PRP works on the simple basis is that of utilizing your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen for tauter, smoother and better-toned skin. Utilized in various ways, with or without fillers, the platelet solutions can be introduced with injections or by using an automated microneedling system or as a topical addition to resurfacing.
What is PRP?
PRP Rejuvenation often incorporates fillers with PRP – which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma – to enhance facial shape and volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure which uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of those fillers…or alone to call in the natural collagen building process.
How does it work?
A small vial of blood is taken from your arm – less than that normally taken for routine blood tests. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this platelet-rich plasma – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.
The Key to Success -Tricking the cells into thinking there is injury
The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen) to energize and heal.
PRP has been used for years to speed joint, tendon and tissue repair and is a popular treatment for professional athletes such as football players, golfers and basketball players.
The end result?
- healthier appearance
- thicker dermis (reducing wrinkles and scars)
- improved tone
- prolonged duration of fillers (Used with underlying fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma or Volbella, the PRP serum prolongs and amplifies the filler correction with the need for less filler per treatment and a longer duration.)
- **PRP is an emerging treatment for hair loss
PRP Rejuvenation / PRP Facial Options
Option 1: PRP with Fillers = most significant improvement
The true “lift” effect is achievable with a combination of fillers, layered with the PRP serum. The fillers provide an instant fill or volume correction and the PRP – injected above the filler – immediately kick-starts a skin regeneration process. Patients can see and feel the effects within minutes as their skin becomes tauter and smoother.
Filler products that are used in conjunction with the PRP serum are Juvederm, Vollure, Voluma or Juvederm Ultra Plus. The use of PRP with fillers not only enhances the skin tone and texture, but prolongs the effective filler correction for 3 to 6 months longer than when fillers are used alone.
Option 2: PRP Injection Therapy = 2nd most significant improvement
Patients who don’t want or need fillers can benefit from PRP The activated PRP serum can be injected just under the skin surface to stimulate the body to make a small amount of its own ‘filler’. Although this will not approximate the same results as you would get from a gel filler such as Juvederm or Voluma, you will still see some improved textural changes.
Areas ideal for PRP therapy without filler include
- Full Face (when no filler needed)
- Neck (especially horizontal necklace lines)
- Crow’s Feet
- Under Eye Fine Wrinkles
- Acne Scars
Option 3: PRP Therapy Used as Laser Resurfacing Enhancement
Fractional laser treatments are known for their ability to retexture skin. Adding PRP takes laser resurfacing to a new level by accelerating healing and increasing desired new collagen formation. Following your Micro Laser Peel or Pearl Laser treatment, activated PRP serum is applied to skin.
Option 4: PRP with Microneedle & Tightening
PRP with Microneedle consists of PRP applied to skin that has been prepared by an automatic microneedle. This micro-needling makes tiny “wounds” in the skin which accept the PRP serum and begin the process of collagen creation along with the tissue enhancement from growth factors found in the plasma serum.