Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of the most exciting innovations in medicine and aesthetics. Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine uses PRP as an anti-aging treatment, helping men and women in Lexington, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania turn back the hands of time. If you’re curious about how PRP can help you achieve your aesthetic goals without the need for invasive surgery, book an appointment at Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine. Online scheduling is available, or you can schedule your visit by phone.
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a special preparation made from your own blood. To understand the power of PRP, it helps to think about what your blood contains.
Your blood is primarily a liquid called plasma. Within that plasma are small solids like white cells, red cells, and platelets. Each plays specialized roles in keeping you healthy. Platelets work to help your blood clot and also contain hundreds of different proteins called growth factors, which help your body heal.
Platelet-rich plasma is simply plasma that contains a much higher-than-normal volume of platelets.
Platelet-rich plasma works by prompting your body’s natural healing response, which means kick-starting cellular growth. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and general loss of facial fullness occur when your body naturally loses some of its collagen layer. PRP injections stimulate new collagen production, increasing the fullness of your face and smoothing lines and wrinkles.
The PRP preparation process begins by drawing a small amount of your blood, similar to the process of a blood draw for health screening. That blood is placed into a device called a centrifuge that spins the sample at a high rate of speed, separating the white and red blood cells and leaving the platelets behind.
Once prepared, the platelet-rich plasma is drawn into a syringe. Your face is cleansed and prepared and then a series of several injections deliver the PRP to the targeted areas.
Having PRP injections is nearly painless. You may feel a pinch during the initial blood draw, but the needles used to inject the PRP back into your skin are incredibly thin. The entire process only takes around 15-20 minutes, and there’s no need for recovery or downtime.
You’ll begin to notice results around 3-4 weeks after treatment, as your body builds new collagen. A series of three treatments with around 1-2 months between each offers the best outcomes.
Many men and women find that combining treatments is the best way to achieve their treatment goals. PRP can be used in conjunction with microneedling, laser therapy, Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels. Contact the office today to learn more, or schedule an appointment using the simple online tool.