PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
Has been used for years to treat injuries to musculoskeletal conditions. It works by taking advantage of the healing power found in the platelets in your own blood. Platelets contain “Platelet Derived Growth Factors” (PDGF) that stimulate the production of collagen and keratin. PRP therapy helps intensify the body’s natural healing ability by initiating repair and making use of the stem cells you create.
THE CUTTING EDGE PRP
Therapy has grown beyond the realm of rehabilitation and is now available for use in aesthetics! Allow us to introduce you to this remarkable treatment; perfect for those who want a gradual and sustainable improvement.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH A COSMETIC PRP THERAPY TREATMENT?
Our cosmetic PRP therapy sessions are used to treat wrinkling on the face, neck, chest and décolleté. It is also wonderful for reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, helping with acne scars and stretch marks, adding volume to the face, helping reduce signs of aging in the hands, and even to regrow hair!
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH A MEDICAL PRP THERAPY TREATMENT?
Our medical PRP therapy sessions are used to treat pain and injury such as tendinitis, ligament sprains, joint pain, knee meniscus damage and acute or chronic muscle strain.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A COSMETIC PRP THERAPY TREATMENT?
Like all of our cosmetic treatments, PRP therapy begins with an in-depth assessment of your skin’s current state. We will ascertain the degree of skin aging as well as the type and extent of damage. Finally, we will explain what we have found as well as what treatments and aftercare we recommend and what results you can reasonably expect.
AFTER THE ASSESSMENT IS DONE
You will be given options for pain management, your face will be cleaned and prepped, and a vial of your blood will be drawn and prepared for use. PRP is then injected followed by micro-needling to open small pockets in the skin and the remaining PRP or plasma can be applied topically into these new channels.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MEDICAL PRP THERAPY TREATMENT?
Our medical PRP therapy sessions are not at all like our cosmetic ones! We begin with an assessment of your area of pain and/or damage. Once our assessment has been made, we will explain our findings as well as our recommendations and the projected outcome.
We will discuss pain management options (if you even need them) and your skin will be cleansed and prepped over the area of injection. Your own treated and prepared blood is then injected into the affected areas.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Plan to be with us for approximately one hour, though the treatment time itself is much shorter. Pain medications take time to work and the blood drawn needs processing time to be ready for use.
DOES IT HURT?
We offer pain management (normally in the form of a numbing cream or small local anesthetic injection) so most patients feel little to no sensation at all.
Because PRP is made from your own blood, there is no risk of any blood-borne infection and it is almost impossible to have an allergic reaction to the treatment (we say ALMOST impossible because some people may be allergic to the numbing creams or cleansers and not know it.) Also, PRP is loaded with all the things your body naturally uses to fight infection, it’s essentially like putting antibiotics on your skin. If you follow the aftercare instructions, PRP is one of the safest and cleanest skin treatments in use today.
No. PRP is not to be used by anyone with an active skin infection, currently undergoing chemotherapy, blood disorders like hemophilia or clotting problems, and/or a compromised or suppressed immune system. Contact us directly if you’re not sure.
Most people require one treatment every 4-6 weeks 3 or 4 times initially. After that, maintenance treatments can be scheduled based on your individual needs.