Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Injectable Therapy
PRP, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, is the newest non-surgical facial rejuvenation innovation. Although an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, it has been used since the mid-1990s in dental and oral surgery and to assist in soft tissue recovery following Plastic Surgery.
RPP treatment recently became prevalent in the sports world when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP Therapy before winning Super Bowl XLIII. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) alleviates pain by stimulating resilient healing of musculoskeletal conditions. When the body sustains a soft tissue injury, its natural response is to deliver platelet cells to the area. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets and other cells commence repair and attract the essential assistance of stem cells. PRP Therapy’s natural healing process bolsters the body’s efforts by transporting a higher concentration of platelets directly into an injured region. PRP delivers the necessary mechanisms to intensify the body’s natural healing process, promoting and accelerating the response, without surgery, drugs or side effects.
How does Platelet Rich Plasma Injectable Therapy work?
To initiate PRP Therapy, a small sample of your blood is drawn (akin to a lab test sample). The blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun at high speed, separating the platelets from the other components. The concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is then injected. Since the patient’s own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection and an extremely low risk of allergic reaction.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are formed using the healing growth factors and stem cells from the patient’s body. After drawing blood in the same way that we would for a lab test, our team processes the blood so that the platelets are separated from other components.
Once the concentrated platelets have been collected, we use RegenLab®, or a similar gel product to create a Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM). This formula is then used to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Because of its gel-like consistency, PRFM can also be used to rejuvenate the face, just like other dermal fillers. Although this facial treatment is non-surgical, it is commonly referred to as Plasma Rejuvenation or a Vampire Facelift.
How does PRP Therapy revitalize the skin?
Platelets are blood components that expedite growth factors and promote tissue healing. When PRP is injected into certain areas of the skin, it encourages tissue regeneration and stimulates collagen growth. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy naturally creates a smoother skin tone by softening lines and wrinkles, while diminishing scarring and
How does PRP Therapy vary from other injections and fillers?
Restylane® and Juvéderm® are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers derived from solid materials that fill skin folds and lines. They work by plump lips or soften deeper lines. Unlike PRP, these fillers last 6-18 months and necessitate multiple treatments to maintain the results.
Instead of zeroing in on distinct wrinkles, a Plasma Rejuvenation utilizes PRP injections to enhance overall skin tone, reduce scarring, soften under eye hollows, plump out cheek indentions, and enhance the longevity of facial fillers.
Because Juvéderm® and Restylane® are used to treat various conditions, PRP Therapy can be combined with either of these fillers to provide a perfect, youthful complexion.
Who Can Benefit from Plasma Rejuvenation?
PRP is a great choice for patients that would like to naturally curtail sagging, fine lines, skin texture problems, and lackluster skin tone. In addition, Plasma Rejuvenation can deliver outstanding results for patients who want to reduce acne scars or pigment irregularity.
PRP Therapy is not usually recommended for smokers, since cigarette smoke hinders tissue healing and regeneration.
What to expect during and after Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
First, during the PRP Therapy procedure, a small amount of blood will be drawn. The patient’s face will then be washed and prepared for the injections. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge to separate the Platelet Rich Plasma from the other components of whole blood. Dr. Slupchynskyj will then inject the concentrated platelets into the affected area. Platelets serve as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to grow and even repair injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets produce encourage tissue growth by increasing collagen production, enhancing stem cell production. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and cause skin to become more firm and resilient.
Only our expert injector, Dr. Slupchynskyj will dispense these injections with a gel created from Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) that stimulates your skin cells to create new skin. If PRP Therapy is used in combination with Microneedling, our Skin Care Specialist will use your platelets as a serum. This minimally invasive procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Immediately after the procedure, some patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness; however, these side effects usually subside within 1 to 3 days.
What kind of results can patients expect from Plasma Rejuvenation?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy patients typically begin noticing substantial results 3 to 4 weeks after the treatment. Over time, patients will notice further improvement in skin tone and firmness. For optimal results, Dr. S. may recommend additional treatments that are spaced 1 to 2 months apart.*
Caring for your rejuvenated skin
After your PRP Therapy, skin hydration and sun protection are important. A daily skin care regime that includes a good quality moisturizer and multiple applications of sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher throughout the day is essential.
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma, also called PRP, is highly-concentrated blood plasma comprised of roughly 5 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. In addition to red blood cells and white blood cells, our blood also contains cells called platelets. Platelets promote healing and aid in the clotting of blood at the site of a wound. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body. PRP has been used in medicine for the past 20 years.
The benefits of platelets for tissue regeneration is widely known and accepted in the medical community, but the use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in medical conditions is being closely studied. Using PRP to treat Hair Loss is a groundbreaking, new treatment.
Platelets assist in clotting of blood, which is crucial to the body’s ability to heal wounds. The methodology of PRP Therapy is that bolstering the platelet count in a wounded region expedites body’s healing capacity in that region.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injectable Therapy is a technique utilizing the body’s own blood to promote rapid healing. Doctors rely on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to assist in the growth of thinning hair, transplanted hair, and wound healing. Countless patients have benefited from PRP Therapy.