BEFORE THE TREATMENT
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), also known as autologous ( from clients' own blood) conditioned plasma, is a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein derived from whole blood, centrifuged to remove red blood cells. As a concentrated source of blood plasma and autologous conditioned plasma, PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines.
How does PRP help my skin?
Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. In this way, PRP softens wrinkles and creating smoother skin texture and tone.
How does PRP therapy differ from other injections or fillers.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm , are composed of solid material that fills lines and skin folds. These fillers are indicated to soften deeper lines such as the folds around the mouth area, or to plump lips. They usually last from 6-18 months; repeated treatments are required to fill the area again.
PRP stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation rather than individual wrinkle improvement. PRP is used for volumizing faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, soften under eye hollows , improve the skin tone, tightness, and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use.
Restylane and Juvederm can be used with PRP as the two types of treatments are meant for different purposes; they supplement each other to give the best final outcome of a more youthful looking face. Restylane and Juvederm fill specific lines and folds; PRP improves overall volume, fullness, and skin tone. PRP acts to improve overall quality, tightness, and texture of the skin rather than filling individual deeper wrinkles.
DURING THE TREATMENT
What should I expect? Does treatment hurt?
A small amount of blood will be drawn from you. While the PRP is being prepared, your skin will be cleansed and prepared for the treatment. The injections may take up to 30-40 minutes using both tiny gauge needles and microcanulas. The entire procedure may be uncomfortable, however, RichSkin uses a specially compounded topical anesthetic (numbing cream) to make the entire process quite comfortable. Mild swelling, redness, or bruising usually fade within 1-3 days, but may be longer in extreme cases. The PRP is made from your own cells, virtually eliminating the possibility of negative side effects.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
When will I see results?
The goal of PRP injections is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome.
PRP therapy can be combined with laser treatments, chemical peels, Restylane, Juvederm, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and/or Dysport® to best target a patient's unique issues and thus achieve the final goal of younger looking skin. Maintenance PRP treatments should be given at least once a year.