What is PRP Skin Rejuvenation?
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is used in many effective techniques for skin and hair rejuvenation. This PRP is created from the patient’s blood sample by separating the blood cells from the plasma, which is rich in platelets containing growth factors. Growth factors are responsible for rejuvenating the skin’s cell turnover rate and regrowth, meaning it can be highly effective when combined with skin rejuvenation treatments.
The most common PRP Skin Rejuvenation treatment is a modified form of microneedling. Microneedling is a skin treatment that uses very small needles to create micro-channels in the skin (as opposed to other skin treatments which remove layers of skin) that jumpstart the skin’s restorative and healing functions. The use of PRP matrix can augment this process, giving an overall skin rejuvenation and excellent results.
Who is a Candidate for PRP Microneedling Treatment?
Most patients can benefit from PRP microneedling, since it uses the patient’s own blood and there is little chance of irritation or reaction to harsh chemicals used in other treatments. Candidates should not have any open sores or skin conditions that would prevent them from receiving a skin treatment, as well as any blood conditions or use of blood thinners. Patients that benefit most from this treatment are those that show signs of aging, poor skin tone or texture, and scarring, since the skin’s natural regrowth process can improve these issues.
What Happens During PRP Microneedling Treatment?
After both the treatment area and the donor area have been cleansed and prepared, the aesthetician will draw a blood sample from the patient, according to how much PRP is needed for treatment. Then, the vials are placed in a centrifuge, which spins quickly to separate the blood cells from the plasma. The PRP matrix is then placed on the treatment area where the microneedling handpiece is applied over the skin. This causes the PRP matrix to be absorbed deeply into the micro-channels in the skin for better rejuvenation. The skin is soothed and treated afterwards to prepare it for the short recovery period. Depending on the treatment area (the face, most commonly), this treatment can take around thirty minutes.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
The skin can become sensitive and red during this time, and you’ll be instructed to use specific skincare products to ensure the skin can heal effectively. The overall recovery time lasts for three days for most patients, with the most severe redness disappearing within one to two days. Most patients notice results quickly, although the skin can feel rough and sandpapery during the recovery period as the skin heals. Once the skin rejuvenates, it can look and feel more youthful, soft, and glowing. You can repeat this treatment as needed on a schedule which you can determine during your consultation.
To discuss how PRP treatments can benefit you and your aesthetic goals, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha and our expert aestheticians who can recommend a comprehensive skin treatment plan for your unique needs.