PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Weston
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used for cosmetic purposes to enhance collagen production in the age-affected (collagen-poor) areas of the face, neck, arms and hands. PRP turns the clock backward on the aging skin, restoring skin back to its former glory.
PRP is prepared from the patient’s own blood using advanced technology. PRP contains huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors and stem cells that initiate and accelerate repair and regeneration of collagen by attracting stem cells to the areas of the face, which require volume.
PRP can be used to improve lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, per orbital lines (crow’s feet), nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines and marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin). PRP is a kind of natural filler with no risk of allergic reaction, which uses body’s own natural process to rejuvenate tissues.
A small amount of blood (20cc-60cc) is drawn up from the patient’s vein into a syringe. The blood is spun down in a special centrifuge to separate PRP from the rest of the blood components. The PRP is then injected into the area to be treated. Platelets are very small cells in the blood that are involved in the clotting process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. Platelets release a number of enzymes and growth factors that attract stem cells to repair the damaged area. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As the collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the skin. When treating aging tissue platelets can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a healthier and younger state. Because your plasma (autologous) is used, there is no danger of disease transmission or adverse reaction. The full procedure takes approximately 45 minutes – 1 hr. Generally 2-3 treatments are advised, however, sometimes one may be enough.
PRP’s most exciting feature is that it is YOUR body, YOUR blood and YOUR plasma. Nothing artificial, nothing modified and therefore is 100% safe. It is the most natural way of rejuvenating.
The Result: Youthful looking skin
For optimal results, Advanced Wellness Center recommends a minimum of three (3) PRP treatments, each performed 6 weeks apart. Improvement of skin texture and tone are noticeable within 3 weeks. To keep the skin and face looking youthful, we also recommend that clients have follow-up injections yearly.
What to expect
BEFORE YOUR PRP
It is important to be off all oral anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin or any prescription anti-inflammatories. If you take an aspirin or even a “baby” aspirin for your heart or other medical problems you will need to get clearance ARE PRP INJECTIONS SAFE? from your regular doctor to be off this medication for 7 days prior and at least 7 days post-injection. It is preferable to be off anti-inflammatories for 14 days post-injection.
DURING YOUR VISIT
Ten minutes prior to your PRP treatment, our MedSpa cosmetic physician will draw between 20 to 60 milliliters of your blood, like taking a standard blood test. Platelet Rich Plasma can easily be separated from blood, through a process of centrifugation. A special machine called a centrifuge is used to separate the platelet rich plasma out, which is then injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss and/or wrinkles. Using your enriched plasma permits the body to heal faster and more efficiently.
A single PRP treatment will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
AFTER YOUR INJECTION
After your injection you will need to be off all anti-inflammatories for 7-14 days, preferably 14.
After the injection patients often experience a moderate to severe amount of pain for 2-3 days then it subsides. It is important to not take ibuprofen type products or anti-inflammatories. It is also important not to ice the area at all in this time period. You want your body to actually create an inflammatory response and icing will decrease this.
At your first appointment, our cosmetic physician will take down a detailed clinical history and discuss any other medical conditions that may be relevant to this treatment. Our medical staff will also need to check to see if you have recently used any non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s). Examples include Nurofen, Voltaren, Mobic. These interfere with platelet production by the bone marrow so must be stopped 10 days prior to this procedure.
You can go straight back to work following the treatment, but be prepared for some swelling and bruising. The swelling and bruising can last up to a week in some patients and it is as a result of the activation of the cells caused by the injected platelets.
PRP to treat Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) combined with Medical Skin Needling is a great natural procedure that uses your body’s own plasma to stimulate the hair follicles encouraging new hair growth
Is the procedure painful?
Numbing cream is applied to the face 90 minutes before the procedure, making the treatment very comfortable. Most patients do not feel much sensation.
How long is the recovery time?
Typically, there is little to no down time associated with the treatment. Some redness of the treated area may last for a day after treatment. Minor bruising may occur, but clears up in about a week and can be concealed with cosmetics. Mineral Make-up can be applied immediately after the treatment. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but your face should be protected from the sun.
How many treatments do I need?
Many patients notice immediate improvement in a few weeks after first session. Improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin are built up under skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer.
How long is the treatment?
The entire visit lasts about 1 hours. The actual procedure requires about 45 minutes.
Is this a risky procedure? PRP treatment is extremely safe. There is no risk of allergic reaction, because PRP is produced from your own blood. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with our PRP treatment. In fact, after having provided many PRP procedures, we have yet to experienced any complication.
ARE PRP INJECTIONS SAFE?
YES. PRP is FDA approved! Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is no concern for rejection or disease transmission. Not to mention, recent research suggests that PRP may have an anti-bacterial property which protects against possible infection.