Blood is made up of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Plasma is merely the liquid component of blood that carries the red and white cells and platelets. Platelets play a key role in the healing process because they release the growth factors necessary for healing damaged tissue. The efficacy of certain growth factors in healing various injuries and the concentrations of these growth factors found within PRP are the basis for the use of PRP in tissue repair. The platelets collected in PRP are activated by the addition of thrombin and/or calcium chloride, which induces the release of these factors from alpha granules.
Cosmetic Use for Platelet Rich Plasma
As mentioned, Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP – can be used in speeding healing of open wounds, in tendons and other musculoskeletal injuries and in problems like arthritis. However, Platelet Rich Plasma – PRP – can be used also to improve skin texture, lines and wrinkles. By placing it into the deeper skin layer, fibroblasts and other cells can be stimulated to a more youthful function. Areas like crêpe areas under eyes, neck and upper lips can show dramatic improvement. The general texture and turgor of the skin will also improve. Anyone who has had problems tolerating anti-aging products or procedures will be encouraged by the fact they are using purely their own cells and tissues. The most dramatic results so far have been in the crêpe skin problems in areas such as under eyes, neck and décolletage areas.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used for the following:
- Improve the glabellar lines (the number 11 sign between the brow)
- Improve the Forehead lines
- Improve the appearance of periorbital lines (crow’s feet)
- Improve Nasolabial folds
- Improve smile lines
- Improve the vertical lip lines (lipstick lines)
- Improve the marionette lines (the ones from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
- Improve the appearance of under eye lines
- Improve and enhance facial volume
- Improve the appearance of jaw line
- Improve skin texture and tone
- Improve necks and décolletage areas
- Treat acne scars
During treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to make the injections relatively painless. Results appear gradually and become visible during the months that follow the procedure.
It’s great to see how we are able to restore patients’ skin with such a simple and effective procedure. This procedure is not a surgical face lift nor does it create the same effect as a face lift. The procedure helps restore or enhance areas, which require volume. Improvement of skin texture and tone can be noticeable within three weeks and improvement continues for the next 8 months as more collagen and keratin is laid under the skin. The results typically last 2 years or longer. Areas of treatment include cheeks and mid-face, wrinkling around the eyes, smile lines, nasolabial fold, neck and jaw line, chest, acne scarring, hands, and more. The process takes between 60-90 minutes, depending on complexity. For the best result, we recommend three to six treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.