Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? PRP is your own blood enriched by platelets to help stimulate the development of collagen and other components that help skin look younger and healthier. PRP contains growth factors and proteins called cytokines that help heal age and sun-related damage in the skin. Since PRP is naturally created by your own body, this reduces risks associated with donor genetic materials such as allergies, hypersensitivity, and other adverse reactions. Many patients are also drawn to the natural qualities of using elements of their own body rather than chemicals or donated cells. What is involved with PRP treatment? A small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed in a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). This plasma now contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet rich plasma, or PRP. How does PRP rejuvenate the 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 help hair loss? When used to stimulate the restoration of hair follicles, studies have shown it to be very effective. The PRP recruits new hairs to grow, keeps the hairs growing that still are, and targets the stem cells surrounding the follicle to minimize the thinning of the actual hairs being produced. Where else can you use PRP Therapy? Dark Circles and Eye Bags – The growth factors found in blood platelets help to jumpstart the production of collagen and generates new capillaries while activating and rejuvenating the body’s cells and skin. PRP in conjunction with Fraxel laser resurfacing or Micro needling have shown an increase in effectiveness and faster healing times. We recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation to give you realistic expectations and to determine whether you are in fact a good candidate for this popular procedure. There is absolutely no obligation with the complimentary consultation.