What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is your own body’s (autologous) concentrated preparation of platelets and the associated growth factors in a small volume of plasma. Platelets are a major part of the body’s healing process and a natural source of many valuable growth factors. Because they are taken from your serum, these growth factors are in their natural ratios. We are able to deliver a higher therapeutic amount to the target tissue.
What are these growth factors, and why should I use them?
During normal wound healing, platelets release growth factors and other substances. These growth factors signal the body to start a number of regenerative processes. Examples include: Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Transforming Growth Factor (TGF), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) and others. These molecules are known to regulate the healing cascade, including inflammation, collagen formation, neovascularization, and cell proliferation. It is these properties that make PRP valuable as a skin rejuvenation agent.
How can PRP be used?
The indications for PRP seem to be growing as we learn more about these growth factors. PRP has already been used for a number of aesthetic indications:
- Early androgenic alopecia
- Tear trough deformity (dark circles under the eyes)
- Acne scars
- As a potent compliment to microneedling
- To improve healing time and collagen formation with laser resurfacing
- As and adjunct to dermal filler injection
What can I expect with PRP Therapy?
PRP treatment can vary wildly depending on the other procedures being done. When injected alone (i.e. for alopecia or dark circles) you can expect some swelling for 24 to 48 hours. The swelling will subside and the collagen and healing process after will take weeks to months, depending on the location. In many instances, it will actually result in faster healing, such as with lasers or microneedling. The PRP is prepared from your own blood. One of our aesthetics nurses will draw a blood sample and the platelets will be prepared in our onsite lab. The process of preparing the platelets in our lab takes about 25 minutes.
How much does PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) cost?
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection $500