Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for years to treat injuries to musculoskeletal conditions. It works by taking advantage of the healing power found in the platelets in your own blood. Platelets contain numerous Platelet Derived Growth Factors (PDGF) that stimulate the production collagen and keratin. PRP therapy helps intensify the body’s natural healing ability by initiating repair and making use of the stem cells you create.
The cutting edge PRP therapy technology has now grown beyond the realm of rehabilitation and is now available for use in aesthetics! Collagen helps correct the visible effects of wrinkles; hyaluronic acid has been shown to increase skin tone and volume providing a more youthful appearance. Allow us to be the first to introduce you to this breakthrough technology; perfect for those who want a gradual and sustainable improvement in their skin.
What happens during a PRP therapy treatment?
Like all of our treatments, PRP therapy begins with an in-depth assessment of your skins current state. We will ascertain the degree of skin aging as well as the type and extent of damage. Finally, we will explain what we have found as well as what treatments and aftercare we recommend and what results you can reasonably expect.
After the assessment is done, you will be given options for pain management, your face will be cleaned and prepped and vials of your blood will be drawn and prepared for use. Micro-needling technology is then used to open small pockets in the skin and the prepared PRP is applied.
How long does it take?
Plan to be with us for between 2 and 4 hours, though the treatment time itself is much shorter. Pain medications take time to work and the blood drawn needs processing time to be ready for use.
Does it hurt?
We offer pain management (normally in the form of a numbing cream) so most patients feel little to no sensation at all.
How long is the recovery time?
There isn’t any! Most people have no need for any down time after PRP treatment, though some redness and swelling is normal. Residual pain can be controlled with over-the-counter medication. Your skin should be protected from the sun, however, so it is recommended that you stay indoors and out of direct sunlight after treatment. Your technician will give you specific aftercare instructions.
Is it safe?
Because PRP is made from your own blood, there is no risk of any blood-borne infection and it is almost impossible to have an allergic reaction to the treatment (we say ALMOST impossible because some people may be allergic to the numbing creams or cleansers and not know it.) Also, PRP is loaded with all of the things your body naturally uses to fight infection, it’s essentially like putting antibiotics on your skin. As long as you follow the aftercare instructions, PRP is one of the safest and cleanest skin treatments in use today.
Can anyone do it?
No. PRP is not to be used by anyone with an active skin infection, severe acne, currently undergoing chemotherapy, blood disorders like hemophilia or clotting problems, and/or a compromised or suppressed immune system. Contact us directly if you’re not sure.
Is PRP therapy covered by insurance?
Because PRP therapy is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by health insurance.
How many treatments are needed?
Most people require one treatment every 4-6 weeks 3 or 4 times initially. After that, maintenance treatments can be scheduled based on your skins individual needs.