Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma also knows as PRP has been used for some time to facilitate wound healing and has come to play an important role in plastic surgery, dentistry and to aid in the healing of sports and other orthopedic injuries. In recent years its value in treating hair loss has come to be recognized. Also, an improvement in skin quality is seen after the use of PRP either alone or in combination with hyaluronic acid. At the Rosenthal Clinic we use PRP to treat hair loss and also use it alone or in combination with other treatments to improve skin quality.
Blood is drawn into a syringe and then spun in a special centrifuge to separate it into its components (red blood cells, platelet rich plasma and platelet poor plasma). Platelets are very small cells in the blood and are involved in the clotting and healing process. Platelets contain granules which break down and release growth factors and cytokines and once they are introduced into the tissues, they stimulate new collagen and blood vessel formation giving the skin a smoother, tighter and healthier look. PRP immediately starts the healing process and although full results usually take several months, some patients report tactile and visual changes earlier.
PRP is also used for stimulating hair growth in men and women suffering from pattern baldness since PRP contains growth factors that stimulate the development of new hair follicles and improve the health of existing ones.
We use the Harvest SmartPrep processing system which produces the highest concentration of platelets. Generally 3-4 treatments with advised maintenance treatments annually or semi-annually is recommended to prolong and maintain results. PRP treatments are safe, natural and very well tolerated.
Where is PRP used?
PRP has been used in facial rejuvenation around the world since 2006. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, neck and jaw line, décolleté, acne scarring, hands, scalp and more.
PRP is also can effectively improve outcomes when used in combination with other treatments such as fillers, micro-needling and eCO2 laser treatments.
When will I see results?
Aafter the treatment you will notice that fine lines and wrinkles have been softened. Deeper wrinkled areas may look more plump and smoother. However the material that has been injected will slowly be absorbed into the lower parts of the skin and underlying tissues since the objective is to develop long term growth of collagen and to stimulate the fibroblasts (the most common cells in connective tissues). This can eventually result in the creation of a better platform for the skin which in turn leads to a more healthy smoother and renewed skin surface.The results are gradual and vary with each person though typically you could see improvements in skin tone and texture within weeks and further improvements will continue for several months to come.
A ‘Vampire Facelift’ is a treatment we perform that combines PRP with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. If you combine PRP with treatments such as filler or eCO2 laser the results can be synergistic and provide outstanding outcomes. In the case of eCO2, the use of PRP is used to result in faster recovery times.