Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: A Beginners Guide
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
How does it work?
Platelets are a type of blood cell. They serve many purposes in the body, one of which is to clot the blood so people do not excessively bleed out when the skin is broken by a cut, etc. Another, however, is to help wounds heal more quickly with special proteins contained int he blood.
The growth factors promote tissue regeneration and healing.
Your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets suspended in a liquid called plasma. Platelets contain numerous growth factors that are released when the platelets are “activated.”
There are medical benefits to injecting platelet-rich plasma to help heal inflammation and tissue damage, but there are many emerging cosmetic benefits as well. Some of the popular cosmetic benefits include regenerating lost hair and healing/ improving the appearance of facial skin.
This procedure consists of blood being drawn and then spun in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a device that spins at high speed, which has the effect of separating the PRP (platelet rich plasma) from the other components in your blood. Concentrated platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the area that is being treated. It can also be used as a topical ointment for use in micro needling.
The platelets are ideally concentrated to be approximately five to six times their normal blood value, allowing them to heal various parts of the body at an accelerated speed.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma used for?
There are many medical and cosmetic applications for PRP. There are many known to be effective and many more still being researched by doctors all over the world to help do everything from treating knee injuries to broken bones.
here are some of the popular cosmetic uses for PRP:
Correcting hair loss
The platelets are then injected back into the scalp, where newly implanted or inactive hair follicles can be stimulated into an active growth phase.
We are injecting PRP into the scalp to promote healthy hair growth and prevent further hair loss (or first instance of hair loss). PRP is a technique that can help restore hair loss in men as well as women.
Facial rejuvenation treatments
The popularly used term for this procedure is the “vampire facelift” or “vampire facial” (a term coined by Alabama cosmetic surgeon Charles Runels).
A PRP treatment can help with a variety of skin concerns and deformities on the face, neck, and hands.
- Dark Circles
- Eye puffiness
- Facial sagging
- Dull skin
PRP facials can be done in one of two ways:
- It can be incorporated as a topical for microneedling
- It can be used to re-inject into the desired areas to diminish wrinkles and create a younger, refreshed look