Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP works on the simple basis is that of utilizing your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen for tauter, smoother and better-toned skin. Utilized in various ways, with or without fillers, the platelet solutions can be introduced with injections or by using an automated or as a topical addition to resurfacing.
What is PRP?
PRP Rejuvenation often incorporates fillers with PRP – which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma – to enhance facial shape and volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure which uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of those fillers…or alone to call in the natural collagen building process.
How does it work?
A small vial of blood is taken from your arm – less than that normally taken for routine blood tests. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this platelet-rich plasma – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.
The Key to Success -Tricking the cells into thinking there is injury
The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production (the cells that create collagen) to energize and heal.
PRP has been used for years to speed joint, tendon and tissue repair and is a popular treatment for professional athletes such as football players, golfers and basketball players.
The end result?
- Healthier appearance
- Thicker dermis (reducing wrinkles and scars)
- Improved tone
- Prolonged duration of fillers (Used with underlying fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse, the PRP serum prolongs and amplifies the filler correction with the need for less filler per treatment and a longer duration.)
PRP is an emerging treatment for hair loss
One of the initial uses of PRP was in athletes for the treatment of damaged cartilages in joints. Doctors in the field of hair restoration reasoned that if the concentrated growth factors could help cartilage regenerate than perhaps it would also help patients with hair loss. There have been several studies and international presentations reviewing the benefits of PRP for hair loss. More recent studies have included the use of other growth factors, such as ACell. The combination of the PRP and ACell has been one of the best-studied non-surgical treatments for hair loss and has shown considerable promise. The procedure is without any significant risk as it is based primarily on your own body’s growth factors.
Who is a candidate?
Patients that have thinning hair and are not yet ready or in need of a surgical hair transplantation. The process is very effective in thickening fine hairs. Women are excellent candidates as the hair loss pattern is very different in women than it is in men. Women tend to have a diffuse thinning of hair versus areas that become completely bald. It is not well suited to treat any area where there is an absolute loss of hair.
How is it Done?
The process is relatively easy. Blood is drawn and the then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the red blood cells from the remaining fluid, which is known as PRP. The PRP is then injected in small quantities throughout the various areas of the scalp with thinning hair. This is done through areas that have been injected with local anesthesia so as to minimize any pain.
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