and needs are unique to everyone and will be addressed individually with Dr. O’Connell.
Some age-related concerns respond better to PRP, while others respond better to hyaluronic acid fillers, peels or laser resurfacing techniques. The effects of all these treatments are enhanced by using them together, in the right way, under the guidance of Dr. O’Connell. Women and men of all ages can benefit from PRP.
Prior to the PRP procedure, a consultation is done with Dr. O’Connell to assess cosmetic needs and determine the best combination of treatments to achieve the desired result. A simple blood collection is done and processed immediately in a special centrifuge. This concentrates and separates the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. After numbing the area being treated with topical anesthesia, the PRP is injected or reapplied to the skin using the NanoPen Elite, micro-needling device. PRP is a simple and safe procedure.
The most common side effects are mild swelling and bruising that may last three to seven days. Because the PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission, allergic or immune reaction. As with all cosmetic procedures, however, there are certain health conditions, such as autoimmune and blood disorders, that may limit its use. It is a safe, effective and natural way of harnessing the healing power of your own blood to help reverse the signs of aging. As part of an integrated approach to skincare that addresses both internal and external factors, PRP can be your natural fountain of youth.
PRP can be used as injection alone to stimulate the body to make its own natural filler or can be coupled with Dermal Fillers to achieve a true lift effect. PRP can be used in combination with Fractional CO2 Laser treatments which increases new collagen formation and skin retexturing. Lastly, PRP can be used with Micro-Needling allowing for collagen creation and tissue enhancement from growth factors found in the plasma serum. After meeting with Dr. O’Connell, a treatment plan tailored specifically to you will be devised.