Platelet Rich Plasma
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
Health Providers have always known that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. The rise of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy has shown just how true that statement is. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a treatment method that can harness the body’s ability to heal and amplify the natural growth factors our body uses to repair tissue.
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are blood cells that are necessary for growth healing functions. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. This same application has become widely used in skincare. PRP therapy, when applied topically or through superficial injections to the face can benefit the skin in many ways. In fact, The American Academy of Dermatology has found that PRP can reduce wrinkles, plump up sagging skin, get rid of deep creases, improve one’s complexion, and diminish acne scars.
The Benefits of PRP Therapy in Skincare
PRP Provides a Complete Facial Rejuvenation
PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production, which thickens and tightens areas of thinner skin, effectively smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Since it works to boost collagen, it’s a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone. Also, it’s great for people who suffer from rosacea or acne.
PRP is a Natural Cosmetic Injectable
PRP uses your own natural platelets without the addition of any foreign products. The treatment works by drawing a small sample of your blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge for approximately five minutes to separate the plasma from the other blood particles. The platelet-rich plasma is then reinjected back into the treatment area to stimulate collagen and elastin production. -Please note that Botanica currently offers topical PRP with Medical Microneedling only.
PRP Treats Delicate Facial Areas
PRP is extremely effective for treating difficult to treat areas, especially areas that a laser can’t reach. One example is the delicate area under the eye that can show signs of aging.
PRP is a Safe Treatment
Because it uses your own body’s platelets, PRP is a safe and effective treatment option. It has also been around for decades. PRP has been used in hospital settings and sports rehabilitation centers since the 1970s.
The Results Last a Long Time
While Results can take about three to four weeks to appear after a Medical Microneedling and PRP Treatment, they typically last about 12 to 18 months after an initial series of three treatments.
How Is PRP Extracted?
The most common way to prepare PRP involves taking one vial of blood from your arm. This is done by a doctor, nurse, or certified phlebotomist. The vial of blood is placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun at intensely high speeds. The spinning causes the blood to separate into layers:
- Red blood cells, approximately 45% of blood, are forced to the bottom of the vial.
- White blood cells and platelets form a thin middle layer, called a buffy coat, which comprises less than 1% of the centrifuged blood. This is the PRP used for treatment.
- “Platelet-poor” plasma, or plasma with a low concentration of platelets, makes up the remaining top layer, about 55% of the centrifuged blood sample.
- Once the centrifuge process is complete the doctor, nurse, or certified phlebotomist will remove the vial from the centrifuge and prepare the PRP solution for treatment.
PRP with SkinPen Medical Microneedling Session: $650
Contraindications For PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma Therapy may not be appropriate for someone who:
- Has a medical condition that could worsen or spread with injections, such as an active infection, a metastatic disease, or certain skin diseases
- Has certain blood and bleeding disorders
- Is undergoing anticoagulation therapy (and cannot temporarily suspend treatment)
- Is anemic
- Is pregnant