Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has exploded onto the scene of regenerative medicine in the past several years. It was made famous in sports medicine for helping with Kobe Bryant's nagging knee injury and Alex Rodriguez had a similar treatment with successful outcomes. It has also found its place in aesthetic medicine and beauty treatments when Kim Kardashian had the "vampire facelift" in Miami.
Why use PRP for the Face?
Blood is first extracted from the arm in a special collection system and spun under specific RPM's at a set time to extract the platelets. Platelets in the blood are the cells that help to heal and grow new cells. Additionally PRP is concentrated with growth factors and cytokines. Newer studies show that PRP can soften skin damage and aging skin issues.
How is it used?
The platelet rich plasms is either injected below the skin such as the nasolabial folds, below the eyes for eye-bags or in deeper wrinkles. The purpose of this is to stimulate elastin and fibroblasts for collagen production over the next several days to weeks. It also has a temporary filler effect. PRP can also be microneedled into the surface of the skin. A sterile device with 15 tiny gold-plated needles is used to make small punctures in the skin and create micro-damage. This the premise of PRP for costmetic purposes - create trauma and use the platelets, growht factors and cytokines of your own body to repair resulting in a youthful glow.
The goal of PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome.
PRP is a gread method to temporarily fill in depressions to determine if a more semi-permanent filler such as hyaluronic acid will get you your desired effect. Additionally, the injection will stimulate deep collagen production which continues to have a positive regenerative benefit weeks and months after the initial treatment.
PRP therapy can be combined with laser treatments, fillers such as Restylane andd Juvederm, Botulinum toxin such as Botox, Xeomin or Dysport. Once the desired effect is achieved, maintenance treatments should be given over time.