What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is prepared by taking a small sample of the patient’s own blood, then separating platelets via centrifugation. Next, the PRP is collected and may be applied to the treated site. PRP can be used for facial rejuvenation as an injectable or in combination with the MicroPen® Elite to deliver the growth factors to the dermis of the skin. Platelets carry several growth factors that will increase rebuilding of tissues by stimulating new collagen and blood vessel formation giving the skin smoother and healthier look.


Which PRP Facial Treatments are Available at Dermatologie?

PRP Facial Injection

When skillfully injected into target areas of the skin, PRP helps to accelerate the replacement of epidermal tissue. This tissue is formed in the lower dermal layers, but as it is created, the tissue eventually moves up to replace dead or damaged skin cells in the outermost layers. The result is smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and discolored regions.

PRP Microneedling

During this procedure, the Eclipse MicroPen is used to create controlled micro-wounds, or channels, to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The PRP is applied directly to the channels that were created from the micro-needling to further stimulate the natural healing process and creation of collagen.
Find more information on microneedling here.


FAQ

1. How long does the process take?

The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application varies based on which procedure is being performed.

2. How many PRP sessions are required?

Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with concerns about deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.

3. Can a PRP procedure be painful?

Eclipse PRP® is close to a physiologic pH, which means the product is less likely to cause a stinging or burning sensation. There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site, but quickly resolves.

4. Is PRP safe?

Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced from a patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.

5. When will I see the results?

Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several weeks. Results can continue to improve up to 6 months after the treatment.

6. How many treatments will I need?

Some patients only require a single treatment once a year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart. For patients with concerns about deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive 6-8 sessions at 6-week intervals.