PRP, or platelet-rich plasma treatment, has been gaining in popularity because of one unique quality: Unlike many anti-aging treatments, it uses the patient’s own blood, eliminating any tendency toward reaction, and making the treatment hypoallergenic.
Platelet-rich plasma is also called plasma rich in growth factors, because a component inherent in your own body and bloodstream, platelets, is the source of repair and new growth for your cells. PRP uses the body’s own blood plasma, full of these platelets, prepared in safe, medically approved injections, to treat signs of aging in the face, neck, hands and other areas of the body.
It has a long history in other branches of medicine, such as reconstructive surgery, dentistry and wound healing, with a proven track record of healing skin damage. Studies showing that PRP also works to generate new collagen and reduce sun damage have now led to its use in the cosmetic and aesthetic fields.
When To Consider It
If you are experiencing decreased skin tone, fine lines, sagging, puffiness or dark circles around your eyes, or simply rough, aging skin, PRP with micro-needling will regenerate skin and rejuvenate existing collagen for healthier, younger-looking skin. Unlike filler injections, which often need repeated treatment and don’t work in all areas, PRP can reach tough wrinkles and also regenerates itself using your body’s natural processes with collagen growth over time. It also is used for thinning hair and hair loss, even for male pattern baldness. Dr. Yarish and his staff can consult with you, determine whether you’d be a good candidate for PRP, and design a treatment plan for you personally.
What to Expect During PRP
This treatment option is available in both Dr. Yarish’s Houston and Lake Jackson offices. Blood is drawn from the patient, and spun down using a centrifuge to concentrate stem cells and platelets that will help tissue healing and repair skin damage. The product, the concentrated plasma serum, is called platelet-rich plasma. After a gentle micro-needling treatment to exfoliate the area, the PRP will be applied topically, allowing for maximum absorption for skin rejuvenation from the inside out.
What Happens Afterward
Patients can expect improvements in complexion, skin surface smoothness and tone, and the restoration of facial volume. There is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction, as PRP is made up of the body’s own cells. There may be some mild swelling and redness, as the treatment does consist of exfoliating treatment and the skin and underlying tissues will take some time to absorb and activate the new plasma. Some bruising is not uncommon but should disappear shortly.
PRP is often done in a series of a few treatments, four to six weeks apart, for best results and to thoroughly stimulate the new collagen production, although initial results will be seen right away. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!