Our skin is naturally comprised of red blood cells along with serum which contains white blood cells and platelets.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own serum containing 3-5 times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins. Growth factors in platelets help skin function by increasing collagen and elastin and contributing antioxidant and hydrating properties. All of this helps to promote tissue healing by stimulating cell turnover.
Platelet Rich Plasma is now being injected into the skin in the same manner as dermal fillers as well as being used topically along with micro-needling. You are an ideal candidate for PRP therapy if you have premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or anyone who wants an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Has Multiple Benefits for Anti-Aging
When PRP is placed back into the skin by injection, it initiates a localized stem cell response. Over the weeks and months following treatment, this stem cell response attracts collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts. The fibroblasts replace tissue that has been damaged or lost through the aging process with healthy skin that looks refreshed and rejuvenated.
Scars and Contour Defects
PRP has become a promising method to assist in regenerating and repairing soft tissue that is damaged by trauma or is simply a less desirable characteristic.
PRP has also been found to help in removing damaged molecules in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin and in stimulating creation of new collagen to support the structure, elasticity and function of the skin.
Dr. Burkenstock has studied extensively with Ingrid B. Riedel, MD, 4 to perfect her techniques and help rejuvenate your appearance with platelet-rich plasma.
PRP can be used cosmetically to:
- Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Tighten and Tone Skin
- Treat Mild Collagen and Volume Loss
- Help with Crow’s Feet and Dark Circles Under the Eyes
- Reduce Acne Scarring
- Reduce the Appearance of Rosacea
Answers to Common Questions about PRP:
Is cosmetic PRP right for me?
Some age-related concerns respond better to cosmetic PRP, while others respond better to hyaluronic acid, fillers, peels, or laser resurfacing techniques. The effects of all these treatments are enhanced by using them together. Women and men can benefit from cosmetic PRP.
Is PRP safe?
Cosmetic PRP is a simple and safe procedure. Because the PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission, allergic reaction, or immune reaction. PRP is an effective and natural way of harnessing the healing power of your own blood to help reverse the signs of aging.
How long are the improvements maintained? If necessary, can the procedure be repeated?
PRP can be repeated, and better results are seen with a total of 2-3 treatments given 3-4 months apart. Patients can expect to see better results as they receive more treatments. With time, the results of PRP get better and better.
In what situations might PRP therapy plus filler injections be helpful?
It’s nice to layer PRP with traditional fillers. If a patient has volume loss with a lot of fine lines and textural changes, Dr. Burkenstock will use PRP to create a new foundation of collagen and use dermal fillers for the fine lines.