What are PRP injections?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Therapy is the latest advancement for the treatment of facial ageing. Originally used to treat orthopaedic injuries, like Rotator Cuff and Tennis Elbow, PRP dramatically rehabilitates the injury and improves healing time.
Most recently, PRP has entered the aesthetics and plastic surgery field and has proven to be a successful treatment for sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone and scarring.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a high concentration of growth factors and stem cells from your plasma, and when injected into skin encourages cell growth, tissue repair and collagen production. To harvest PRP, a Registered Nurse collects blood in a test tube and then places it in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich plasma from red blood cells, concentrating the growth factors.
What are the benefits of PRP injections?
Introducing growth factors at a deeper level of the skin, repairs damaged cells, strengthening collagen as it renews itself. Stronger collagen results in tighter, toner, smoother skin.
PRP Therapy can benefit most individuals and can be used to treat a variety of aging concerns, including but not limited to:
Dark, under eye circles
Uneven Skin Tone
Who is the ideal candidate for PRP injections?
Patients who wish to improve the appearance of their skin but do not want to undergo surgery are excellent candidates for PRP. If you have already been approved for dermal fillers or BOTOX® Cosmetic, you can likely benefit from PRP injections as well. Because PRP utilizes a patient’s natural blood and proteins, the treatment is extremely safe and poses minimal side effects. Patients may experience some pain at the injection site, similar to that of any dermal injection, and tissue damage may occur from poorly placed injections, particularly when used to treat deeper problems such as tendonitis and osteoporosis.
What should I expect after my PRP treatment?
Immediately following your platelet-rich plasma skin rejuvenation, you may experience some swelling and tenderness on the treatment area, which will likely also be red. The swelling and redness usually last for 12 to 24 hours. Small bruises may also occur but should disappear within two or three days.
How long does the PRP treatment last?
It is recommended that patients receive PRP treatments once a month for three to four months to realize optimal results. Follow up visits are encouraged every six or 12 months depending on the success of the initial treatments. After roughly three weeks you will start to see noticeable improvements in your skin. The reason for this delay is that the platelets injected into your skin need time to develop and release the special growth factors, which help repair skin tissues. Your skin tone and skin texture will keep improving over the following weeks and months as the treatment helps your skin develop new blood vessels. The cells from the PRP treatment area will regenerate becoming rapidly vascularized, thus leaving you with a more vibrant and youthful look!