What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, a natural product derived from your own body. Platelets are a component of blood that helps repair, heal, and grow new cells. When injected into specific areas of the skin, platelets trigger a “cascade of healing”, which includes eight different growth factors and various cytokines that stimulate collagen, healing, and growth of new tissue. PRP has a long history of being used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery, and now the benefits of PRP are being applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation.
How does PRP work?
During treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from the client’s arm. It is placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a highly specialized centrifuge to separate the blood’s different components. What remains is plasma (a clear yellow to light red fluid) containing a concentrated number of platelets.
The PRP is either injected at very specific locations of the face for regeneration of deep tissue or applied topically following a microneedling procedure for correction of more superficial dermal layers. The goal of PRP facial rejuvenation therapy is to achieve improved skin tone and texture, tightening, smoothing of acne scarring, softening of fine lines, reversal of volume loss, and reduction of large pores. Results begin to show three-four weeks after the treatment session, and continue to improve with time.