What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets and the associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma. Platelets are a natural source of a number of growth factors in their natural and biologically-determined ratios.
Platelet Growth Factors
Upon activation, platelets release growth factors and other molecules. These growth factors are regeneration-promoting signaling molecules, such as Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor group (TGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and others. These molecules are shown to regulate the healing cascade, including inflammation and cell proliferation.
What is PRP used for?
Platelet-Rich Plasma is used for a variety of medical treatments, including wound healing and joint pain. Here at Prescott Medical Aesthetics we specialize in using PRP to give patients a more youthful look. PRP can be injected under the skin helping to give volume to the cheeks, reduce the look of deep tear troughs and nasolabial folds and can be used in addition to fillers to help prolong those treatments.
PRP can also be used in microneedling to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, give skin a smoother appearance and reduce the look of acne scarring.
PRP is also a wonderful treatment for hair restoration. The plasma that comes from your own body is injected into specific areas of the scalp and will stimulate growth at the follicle.
How many treatments will I need?
As with most aesthetic treatments, this varies greatly from patient to patient. We conveniently package treatments in series of 3 as this is an average number of treatments to achieve results. However, depending on the condition that needs to be treated, this number can be 6-8, with 1-2 maintenance treatments per year. Hair restoration can take longer depending on the severity of loss. Typically 6 or more treatments are needed and then maintenance will be necessary.
A Typical Appointment
Because this treatment is made from your own blood, appointments start with a blood draw, then the vial of blood is spun down in a centrifuge for 10 minutes. During this time you will likely have numbing cream applied to your face for optimal comfort. The PRP will be injected in strategic areas around the face, and if you choose the add-on service of microneedling, that will be performed at the end. Treatments take from 45 minutes to an hour.