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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: What is It?

What You Need to Know about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

The secret to youthful, beautiful skin lies within, and with Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP), skin rejuvenation harnesses the body’s own healing and restorative traits to boost the skin’s natural renewal process. This treatment has been long used to help heal injuries in athletes and the treatment of surgical recovery, bone cancer, ulcers, and torn ligaments. And, in recent years, PRP therapy was introduced as a new treatment for skin rejuvenation.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and how Does it Work?

Although blood is mainly made of a liquid called plasma; it also contains small solid components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that help support the healing process.

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a medical technique that uses plasma with a high concentration of platelets to improve the skin. To develop PRP, blood is drawn from a patient. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells, and concentrations of platelets are formed during a process called centrifugation. This process increases the concentration of the platelet count to about 4 times more than normal. As a result, the product is called platelet-rich plasma, which is then activated and injected into the skin or applied topically in the area of skin regeneration.

This cutting-edge rejuvenation treatment takes place during a 20 – 30 minute procedure and, when injected into the skin, acts as a catalyst to promote your own collagen to grow and rejuvenate tissues. By this, it naturally tightens the skin, softens winkles and creates smoother skin texture and tone.

What Areas Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Address?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild collagen and volume loss
  • Tightening and toning skin
  • Crow’s feet and dark under eye circles
  • Improvement in skin tone and texture
  • Dull dry skin and Rosacea
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Acne scarring

What are the Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

  • Low risk because it’s your own blood
  • Non-surgical procedure
  • Minimal side effects (possible bruising)
  • Natural (uses your own platelet cells; minimizes allergic reactions)

What are the Results of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and Recovery Time?

Medical professionals recommend 3 PRP treatments, each performed 6 weeks apart. Improvement of skin texture and tone are noticeable within 3 weeks. The results of PRP will last 12 – 18 months with annual follow-up injections to maintain results.

Recovery time and restrictions are minimal. There may be redness and tenderness on the first day, and occasionally some bruising may occur. The initial redness will subside on the second day, and the swelling should diminish by the third day. These symptoms may be noticeable, but they’re unlikely to result in any significant downtime. After your procedure, you can return back to your regular daily activities with minimal-to-light makeup application.

If you are considering Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy, get in contact with Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. Dr. Gabriel Chiu is an experienced, Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, who has helped patients in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area for over 10 years. He is well-versed in a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures, as well as non-invasive procedures such as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy.