What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and for years PRP treatments have been primarily used for orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery. The treatments harness our platelets’ natural healing power, which is activated through several techniques and re-introduced to the area of your body needing treatment, inducing and accelerating tissue growth.
About 10 years ago, PRP therapy started to be implemented as a beauty procedure. Combining microneedling with PRP can exponentially maximize collagen induction as well as tissue regeneration to effectively treat wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, and saggy skin. You can enjoy glowing, younger-looking skin after the very first treatment. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when a celebrity came out on TV about getting a “vampire facial”, that PRP’s benefits were widely recognized in the U.S. Since then, PRP facials are becoming the preferred, minimally invasive anti-aging solution for the contemporary woman who wants to achieve a healthy and youthful complexion. Another common application for PRP is hair regeneration, and conditions treated include Alopecia and male baldness among others.
What to Expect
We begin treatment by drawing around 25 cc of your blood, a procedure done by a licensed phlebotomist. While we harvest a concentration of platelets (PRP) from your blood, you will undergo a quick cleansing facial in preparation, as well as a mild enzymatic peel to thoroughly clean the area and gently remove the dead skin. These steps help to enhance the benefits of the procedure by facilitating penetration of the PRP while maintaining asepsis. Then, we proceed with microneedling, introducing the PRP by working progressively to reach appropriate therapeutic depth with minimal discomfort.
Are There Side Effects?
Redness and skin tightness are the most common effects experienced immediately after treatment, and these symptoms usually resolve after two to four days.
When Will I See Results?
Some of our clients report immediate results. Results will start to become visible to others after a few weeks, with the most noticeable changes appearing around three months after your first treatment. You may continue experiencing improvements for up to 6 months. Typically, three to four initial treatments are needed – up to six treatments may be necessary depending on the case – with each treatment done 6 weeks apart.