Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been around since the 1970s and has been successfully applied to orthopedic surgery to promote healing. In recent months, PRP as a cosmetic treatment has gained significant attention because growth factors are important for new cell generation and cellular functions, such as creating new collagen and elastic fibers. Growth factors come in many different varieties and are extremely abundant in our platelets.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet Rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, a component of blood whose primary function is to clot the blood and rebuild damaged tissue. Studies have shown that PRP can also stimulate stem cells to promote the growth of new skin and it is known for its ability to rejuvenate the face and promote a firmer younger looking skin.
Injections vs. Topical
PRP was first popularized by the procedure known as the Vampire Facelift, a well-known cosmetic treatment consisting of PRP being injected into the skin. The reference to “vampire” is from the patient’s own blood being drawn, spun down, and the platelets extracted to create the concentrated PRP.
Unlike the topical treatment of PRP, injections can be limiting, as it is restricted to the injected area. At Derma Health, we use PRP as a topical treatment in conjunction with microneedling and/or ActiveFX. When we apply PRP as a surface regeneration treatment, the PRP is able to fully penetrate into the multiple layers of the skin.
- Healthier Appearance
- Rejuvenated, Firmer and Younger Looking Skin
- Thicker Dermis (reduces wrinkles and scares)
- Improved Tone
The number of treatments needed varies per patient. We recommend 1-3 treatments administered at four-week intervals until the desired result is achieved, followed by 1-2 maintenance treatments per year.
While some result is visible immediately at the time of treatment, there is usually a return to baseline in 3-5 days as the PRP is absorbed back into the body prior to the complete action of the cellular regenerative process. Most patients see improvement for up to 12 weeks with results lasting up to 2 years.