Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) is the “healing power” within our blood. It is harvested by drawing blood, using a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of the blood cells, all within a few minutes.
PRP has been used for decades for athletes recovering from surgery, or to heal painful joint injuries as Platelet Rich Plasma contains many growth factors known to help wounds heal faster.
PRP can also improve the texture and color of skin by encouraging the growth of new collagen and elastin and reversing existing skin damage.
The beauty of this treatment is that it doesn’t break down the outer layer of the skin, so there is no scarring and no down time. The body’s own growth factors simply go to work repairing the damage, which has accumulated from environmental hazards through the years. All you see is fresher, younger skin.
What is this treatment used for?
The answer to that question depends on your goals. As mentioned before, most of us are concerned with aging of the face, neck, chest and hands. PRP for anti-aging purposes is not limited to those areas, but those are the most easily addressed.
Other areas of concern might require injections with PRP. It can be utilized for scalp health, hair growth, joints or even for inflamed tendons to alleviate acute and chronic pain. An example is anything from tennis elbow to joint pains in fingers, hands or feet.
Micro-needling and injections with PRP
Micro-needling is a device that punctures many micro-columns in the face, which will stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin. This results in smoother skin with diminished wrinkles and even acne scars.
Micro-needling can also be combined with PRP injections in various areas, such as under the eyes to address dark circles, wrinkles and to thicken the skin. Thicker skin wrinkles less.
In addition, the increase in collagen and elastic formation adds elasticity to the skin, also reducing wrinkles.
Combining treatments with dermal fillers
PRP is used very effectively in combination with Dermal Fillers such as: Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma (and other fillers) to create what we call a “liquid facelift.”
E. Ronald Finger, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Savannah and Bluffton. www.fingerandassociates.com