Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have been used as a treatment in several medical settings, such as sports medicine, wound care, and heart surgery. It’s a process in which some blood is drawn from the patient, then the various growth factors are extracted and prepared into an injectable solution that aids cell regeneration.
These days, PRP is not only used for clinical purposes, it is also used in aesthetic medicine. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are making use of PRP to help boost overall skin health and appearance.
The benefits of a PRP facial cosmetic procedure include:
- Production of new collagen fibers
- Enhancement of crepey skin
- Skin tightening
- Improvement of skin texture
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
For the past years, making use of PRP in the field of plastic surgery has been great in speeding up the healing process and making the skin looking healthier.
The three main areas where PRP is used include’:
- Topical application to reduce blemishes and scars. The procedure is similar to micro needling.
- Vampire facelift, also called subcutaneous injections. This procedure helps restore collagen as well as the volume of the face.
- PRP plastic surgery is applied under the surface of the skin and on the border of the wound for skin rejuvenation.
What exactly is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is also known as stem cell therapy. It is a form of regenerative medicine where a patient uses his or her own plasma to enhance their own natural healing and cellular regeneration. Platelets are part of the four elements of the blood which are rich in proteins, also known as growth factors.
These elements are vital in cell regeneration as they work to heal injuries, wounds and aid blood clotting.
The PRP solution is prepared to contain a high concentration of platelets, making it ten times stronger at healing than any element found in the blood. The PRP solution has cytokines, which help heal damaged soft tissues.
This natural procedure is proven safe due to the fact that the injectable is made from the patient’s own blood. Hence, results in a very high compatibility rate.
How is the PRP for facial procedures performed?
The plastic surgeon will draw around 5 cc of the patient’s blood, and then place it in a high-speed centrifuge until the platelet concentration is achieved. The prepared PRP solution can be applied topically, or directly injected into the damaged area.
The areas that are commonly treated with PRP include:
- Fine lines, or visible wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes
- Acne, or acne scars
- Crepey skin
- Nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines
- Dark under-eye circles
How long does it take to recover and see the results?
The results and recovery period for topical of the injectable PRP procedure are immediate. Most patients notice immediate results and improvement right after the procedure, especially when it comes to their skin texture and tone. The treatment usually lasts for more than three months.
PRP is a great option, especially for people who do not want chemicals injected into their skin, or want to avoid side effects. This treatment is a great way to maintain healthy looking skin without any invasive surgery.
Know more about PRP plastic surgery with Dr. Zaydon
Dr. Zaydon has been utilizing PRP as a complementary therapy with the goal of expediting, improving and enhancing patient outcomes. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, he has many years of experience in both diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions and injuries for which a plastic surgeon is required.
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