PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, has a wide range of both cosmetic and medical uses, and a multitude of patients have seen incredible results from this modern treatment. MD Skin Lounge offers both PRP for Hair Restoration and as a treatment that may be combined with several skin rejuvenation services to enhance their effects.Schedule an Appointment
What is PRP?
PRP stands for “Platelet-Rich Plasma.” It is a substance that promotes healing and is created by isolating plasma from the patient’s blood and concentrating it. Before a PRP treatment, the patient’s blood will be drawn and then prepared in a centrifuge, which results in plasma (the liquid component of blood) with an increased concentration of platelets. PRP contains concentrated growth factors and proteins, which in cosmetic uses helps to increase new skin cell and collagen production.
What Can PRP Be Used For?
PRP can be used for a wide variety of cosmetic applications. When paired with an invasive treatment which breaks the skin, PRP is used to increase the effectiveness in treating skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, scarring and acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, or uneven texture.
PRP is also used to treat hair loss by injecting the substance into the scalp. The treatment encourages hair growth and prevents hair loss, so it is used for patients dealing with genetic hair loss including androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
In addition, PRP has a history of use as a medical treatment for injuries, to promote healing after a surgery, or even in cases of osteoarthritis. While these treatments require further research and have yet to be approved by the FDA, many doctors and patients have seen positive results from PRP.
What is PRP Treatment Process Like?
MDSkin’s PRP treatment is used to complement and enhance the results of an invasive skin rejuvenation service. This includes ablative laser treatments, microneedling, and Scarlet SRF.
PRP is applied topically after a procedure that breaks the skin to help the skin heal and encourage collagen production. Once the PRP is prepared, it will be applied to the surface of the skin. In treatments such as microneedling, small injuries in the skin are created, which allow the PRP to reach deeper layers of the skin. This enhances its effectiveness. PRP combined with microneedling is commonly called a “vampire facial.”
After PRP Treatment
PRP treatment generally does not require any additional downtime compared to the recovery period of the procedure it is paired with, and in many cases may shorten the healing process. You may experience some bruising, swelling, or redness after the treatment and at the area where your blood was drawn. Because PRP is derived from your own blood, there is little chance of complication or adverse reactions. During the recovery process, it’s important to minimize sun exposure and follow any aftercare directions closely.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about PRP and whether the treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with MDSkin. Call (480) 696-6670 or request your appointment online.