Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works on a very simple basis. It uses your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen for tighter, 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 stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, a treatment that is used to enhance the shape of the face and restore volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure that uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with a dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of the treatment and 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 your cells into thinking there is injury
The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. 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.
* Your results may vary, but you may expect:
- Healthier appearance
- Thicker dermis (reducing wrinkles and scars)
- Improved tone
- Prolonged duration of fillers. When used with underlying fillers such as Juvderm, Restylane or Radiesse, the PRP serum prolongs and amplifies the filler correction with the need for less filler per treatment and a longer duration.