Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2006. It has been featured in Elle Magazine, The New York Times, and Nightline. This anti-wrinkle treatment is ideal for individuals looking for a natural but noticeable improvement in skin texture, tone, and color with minimal to no recovery time. This revolutionary natural procedure offers incredible skin rejuvenation.
So how does it work? Platelets in your blood contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF), which promote skin health, tone, and texture. When you get a cut, it is the platelets that form the clot. They then release these growth factors that stimulate regeneration of tissue needed for healing. PDGF’s nourish the tissue, improve skin circulation, and remove damaging metabolic waste. They stimulate skin cells to divide and increase production of collagen protein and hyaluronic acid. This collagen production is what helps correct the visible effects of wrinkles. In addition, the hyaluronic acid has also been shown to increase skin tone and volume resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Using cutting edge technology, we can isolate the platelets from your very own blood and use them to fill in your wrinkles from the inside out by harnessing the inherent healing physiology of the body. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial fold, neck and jawline, upper chest (décolletage), acne scarring, hands, upper arms, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of areas treated.
This procedure is not a surgical facelift. This is a natural procedure that helps restore or enhance areas. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen is laid under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. For the best result, we recommend three to six treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
After using a topical anesthetic cream, PRP can be applied using a dermaroller to the face, neck, décolletage, upper arms, and hands. It is also the treatment of choice for acne scaring. This type of application allows for improved skin tone and texture over a larger area. It is especially popular with those who dislike needles, although it can be combined with the PRP injection treatment for even greater results.
PRP can be injected into wrinkles to stimulate collagen production within the dermis of the skin. This uses the body’s own physiologic processes to fill in the wrinkles with time. Common treatment areas include the cheeks, forehead, crow’s feet, smile lines, and nasolabial folds. The injection treatment can be combined with the roller treatment to maximize results.We make sure you are very comfortable during the treatment. The majority of patients do not feel much sensation due to the numbing cream that is applied prior to the procedure.
Dr. Walters will assess the degree of skin aging, perform a simple skin analysis, and recommend a sensible treatment with a reasonable outcome. After your skin is cleansed and prepared, local anesthetic cream is applied and nerve blocks may also be given. Blood is then taken from your arm and processed. For treating the entire face, PRP is applied to the skin with a dermaroller. For treating specific areas such as around the eyes and laugh lines, PRP is carefully injected to the target area. Both treatments can be done in one session.
The most popular areas are the face, neck, upper chest (décolletage), upper arms, and hands.
Numbing cream is applied to the face 45 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.
Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
On the treatment day, the entire visit lasts about 2 hours. The actual procedure requires about 20 minutes.
PRP treatment is extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment.
Anyone who wants to take years off their appearance by reducing wrinkles or acne scarring is a good candidate for PRP. People with a history of shingles on the head, current skin infections, acne, lupus, porphyria, anesthetic allergies, cancer, chemotherapy, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (i.e. blood disorders), and pregnant women should not do PRP treatments.
As PRP Skin Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by health insurance.
An entire facial rejuvenation treatment including an initial consultation costs $800. For smaller areas the treatment cost is less (around the eyes, for example costs $450). Treatment packages are available with reduced rates.
Initially, 3 to 6 treatments 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for optimal results. Thereafter, maintenance treatments are recommended every one to two years depending on skin type.
Face and neck revitalization with Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): clinical outcome in a series of 23 consecutively treated patients – Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Accessed on 02 February 2011 from The Free Library 01 May 2010.
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