What you should know about PRP
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is a new technology used to stimulate collagen and rejuvenate the skin. It uses the body’s own activated blood cells called platelets to release growth factors that promote skin and tissue regeneration. Because the PRP is isolated from the patient’s own blood, the procedure has been called “Vampire treatment” and “Vampire rejuvenation”. The amount of blood collected from the patient’s arm is minimal and typically less than what is needed for a routine blood work. The blood is transferred in a sterile manner to special tubes and centrifuged to separate the PRP from the rest of blood components. The procedure takes less than 10 min, the time normally required for the anesthetic cream applied on the face to fully work.
PRP can be injected using either fine needles or, more commonly, the Dermapen microneedling technique which distributes the PRP uniformly throughout the facial or neck skin area.
Recovery is minimal and the patients can typically resume their activity immediately. Mild redness over the treated area goes away in less than 6 hours in most patients.
Between 3 and 5 sessions of PRP treatment done one month apart are typically required to obtain the desired degree of skin rejuvenation.
PRP can also be used to treat superficial or deep scars and can be combined with Fat injections (AFT) to increase the rejuvenating effect.
Length of procedure: 20-30 min
Anesthesia: topical cream (Emla)
Setting: office procedure
Downtime: 6 hours