Rejuvenate Skin & Reduce Wrinkles with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Scientists have been continually improving skin rejuvenation technology over time, and now there are multiple ways to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, can be used to augment microneedling treatment for additional benefits that can help you achieve an overall more youthful look. Here’s what to know about PRP, if you’re a good candidate for the treatment, and how to schedule your appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Roche.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Plasma is a concentrated component of your blood that has been separated from the red and white blood cells by using a centrifuge. Plasma is rich in platelets and growth factors that work to naturally revive and rejuvenate the skin.
When injury to the skin occurs, platelets naturally become activated, releasing growth factors and other skin regenerating molecules. By applying platelet-rich plasma to your skin after a microneedling treatment, your body is naturally prompted to go into healing mode to repair your skin. Dr. Roche can also inject PRP as an alternative to fillers.
PRP works differently from Botox or dermal fillers because it neither immobilizes your muscles nor fills in wrinkles. Instead, the treatment helps your body create more of its own collagen to tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
How Does PRP Work?
We begin by taking a small amount of blood (about the amount used for a normal test tube) and place in a centrifuge machine that will spin rapidly to separate the red blood cell from the plasma. The plasma is then removed from the top of the test tube and placed into a sterile syringe.
Once ready, I apply the platelet-rich plasma to your skin while performing a microneedling treatment, or inject it beneath your skin in an area that we are trying to improve. If applied topically during the microneedling procedure, it will absorb into the top layer of the skin through the hundreds of tiny channels created by the microneedling process. Patients leave the office with their PRP applied and go home to rest and relax for the remainder of the day. In the morning, the treatment is washed away with gentle cleansers.
As the plasma is absorbed into the top layers of your skin, it works to stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanisms. New collagen and skin cells are generated, which improve volume loss and help your skin look and feel fuller from the inside out.
How Long Do PRP Results Last?
When applied topically, patients typically see results within the first week which usually peak at around the 4-6 week mark. I usually recommend a series of initial treatments to maximize results, which are scheduled 1-2 months apart. Comparatively, PRP injections tend to have profound and longer-lasting results
After these initial sessions, PRP treatment results can last anywhere between 9 months to 2 years. Most of my patients choose to have PRP therapy annually to keep their skin looking healthy and youthful. PRP can be combined with other skin rejuvenation treatments like Hydrafacial-MD, Ultherapy, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment Right for You?
To determine if platelet-rich plasma treatments are the ideal solution for your skin’s unique needs, book a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Roche, M.D. today.
We’ll discuss your overall health, what look you’re most interested in obtaining, and together we’ll develop a treatment plan designed specifically for you. Call now to schedule your appointment at 201-505-1020.