Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Rejuvenation

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial Rejuvenation Therapy?

PRP Facial Rejuvenation Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Platelets contain growth factors; when applied to the skin, they can stimulate the growth of collagen. Collagen plumps the skin, giving it a youthful and supple appearance. PRP for facial rejuvenation has been used since 2006. It has shown to be effective in reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality areas around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, neck, and jawline.

How is PRP made?

Platelets for PRP are made from the patient's own blood. It is similar to a patient donating his or her blood before a surgical procedure. This is what the process entails.

How is PRP used for facial rejuvenation?

First, your skin is assessed and prepared for treatment. Then, anesthetic cream is placed on the face about 45 minutes to an hour before the procedure. Next, blood plasma that has gone through the PRP process is applied topically on the skin or injected in target areas. The actual procedure takes about 20 minutes to a half hour.

What are the expected results associated with PRP facial rejuvenation?

Improvement of skin fullness, texture, and tone can be noticeable within a few weeks of treatment. PRP for facial rejuvenation is recommended in 3 to 6 treatments, spaced out at least a month apart.

Is PRP for facial rejuvenation safe? How long is the recovery time?

PRP for facial rejuvenation is safe. Because PRP contains white blood cells, your body's natural immune defense agents, infection is rare with PRP treatment.

Typically, there is little to no downtime associated with the treatment. Some redness and bruising might be visible, but this typically clears up in about a week.

Who are good candidates for PRP for facial rejuvenation?

The treatment is suitable for individuals hoping for gradual but noticeable improvement in their skin's fullness, texture, and tone. PRP for facial rejuvenation is an ideal treatment for patients seeking little to no downtime after treatment.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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