PRP

PRP is the healthiest, most natural way to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and other effects of aging. PRP stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation.

To make PRP we draw a small amount of blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets into a small amount of plasma – hence the name platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. Platelet-Rich Plasma is gaining in popularity for the same reasons athletes and celebrities chose it: because of its organic nature and because it works. Also – since PRP uses plasma and platelets from your own blood, side-effects are practically nonexistent.

Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue heal and regenerate after an injury. Your platelets are packed with molecules called Growth Factors – and this is no accident. Think about what happens when you cut your skin: it bleeds, and platelets flood the wounded area to form a clot. And then what happens? New skin grows. Have you ever thought about how amazing that is? Have you ever wondered how that is possible? The answer is that the platelet’s job is to carry Growth Factors to the site of an injury in order to stimulate the local tissue and Stem Cells to regenerate wounded tissue. So what happens when you put concentrated platelets in aging skin? The Growth Factors do their job – and naturally “wakes up” the dermal cells, causing them to produce more collagen and elastin, which is what makes the skin more youthful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a face rejuvenation treatment with PRP?

It depends a little on what type of treatment you are having.

All PRP treatments will require a blood draw – the same procedure used when your doctor draws blood for testing. The amount of blood we use depends on how many areas we are treating – but a good rule of thumb is that we will need about 10ml (2 teaspoons) per area.

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial® – you will receive a microneedling treatment, after which the PRP will be applied to the surface of your skin, like a masque. This is painless and takes about 1-2 minutes.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift® – the PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm® or Voluma®. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

Is the treatment painful?

Generally speaking, PRP is almost painless, but the different types of treatments feel very different. If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial® – then numbing cream will be applied to the face for about 20 minutes before the microneedling phase of the treatment. Most people do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. The application of the PRP after the microneedling is totally painless.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift® – the PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm® or Voluma®. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections. Generally speaking, patients compare the feeling to that of Botox injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

How long does a PRP treatment take?

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial® – the whole treatment will take about 45 minutes. There will be 20 minutes of numbing, followed by 15 minutes for the microneedling to be performed. The PRP is then applied to your skin like a Masque. This takes a few minutes.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift® – the treatment will take about 30-45 minutes. The first 20 minutes will be numbing and time for the PRP to be prepared for injection. The Injections themselves take about 10-15 minutes.

How long is the recovery time?

If you are getting a skin rejuvenation treatment – similar to the Vampire Facial® – you will experience mild redness the day of the procedure. The normal healing time after Microneedling is 2-3 days. When patients have PRP applied after their microneedling, their skin is usually fully healed in 24 hours, due to the ability of the growth factors in PRP to speed up the healing process.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift® – you will have mild swelling for about 2-3 days. You may have small bruises at the injection sites, similar to the bruising you can get with Botox®, but these are generally mild and resolve quickly.

Are there any kind of complications?

Since PRP is created from your very own bloodstream, there have been no recorded complications from its application aside from mild bruising and swelling in the few days after the injections.

When will I see results?

Since PRP stimulated your body to produce its own natural collagen, the results are gradual. You will start to see them about one month after your treatment, with full results at three months. We generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects. For very deep lines or scars, you will usually need 4-6 treatments in total.

How many treatments will I need?

Whether you are using PRP for skin regeneration or to fill hollowed-out areas of the face, we generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects. For very deep lines or scars, you may need 4-6 treatments in total. After you have achieved the full effect, you can maintain your results with 1-2 treatments a year.

How long will my results last?

Once you have gotten the full benefit from a series of PRP injections, the results last 1 year to 18 months. 1-2 treatments a year will be able to maintain your results essentially indefinitely. If you do not get a full series of PRP injections, your results will not last as long.

Can any skin type use PRP?

Yes. Since PRP comes from your own body, it can safely be used on any skin type.

How long has PRP been studied?

PRP has a 30-year history of being used in orthopedic surgery, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine. It has been used in plastic surgery and dermatology for about 10 years. Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP stimulated the growth of new tissue when applied to wounded or injured areas of the body. Studies over the last 15 years have shown that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and more recent studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and other aging skin issues.

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