What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma is a process in which plasma from your own blood is injected into your face. It is a procedure that is meant to improve the look and feel of your skin.
How does it work?
Like all medical procedures PRP begins with a consultation and examination of your medical history to determine if this procedure is right for you. Once the process begins a sufficient amount of blood is drawn from your body. This blood is then prepare for a process called centrifugation, in which the platelets are separated from the other substance in your blood such as blood cells. The liquid is then combined with the remaining blood and injected into the face.
Blood is composed of red and white blood cells and also platelets, which play a big role in PRP. Platelets contain hormones called growth factors which are known to clot blood and speed healing time for injuries. These growth factors stimulate the number of fibroblasts and keratinocytes which produce collagen and keratin. Collagen production has been attributed to help with wrinkles and is the main cause for younger looking skin.
How long is the procedure and does it hurt?
Patients will feel a slight discomfort during the injection process, but numbing cream can be applied to the face. Depending on the service being done the process typically last between one hour to one hour and a half.
How long is the recovery time?
Since PRP extracts your own blood, there is a minimal much recovery time. Some redness and minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week. It is advised that your bring a scarf or sunglasses to protect the treated areas from the outside elements. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected.
What are the health risks?
PRP skin treatments are safe, because it is produced from your own blood. There is no risk of an allergic reaction or infection when proper protocol is used. Unlike some procedures your body cannot reject the injections because it is your own blood.
How soon will I see results?
Some patients reported improvement in skin’s texture within weeks after their first session. But the more collagen and keratin that is injected the better the skin will look. The results usually last for about two years.