PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedures from our plastic surgeon and the experienced aesthetic professionals here at Shaw Plastic Surgery allow us to harness the powerful healing potential that exists in the patient’s own blood. When we have an injury, platelets are delivered to that area to begin the healing process. Platelets provide as many as 70 different growth factors and healing agents to improve blood supply and begin building collagen.
PRP has been used for many years in other medical fields such as orthopedic surgery and reconstructive surgery. PRP treatments can greatly reduce the amount of time an athlete will be off the field after an injury. This natural process, using you own blood, can now be applied to improve the signs of aging and sun damage on the face, neck, and practically anywhere else.
What areas can be treated with PRP?
The most common treatment areas involve facial rejuvenation:
- improve skin texture
- treat crow’s feet and lower eyelids
- rejuvenate lips, smile lines, nasolabial folds
- improve or eliminate acne scars
- improve areas of uneven pigmentation or melasma
- can be combined with microneedling, HA fillers (like Juvaderm), Botox
- some treatments can be boosted with additional potent growth factor products
Can be used nearly anywhere:
- neck and decollate
- back of hands for signs of aging
- amazing results for restoring areas of thinning hair in both men and women
- wrinkling around knees and elbows
- existing scars and stretch marks
- treat areas of cellulite
PRP treatments are done in the office using topical anesthetic. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and the blood is then processed using a centrifuge. This spinning separates the platelets and growth factors from the rest of the blood. Once this PRP is obtained, it can be injected into the treatment area using a very small needle. Or it can be inserted into the skin as part of the microneedling procedure.
The process typically takes 30 to 60 minutes and there is little or no recovery time. The exception is when treating the lower eyelids which are more prone to a small amount of bruising or swelling.
Most patients will start with 2 or 3 treatments one or two months apart. Collagen continues to build for about 3 months after treatment. Results will last for 1 to 2 years depending on the patient and the area treated. Often patients will return for re-treatment before the results have fully disappeared.