Medical Aesthetic Procedures
What is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) ?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a next-generation procedure that leverages the body’s own healing process and tools to treat a range of injuries. Platelets in blood contain healing and growth factors that the body uses to stimulate wound repairs. Injecting a high concentration of platelets near an injury boosts the body’s healing process by increasing the growth factors surrounding a wound. This treatment is gaining popularity in the field of sports medicine and orthopedics, and is being used to treat soft tissue injuries, arthritis, and regrow cartilage. It is also being used cosmetically to regrow hair and collagen. Because the platelets are derived from the patient’s blood, there is a low risk of allergic reaction, and no risk of transmissible infection.
How to you get PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
To create the PRP used in the procedure, a sample of blood is drawn from a patient and spun in a centrifuge at a high speed to separate and concentrate the platelets into an injectable form or spreadable serum. The extraction, preparation, and treatment take anywhere from one to two hours depending on the size of area being treated.
Microneedling + PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Microneedling creates mirochannels in the skin that can be used to deliver nutrients and serums to cells below the top layer of the epidermis. PRP contains the body’s own source of growth factors that can boost collagen and elastin production. It is ideal to as a topical serum because it is physiologic to the body, and has a low risk of allergic reaction. PRP has been shown to help rejuvenate the skin and is a very popular aesthetic procedure for anti-aging and scarring. Areas suitable for Microneedling + PRP include the face, neck, décolletage, stretch marks and scars on the abdomen, and anywhere on the body that would benefit from collagen and elastin growth. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth on the scalp in men and women, and may also help regrow eyebrow hair. Microneedling + PRP is typically prescribed as a set of three treatments, each approximately one month apart, although many patients see results as soon as the next day.
What is a Vampire Facial?
The “Vampire facial” is a trademarked procedure that uses micro-needling with PRP serum used as a topical during and post treatment.
What is a Vampire Facelift?
While the “Vampire Facial”uses PRP as a topical serum, a“Vampire Facelift” injects the PRP underneath the skin in a process similar to injecting facial fillers.