What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a method used to derive a high concentration of biological nutrient-rich cells and create autologous platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is a technology that deploys aspects of blood-based biochemistry. Plasma is a component of your blood that contains special proteins that help your blood to clot and support cell growth by activating fibroblast production, collagen growth and proteoglycan synthesis for healthy cell production and repair of damaged tissues.
PRP is produced by isolating plasma from blood and concentrating it and then injecting it back into the patient. Since the PRP is the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.
How is PRP preformed?
PRP is completed in 4 steps:
- A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient
- The practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. The process takes about 10 minutes.
- A technologist takes the separated plasma and prepares it for injection into the affected area.
- Your doctor will then inject the PRP into the area. When platelet-rich plasma is activated it releases at least eight essential growth factors and signaling proteins stimulating the growth of healthy tissue and cells.
PRP and Facial rejuvenation
Coined also as the term “Vampire facials” (no vampires are actually involved), PRP in conjunction with collagen induction therapy (micro-needling) promotes new collagen and tissue regeneration for treating fine lines, deep wrinkles, dark circles, acne scarring, and loss of volume. Benefits can be seen within 24-48 hours after the procedure but will take about 4 weeks to see noticeable results.
Is PRP painful?
There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site, but this will quickly resolve.
How long does the procedure take?
The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application is typically 30 mins from start to finish.
How many sessions of PRP is required?
You will benefit from a single session but for optimal results we recommend a package of three treatments.