The use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) via micro-needling or injection in the aesthetic field has become increasingly popular for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture improvement, scars, and overall skin rejuvenation. PRP is the end-product of autonomous concentrated plasma which is then either micro-needled or injected into the skin. In order to be considered true PRP, the concentration of platelets must be at least 4-6 times what is naturally found in whole blood. The heavily platelet concentrated plasma works by releasing growth factors that stimulate collagen, growth of blood vessels, and regenerates tissue.
By using micro-needling to create thousands of microscopic channels into the skin, PRP is able to penetrate deeper into the dermis. PRP intensifies the skin’s natural wound cascade created the high concentration of growth factors. This leads to intense collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation. Micro-needling with PRP is best for patients who are looking for overall skin rejuvenation, treatment of acne scars, and improvement of skin texture. Patients will experience mild redness immediately following the procedure, which may last several days (approximately 1-3 days). Typically patients require 3-6 treatments at 4 weeks apart to see optimal effects.
When injecting PRP, the product is activated and then injected into areas of sub-optimal tissue density, much like filler. Over the next few days, the injected platelets release growth factors which help to stimulate cells to regenerate tissue and blood vessels. Injecting with PRP is best for patients with facial volume loss. Patients may experience mild bruising or redness at injection site, which is temporary. Patients will start to see results approximately 6 weeks after injection and can last up to 18 months.
Process of PRP Therapy
Who is a Candidate for PRP Injections?
Almost everyone is a candidate for PRP injections. Because the client’s own blood is being drawn and used there is no risk of reaction or allergy to the product as with some other filler agents.
** It is recommended that any use of Corticosteroids and NSADIS be discontinued 2 days prior to procedure and do no resume use until 8 days after injections due to the interference in the desired inflammatory response. **