What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
- Posted on: May 22 2016
Platelets, no they’re not those Chinet-esque plates divided to keep your peas from associating with your peach cobbler, in that modern take on a ’60s Swanson’s TV Dinner. Platelets, for those of you who didn’t pay attention in biology class, are the critical element in the blood responsible for wound repair. More specifically, platelets allow the blood to clot. They’re also powerful little growth facilitators, another part of their wound-healing prowess.
So, what if you were able to take your own blood and concentrate those platelets and then inject it back into your skin and let the platelets go to work?
You can at Northcoast Laser by combining our Eclipse Micropen microneedling procedure with platelet rich plasma.
What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is what is left when the white and red blood cells are removed from your blood. What remains is plasma and blood platelets. PRP has been used for years to speed the healing of joints, tendons, and muscle tissue in professional athletes. Now it can “heal” problems such as sun damage, acne scars and stretch marks, and the decreasing volume that is a part of normal aging.
How is a PRP treatment with microneedling done?
At Northcoast Laser, we start the PRP process by taking a small amount of blood from you, about the same amount used for a typical lab test. That blood is then placed in a centrifuge that spins at a high rate and separates the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid that makes blood liquid). This plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets (four times higher) and is called platelet-rich plasma.
When injected back into target areas of the face, this PRP serum triggers a wound response in the skin, where healing platelets create a rich fibrin mesh, initiating the production of new collagen (the skin’s basic support protein).
Most aesthetic providers merely inject the PRP back into your skin with a typical syringe. But at Northcoast we combine PRP with microneedling to inject the PRP back into the skin. The combination of the micro-wounds and the PRP creates a rich healing environment where the skin actively rebuilds itself.
Where can PRP be used?
Microneedling has been successful at addressing texture and skin tone, along with pigmentation issues. It also lessens the appearance of scars and stretch marks. PRP accentuates all of these functions, plus it can return volume to areas of the face that have suffered from volume loss.
When will I see results from PRP?
Results begin to show themselves in three to four weeks as new collagen is added to the treatment areas, and these results continue to build for months. For the best results, we recommend three PRP/microneedling treatments, spaced 1-2 months apart.
What happens after my PRP treatment?
The entire PRP session takes only around 15 minutes and is relatively painless. There isn’t any recovery time, but there can be some slight redness and swelling at the treatment sites. This will pass in one to three days.
Interested in combining PRP and microneedling? Call us at Northcoast, 440-NEW-FACE and let’s talk.
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