What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood.
How Does PRP Work?
When your cells are injured, a series of peptides notify your brain of the damage. Proteins then remove the damaged cells, which trigger the fibroblast to make new collagen and allow the wound to heal.
Three signals must fire before fibroblast activation and healing begins. PRP is full of the MAP protein that triggers the removal of dead cells and begins healing and repairing the damaged ones. At the same time, your body is also producing collagen and elastin which are the building blocks of skin, muscles, ligaments, hair, and tendons.
PRP Injection for Facial Rejuvenation
PRP is a natural alternative to synthetic fillers without the concern for allergic reactions. Platelets contain several growth factors that increase rebuilding of tissues over several months.* When injected into the face, the growth factors in PRP stimulate new collagen and blood vessel formation.
- New blood vessel formation improves the color and tone of the skin.
- New collagen formation in the dermis lifts the face back to a more youthful shape.
- The epidermis (outermost layers of your skin) appears smoother as the growth factors work to build up the dermis.
The PRP facial involves topical application of the PRP combined with aeration of the skin with Micro Channeling. The platelet-derived growth factors stimulate a healing response that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s tone and texture.
PRP naturally improves all aspects of skin health:
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves skin’s texture and tone
- Naturally increases collagen production
- Pore refinement
- Creates a natural glow
- Reduces acne scars
Skin rejuvenation with PRP can be done on the neck, Decollete, and back of hands as well. PRP with Micro-Needling or targeted injection therapy can address a multitude of skin imperfections including hard-to-treat stretch marks and scars.
Areas commonly treated:
- Facial acne scars
- Upper Arms
- Any area of concern
PRP Hair Restoration
PRP Hair Restoration is a non-surgical solution for hair loss in both men and women. Platelet Rich Plasma contains growth factors that naturally stimulate the development of new hair follicles while improving the health of existing hair follicles.
Our blood is made of two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.
Growth factors, in a sense, play the role of messengers, signaling skin cells to function. These growth factors can help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth. There is first a with a standard blood draw from the patient’s arm. After being spun down in a centrifuge, the red blood cells are separated from the plasma. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
Typically, the entire procedure takes less than a half-hour; injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair.
PRP is best used for patients with hair thinning that typically occurs along the top of the head. In women, this might look like a widening part with normal hair thickness at the back of the head.
Consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on the individual patient’s response and results. Following this protocol, anticipated results can first be seen within two to three months. Initially, patients see a decrease in shedding and the general consensus is receiving treatments every three to six months is optimal for regrowth and stopping hair from falling out.