What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. This is a high concentration of protein derived from blood. It is often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’ in skin treatments.
To derive PRP, blood sample is taken from the patient and placed in a tube. This tube is then spun in a centrifuge, where natural separation of growth factors and stem cells from red blood cells occurs.
Platelets help skin function optimally by increasing collagen, elastin, and bringing in antioxidant and hydrating properties. PRP can address conditions such as acne, wrinkles, cellulite, scars, sun damage. Platelets help blood clot, so they are vital for healing wounds and injuries. PRP is plasma in which the concentration of platelets is higher than that of other components of the blood. PRP contains proteins, including growth factors and cytokines. These proteins help skin tissue repair itself. It is great when used in conjunction with microneedling as it speeds up the healing process and stimulates skin renewal.
MicroNeedling with PRP:
PRP forms a natural and effective glide for microneedling. In microneedling, the medical provider will create micro injuries through micro punctures on the skin using the FDA approved SkinPen. Safety of the microneedling device is key in the prevention of infections. At MarSha MedSpa, we only use SkinPen, the first FDA approved microneelding device, during this procedure.
Microneedling with PRP will help soak in the growth factors into the skin for tightening and rejuvenation of the collagen in the face. The growth factors activate multi potent stem cells already in the skin into behaving how they would be expected to after an injury – leading to generation of new and younger tissue. This leads to development of new collagen, new blood vessels, and new fatty tissue to repair the skin, resulting in younger appearing skin. The addition of PRP from the blood enhances the effects of microneedling.
Microneedling with PRP has shown beneficial results of tightening and improved texture of skin on face, neck, decolletage, and hands. The full effects of the procedure take 2-3 months to reflect fully and last for up to 2 years.
Microneedling with PRP may not be suitable during pregnancy or for people with certain conditions or other risk factors, including those who have:
- used or are using isotretinoin to treat acne
- active acne
- skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis
- a platelet or blood disorder
- had major surgery within the last 6 months
- a chronic illness
- an infection on the face, such as herpes
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